The End (Book One of the Sanctuary Series) by Cheyne Curry and Roselle Graskey is one of the best dystopian novels I’ve read since Roth’s Divergent and Collins’ The Hunger Games. It has the tight action with high emotional impact that I associate with those other stories. It is well written and researched, from Native American and Irish customs and traditions to technical military detail.
The End, oddly enough, is the first book in a multi-book series called The Sanctuary Series. After a catastrophic event kills most of the surface population of the world, at least that they can see and contact, Lieutenant Jessica Baumer and Staff Sargeant Branna Maguire start a journey to sanctuary in the Northwest United States, they were both underground in an isolation experiment when the “event” occurred As their safe haven loses power, they make plans to set off to an area rumored to be not as hard-hit by whatever happened. They pick up other soldiers and some stragglers along the way.
The End is primarily the story of the harrowing and dangerous journey to safety at a compound run by a woman who has been prepping for just such a catastrophic event several states away and then what they find when they get there. The characters are well developed. The reader is fully invested in their survival and safe arrival at Rachel Noble’s compound.
The book had me alternately laughing out loud and wiping away tears as I read. I tore through the story and was brought up short at the cliffhanger at the end. I’m on pins and needles awaiting the next book in the series, The Resistance. If you enjoy realistic military near-future dystopian speculative fiction, give The End a try. I guarantee you’ll love it or hate it. There won’t be any middle ground.
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