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Book Review: Year One: Chronicles of The One, Book 1 by Nora Roberts


A stunning new novel from the #1 New York Times bestselling author Nora Roberts—Year One is an epic of hope and horror, chaos and magick, and a journey that will unite a desperate group of people to fight the battle of their lives…

It began on New Year’s Eve.

The sickness came on suddenly, and spread quickly. The fear spread even faster. Within weeks, everything people counted on began to fail them. The electrical grid sputtered; law and government collapsed—and more than half of the world’s population was decimated.

Where there had been order, there was now chaos. And as the power of science and technology receded, magick rose up in its place. Some of it is good, like the witchcraft worked by Lana Bingham, practicing in the loft apartment she shares with her lover, Max. Some of it is unimaginably evil, and it can lurk anywhere, around a corner, in fetid tunnels beneath the river—or in the ones you know and love the most.

As word spreads that neither the immune nor the gifted are safe from the authorities who patrol the ravaged streets, and with nothing left to count on but each other, Lana and Max make their way out of a wrecked New York City. At the same time, other travelers are heading west too, into a new frontier. Chuck, a tech genius trying to hack his way through a world gone offline. Arlys, a journalist who has lost her audience but uses pen and paper to record the truth. Fred, her young colleague, possessed of burgeoning abilities and an optimism that seems out of place in this bleak landscape. And Rachel and Jonah, a resourceful doctor and a paramedic who fend off despair with their determination to keep a young mother and three infants in their care alive.

In a world of survivors where every stranger encountered could be either a savage or a savior, none of them knows exactly where they are heading, or why. But a purpose awaits them that will shape their lives and the lives of all those who remain.

The end has come. The beginning comes next.

My Thoughts

I was sucked in from the start of this story. Roberts didn’t disappoint in giving us a gripping story of survival and harrowing experiences with the Doom. A sickness that wiped out a huge number of the population and forced groups of people to trust each other and gather together for protection and companionship. Ironic that we are in a pandemic and this screams similar to experiences in the beginning of the book.

We see people who were good and genuine die, those who turn dark because of the sickness, and magic change others. Many leave their homes, safety net, and all they know to venture out into the wilderness. They have to learn skills they never knew and use those they thought weren’t of much use.

We get magical elements to the story that keep the reader into it and braced for what comes next. In true Roberts fashion, we get excellent relationships with people. The connections people have and the connections that form. Up until the last moment of the story, I was pulled in and am moving on to reading, Of Blood and Bone next.

Lana and Max’s story drew me in and kept my attention most out of the many amazing characters Roberts created. The story continues and I can’t wait to see what happens next.

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