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Breakers (Book 1) (vuoden 2012 painos)

– tekijä: Edward W. Robertson (Tekijä)

Sarjat: Breakers (1)

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In New York, Walt Lawson is about to lose his girlfriend Vanessa. In Los Angeles, Raymond and Mia James are about to lose their house. Within days, none of it will matter.When Vanessa dies of the flu, Walt is devastated. But she isn't the last. The virus quickly kills billions, reducing New York to an open grave and LA to a chaotic wilderness of violence and fires. As Raymond and Mia hole up in an abandoned mansion, where they learn to function without electricity, running water, or neighbors, Walt begins an existential walk to LA, where Vanessa had planned to move when she left him. He expects to die along the way.Months later, a massive vessel appears above Santa Monica Bay. Walt is attacked by a crablike monstrosity in a mountain stream. The virus that ended humanity wasn't created by humans. It was inflicted from outside. The colonists who sent it are ready to finish the job--and Earth's survivors may be too few and too weak to resist.… (lisätietoja)
Jäsen:FortWalker
Teoksen nimi:Breakers (Book 1)
Kirjailijat:Edward W. Robertson (Tekijä)
Info:CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (2012), 298 pages
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When I was a young girl I made the mistake of watching War of the Worlds, something a child with a fear of aliens should never do. It catapulted me into years of nightmares and insomnia. Breakers takes that fear to a new level. It throws the reader into a world where humanity is almost annihilated from the planet earth. Many apocalyptic novels host a disease that is man made and often released by mistake courtesy of the government. This novel also hosts a disease but it is the product of a hostile alien life force which releases the disease then proceeds to remove any lingering survivors so that they may have earth for themselves. The story line follows a young couple from LA and a young man from New York City. The disease wipes out everyone Walt cares about including his girl friend, who we discover is about to leave him. In despair Walt sets out for Los Angeles which is where his deceased girl friend had wished to move to. He believes along the way he will meet his death and he is fine with that. He surprises himself to find himself still alive upon his arrival in LA which he takes as a sign that he should fight back against the aliens. The couple from LA, Mia and Raymond, are down on their luck when the disease ravages the country. They are content to move into a mansion and wait out the disease until they discover the enemy is not only the disease but the aliens who sent the disease to earth. Eventually Walt crosses their path and the trio sets out to join with rebel forces so that they can salvage the remnants of humanity. While I could relate to the young couple it was a bit more difficult to like Walt. Although the reader understands his claim to have loved his girl friend dearly we also get a feel for why she was not as enamored with him as he appears to be with her. I can not say this book was a real page turner for me but it did capture my interest. I wanted to see how Walt's journey would end and if Mia and Raymond would survive. I did appreciate that the novel was fairly fast paced. No lingering and dwelling on needless details. ( )
  bostonterrio | Nov 21, 2017 |
What I liked:

Apocalypse on two levels: Most of the world’s population is killed off by a very aggressive disease. We watch its progression through the eyes of the main characters. Just when you think this is a story about the world descending into anarchy, the aliens arrive.

A clever means to an end: The aliens in this book are not an overwhelming race of apex predators, for a change. Their invasion is based on cunning rather than military strength. In some ways, it’s similar to the way countries were colonised by the European nations centuries ago.

Humanity laid bare: Walt is a jerk in some ways, but he’s also a realist and his introspective moments make for an interesting view on the human species. While there will always be people willing to cooperate towards a shared goal, there will also be those who seek only to further their own agenda. This is played out on a personal level in this book.

What I didn’t like:

Uncertain motivation: I found it strange that the three main characters decide to stick together without any preamble. As a reader, I was waiting for the moment they’d meet and hoping they’d join up somehow, but I found the execution unrealistic.

I don't often read books set in an apocalypse scenario, but I enjoyed this one. Breakers tells quite a poignant tale. I didn't like Walt much at first, but he's such a fascinating personality that it more than makes up for that. ( )
  ChaosCaitlin | May 23, 2017 |
3 and 1/2 stars, actually, so I rounded up to 4.

Great concept, just could use better flow.

This is the first book in the Breakers Series. The story was good the writing was "glitchy" at times, yeah, I'm going to go with glitchy. It was interesting enough for me to know what happens in the other books in the series. The story is told from two point of views: Raymond and Mia and Walt. I liked Mia and Raymond's story best. Walt does get more likable toward the end, when you see that he does have some redeeming qualities. I felt like I really got to know these characters fairly well. There were lots of typo's and passages that didn't make any sense, I had to reread them; sometimes more than once to understand what was being said.

Overall, I did like it and if you like end-of-the-world-as-we-know-it/virus/aliens kinds of stories then you should read it.

15+ for somewhat mature audiences. ( )
  Leah422 | Jul 10, 2016 |
A mysteriously illness overcomes the US and leads to the breakdown of society. Then after struggling to make sense of the loss of a majority of the population, it's disclosed that it was part of a bigger plan and that a rebellion must be formed. Really fun sci-fi with some touching moments and interesting personal dynamics. ( )
  Bricker | Aug 16, 2015 |
ABR's full Breakers audiobook review and many others can be found at Audiobook Reviewer.

For an apocalyptic where the reader gets to see the devastation and destruction WHILE it is happening, this was a bit slow. Time moves really weirdly. One minute seems like forever and it is difficult to know how much time the characters go through. Months go by but there is no real indication of when or where it went.

The characters were quite brilliant though. I really enjoyed how they went about surviving. Even knowing that this is probably the apocalypse and getting their stuff together. It’s fabulous. It is also what would happen in the real world. The only downside was that it was difficult to tell the two main characters, Walt and Raymond, apart. So much so that it took me a minute when the story skipped back and forth at the beginning. This does fix itself as the story goes on, fortunately. Or maybe I just got more into the characters and could tell their own stories apart. Either way, it got better.

The narration was great for this. Ray Chase has a way of really inducing intensity into his voice. It’s entertaining and brings that intensity to portions of the plot that are not even that intense. Deep and gravelly, perfect for this type of story. Audio produciton was perfection!

I loved the pop culture references and jokes. We would all do it. It’s a huge part of reducing stress for some. That or kill other people, I guess. I’d prefer telling jokes. Sometimes they went a bit too far but I was with the story enough at that point that it did not bother me too much.

The sci fi portion threw me though. There’s a twist that I did enjoy reading, but I needed a little more. Overall it was good, but not fabulous.

Audiobook provided for review by the publisher. ( )
  audiobibliophile | Apr 11, 2015 |
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In New York, Walt Lawson is about to lose his girlfriend Vanessa. In Los Angeles, Raymond and Mia James are about to lose their house. Within days, none of it will matter.When Vanessa dies of the flu, Walt is devastated. But she isn't the last. The virus quickly kills billions, reducing New York to an open grave and LA to a chaotic wilderness of violence and fires. As Raymond and Mia hole up in an abandoned mansion, where they learn to function without electricity, running water, or neighbors, Walt begins an existential walk to LA, where Vanessa had planned to move when she left him. He expects to die along the way.Months later, a massive vessel appears above Santa Monica Bay. Walt is attacked by a crablike monstrosity in a mountain stream. The virus that ended humanity wasn't created by humans. It was inflicted from outside. The colonists who sent it are ready to finish the job--and Earth's survivors may be too few and too weak to resist.

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