January 22, 2018

Book Review: Extinct by Ike Hamill

Channel Two predicted a blanket of snow for Thanksgiving weekend--unusual, but not alarming for the little Maine island. What comes is a blinding blizzard, and a mass disappearance of nearly every person Robby Pierce knows. He and his family flee, trying to escape the snow and the invisible forces stealing people right from the street.

Miles away, Brad Jenkins battles the same storm. Alone, he attempts to survive as snow envelops his house. When the storm breaks, Brad makes his way south to where the snow ends and the world lies empty. Join Brad, Robby, and the other survivors as they fight to find the truth about the apocalypse and discover how to live in their new world.

I really wasn't expecting much from this novel. But it was a cold and wintry day and somehow, this apocalyptic horror about a terrifying blizzard where everyone disappears hit the spot for me. I read it in one day. Some of it reminded me of The Passage by Justin Cronin (a don't-read--when-you're-alone novel) but mostly it was thrilling for itself. It has logic problems. And even by the end I still didn't understand exactly how characters arrived at certain conclusions. Not to mention the genius 13-year-old that is more pragmatic and skilled than any other adult. But the important thing is this - I could not put this book down. I had to find out what happened next and it surprised me continually. And my surprise surprises me as well. Not perfect but perfectly enjoyable reading if you want to read about the end of the world.

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