Published: 28 October 2014
Pinky's Rating (out of 5): 4.5 dragonflies
The Earth is in ruins. Cities and nations destroyed. Those who survive the onslaught succumb to the cold blackness of winter. A handful of machines finally emerge into the light, lost and directionless. They are the last remnants of civilisation.
Brant is a synthetic - a machine who has the appearance and emotions of the humans who made him. He is hunted across the wasteland by cruel scavengers known as Marauders who are intent on cannibalising his body to prolong their own lives.
Brant carries a great burden as he tries to return home: a secret that can change the world. Against the unforgiving desert, the twisted denizens of this new world and his own dark past he needs to find a way back at any cost.
After the Winter is the first book in The Silent Earth Series by Mark Healy. It is set in a post-apocalyptic world where only the Synthetics are left.
I found myself drawn into the story as we learn why Brant is so far from home, and follow his journey as he endeavours to return. However, everything is not what it seems. Is Brant really who he thinks he is?
This story is a roller-coaster ride of emotions as we learn more about Brant and why he is wandering the wasteland. There is good character progression as we follow a journey of discovery, it is almost as if we are finding out at the same time Brant is. With in-depth and vivid descriptions, the reader will have no trouble imaging the scene exactly as the author wished.
This is an extremely well written book. Full of scenarios and situations that are very real and could very easily become reality. It made me think, and it made me feel.
This reader is looking forward to the next book.