Thursday, June 20, 2013

Review: Night Resurrected by Joss Ware

Book Description:

 Night Resurrected: Wyatt's Book

The 6th book in the Envy Chronicles

His family lost forever in The Change, Wyatt is a man with nothing left to lose. But just when he thought he'd never feel anything again, Remington Truth came into his life. Knowing the bold beauty would face unimaginable dangers on her quest to safeguard the mysterious crystal in her possession, he joins her on her journey, never expecting her to find a way past the wall he's built.

Remy's a woman with everything at stake. While protecting the powerful crystal that is her family's secret legacy, she dares not trust anyone. Yet once she recognizes the ravaged heart beneath Wyatt's stony facade, she's willing to risk it all. Together they battle the forces of darkness, their very survival at stake.

Until Remy is forced to make a terrible decision that could destroy them...and the rest of the world.


Review:

This absolutely is not your usual end-of-the-world zombie survival book! Colleen Gleason has created a post-apocalypse world that is both frightening and inspiring, with a cast of survivors that have banded together to create a new society while avoiding The Strangers, a group that has Atlantean crystals imbedded in their skin that while alive will give them eternal life, all the while evading the hordes of zombies roaming through the decaying remains of a once flourishing landscape.

Walking Dead
Firefly
Defiance
The Stand

All effective comparisons that help new readers identify where this book might fit into their individual reading preferences. It's also helpful to know that The Envy Chronicles crosses genre labels by including qualities from romance, urban fantasy, horror, and science fiction, with many themes running throughout the series, from adaptation and change to love and rebirth. These characters forge ahead into an unknown, grasping at any means necessary to ensure their survival, and Gleason's unique voice brings emotional connection and humanity to a very scary environment. Each book can stand on its own, but reading the series chronologically helps to establish the bonds that come from knowing longstanding characters like Quent, Elliot, and Wyatt. The settlement of Envy and all its inhabitants are full of hope, promise, and life.

Remy and Wyatt were particularly interesting because they both come with so much baggage- Wyatt has struggled to adapt to his new surroundings where 50 years have passed but to him it has only been 1. He's used to protecting and rescuing, so his grief and guilt over losing his family during the Change has scarred him deeply, making his attraction towards Remy very difficult for him to accept. Remy was recently kidnapped and brutally raped at the hands of a bounty hunter and she is used to surviving on her own, not relying on anyone to keep her one step ahead of the zombies and Strangers. She has never known friendship, let alone love, so her feelings about Wyatt are conflicted for a long time. This baggage and the associated feelings that come with it are what makes Wyatt and Remy seem real, what gives readers a connection in a place that we cannot even begin to comprehend.

I have only missed two Joss Ware titles, something I plan to remedy quite soon, and I highly recommend The Envy Chronicles!


Books in the series:


Beyond the Night
Embrace the Night Eternal
Abandon the Night
Night Betrayed
Night Forbidden
Night Resurrected

Joss Ware website:

http://www.joss-ware.com/home.html


reviewed by Anna

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