Friday, January 24, 2014

Sheltered- a Pre-Apocalyptic Tale

Sheltered, Volume 1, by Ed Brisson and John Christmas

Book Description:

"The men and women of Safe Haven have been preparing for any and all end-of-world scenarios for years. However, their bunkers, weapons, and training can't save them from the one threat they never could have expected: their own children.

Collects SHELTERED #1-5

Angie's Review:

I got this trade paperback from NetGalley for a review, and I expected it to be probably just another zombie apocalypse horror comic...something along those lines anyway. This is not what I expected at all- and I love it for that.

Sheltered is set in a secluded, wooded non-specified part of North America, on a compound called Safe Haven. The compound members have been prepping for quite some time for some sort of cataclysm- natural, political or otherwise. This is a timely subject, as we've seen many "doomsday prepper" TV shows and blogs showing up recently. Well, these families are coming together to gather supplies, build bunkers and store arms so that when the end comes, they can be the ones who emerge relatively unscathed.

But what happens when children are raised in a climate of fear and preparation to do whatever it takes to survive? What if a charismatic teen could convince the children of the compound that the end is only weeks away and in order to survive, they will need to reduce their population by half?

As you might expect, this story gets violent, very quickly. Not only that, but even in this first volume, it is clear that the cracks are starting to show in the plan. The children who are left are already beginning to fight and question their leader. Things are getting very "Lord of the Flies." It would seem that the children are about to split into factions.

It is a dark story, and a violent one, yes. But what is drawing me in is the psychological aspect of it. I am hoping in future storylines they can work in some of the children's past so that we understand just what brought them here.

So, I will keep reading this series. I will give it 4 stars for "really liked it" for now, and hope that it keeps getting even better from here on. Depending on where it goes, it may end up being a 5 star.

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