I honestly don’t pay much attention to the bestseller’s list anymore. I get my reading material free from Amazon. Yes, it is risky. Not all of the novels are worth reading and many are not edited properly (see previous post on the New Novel), but now and then you find a gem!
I just finished reading Extinction Point by Paul Jones and couldn’t put it down. (see below for synopsis) There were two or three minor typos, but the story was so engaging that it really didn’t hinder my enjoyment of the story. It is the first in a series. I’m not exactly a fan of novels that just end and you have to wait months for the sequel (example Justin Cronin’s Passages…still waiting, Justin!). Jones promises the sequel in August though, so I will definitely read it when it comes out.
The reviews at Amazon are almost all favorable ones albeit the general consensus on the use of a bike rather than a car and the minute detail used as the main character prepares for her journey (read the book and you’ll know what I mean!). The plot and the conflicts are engaging and the main character is interesting and well formed.
The book is no longer on the free list, but it is priced at $2.99, so it is well worth your while if you enjoy the sci-fi and/or post apocalyptic novels.
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(Synopsis from Amazon.com)
Extinction Point by Paul Jones
Book One: The End
Reporter Emily Baxter has a great job, an apartment in Manhattan, and a boyfriend she loves. All that changes the day the red rain falls from a cloudless sky. Just hours after the first reports from Europe, humanity is on the brink of extinction, wiped from the face of the earth in a few bloody moments, leaving Emily alone in an empty city. As she struggles to grasp the reality of her situation, Emily becomes the final witness to the end of our world… and the birth of a terrifying new one.
The world she knew and loved is dead and gone. Now Emily must try to find a way out of New York as the truth behind the red rain is revealed: the earth no longer belongs to humanity.
*** Extinction Point is the first in a new post-apocalypse series by the author of Towards Yesterday ***