"Couldn't stop reading" All Is Silence by @RobertLSlater #dystopia #review

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All Is Silence

A Desert Lands novel

Book 1

Written by Robert L. Slater

Genre: Sci-Fi, Dystopian

What if death forgot you? 

In a future that could be ours, Lizzie, a suicidal teen-age girl, barely navigates her own life. Then everything falls apart. In an apocalyptic land nearly deserted by disease, she lacks reasons to live until a shocking turn of events reveals a phone number. Her call pulls her dangerously cross-country to meet a stranger she thought was dead.

In a world where there is plenty of food, plenty of gas, plenty of space… fear, anger and a lust for power still control the patterns of human life.

This is a coming of age, edgy young adult novel is the debut of a former alternative high school teacher.

Pen's Review

When an unnamed plague takes out her family, along with almost the rest of humanity, 17-year old, previously-suicidal Lizzie is left alone. Fortunately, things like cell phones and the Internet still work. Lizzie makes connections with a couple of friends via Facebook.

But when she stumbles across her father's phone number - whom she hasn't seen since she was three - a road trip is in order for her to connect with the only family she has left.

By the end of the book, all the characters have undergone a journey filled with danger along with changes. The teenagers grow up to find their place in the adult world and Lizzie's father can finally put his past behind him.

This book is definitely a page-turner. I couldn't stop reading, and that's very rare for me. I was up half the night because I had to find out what happened to the characters and how they handled each challenge.

It is a subject I particularly enjoy: post-apocalyptic/dystopia with the strength and valiance of the human spirit to overcome and survive.

It is well-written and Mr. Slater does a very good job of painting a grim image of a world out of control. Yet he maintains a sensitivity to the characters while keeping hope alive.

I highly recommend this wonderful read and look forward to more installments.

Review Disclaimer: Book provided in exchange for an honest review.