Monday, February 7, 2011

Review: Beyond the Night (Envy Chronicles #1) by Joss Ware

Synopsis (via Goodreads):
A man with no future . . .

When Dr. Elliott Drake wakes from a mysterious fifty-year sleep, the world as he knew it is gone. Cities are now desolate, and civilization is controlled by deadly immortals. Stranger still is Elliott's extraordinary new "gift"—he has the power to heal, but it comes with fatal consequences.

A woman with a past . . .

Jade barely escaped the immortals and is now hell-bent on revenge. She trusts no one . . . until Elliott. His piercing gaze and tempting touch shatter her defenses, but the handsome doctor seems to have dangerous secrets of his own. Is it safe to trust him with her heart?

If they are to survive in this dark new world, Jade and Elliott must work together to fight the forces that take them beyond danger.

Beyond desire.
My Thoughts:  I read the 4th book in this series a while back and liked the world that was created enough to pick up the first 2 books when the price dropped.  I have to admit that starting a series from book 1 really makes things make so much more sense.  You might think that's a no-brainer but I like to live life dangerously and read books out of order.

Seriously, though, starting with book one and watching this world come into being, watching the four men who survived in a sort of suspended animation and are trying to find their footing is this new world, made everything much more bittersweet than jumping into book 4 straight away.  For Elliot and the others only months have passed since the world wasn't broken.  On top of struggling to survive, they're trying to make sense of how the way of life they knew has collapsed and had to be reinvented.  The cities are broken shells, the people are doing the best they can with the scavenged bits they can find.

When they finally find their way to Envy, the only large settlement left on the West coast, they're drawn into an even bigger set of problems: it looks like the catastrophe that ravaged the planet was caused by a group of people who are practically immortal and who will do whatever they need to do to maintain their position of power.  On top of that, the odd powers several of the men have developed all come with some serious side effects.

While the overriding arc is about finding a way to topple the regime of the Strangers and protect the last remnants of humanity from being wiped out by the voracious zombie-like creatures who roam the land, there's also a blossoming romance or two.  After being held against her will for years by the Strangers, Jade doesn't want to lose her independence.  She doesn't want to trust Elliot with her heart.  She doesn't want to fall in love.  She just wants to stay as safe and sane as she can while helping build an underground resistance against the Strangers.  Elliot's dealing with a manifestation of his new power that could turn out to be deadly for anyone who gets close to him.

What can I say, a lot happens in this book.  You'll get broken cities, zombie chases, steamy kisses, deadly touches, giant snakes and a couple of throwback computer geeks.  Hey, I had myself at 'broken cities'.

Other reviews in this series:
Book 4: Night Betrayed

More books by Joss Ware

Reading challenges: The E-book Challenge, The Paranormal Romance Challenge, The Morbid Romantica Challenge, The Zombies! Challenge

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