Everything they knew is gone.My Thoughts: When I started with this series, I read it out of order - 4, 1, 2 - and I had a hard time when I started book 1 because I knew some of the big revelations from later books. I got over it, I'll have you know, and I ended up liking book 1, but I think this book is the one that made everything click for me. I don't know if it was the characters in particular (Helllllooooo, Simon!) or whether I stopped trying to figure out how things we were going to find out in book 4 fit into what we were learning now. Regardless, I really liked this one and I had a fun, old time reading it.
From the raging fires, five men emerge with extraordinary new powers. They must learn how to survive this dark, ravaged world . . . but they cannot do it alone.
Simon Japp will never forget his violent past. But when civilization is all but destroyed, he sees his chance for redemption. Blessed with a strange "gift," he's determined to help the resistance against the Strangers, the mysterious force that stalks them at every turn. He can't afford to get distracted, even by the stunning, soft-spoken woman fighting by his side . . . Sage Corrigan has learned to be careful where she places her trust. But she sees something good in Simon, even if he can't see it in himself. Posing as lovers to infiltrate a group key to their fight, they find that their staged affection soon develops into a desire that will leave them fighting for their lives in the night eternal . . .
Simon. Simon, Simon, Simon. Silent, deadly and mysterious. What's not to like? Sure, he has a violent past, but he has that sexy protector vibe going for him now and that makes him like catnip to my paranormal hero senses. He's trying so hard to be noble and strong and give Sage the type of man he thinks she deserves (as if she can't make up her own mind on that subject!) and she's like "PFFT! I know what I want, Simon, and it's the burning hunk of man flesh standing in front of me." Fyi, that was paraphrased for your convenience.
Anyway. I really like the world that's been created here. It's a different take on zombies with a heaping spoonful of post apocalyptic fun thrown in for good measure. I like both zombies and post apocalyptic themes, so this worked out well for me.
Other reviews in this series:
Book 1: Beyond the Night
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