Review: Extinction Point by Paul Jones
Publication date: March 3, 2012
Book provided by Author
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.
Michelle, the Bookshelf Stalker’s Review – 4 skulls – B+
I admit it. I’m a fan of the series Doomsday Preppers. I also have a major crush on Les Stroud of Survivorman. There is something about a guy that can survive with nothing but his common sense and his knowledge of the world around him! I will also admit to having an emergency backpack filled with stuff that I hope to never need. I’m not a fanatic in any way, shape or form. I’m semi-prepared for earthquakes, floods, fires, and other natural or man-made disasters.
However, I am NOT prepared for…
Holy red smoke! This book scared me. I like scary books but this book SCARED me. It makes you think, what would you do?
So, on that note, what would you do if red rain was falling? I’m not talking about rain with a mild tint but rain that clung to the glass of the window like mud, or, more appropriately, like blood splatter at a murder scene. That’s right folks…
Would you go out and stand in that rain and look up out of curiosity? Would you taste it? Yes, some people would. That little thought disturbed Emily greatly…
Why the hell would you stick that stuff in your mouth? Emily wondered. The level of some people’s intelligence never failed to amaze her. Who knew where it came from?
Our poor, poor Emily. She has a problem, she lived. In fact, she may be the last person on earth. What did she survive? The beginning of Extinction Point deals with this little mystery.
- Is it fallout from an experiment gone bad?
- Is it some weird natural phenomenon like the bioluminescent dinoflagellates that make the oceans glow in neon lights?
Well, you’ll have to read the book to find out what causes the almost extinction of the human race!
The author came up with a clever survival story. Not only does Emily survive the blood rain but she also has to deal with her own extreme loneliness, the metamorphosis of the human carcasses to something else (can’t say more, it’s a spoiler), and how to survive when all Emily ever wanted was to report the news, not become the news.
The strength of this story is the details and the believability. The author makes the reader truly believe the events in the book. I loved how every move Emily made was described and how the reader could go “NOOOO” when you watched Emily go somewhere where you knew trouble was waiting!
The weakness was the details. I know, that makes no sense since I just said it was a strength. However, after a while, I was tired of watching EVERYTHING Emily did. I was afraid I was going to read “Emily farted” next in the book. Thankfully, later in the book, we get to meet THOR. I have to capitalize THOR since he is larger than life and he is plain awesome. I’m not going to spoil THOR since he should be a surprise to all the readers. GO THOR!!!!
This was a great book 1 and a great start for a series!
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