Book Review: Melt Down by Edward W. Robertson

September 21, 2015 Blog, Book Reviews 0

Book Review: Melt Down by Edward W. RobertsonMelt Down (Breakers, #2) by Edward W. Robertson
Series: Breakers #2
Published by CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform on October 17th 2012
Narrator: Ray Chase
Length: 14 hrs and 4 mins
Genres: Apocalyptic & Post-Apocalyptic, Sci Fi
Pages: 428
Source: AudioBook Reviewer

In the hills of Idaho, Ness Hook is about to be run out of his mom's house by his bullying brother Shawn. In Redding, California, Tristan Carter is about to graduate college, but with no job and no prospects, she may have to move back in with her parents.

Ness soon discovers his best friend dead of disease. With a pandemic burning through Idaho, Shawn takes Ness and their mom to the mountains to wait out the plague. When both Tristan's parents fall sick, her mother leaves her in charge of her younger brother Alden. She keeps Alden safe through the collapse of humanity--but can't keep him safe from the invaders who sent the plague.

Driven out of the mountains by the attackers, Ness and Shawn join a makeshift village at a nuclear power plant, where they plan to begin a guerrilla war. To find Alden, Tristan must escape the aliens who took them prisoner. Even if the survivors make it through the invasion, they may fall prey to their fellow humans instead.


My thoughts

This is a lot like the first book. Different characters but the same scenario.

That said, it was not my favorite. The characters are good but the first book I thought was slow and this was painful for me. The story is there, the characters are there, but I just wanted the plot to move along already! Since I already know what is going to happen I was hoping for a bit more in this one.

Also like the first the characters are very real. That is the fun part of reading apocalyptic books; getting to see how the characters will react. However, in this one again, I’m not much of a fan of the characters. I loved the characters in the last one but some of these characters just make me want to scream. The things they do… it’s amazing some of them make it. Still, they have depth and many of them are just not heroes and do not try to do heroic things. This is true to how things would really work! So, that I really enjoyed.

The back and forth and constant stopping the story is also frustrating me. I do want the story to move along so when there is a pause, almost like a commercial break, I want to put the book down. I do understand why authors do this, a teaser so to speak, but with such a slow plot adding in teasers can be a deal breaker for readers.

All in all, these can be read in any order. This one does not need to be read second.

Ray Chase narrates this! I love his voice! Full audio review can be found at

The Author



About Edward W. Robertson

Ed is the author of the post-apocalyptic Breakers series and the epic fantasy series The Cycle of Arawn. A former New Yorker and Idaho-guy, he currently lives in the LA area. His short fiction has appeared in a whole bunch of magazines and anthologies.

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