I received this book for free from AudioBook Reviewer in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.The Healing by Jacqueline Druga
Series: The Flu
on November 25th 2013
Narrator: Dave Courvoisier
Length: 8 hrs and 46 mins
Source: AudioBook Reviewer
A deadly flu pandemic has decimated humanity. Now, the remaining twenty percent of the population must rise from the ashes to rebuild.
The losses are great and no one is immune to the residual heartache that lingers in the air of the barren cities.
Life goes on.
Mick Owens, struggling to come to terms with his own grief, takes his surviving young sons away from their hometown and the memories it holds. But their short trip to clear their minds turns ugly when the world outside of Lodi Ohio isn’t what they expected and they become separated.
In a world without communication and power, a land without law and order, Mick desperately follows the trail in search of his missing sons. But in his attempts to find them, he discovers that even in a barren world, the danger of extinction still exists as another threat, one even bigger than the flu, is on the horizon.
The first in this series really surprised me. I was expecting more “apocalypticness” than what was really in the story. This one picks up where The Flu left off, however this time there is a lot of apocalypticness to deal with. Most of that is in the form of human beings being assholes and trying to control or kill who is left after the flu.
The main characters are all still in this one (those that survived anyway!!!) and I was really pleased to see that it just kicked right off where the first ended. The characters that I loved in The Flu were fabulous again here and their growth in such a short amount of time was amazing. But really, under these conditions it has to be.
So, overall this storyline, although apocalyptic, was much more about the characters and their circumstances and how they reacted to those circumstances. The plot for each individual was pretty easy to follow although there are a lot of characters in this. I think the author did a great job of keeping the voice for each character separate from the others, and again, if the narrator wouldn’t have been so damn good it would have failed with so many characters!
And much like the first, be ready for tears at the end, or close to it. I got so into what was happening with the characters that any foreshadowing of bad circumstances left me very anxious. I just want everything to be happy!! Yes, even in an apocalyptic story! The ending was great and fit well with what the author had set throughout. I really wish she would have set out to do a third.
If you enjoy apocalyptic stories with more about the characters than the disaster, this is definitely for you! Fabulous listen!
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Author Jacqueline Druga, brings to you the world’s end in every way imaginable through the pages of her novels.
While best known for her apocalyptic works, Jacqueline’s works expand many genres, including: Humor, YA, Romance, Sci-fi and Thriller.
A mother and grandmother, Jacqueline absorbs and loves ever single moment that she is writing and invites you to share in her world.