Year One (Chronicles of The One, #1)
It began on New Year's Eve.The sickness came on suddenly, and spread quickly. The fear spread even faster. Within weeks, everything people counted on began to fail them. The electrical grid sputtered; law and government collapsed--and more than half of the world's population was decimated.Where there had been order, there was now chaos. And as the power of science and technology receded, magic rose up in its place. Some of it is good, like the witchcraft worked by Lana Bingham, practicing in the loft apartment she shares with her lover, Max. Some of it is unimaginably evil, and it can lurk anywhere, around a corner, in fetid tunnels beneath the river--or in the ones you know and love the most.As word spreads that neither the immune nor the gifted are safe from the authorities who patrol the ravaged streets, and with nothing left to count on but each other, Lana and Max make their way out of a wrecked New York City. At the same time, other travelers are heading west too, into a new frontier. Chuck, a tech genius trying to hack his way through a world gone offline. Arlys, a journalist who has lost her audience but uses pen and paper to record the truth. Fred, her young colleague, possessed of burgeoning abilities and an optimism that seems out of place in this bleak landscape. And Rachel and Jonah, a resourceful doctor and a paramedic who fend off despair with their determination to keep a young mother and three infants in their care alive.In a world of survivors where every stranger encountered could be either a savage or a savior, none of them knows exactly where they are heading, or why. But a purpose awaits them that will shape their lives and the lives of all those who remain.The end has come. The beginning comes next.

Year One (Chronicles of The One, #1) Details

TitleYear One (Chronicles of The One, #1)
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseDec 5th, 2017
PublisherSt. Martin's Press
ISBN-139781250122957
Rating
GenreFantasy, Paranormal, Fiction, Romance, Science Fiction, Dystopia, Urban Fantasy

Year One (Chronicles of The One, #1) Review

  • Emily May
    January 1, 1970
    "The human race is finished, and in its place come the weird and the strange, demons from hell." I was excited when I heard about Year One. Roberts's romances may not be my thing, but I did enjoy the first few books of her Naked in Death series, and I've really been in the mood for a dark, post-apocalyptic dystopia. But, sadly, I think what started as a really great dystopian set-up quickly became a very stock urban fantasy novel.It's honestly quite jarring how quickly it changes. The first few "The human race is finished, and in its place come the weird and the strange, demons from hell." I was excited when I heard about Year One. Roberts's romances may not be my thing, but I did enjoy the first few books of her Naked in Death series, and I've really been in the mood for a dark, post-apocalyptic dystopia. But, sadly, I think what started as a really great dystopian set-up quickly became a very stock urban fantasy novel.It's honestly quite jarring how quickly it changes. The first few chapters set the scene so well - the creepy arrival of the Doom, the disease that becomes an epidemic almost overnight, the devastating loss of human life across the world... It competes with some of the best pandemic fiction, like The Stand and Blindness. And yet, it failed for me when the fantastical elements came swooping in.Suddenly, people are developing superpowers and running rabid through the streets. I felt like I’d just been dropped into the latest YA superhero novel and all of the subtle, dark suspense that had been created was obliterated by people shooting fire beams from their hands, and such. Lana and Max are even witches! The perfect opening fell into a chaotic story that seemed so at odds with the beginning.I don’t know if it will make a difference to know what you’re getting into beforehand. I just know I found it unpleasantly disorientating to discover that the meat of the novel was very different to the feel of the set-up. Roberts also uses a really strange fragmented sentencing style that I don't recall her using in her other books. I first thought there were a bunch of errors in my arc, until I realised that the author actually intended it this way. I’m not a crazy grammar person, but even I found the writing style very distracting. The dialogue is often stilted, it’s not always evident who is speaking, and comma splices make up every other sentence.Jonah, Arlys, Lana and Max are the main focus of the novel, and the latter two are expecting a child who it seems will become central to the war between good and evil, but there are many, many characters in this book and all of them seem pretty black or white; good or bad. The antagonists are so despicable that it is almost comical, and the protagonists are well-meaning and good, without complexity. It's all a little bland.This is actually the most disappointed I've been in a while - I think mostly because the start of the book was so strong that I had been subconsciously writing a five-star review in my head. It was so sad that this became a standard gory, end-of-the-world story with characters not worth remembering. A real shame.Blog | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Youtube
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  • Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
    January 1, 1970
    I enjoyed it! Mel 🖤🐾🐺
  • Celeste
    January 1, 1970
    Full review now posted!Actual rating: 4.5/5 stars (strictly because my brain had a hard time accepting that this had been authored by Nora.)You had me scared there for a while, Nora, but you came through. Just in a way that was different from what I was expecting.Have you ever picked up a book by an author you love and when you start reading it you keep having to remind yourself that said author wrote it? That was what I struggled with at the beginning of this book. Yes, the writing style I had Full review now posted!Actual rating: 4.5/5 stars (strictly because my brain had a hard time accepting that this had been authored by Nora.)You had me scared there for a while, Nora, but you came through. Just in a way that was different from what I was expecting.Have you ever picked up a book by an author you love and when you start reading it you keep having to remind yourself that said author wrote it? That was what I struggled with at the beginning of this book. Yes, the writing style I had come to love was still undoubtedly present. There’s just something about Nora’s prose that always resonates with me. As I’ve stated in previous reviews of her work, Nora’s novel’s are like a bubble bath for my brain; they’re what I turn to when I’m stressed or sick or just in the mood for comfort. So, when I started reading Year One, I was thrown for a bit of a loop. Yes, I read the synopsis and knew it was going to be different for her, but I failed to comprehend just how different it would be. I was getting the prose I love, but with a plot that honestly hearkened back to Stephen King’s The Stand more than any other book I’ve ever read. Now, The Stand is one of my favorite books of all time. But reading something so similar to it in the voice of my comfort author made for some severe cognitive dissonance right out of the gate. However, once I got adjusted to the bleakness of the plot and accepted the fact that Nora would actually be killing off an insane amount of characters for her, I really appreciated the story. Again, this book bore a remarkable resemblance to The Stand, but in no way felt derivative of the aforementioned novel. Where King’s plague was developed by science and the aftermath proved to be a spiritual battleground, Nora’s plague was rooted in magic, as was the aftermath.Seeing people learn for the first time that they are witches or elves or fairies, while they are struggling to deal with the fallout of a plague that wipe out massive amounts of the population, was a truly unique twist on the apocalyptic plague storyline that has been so popular for the past decade or so. And seeing those people choose sides, joining either the Light or the Dark, was a study in human nature. As was the reaction of normal humans who survived the Doom (as it’s called) to these magical beings, termed the Uncanny.One of my favorite things about The Stand was witnessing survivors finding each other and trying to rebuild society in the small community they created. That same societal rebuilding was present here, and it was a joy to read after the horror and darkness of the Doom. That’s not to say that there was no more darkness; darkness can find its way in through the smallest of cracks. But watching our various main characters meet up and begin rebuilding was a beautiful testament to the resilience of mankind. And while darkness may on occasion win a battle, light will always win the war.This was the first volume of a new trilogy, and I’m interested to see how the rest plays out. Nora has been taking her work in a vastly different direction, turning slightly aside from the feel-good stories she’s become known for and instead digging into current issues and hard topics, raising questions and shining light into darkness. At least, this is what I gather from the books she released this year and those slated for release next year. I might not agree with the spirituality presented in the majority of her novels, but I do agree with the worldview: even in the darkest of times, there is always hope. I’m looking forward to seeing how far she takes this new approach, even though I’m still trying to adjust to it. While I’m not comfortable with the change yet, and I mourn the change just a little, I really respect the willingness to try a new direction in spite of having such a large fan base so used to (and expectant of) a certain type of book. Also, for the first time in her career, Nora has published a book without a central romance, which I think it incredibly gutsy. Because of her dedication to her craft after writing over 200 books, I’ll always be a die-hard fan. Thank you for stretching your wings, Nora, and for sharing the story. I can’t wait for the next installment!Original review can be found at Booknest.
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  • Jilly
    January 1, 1970
    Nora Roberts writing Urban Fantasy?It's a good day.I absolutely LOVE her Eve Dallas series. And, she wrote one of my favorite book boyfriends into existence. How could I resist this?I need it as much as I need this:Our story is not that unique, I admit it. It has a little bit of the feel of Stephen King's "The Stand", but in a less gross and creepy way - also about a million times shorter. The world ends by way of virus and the survivors come in a few assorted varieties.There are the ones who fi Nora Roberts writing Urban Fantasy?It's a good day.I absolutely LOVE her Eve Dallas series. And, she wrote one of my favorite book boyfriends into existence. How could I resist this?I need it as much as I need this:Our story is not that unique, I admit it. It has a little bit of the feel of Stephen King's "The Stand", but in a less gross and creepy way - also about a million times shorter. The world ends by way of virus and the survivors come in a few assorted varieties.There are the ones who find themselves with powers that are good. The light, and all that stuff. They are elves, good witches, faeries, shapeshifters, etc... Some of them are just kind of clairvoyant. And some of them have powers that they aren't quite sure they want, like seeing other people's deaths.It's not all glitter and rainbows...Next are the ones with the dark powers. They seem kind of demonish. They are totally into torture, rape, and killing as many survivors as possible. They really enjoy it. It's their thing.That's right, they are sea turtle level evil. That's the ultimate in evilness.And, finally, we have the humans that were immune for whatever reason. Some are good, some are bad, but many of them have the mentality that we humans tend to have when something new and powerful comes along that we don't understand:Ahh, humanity. We are a predictable lot.In this book we are following a few different main characters and their struggles to find other humans and safety. I liked all of the characters and felt like they were developing nicely. There are also some romances that are happening, along with some mystery and danger. It really had a lot going on, and I appreciated that. I also liked the pacing of the book and never got bored or felt like skimming.One of my favorite characters, aside from Fred, is a guy who shows up really late in the book. He is helping a woman in labor and has to deliver her baby and is completely clueless about the whole thing. Here are some of his thoughts (that cracked me up): (he) wiped at her sweaty face, and wondered why the female of any species agreed to the process of perpetuating it. Three insane hours later, he know damn well there had to be a better system...."Okay, listen up. You're doing great. I know it hurts. I don't know why the hell it has to hurt so much. It's a crap system, but we're getting closer to the payoff. You can do this." Aaaah! Where's the "let's kill it" meme?Not only did I love this character, but felt like all of them were interesting and well-developed. Only the bad guys seemed one-note, but we never really followed them or got into their heads. I wouldn't mind seeing one or more of them struggle for their humanity or something like that in future books. Which brings me to my biggest negative - waiting for the next book. Noooo! Plus, I don't want her to slow down on the Eve Dallas series to write this one. But, I don't want her to be slow on this one to write Eve Dallas. Can we clone Nora Roberts or something?Okay. I like where this is going. Let's try it.
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  • Jonetta
    January 1, 1970
    A normal set of events on New Years Eve sets off a catastrophe that slowly turns the world on end. Half of the population is gone, governments lose control, law and order are a thing of the past and magick is unleashed...some good and definitely some dark and evil. The story chronicles the paths of Lana Bingham and her partner, Max Fallon; journalist Arlys Reid and her intern Little Fred; and paramedic Jonah Vorhies and doctor Rachel Hopman, along with others as they make their way to some sembl A normal set of events on New Years Eve sets off a catastrophe that slowly turns the world on end. Half of the population is gone, governments lose control, law and order are a thing of the past and magick is unleashed...some good and definitely some dark and evil. The story chronicles the paths of Lana Bingham and her partner, Max Fallon; journalist Arlys Reid and her intern Little Fred; and paramedic Jonah Vorhies and doctor Rachel Hopman, along with others as they make their way to some semblance of sanity. I was skeptical when I learned Nora was tackling this genre but I should have known better. She masterfully creates a world of chaos while interjecting normalcy through her characters. I was mesmerized while at the same time horrified at what might be around the next corner. The characters got under my skin and atypical of the author, not all were sacred. Julia Whelan delivers the most wonderful performance in her narration, seemingly being several different narrators. Her storytelling was just perfect and her male interpretations were more than believable. I’m just sorry it took me so long to listen to this story. The underlying premise is mystifying but also kind of logical. The contrasts of good and evil with human nature is chilling as it has some parallels to current events. The next installment can’t come too soon and I’m definitely listening to the rest of the series.
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  • Tiffany PSquared
    January 1, 1970
    ★★★.5 stars❝And some like us couldn't handle what turned on inside them. They've gone mad, like she has. Immune to the virus, doomed anyway. That's the reality...❞For me to have been so excited to read this fantasy book by Nora Roberts - one of my most-read authors - it pains me to only give it 3.5 stars. It wasn't bad, but then again, it wasn't that good either.Want to know what this book was? Quick summary: Contagion meets the X-Men meets Little House on the Prairie. What I Liked - The Doom. E ★★★.5 stars❝And some like us couldn't handle what turned on inside them. They've gone mad, like she has. Immune to the virus, doomed anyway. That's the reality...❞For me to have been so excited to read this fantasy book by Nora Roberts - one of my most-read authors - it pains me to only give it 3.5 stars. It wasn't bad, but then again, it wasn't that good either.Want to know what this book was? Quick summary: Contagion meets the X-Men meets Little House on the Prairie. What I Liked - The Doom. Even the name gives it the weight it deserves. A plague on the land that decimates the human population and forces those that remain into survivor mode. Yes, I'm here for all of that.- Add in the fantasy element: Faeries, witches, warlocks, shapeshifters, and, yes, magick!- The action sequences! Gore and battle, survival and heroism, loss and victory. The book comes alive when the action is underway. What I Didn't Like - Not ENOUGH action! Sure, in every story the tide of action ebbs and flows. It just seems like there was a little too much ebbing (hence the Little House on the Prairie reference). The survivors set up communities and we learn all about their attempts at husbandry and lawmaking, breadmaking and baby-burping. ☹- The stilted dialogue that appears at some points. Unfinished sentences peppered the book and some where it was unclear who the speaker was. It seemed out of character for Roberts. What I Wanted More Of - Action. The "busy" parts of the book were well written. I felt the danger, the fear, the distress, and the determination. But the parts in between the action were disappointing in how bland and mundane they were. I know this is a trilogy and that takes some plot-building, but do I really have to know about it every time Lana cooks a meal or someone plants some rosemary?- The bad guys. There are so many of them (maybe too many?), but I wanted to know more about the Raiders. Who are they? How did they form so quickly? It's never mentioned if they are Uncanny or human. Are they motivated just to raid and nothing else? And the dark Uncanny -- who are the ones that aren't in human form? Where did they come from? - I wanted more of a pull into the next book. At this point, I almost feel like I could walk away from the series and be alright. That's not what a fantasy series is supposed to make you feel. Truth is, there are so many characters and so many stories, it was difficult to feel attached to any one character or set of circumstances. Not to mention that at certain times, Roberts takes a few pages from George R. R. Martin's books and... let's just say, don't get too attached to anyone.Generally, I enjoy apocalyptic, dystopian novels. They help me appreciate the relatively calm and generally peaceful world I live in every day. Plus, they help remind me to keep my go-bag full of new batteries and protein bars. Nora Roberts has put her pen (keyboard?) to the fantasy genre and though it wasn't all that I expected, it wasn't a disappointment. And what better way to start off a new year than to read about a pandemic plague that almost ended life as we know it?3.5 stars: This book was alright. It had parts that were really well-written, but there are things about it that might keep me from recommending it to all.
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  • Phrynne
    January 1, 1970
    Nora Roberts is one of those authors who can write anything she turns her hand to and in this case it is a dystopian fantasy. The world is decimated by a plague which is followed by magical powers appearing in many of the survivors. Of course where there is good magic there has to be bad also and just surviving the Doom does not mean you are going to live for long.Roberts has a knack for developing characters we care for and some of them do make it to the end of the book. However it is quite cle Nora Roberts is one of those authors who can write anything she turns her hand to and in this case it is a dystopian fantasy. The world is decimated by a plague which is followed by magical powers appearing in many of the survivors. Of course where there is good magic there has to be bad also and just surviving the Doom does not mean you are going to live for long.Roberts has a knack for developing characters we care for and some of them do make it to the end of the book. However it is quite clear that no one is safe yet and there are going to be many years before people will be safe again. I am looking forward to the next book and hopefully finding out what happened to Fred, Katie and the babies. I enjoyed Year One very much indeed and I can recommend the audiobook version as well!
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  • Kirsty 📚📖❤️
    January 1, 1970
    I haven't read many Nora Robert books preferring instead the works of her alter-ego JD Robb but as this is more fantasy I decided to give it a go. And I really enjoyed it. It doesn't re-write the apocalypse genre but it is a good read and I did like the magical twist. As with many of this type of book there's a host of characters but Nora juggles them well with lots of individual personalities and is some cases abilities. We have fairies, elves, telekinetics and more. I quite liked the inclusion I haven't read many Nora Robert books preferring instead the works of her alter-ego JD Robb but as this is more fantasy I decided to give it a go. And I really enjoyed it. It doesn't re-write the apocalypse genre but it is a good read and I did like the magical twist. As with many of this type of book there's a host of characters but Nora juggles them well with lots of individual personalities and is some cases abilities. We have fairies, elves, telekinetics and more. I quite liked the inclusion of all the babies. That's an interesting twist and they've been set up (for the most part) to have big roles in the next few weeks. I didn't quite enjoy the ending. I accept that we needed to follow the story of Lana and the birth of her daughter but her leaving the sanctuary of New Hope meant we didn't get to really say goodbye to the rest of the people in the book. As this is the first of a series I know they'll be back but it did feel a bit abrupt for me. Oh and I kept waiting for the Big Bad to turn up and didn't quite get that. There are one or two characters that are bad and again you can see they will have more of a role in the second book but I was expecting a super-evil but I'm happy to wait and see what happens next.Overall I really enjoyed this. I'm intrigued enough to follow the series to its conclusion and looking forward to what happens nextFree arc from netgalley
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  • Ben Alderson
    January 1, 1970
    I have been mulling over what to rate this. I am not the biggest fan of reviewing books on goodreads but I really want to explain this rating... because I did enjoy this book and will be carrying on the series..The reason this book lost two stars for me..~ Tooooo many characters. ~ Clunky dialogue ~ Strange pacingDespite those reasons I really love the idea of this novel. A dystopian setting... very ' oh no the walking dead is about to become a reality minus the zombies ' but with magic as a res I have been mulling over what to rate this. I am not the biggest fan of reviewing books on goodreads but I really want to explain this rating... because I did enjoy this book and will be carrying on the series..The reason this book lost two stars for me..~ Tooooo many characters. ~ Clunky dialogue ~ Strange pacingDespite those reasons I really love the idea of this novel. A dystopian setting... very ' oh no the walking dead is about to become a reality minus the zombies ' but with magic as a result of the Doom. I really didn't see enough 'Uncanny' characters. I wanted more explanation to the differences between witches, fairies, elves bla bla bla. I just found the reading experience so hard to visualise what was going on. That being said, I did enjoy this book. I am glad I brought it and will 100% be buying the next.. which I believe is set 16 or 18 years in the future.. Anyway, sorry for this grammar filled, gross spelled review. I am having a coffee now but it seems to not be working..
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  • Ron Charles
    January 1, 1970
    Don’t bother reaching for a Kleenex. It’s not just a cold. It’s not even the flu.It’s the Doom.If you needed any further proof that the world was ending, here comes Nora Roberts with “Year One,” a work of speculative fiction about a deadly pandemic. Anyone monitoring the mutating strains of pop fiction should have seen this new hybrid emerging from the Queen of Romance. Yes, the ground is already littered with the corpses of earlier apocalyptic novels, but Roberts will have no trouble clearing a Don’t bother reaching for a Kleenex. It’s not just a cold. It’s not even the flu.It’s the Doom.If you needed any further proof that the world was ending, here comes Nora Roberts with “Year One,” a work of speculative fiction about a deadly pandemic. Anyone monitoring the mutating strains of pop fiction should have seen this new hybrid emerging from the Queen of Romance. Yes, the ground is already littered with the corpses of earlier apocalyptic novels, but Roberts will have no trouble clearing a spot to land. “Year One” begins with the deaths of 5 billion people, which is almost as many books as Roberts has sold.What better way to celebrate the centennial of the Spanish flu? Alarming features in recent issues of Smithsonian and Foreign Affairs remind us that the 1918 pandemic wiped out far more people than World War I, but we’ve grown dangerously cavalier. The World Health Organization is closely monitoring a new strain of H7N9 in China, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is supporting an international effort in 50 countries to respond to what it calls “novel” threats.But the threats in Roberts’s novel are impossible to inoculate yourself against. The trouble starts, as it so often does, at a. . . . To read the rest of this review, go to The Washington Post:https://www.washingtonpost.com/entert...To watch the Totally Hip Video Book Review of this novel, click here:https://www.washingtonpost.com/video/...
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  • Bex (Beckie Bookworm)
    January 1, 1970
    🌟🌟🌟1/2 STARSSo it's safe to say Year One (Chronicles of The One #1) by Nora Roberts was one I was really looking forward to I was really excited when I got the ARC of this, like jumping up and down excited.That is until I started and realised what a slog this was going to be for me.Not because this was awful, it so wasn't, It was just I couldn't gel and was actually finding reading this a chore.Anyone who knows's me knows I devour books in one sitting and this took me eleven days to get finishe 🌟🌟🌟1/2 STARSSo it's safe to say Year One (Chronicles of The One #1) by Nora Roberts was one I was really looking forward to I was really excited when I got the ARC of this, like jumping up and down excited.That is until I started and realised what a slog this was going to be for me.Not because this was awful, it so wasn't, It was just I couldn't gel and was actually finding reading this a chore.Anyone who knows's me knows I devour books in one sitting and this took me eleven days to get finished which is a lot for me.So Year one is a post-apocalyptic supernatural exstravaganza.And this may have been my issue I would have prefered one or the other, for me, the two together didn't quite work."Year one" shows the breakdown in society when a virus labelled DOOM! decimates the worldwide population. As the world, as we know it, starts to disintegrate new factions spring up clawing there way out of the resulting chaos.Of the five million dead, Mankind and the newly emerged magic kind, regroup into factions of light versus dark.The wickedness of mankind, that has previously hidden behind a persona, soon becomes apparent in the decimated population left behind.And It's also a new world filled with all sorts of magical creatures both light and dark."Year One" itself follows different cloisters of individuals, analysing their daily struggles as they ultimately all eventually convene in the collective effort of the town they have aptly named "New Hope".I'm not entirely sure why I struggled so much with this as Year One was very well written and I have also enjoyed various Nora Roberts works before.analysing it I think it may have been the hopping between characters that was an issue for me. although I do understand why it was done this way, Pieces of a puzzle all eventually connecting.All roads ultimately leading to New Hope.But I found this style of writing had me ultimately failing to connect with the characters. As soon as I had sat down and got comfy things were changing directions for me it was making me giddy all the swift changes involved here.I also found the many different individuals introduced somewhat confusing to behold, I would have to stop and think or check back pages to work out who they were.I found this aspect very distracting indeed.But despite my gripes, I did finish this I'm just not yet sure if I'm invested enough to continue on to the next book in this series.On the one hand, I would really like to see what happens next in regards to Lana, but I'm just not sure that I'm invested enough to keep me going. I will have to decide nearer to the time.Year One, I imagine will be a solid hit with many, for me, it just failed to live up to my expectations.Thank You to NetGalley for proving me with an ARC of Year One by Nora Roberts of which I have reviewed voluntary.All opinions expressed are entirely my own. Reviewed By Beckie Bookwormhttps://www.facebook.com/beckiebookworm/www.beckiebookworm.com
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  • Brenda
    January 1, 1970
    As the family who had come together for Christmas/New Year celebrations in the cold Scottish countryside, left and headed back to their respective homes, little did they know they were the bearers of a horrible, shocking sickness that would be christened The Doom, and would kill in days. In New York, as people sickened and died, terror and madness spread throughout the community. With the world-wide decimation though, there were some who were immune – they didn’t know why, or how, but they were. As the family who had come together for Christmas/New Year celebrations in the cold Scottish countryside, left and headed back to their respective homes, little did they know they were the bearers of a horrible, shocking sickness that would be christened The Doom, and would kill in days. In New York, as people sickened and died, terror and madness spread throughout the community. With the world-wide decimation though, there were some who were immune – they didn’t know why, or how, but they were. And they had to escape the madness while they could…Max Fallon and Lana Bingham were two such people – as was journalist Arlys and rookie Fred who manned the local TV station. Getting out of New York City any way they could, they encountered horror and evil in streets that had been obliterated of anything familiar. Separately each small group headed out, as did other survivors; Rachel, a doctor; Jonah, a paramedic along with Katie and her babies. None of them knew where they would end up – or even if they would survive – but they would do all they could to start a new life.The magic that some felt inside was filled with light – but others knew only darkness. The travellers needed to be careful who they trusted. What would be the outcome? Could they feel hope for the future when it seemed there were very few people left? They only knew their old world would never be the same again – Year One had begun…Year One is #1 in the Chronicles of The One series by prolific author Nora Roberts. This woman is amazing! She can write anything. I absolutely devoured Year One and am really looking forward to book 2 in the (hopefully) not too distant future. A dystopian fantasy novel which is fast-paced, intriguing, magical and just plain exhilarating, Year One is one I highly recommend.With thanks to Hachette AU for my ARC to read and review.
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  • Pauline
    January 1, 1970
    Year One by Nora Roberts is a dystopian novel that has a lot of diversity to keep you entertained. After a virus kills off billions on people the survivors are left with a fight of good against evil. Many of the survivors learn that they now have developed strange powers. In this new post apocalyptic world its survival of the fittest. I'm am looking forward to the second book in this trilogy to find out what happens to the many interesting characters. I would like to thank NetGally and Little, B Year One by Nora Roberts is a dystopian novel that has a lot of diversity to keep you entertained. After a virus kills off billions on people the survivors are left with a fight of good against evil. Many of the survivors learn that they now have developed strange powers. In this new post apocalyptic world its survival of the fittest. I'm am looking forward to the second book in this trilogy to find out what happens to the many interesting characters. I would like to thank NetGally and Little, Brown Book Group UK for my E-copy in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Suzanne
    January 1, 1970
    FIVE FANTASTIC STARS!!!Wow! This book was so amazing! It all starts with a virus that wipes out a lot of the world’s people with over two billion people are killed in the Doom. This is a story of survivors trying to not only survive but restart civilization. I really cannot think of other things to say that would not spoil things. Heck, I cannot even put something about one of the main plots because it would completely destroy some of the story. So I will leave it that this book is epic. It is a FIVE FANTASTIC STARS!!!Wow! This book was so amazing! It all starts with a virus that wipes out a lot of the world’s people with over two billion people are killed in the Doom. This is a story of survivors trying to not only survive but restart civilization. I really cannot think of other things to say that would not spoil things. Heck, I cannot even put something about one of the main plots because it would completely destroy some of the story. So I will leave it that this book is epic. It is a must read for sure.My quick and simple overall: SO impressed with this story and LOVED it!
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  • Kaycee Bowick (Off_The_Press)
    January 1, 1970
    **This is a review of the audio version of  this title, via Audible. This novel already has some 1,300+ reviews on Goodreads (only being released in December of 2017), so I am going to keep my summarizing to a minimum and quickly get to the things I loved about this novel and the one thing that threw me. This novel starts out following multiple story lines and perspectives through a world where a plague dubbed "The Doom" is swiftly wiping out the population. Very reminiscent of The Stand by Ste **This is a review of the audio version of  this title, via Audible. This novel already has some 1,300+ reviews on Goodreads (only being released in December of 2017), so I am going to keep my summarizing to a minimum and quickly get to the things I loved about this novel and the one thing that threw me. This novel starts out following multiple story lines and perspectives through a world where a plague dubbed "The Doom" is swiftly wiping out the population. Very reminiscent of The Stand by Stephen King, the beginning portion of the novel introduces the origins of the Doom and the initial contamination that lead to its rapid spread. As the story moves along, the character's paths begin to cross. This novel has many very likable characters and the audio version did a great job with the various voices. The narrator really added a lot of fun and personality to the reading. While you get to know many of the characters in depth, Max and Lana are the two main characters who really push themselves into the forefront of the storyline. Prior to the Doom, Max was (and still is) an individual who practices witchcraft/magic. Once the Doom sets in, Lana, along with many others in the world, have suddenly discovered that they have various magical capabilities--some of which embrace the darker side of magic.Things I loved:♦ A lot of character depth♦ Plot is driven by a very prophecy-like chain of events♦ Captured the same plague-action as The Stand, without taking me 40 Audible hours to get through♦ Has a great ending, not a true cliff-hanger, but leaves you looking forward to that second installment to see what is to come nextThe one thing that threw me for a loop:This novel was a very unique, yet odd mixture of post-apocalyptic, survivalist-type fiction and some pretty heavy fantasy. It may have just been me personally, but I would often get so into the on-the-road, survival action that I would forget that this was also a fantasy novel until someone whipped out their fairy wings or started flying into the air among black smoke... which almost always resulted in a quick eyebrow furrow as I had to remind myself of these powers that people are somehow acquiring after the onset of this epidemic. Since I was listening to an audiobook, which I do in short bursts while I am commuting, cooking, cleaning, etc... maybe this wouldn't be the case if someone sat down and powered through this book in its physical form. But.. just my two cents on the genre "mash-up" here. Overall... a really fun and interesting read. I was very partial to several characters and I feel like this trilogy has a lot of interesting events and action in store for readers.Off The Press Reads: Blog ♦ Instagram ♦ Bloglovin'
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  • Peter Monn
    January 1, 1970
    Ok I’m really really surprised how much I enjoyed this book. So well done. My full review will be up on my booktube channel at http://Youtube.com/peterlikesbooks
  • Stacey is Sassy
    January 1, 1970
    It’s the end of the world as we know it…OK, first up, this is not my normal type of read. I am a romance reader, and Year One was not romantic at all. A virus that makes you hurl your guts up till you die is not my idea of fun and games. Watching people die because evil invaded the world, was hardly a party. Sure, I knew I’d be seeing the end of the world, but come on, it’s Nora Roberts. I kind of hoped that there’d be a little hearts aflutter and sweet nothings, but unfortunately, that would be It’s the end of the world as we know it…OK, first up, this is not my normal type of read. I am a romance reader, and Year One was not romantic at all. A virus that makes you hurl your guts up till you die is not my idea of fun and games. Watching people die because evil invaded the world, was hardly a party. Sure, I knew I’d be seeing the end of the world, but come on, it’s Nora Roberts. I kind of hoped that there’d be a little hearts aflutter and sweet nothings, but unfortunately, that would be a BIG NOOOOOO!!Look, it wasn’t all doom and gloom…OK…it was mostly doom and gloom. But, there were some parts that let in the light. We meet some interesting characters along the way and we see strength in people who didn’t even know they had it in them.For me, Year One was all about reflecting on ME and how I would handle the world coming to an end. How would I feel knowing that with a cough, it could be the start of my end? Would I be able to go on if all of my loved ones were gone? Could I survive without modern luxuries? Is there a chance I’d be pointing the finger at someone hoping they’d take the blame for my sorrow? Should I just turn the page and start anew? I just don't know. In the end, I decided that I didn’t want to think about it and I hoped that I’d be dead and buried before something like this hit our world.Now, I can’t really judge this against other stories of the like because I haven’t really read many books like this one. I found the beginning thoroughly engaging. I wanted to see how the world went bad and what caused it. While the middle still held my interest, I was confused with the swapping and changing of our lead characters. It all comes together eventually, but the jumping made it harder to follow. The ending, well, I can honestly say that I was a little underwhelmed. Yeah, I know this is the first book in the series, but I felt like there was no clear path to where we were heading. What am I sticking around for? Who’s left? Who’s path am I supposed to be desperate to follow?Look, it’s Nora Roberts, so it’s still bloody good, but it’s definitely not what I was hoping for. I wanted to see at least one of the couples together, living, loving and growing after The Doom. What we get are sparks that flicker, fizzle, flutter and flash and maybe even ignite. Unfortunately, we don't see the ignite and not even sure they stayed alight. Some of the lights go out and we’re left with darkness, heartbreak and loss.This is not a light and fluffy read. It’s pretty dark and depressing. Do not go in thinking you’ll meet a couple and follow their journey towards a new beginning because you’ll be disappointed. If you start Year One with an open mind, knowing that it’s not romance, you may find the journey interesting.Not a winner but definitely not a loser either. I read the whole thing and even though it took me longer than normal, it was still interesting.Stacey is Sassy, received a complimentary copy of this story. The copy provided is not the final copy and may be subject to edits and changes.
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  • R
    January 1, 1970
    I've never read a Roberts book before as shes never had a book in a genre thats appealed to me. Gave this a read after a promising blurb. A pandemic sweeps across the world, kinda remisncent of other post apocalyptic stories but I felt this became a little too urban fantasy YAish, which by themselves is great, but together it felt disjointed. Too many characters which I felt had no influence on the plot. The concept was great, just didnt pull through with the execution.
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  • Marta Cox
    January 1, 1970
    Well this was totally unexpected and took me back to the heady days when I first discovered the Circle , Dream and Signs of Seven trilogies. Whilst strictly speaking not a romance this book still called to my old romantic heart with characters to love and huge obstacles in the way of a happy ever after. Yes it's a bleak look at the possibility of a pandemic that could almost completely eradicate humanity but the author has given her fans a more mystical reason . If you enjoy books that pit good Well this was totally unexpected and took me back to the heady days when I first discovered the Circle , Dream and Signs of Seven trilogies. Whilst strictly speaking not a romance this book still called to my old romantic heart with characters to love and huge obstacles in the way of a happy ever after. Yes it's a bleak look at the possibility of a pandemic that could almost completely eradicate humanity but the author has given her fans a more mystical reason . If you enjoy books that pit good against evil then this first in what I'm guessing might be a trilogy should be right up your street.Essentially we follow a rag tag bunch of survivors and some of them have had abilities awoken in them that are often too amazing to believe. Jonah the paramedic, Arlys the reporter, Lana the chef and Max the novelist really stood out but as they travel towards their destiny other characters appear both good and unfortunately bad. As the first book it obviously introduces people but it's at the same time a somewhat slow revealing of the evil forces in play here. Yes there are dark and wicked things happening but in contrast we also see just how vile and aggressive normal folks can be which is chilling. I became gripped but unfortunately as there was so much to understand I found a lack of believable explanations initially. Still I'm desperate to know what happens next and really do recommend this book but please don't go in expecting everything laid out because as a first book it's just setting everything in motion.This voluntary take is of a copy I requested from Netgalley and my thoughts and comments are honest and I believe fair
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  • Allison Brennan
    January 1, 1970
    I always seem to have both a sense of pride and envy when I read great authors. Pride—because as an author, I love being part of a community that contributes to great storytelling; and envy—because when a great storyteller proves their chops time and time again, I can’t help but feel a teensy, tiny bit jealous that they are so damn talented.Not that this jealousy would ever stop me from buying a good book.For me, the single most important factor in any story (other than competent writing) is cha I always seem to have both a sense of pride and envy when I read great authors. Pride—because as an author, I love being part of a community that contributes to great storytelling; and envy—because when a great storyteller proves their chops time and time again, I can’t help but feel a teensy, tiny bit jealous that they are so damn talented.Not that this jealousy would ever stop me from buying a good book.For me, the single most important factor in any story (other than competent writing) is character. I want characters I love, characters I hate, characters I can feel with—joy, pain, sorrow. When a writer can put me in her creation’s shoes, it’s a win-win—for a few hours, I can live vicariously through anyone. An FBI agent. A reporter. A doctor. A grieving widow. I can be someone else because the author transports me to another world—whether it is our world, the past, the future, or a fantasy.Nora Roberts is one of the few authors who can do this every time she puts pen to paper. I am willing to walk the road because I’ve read enough of her books in the past to know that she can spin a good tale with characters I feel like I know.My full review here:https://www.criminalelement.com/blogs...
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  • Sally906
    January 1, 1970
    Anyone who picks this up expecting One of Nora Roberts paranormal romances is going to be very surprised, maybe disappointed. I am reading reviews where people are saying they feel cheated – come on – there is enough evidence around, even interviews given by the author, to give you a hint that this is totally different. YEAR ONE is dark, very dark – and good people die – but the story kept me glued to the pages for the most part. The parts I didn’t stay glued? When the icky bits happened. Icky b Anyone who picks this up expecting One of Nora Roberts paranormal romances is going to be very surprised, maybe disappointed. I am reading reviews where people are saying they feel cheated – come on – there is enough evidence around, even interviews given by the author, to give you a hint that this is totally different. YEAR ONE is dark, very dark – and good people die – but the story kept me glued to the pages for the most part. The parts I didn’t stay glued? When the icky bits happened. Icky bits? Come on – it’s the end of the world – organised law keeping has gone – it’s every man, woman and child for themselves. When Ross MacLeod killed the pheasant it landed on sacred ground – not sacred nice, but sacred evil and this action is the signal for the dark forces to escape and start to make the world theirs. How quickly ‘The Doom,’ as it becomes known, spreads is very, very feasible. A sick man and his sick wife spread the infection to other people as they travel from London to New York – very quickly millions of people get infected as each of the new victims carry their germs around the world as they fly hither and thither.Jonah the paramedic, Arlys the reporter, Lana the chef and Max the novelist are the main characters in this first book, each of them immune, not all of them with powers. They gradually form up with other people as they all decide to get out of New York until, inevitably, they all join together just a bit past halfway through. I’m not sure why I said inevitably, because nothing is a certainty and there are a few twists and turns until the reader is brought to the end of book one. An ending which leaves the reader knowing that although things look for good now – it is going to get a whole lot worse – and the characters know it. YEAR ONE is the scene setter, the world is falling apart and the characters are trying to work out their place in this new world. And the descriptions of the world’s descent into chaos is amazing, and those who live violently quickly come out into the open with no fear of repercussions, and fall under the influence of the dark without even being aware. So many horrible things happen, actions done by people are horrific –without even the dark magic influencing them – they are just psychopaths. There is a strong thread of magic, but it is part of the story stopping just short of enough to call it a fantasy. The magical elements are a result of the fall as people who had no idea they had this element now have it. The characters discuss among themselves how, and why, it is happening. But like the reader they have no answers – it just is. There are still unanswered questions at the end of the book, but seeing as it is the first in a trilogy this did not come as a surprise. There is no cliff-hanger at the end, which I liked, but the world is splitting into good and evil – which I think would happen despite a magical element – and it is obvious that strong good magic is going to be needed to defeat the bad.Whatever path Ms Roberts is going to take us down with this story in the next two books I feel that readers should be complacent – I for one am really looking forwards to travelling them with her.With thanks to Hachette Australia and the author via Netgalley for my copy to read and review.
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  • Corina☞BookTwinsReviews
    January 1, 1970
    If you ever read a book by Nora Roberts - forget everything you think you know about her writing. Year One is the beginning of something new and EXCITING!!!Year One is the first book in a trilogy that is more complex and layered then anything I ever read by Nora Roberts. Instead of a typical trilogy with each book dedicated to a different couple - Year One is the beginning of an EPIC story that seems to span generations.Think HIGH fantasy.The author introduces an amazing cast during a chilling a If you ever read a book by Nora Roberts - forget everything you think you know about her writing. Year One is the beginning of something new and EXCITING!!!Year One is the first book in a trilogy that is more complex and layered then anything I ever read by Nora Roberts. Instead of a typical trilogy with each book dedicated to a different couple - Year One is the beginning of an EPIC story that seems to span generations.Think HIGH fantasy.The author introduces an amazing cast during a chilling and world changing event. An epic dystopian storyline that fascinates, captivates and truly pulled me in to a point I didn't want it to stop. Honestly, I hated the closer I got to the end. I did not want it to be done. I needed MORE!!!As with other high fantasies, it took me a looooong time to connect with the plot as well as figuring out which of the characters were main or supporting cast. It actually took me until 60% to really fall in love with this book, and now I'm incredibly frustrated that I have to wait an entire year for book 2. I would have read hours more. Year One is as fascinating and as thoroughly captivating as Stephen King's The Last Stand. An epic fight between good vs evil. In Nora Robert's version I love the added layer of magical creatures - fairies, elves, sirens, shapeshifter, sorcerers and witches. There are so many characters that I fell in love with. Distinctive voices and unique personalities. And then came the big SHOCKER!!!!Wow, I did not see that coming. From there on everything I thought I knew was turned upside down. Nora Roberts took a chance on a new concept and ROCKED it!!! Not everyone is going to like it. But that's ok. I think it's more important for an author to be able to try something different, then always follow the same formula. We all sometimes have to color outside the box. It makes for some unique results and Year One is the best example.I can't wait to read book 2.For me Year One was just a sampler of what was to come. I got my feet wet and now I need more. Nora Robert's epic tale has barely started and there are so many more stories to tell.  The anticipation is literally going to drive me nuts. So, if you love the dystopian genre, big and interesting casts, and a story that spans generations - you need to pick this book up and give it a try. For more of my reviews:My Blog: Book Twins ReviewsFacebook Blog PageTwitterSubscribe to Blog
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  • Maine Caulfield
    January 1, 1970
    Let a friend borrow this to read first. DNF at page 150. Too many characters.Too much happening. Just, no.
  • Suzanne (Under the Covers Book blog)
    January 1, 1970
    It’s New Year and the world is about to be hit by the Doom, a disease that kills with a 100% mortality rate. However, there are some who are immune and amoungst those immune there are some who are developing powers. Like all power, some of it is being used for good, such as the couple Lana and Max, witches whose magic seems to grow more and more as the world crumbles around her and there are those who use their magic for darkness and destruction. Lana and Max must escape New York as it becomes It’s New Year and the world is about to be hit by the Doom, a disease that kills with a 100% mortality rate. However, there are some who are immune and amoungst those immune there are some who are developing powers. Like all power, some of it is being used for good, such as the couple Lana and Max, witches whose magic seems to grow more and more as the world crumbles around her and there are those who use their magic for darkness and destruction. Lana and Max must escape New York as it becomes more and more dangerous for those with magic and try and survive in a brand new world.Please, I beg you, ignore my terrible synopsis of this book and read the official one, in fact don’t even bother just go out and get this book immediately. It’s the best book I have read all year, which is making this review really hard to write I’m resisting the urge to just write …. I love it, I Love It, I LOVE IT… over and over again. However, I have, barely, marshalled my thoughts so they make slightly more sense so I can say more than just “get it” and do loads of exuberant hand movements when I trying to say what I adore about it.The WorldI loved the world that Roberts has started to create in Year One, it reminds me of a mixture of the TV series The Walking Dead and the book series The Others by Anne Bishop. It has that mixture of survival in a world gone mad and the terrifying thought that the people around you are more dangerous than the environment in which you are now living. Roberts starts us in a world we all recognise and then unleashes a terrible disease, which seems to have some magical origin, and then shows us the results through different survivors eyes. Then there is the magic and the abilities that people seem to have evolved added to the mix, giving the familiar dystopian/zombie type story line a twist.I loved it, I couldn’t wait to see what our familiar set of survivors would see and do next. How they could possibly survive in this lawless and seemingly hopeless new world.The SurvivorsThis story is told through several different POVs, enough to keep it interesting, but not so much that it becomes dizzying and confusing. Through them you get to know several characters fairly well as you struggle through this new landscape with them. As I’ve already compared this to The Walking Dead, you realise this is a fantastic way to fall in love with different characters, but has potentially tear-jerking possibilities. But, I will say no more about that. Roberts had me invested in the whole group of people and now that I have finished the book, I am just dying to know what happens next.The StoryApart from the whole “the world is dying and we need to survive” thing, this series (a trilogy I believe) does seem to have a direction other than “survive”. With magic being introduced into the world there are those who wield it to help and heal and those who use it to destroy and kill. There’s a light side and dark side, it’s very Star Wars, to the extent that there may even be a Chosen One who battles for the light, a Jedi if you will. I love this melding of a fantasyesque type of prophecy with a gritty survival story, its a unique twist in the genre that had me hooked to the pageConclusionI’ve said this before but it bears repeating: I love it, I Love It, I LOVE IT. It’s mixture of action, adventure, magic, survival, a hint of romance, heartbreak and hope. I highly recommend you pick Year One and see for yourself the fantastic journey that Nora Roberts is taking us on.
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  • Juli
    January 1, 1970
    Romance novels are not my thing, so I really haven't read many of Nora Roberts novels. The few I have read in the past, I did enjoy. She's a talented writer. Year One is a bit different from her normal romance with a bit of magic/supernatural added. It's the first book in a dystopian trilogy. It is enough of a step away from Roberts' normal genre that I put it on my TBR list immediately. The basics: The world is decimated by a virus. In mere weeks, billions of people around the world are dead. T Romance novels are not my thing, so I really haven't read many of Nora Roberts novels. The few I have read in the past, I did enjoy. She's a talented writer. Year One is a bit different from her normal romance with a bit of magic/supernatural added. It's the first book in a dystopian trilogy. It is enough of a step away from Roberts' normal genre that I put it on my TBR list immediately. The basics: The world is decimated by a virus. In mere weeks, billions of people around the world are dead. Those who are immune are left behind, running from reported government forces who want to round them up for medical testing. The virus didn't just kill....it also altered some survivors. Many of those left behind begin showing strange powers....magical powers. Some begin using them for good. Some are overpowered by their new talents and become evil. Other survivors call them The Uncanny. They aren't welcome in most safe places. They are not trusted and often killed. A rag tag bunch of survivors band together in Roberts' book to learn to survive. Those with powers do their best to hide them from outsiders. They just want to survive. I'm not going to say a lot about the characters or plot to avoid spoilers. But the group is varied....everything from a doctor and a reporter to newborn babies. They have to quickly learn how to survive, scavenging for food, supplies and gasoline....and hiding from violent people who are attacking and killing survivors. A few of them develop magical powers, which they use as discretely as possible to help them survive. I can't fully know how I feel about this series until I've read the second book. This first novel was a lot of set up -- the virus and its aftermath, the development of magic and the gathering of the survivors the story will focus on. By the time all that was accomplished, the book was over. Great setup, and I think this could be an enjoyable trilogy. I just won't be sure until I read more.I found it realistic how quickly society fell apart. When 2/3 of the population is dead and dying, the normal workings of daily life would change quickly and drastically. I think the magic side of things developed a little too quickly for me....groups of survivors started using terms like The Uncanny and even elves, faeries, etc really quickly. It wasn't something that hurt my enjoyment of the story....I just found using terms like elf and fairy to be a bit over the top....almost funny in a couple of places. But I would suppose if I was in the middle of the apocalypse with billions of dead people and supernatural magic appearing.....I might start using terms I'm already familiar with to describe the certain people and their powers. All in all, a nice start to a dystopian series. It's going to be a hard fought war between good and evil. I'm anxiously awaiting the next book.
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  • Mitticus
    January 1, 1970
    Oh, boy. Where to start? A pandemic devastate the world, because obscure -emphasis in the obscure part- mythical reasons. Following the fate of the McLeod family who seems to ignite the 'Doom' virus, we arrive to N.Y. and other more important characters, like witches . Yeah. We never are offered an explanation of that pre-existence or why there are people with 'sparking' powers before the rapefest start. Wait. Did I not tell you? There are plenty of raped women and girls in this book. Not detail Oh, boy. Where to start? A pandemic devastate the world, because obscure -emphasis in the obscure part- mythical reasons. Following the fate of the McLeod family who seems to ignite the 'Doom' virus, we arrive to N.Y. and other more important characters, like witches . Yeah. We never are offered an explanation of that pre-existence or why there are people with 'sparking' powers before the rapefest start. Wait. Did I not tell you? There are plenty of raped women and girls in this book. Not detailed but explicit, mind you. Then we follow the separate ardous journeys of Arlys, a journalist, and Lana, a chef, trying to reach safety. Between spurs of fairies (I-kid-you-not), warlocks, your average violent sociopath, pro-human fanatics, savagery and gore, the main concern of Arlys and Lana is internet and yeast. Again I-kid-you-not. Plus Choppy writting and plain characters.It's like TrueBlood (last seasons) without vampires. Oh, there is a mumble-jumble messianic Tuatha de Danann (?)/ Wicca mess with a ... Chosen One. (waiting for the next book).I'm done.
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  • Britney
    January 1, 1970
    4.5 amazing stars 🌟🌟🌟🌟! Wow! I didn’t know what to expect with this new path Nora is on, but let me tell you, you don’t want to miss it! This was far away from any Nora Roberts book I have ever read, and I have read ALOT.....like a lot. That being said, you still get the Nora feel. There are intriging relationships, there is love, (though this is not a romance like we know, there is romance in it.) and strong,deep, characters that suck you in. There are a lot more people to sift though here, bu 4.5 amazing stars 🌟🌟🌟🌟! Wow! I didn’t know what to expect with this new path Nora is on, but let me tell you, you don’t want to miss it! This was far away from any Nora Roberts book I have ever read, and I have read ALOT.....like a lot. That being said, you still get the Nora feel. There are intriging relationships, there is love, (though this is not a romance like we know, there is romance in it.) and strong,deep, characters that suck you in. There are a lot more people to sift though here, but it’s done in a way that is easy to follow. Everything you think you know about a Nora Roberts novel and how it flows just doesn’t apply here. I was sucked in, and surprised at every turn. I couldn’t wait to see what happened next and didn’t care which persons point of view I was reading through because I knew and was invested in all of them. It was suspenseful no doubt, and then there were times I was laughing out loud. I also got my heart broken and was shocked. I’m still shocked. That ending.... omg. I seriously am going to flip out waiting for the next book in this series.
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  • J.T.
    January 1, 1970
    Can’t wait for Year Two!
  • Under the Covers Book Blog
    January 1, 1970
    It's New Year and the world is about to be hit by the Doom, a disease that kills with a 100% mortality rate. However, there are some who are immune and amoungst those immune there are some who are developing powers. Like all power, some of it is being used for good, such as the couple Lana and Max, witches whose magic seems to grow more and more as the world crumbles around her and there are those who use their magic for darkness and destruction. Lana and Max must escape New York as it becomes It's New Year and the world is about to be hit by the Doom, a disease that kills with a 100% mortality rate. However, there are some who are immune and amoungst those immune there are some who are developing powers. Like all power, some of it is being used for good, such as the couple Lana and Max, witches whose magic seems to grow more and more as the world crumbles around her and there are those who use their magic for darkness and destruction. Lana and Max must escape New York as it becomes more and more dangerous for those with magic and try and survive in a brand new world.Please, I beg you, ignore my terrible synopsis of this book and read the official one, in fact don't even bother just go out and get this book immediately.  It's the best book I have read all year, which is making this review really hard to write I'm resisting the urge to just write .... I love it, I Love It, I LOVE IT... over and over again. However, I have, barely, marshalled my thoughts so they make slightly more sense so I can say more than just "get it" and do loads of exuberant hand movements when I trying to say what I adore about it.The WorldI loved the world that Roberts has started to create in Year One, it reminds me of a mixture of the TV series The Walking Dead and the book series The Others by Anne Bishop. It has that mixture of survival in a world gone mad and the terrifying thought that the people around you are more dangerous than the environment in which you are now living. Roberts starts us in a world we all recognise and then unleashes a terrible disease, which seems to have some magical origin, and then shows us the results through different survivors eyes. Then there is the magic and the abilities that people seem to have evolved added to the mix, giving the familiar dystopian/zombie type story line a twist.I loved it, I couldn't wait to see what our familiar set of survivors would see and do next. How they could possibly survive in this lawless and seemingly hopeless new world.The SurvivorsThis story is told through several different POVs, enough to keep it interesting, but not so much that it becomes dizzying and confusing. Through them you get to know several characters fairly well as you struggle through this new landscape with them. As I've already compared this to The Walking Dead, you realise this is a fantastic way to fall in love with different characters, but has potentially tear-jerking possibilities. But, I will say no more about that. Roberts had me invested in the whole group of people and now that I have finished the book, I am just dying to know what happens next.The StoryApart from the whole "the world is dying and we need to survive" thing, this series (a trilogy I believe) does seem to have a direction other than "survive". With magic being introduced into the world there are those who wield it to help and heal and those who use it to destroy and kill. There's a light side and dark side, it's very Star Wars, to the extent that there may even be a Chosen One who battles for the light, a Jedi if you will. I love this melding of a fantasyesque type of prophecy with a gritty survival story, its a unique twist in the genre that had me hooked to the pageConclusionI've said this before but it bears repeating:  I love it, I Love It, I LOVE IT. It's mixture of action, adventure, magic, survival, a hint of romance, heartbreak and hope. I highly recommend you pick Year One and see for yourself the fantastic journey that Nora Roberts is taking us on.*ARC provided by publisherReviewed by Suzanne❤ ♡ Don't want to miss any of our posts? Subscribe to our blog by email! ♡ ❤
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  • Carolyn
    January 1, 1970
    Year One starts with a bang as a prophecy long foretold in the Scottish Highlands comes of age. A chance killing in an ancient sacred site allows an unstoppable plague called the Doom in to scourge the world. The collapse of world governments and law and order is much as described by other pandemic based dystopian novels except for one factor. Many of those who are immune to the plague find that they have developed magical powers - but not only good and useful magic, but also dark magic of a dan Year One starts with a bang as a prophecy long foretold in the Scottish Highlands comes of age. A chance killing in an ancient sacred site allows an unstoppable plague called the Doom in to scourge the world. The collapse of world governments and law and order is much as described by other pandemic based dystopian novels except for one factor. Many of those who are immune to the plague find that they have developed magical powers - but not only good and useful magic, but also dark magic of a dangerous nature. As the survivors band together to form new communities, evil forces are gathering together too, planning to kill all those who stand in their way and by the end of this book the scene is set for this war to wage in the sequel.I was somewhat surprised when this segued from a dystopian novel into an urban fantasy fairly early in the book but the mixture of the two works quite well and I'll be interested to see where Ms Roberts is going to take us next. While I'm not yet invested in any of the characters (and there seemed to be a lot of them), I'm hoping this will also change with those who continue on into the next novel. 3.5★
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