The Warning
Two roads lead to Mount Hope. None leads out. There’s no place to run in a community that’s been taken–and is being intentionally kept–off the grid.A small southern town was evacuated after a freak power-plant accident. As the first anniversary of the mishap approaches, some residents are allowed to return past the national guard roadblocks.Mount Hope natives Maggie and Jordan quickly discover that their hometown is not as it was before. Downed cellular networks fail to resume service. Animals savagely attack humans. And the damaged power plant, where Jordan’s father is an engineer, is under military lockdown.As friends and family morph into terrifying strangers, the Maggie and Jordan increasingly turn to each other. Their determination to discover who–or what–has taken control of Mount Hope soon has them in the cross-hairs of a presence more sinister than any they could have imagined.

The Warning Details

TitleThe Warning
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseAug 22nd, 2019
PublisherArrow
ISBN-139781787462298
Rating
GenreHorror, Mystery, Fiction

The Warning Review

  • jv poore
    January 1, 1970
    Friends, I am feeling a bit frustrated. James Patterson is my go-to author for the times that I've read, but not reviewed, way too many ARCs. It's not like I can just "not read". So, Mr. Patterson. Because I'm usually guaranteed to get a suck-you-in-story that is easy to walk away from. And, because it comes from the author who, rightfully, blurbs his own books, I do expect perfection.I purchased my copy of The Warning, first-time-in-print, retail--as a finished, polished product. I am not readi Friends, I am feeling a bit frustrated. James Patterson is my go-to author for the times that I've read, but not reviewed, way too many ARCs. It's not like I can just "not read". So, Mr. Patterson. Because I'm usually guaranteed to get a suck-you-in-story that is easy to walk away from. And, because it comes from the author who, rightfully, blurbs his own books, I do expect perfection.I purchased my copy of The Warning, first-time-in-print, retail--as a finished, polished product. I am not reading an ARC. Initially, I am all kinds of excited. This seems like something 'my' students would totally dig. The younger characters carrying the heavy load in an action-inundated, frenzied race to save humanity--all while being held captive by an apparently malicious AI is, obviously, appealing.Then, a small error. Jordan spots his "...dad's SUV down there..." (p. 197) His dad drives a pickup. I know this, because I've read it many, many times up to this point, as well as after. Yes. There are real problems in the world and this is not one of them. I am still annoyed.But then, a continuity error that made me want to slap someone upside the head. On one page, "My brain also got around to noticing that my hands were cuffed behind my back." (p. 254) Later, but in the same scene "I put my hands to my head and felt around." (p. 255). This one may be just me. Perhaps I am the odd human wholly incapable of raising my hands, which are cuffed behind my back, to my head to feel around. If so, my apologies, my mistake. If, however, this is the second error...it really is aggravating. To me, in these Not-So-United States, general expectations are being lowered considerably, with many people being complacent. I do think that this story-line is a good one. I also expect published books by James Patterson to be perfect. I understand that the author is not the only human involved in the publication process and I am equally annoyed with each set of eyes, be they actual or artificial, that let these slide. This book will not be going to my favorite classroom library, but for all normal people that are not perturbed by the tiniest things, it's pretty entertaining.
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  • Laura Rash
    January 1, 1970
    Fair warning that this reads very much like a YA tho it’s not classified as one. But that doesn’t deter from the fact that it’s a pretty cool story. Kind of apocalyptic and futuristic and some great humor thrown in an adventurous tale.
  • Donna Hines
    January 1, 1970
    "No One can Enter! No One can Leave! No One is Safe!"HOLY SMOKES!A freak power plant accident leaves a town forever scarred but who knew it was literally as well as figuratively! Nothing is as it appears! Animals attacking humans! No cell service! Military lockdown of this plant is now the norm!I don't believe there was ever a book that had me flipping pages quicker than those by James Patterson.I have always loved LP but the short chapters make it easier to dig in and fully enjoy every word and "No One can Enter! No One can Leave! No One is Safe!"HOLY SMOKES!A freak power plant accident leaves a town forever scarred but who knew it was literally as well as figuratively! Nothing is as it appears! Animals attacking humans! No cell service! Military lockdown of this plant is now the norm!I don't believe there was ever a book that had me flipping pages quicker than those by James Patterson.I have always loved LP but the short chapters make it easier to dig in and fully enjoy every word and this one was no exception.For me it was his best work yet and I'm sure this is only the beginning as he never seems to disappoint with endless thrillers!Wow! Maggie is our 16yo with possible breast cancer whose mother is a vet which sounds simple enough.Until you throw in the rest of the plot such as chips, and scars, and the danger surrounding Mount Hope Nuclear Power Plant with the exposure to radiation oh plus the whole mess with a concussion that altered the entire brain wave pattern of one individual.I loved the characters including Jordan, Ishango (female), Maggie, and both parents who I prefer not to name to not spoil the plot.Nothing will ever be the same! Nothing!The power of the one controls so much until perhaps it no longer exists!
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  • John
    January 1, 1970
    Well, what should I say about this novel. It seems the original title was called “Disasterland”, which is a good description of the writing. This should be classified as a YA genre, because it definitely reads like it. There was good humor and a decent plot in there, but it was difficult to enjoy.
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  • Natalie
    January 1, 1970
    great book
  • T.K.
    January 1, 1970
    I was so excited to read this! Robison Wells is an amazing author and I have loved everything he has written; James Patterson, not so much. But I figured the collaboration would allow Mr. Wells the notoriety he so richly deserves. Instead, this reads like a group project. Where Mr. Wells built lovable, quirky characters, Mr. Patterson laced their conversation and thoughts with an abundance of f-bombs that was incongruous with characters who quote unfashionably old movies and use the term "banana I was so excited to read this! Robison Wells is an amazing author and I have loved everything he has written; James Patterson, not so much. But I figured the collaboration would allow Mr. Wells the notoriety he so richly deserves. Instead, this reads like a group project. Where Mr. Wells built lovable, quirky characters, Mr. Patterson laced their conversation and thoughts with an abundance of f-bombs that was incongruous with characters who quote unfashionably old movies and use the term "bananas" to describe weirdness. Also, the editing felt like a hack job with missing information, lack of flow, and inconsistent characters. I would happily pay money to read Mr. Wells' original manuscript; I bet it was amazing. 2.5 stars
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  • Melissa Dunlavey
    January 1, 1970
    I love a good James Patterson book... however this was not one of them. While the premise sounded good, the book was more like a young adult book and not his usual work. I wish he would stop writing with other authors and coming out with a book a week and go back to focusing on the story and element of surprise which seems to be lacking in this book. Let down and would the real James Patterson please stand up and return to writing like he used to.
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  • Linda
    January 1, 1970
    This was one of the dumbest books I’ve read and kept thinking it would get better but it never did. A year after a power plant accident, residents are allowed to return to their homes but things are not as they seem. The two main characters are Jordan and Maggie. Jordan seems to have abnormal powers while Maggie is a normal teen. They hear rumors about Ishango but have no idea of what or who this is.I don't recommend wasting your time reading this drivel!
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  • Joan
    January 1, 1970
    No one’s lived in Mount Hope for almost a year. An accident at the power plant caused the evacuation of the town. Now, some residents are coming home. But there’s a strong military presence, there are roadblocks on the only two roads that lead into town, and teen-agers Jordan Conners and Maggie Gooding discover that things are different. No internet. No cell phone service. Animals behaving bizarrely, angry and raging, leaving the town veterinarian with no choice except to euthanize them. No one No one’s lived in Mount Hope for almost a year. An accident at the power plant caused the evacuation of the town. Now, some residents are coming home. But there’s a strong military presence, there are roadblocks on the only two roads that lead into town, and teen-agers Jordan Conners and Maggie Gooding discover that things are different. No internet. No cell phone service. Animals behaving bizarrely, angry and raging, leaving the town veterinarian with no choice except to euthanize them. No one can leave.And there’s a military guard at the locked-down power plant.Can Jordan and Maggie discover the cause of the strange happenings in their town? And what will they discover about themselves as they try to save the town they’ve always called home?Although not classified as a Young Adult book, “The Warning” definitely is part of that genre [co-author Robison Wells has written several books in the young adult and/or science fiction genre]. Jordan and Maggie, the main characters in this somewhat apocalyptic science fiction tale, are well-drawn and believable, as are the other residents of Mount Hope. And the power plant characters are both imaginative and credible. But the story belongs to the two teens and unfolds from their dual point of view. There are plenty of unexpected twists and turns; although the plot is largely predictable, there are a few surprising reveals as the suspense builds and the tension mounts. Even though most readers will predict the final outcome long before they’ve reached the last page, it’s an enjoyable quick read, marred only by a couple of bewildering inaccuracies in the narrative that have a tendency to momentarily pull the reader out of the story. Recommended for readers of young adult fiction and apocalyptic science fiction.
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  • Michelle
    January 1, 1970
    Going home can be either good or bad.In the case of Mount Hope after a disaster the people are hoping they have homes left.But sometimes even the best looking things are only wearing a disguise.Jordan and Maggie are friends and can't wait to see each other again.As are others and at first things seem well,but strange,yet well still.Eventually everything starts to unfold and slip ups happen.The curious and the brave do what they must to help themselves and those they love.When one person or thing Going home can be either good or bad.In the case of Mount Hope after a disaster the people are hoping they have homes left.But sometimes even the best looking things are only wearing a disguise.Jordan and Maggie are friends and can't wait to see each other again.As are others and at first things seem well,but strange,yet well still.Eventually everything starts to unfold and slip ups happen.The curious and the brave do what they must to help themselves and those they love.When one person or thing tries to be in charge and finds ingenious ways to do it,it makes for a good read.But we should all see it for what it is too...a warning.If we think it, it might've been thought by someone else too who already has acted on that thought.Good if it's good,bad if it's bad.
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  • Craig Wakefield
    January 1, 1970
    The cover to this book says: "1st Time in Print." What does this suggest or mean? That we have never seen this book before or perhaps that this is the first time in print unless you real it online or on kindle or as a epub or mobi or PDF or ...... Why not print it: The name of James Patterson means that probably millions if not hundreds of thousands of this book in print would be sold.Selling a book does not equate to writing a good book or crafting a novel that should only be sold on line or as The cover to this book says: "1st Time in Print." What does this suggest or mean? That we have never seen this book before or perhaps that this is the first time in print unless you real it online or on kindle or as a epub or mobi or PDF or ...... Why not print it: The name of James Patterson means that probably millions if not hundreds of thousands of this book in print would be sold.Selling a book does not equate to writing a good book or crafting a novel that should only be sold on line or as a mobi, or epub or or mobi. Are you perhaps seeing a trend here?
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  • Sharon Pecci
    January 1, 1970
    I really enjoyed this book. To me it felt like a YA book, due to the main characters. Jordan and Maggie or maybe/maybe not boyfriend/girlfriend. There has been a probable nuclear disaster and they have been kept from their town. When they return everything is bright and shiny. Animals start to go crazy, Jordan has strange new abilities, Maggie thinks she has breast cancer, there’s a crazy life-like computer, and Jordan’s dad is just not like himself.I couldn’t put this one down. I hope there wil I really enjoyed this book. To me it felt like a YA book, due to the main characters. Jordan and Maggie or maybe/maybe not boyfriend/girlfriend. There has been a probable nuclear disaster and they have been kept from their town. When they return everything is bright and shiny. Animals start to go crazy, Jordan has strange new abilities, Maggie thinks she has breast cancer, there’s a crazy life-like computer, and Jordan’s dad is just not like himself.I couldn’t put this one down. I hope there will be a continuation of the story of Jordan and Maggie.
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  • Readerkuna1
    January 1, 1970
    This was a really good book. This very revalent for today.People get to go back to their town and the officals claim it is safe but they can't go back.Things are happening that are very strange. Jordan and Mary are going to figure out what is wrong.Many things happen.This is a book that needs to be read as the stuff that happens could happen today.Great book
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  • Bobbie
    January 1, 1970
    This was a good book but I have two complaints. First, the storyline is outrageous. Even with my limited imagination I believe a more realistic plot was possible without making the book any less enjoyable. Second, this is another time when I was "tricked" into reading a Patterson booked aimed at young adults. I wish the author would provide an obvious warning of such
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  • Nancy Wieme
    January 1, 1970
    Again... I started this and thought WTH. NOT MY THING. But- it piqued my interest and I liked the two teenaged main characters - I mean there's nothing like smart "smart-ass teens" and AI gone amok. I actually liked it. There were plenty of funny moments and references to movies and other pop culture things. I didn't love it. But I don't feel as though I wasted "reading time".
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  • Sheldon
    January 1, 1970
    The audio version of this teen novel sucked me in. Was it great? No! Was it more than simply readable? Yes! The narrator was really good. Hey, reading Patterson is almost like reading the newspapers. He has a different one everyday. I wonder if he writes anything himself anyway Rab E, but it doesn’t matter because he is fun.
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  • Sue
    January 1, 1970
    This clearly should have been designated as Young Adult but JP doesn't want to cut down on his profits by labeling it as such. I returned it to the library within the first 5 chapters. There are so many books out there that I want to read that I just don't have time to waste on a YA "horror" story. Sorry JP......you just aren't worth betting on anymore.
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  • Lynn Pintavalle
    January 1, 1970
    I started reading and had to check that I wasn't reading a YA book. It was not my cup of tea. Main characters are all teenagers. Throw a bit of Scifi in and that's the book. I wonder why the cover said 1st time in print?
  • Deb
    January 1, 1970
    I will rate this a 2.5. It wasn't labeled as a Young Adult.. or even Middle School...book, but it certainly read like one. Very simplistic writing at best. I feel like it was kind of a waste of time. Thank heavens it only took a day to read it.
  • Sparklin
    January 1, 1970
    I’ve read all James adult books. With that being said this book was not for me. After being evacuated and under quarantine. Families are allowed back in town. With hopes of finding the truth of what really happened.
  • Marilyn Fairchild
    January 1, 1970
    Warning James Patterson.While written in his famous style, I didn't really like this book like others of his. It's a very different story line than he normally writes about. I'm sure the younger generation will like it better than I did.
  • Chuck Wallace
    January 1, 1970
    The WarningI picked The Warning just like any other James Patterson book, because I love his style. But I was almost half way through when the whole story took a twist. Not wanting to add a spoiler, but horror is involved. It’s a great read as usual.
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  • Steve Tripp
    January 1, 1970
    Well that was a particularly stupid waste of my time. It has a nonsensical plot mixed with a storyline that was no more interesting than many "young adult" novels. James Patterson is no genus writer but he is damn capable or writing novels than are much better than this drivel. ARRGH ...
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  • Lawrence Grey
    January 1, 1970
    This was a different theme for Patterson and it seemed like it was written for Young Adults (students). The story line was interesting but the writing was very simplistic. It was OK for a summer Beach read and of course free from the local public library.
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  • Kami Bumgardner
    January 1, 1970
    What a waste of the time I spent reading this one. I'm going to guess that he wrote this one some time ago for a middle grade book, forgot about it, found it, and added a bunch of profanity to it to make it "adult fiction". T-E-R-R-I-B-L-E.
  • Robin Brink
    January 1, 1970
    Normally I would never give a James Patterson novel such a high rating, but this was so much better than usual, and not formulaic. In my opinion, maybe it's whatever portion Robison Wells wrote but the past 130 pages I read in one sitting
  • Nancy
    January 1, 1970
    2.8 Not my cup of tea.. futuristic ...I just didn’t care what was happening at Mt. Hope!
  • Metoo OM
    January 1, 1970
    Awful topic to write a novel about, imho!! I skimmed through it very fast because it wasn’t pleasant reading, as you can imagine from the summary given. Good writing as always, natch.
  • Tammy Adams
    January 1, 1970
    2 1/2 stars. Decent book but predictable. Not sure if it’s labeled as YA but that’s what it felt like to me.
  • Marilyn Jones
    January 1, 1970
    Too much sci-fi.
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