It's Book Review Wednesday! Today, I've got a very unusual sort of book: a post-apocalyptic novel with a disabled person as the main character. How does that work? Read it and find out…
Queen of Bones
A seventeen-year-old orphan, alone in the deadly post-apocalyptic world. She's feisty, yet vulnerable; a woman, and yet a young girl. And with her discovery, she just might be Humanity's savior. Meet Sara Hill...
Queen of Bones is a the story of a young woman's fight for survival in a post-apocalyptic world where burning solar storms have reduced the human race to roving bands of murderous desperadoes. Sara Hill, young, beautiful, partially disabled, and alone, has made a discovery that could turn the tide of the coming extinction of the human race. But can she reach the fabled outpost where a few survivors are struggling to re-create civilization?
My Review: 4 Stars
I got a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review…
Overall, this is a book I would recommend to anyone who enjoys post-apocalyptic stories. Instead of a zombie apocalypse or a virus outbreak, the sun is the cause of all the world's troubles. Solar flares have killed off billions of people, leaving just a lucky few.
But the main character is not so lucky. Her arthritis makes her vulnerable and weak in a world where the weak die first. I loved how this differently-abled person is able to survive BECAUSE of her disability, rather than despite it.
It's an interesting story, though I must admit the first 25 to 40% of the book seemed somewhat unnecessary. While it's important to establish the character's survival instincts and determination, it felt like the author was torturing the character for the heck of it. I don't mind grim or dark, but a lot of the suffering did little more than highlight the brutality of the post-apocalyptic world without actually contributing to real character development.
There were a few "iffy" mistakes--for example, the tense changed from present to past repeatedly, there are some punctuation and grammar problems, and so on. The concept of the book was great, but the execution fell just a tad short in my opinion. Still, a book definitely worth reading, if not for the novelty of a disabled heroine!
About the Author
A licensed professional engineer, G. ZIMMERMAN has been writing stories since he was ten years old. He has released five short stories in literary magazines and e-zines, and writes primarily supernatural fiction and psychological horror. A graduate of the University of Illinois, Zimmerman is married with three children, a dog, and three cats, and lives in the Seattle area.
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