YAY… another book review! I really enjoyed doing my last one and, by the looks of things, you all really enjoyed reading it, too. So, I made the decision to pursue the book reviewing side of things and see where it takes me.
So, without further ado, I give to you – Rogue Evacuation by Simon Neilson…
I DM’d Simon on Twitter after seeing his tweet, asking if any book bloggers would be willing to review his book. He then sent me his book, and I immediately got to work on it.
I’ve been tackling a readathon at the same time while reading this book; so, it’s taken me a little longer than usual to get through it. However, the book had me hooked from the minute when I started reading it!
All Kaleb McIntyre wants to do is go home to his wife and child, if they are still alive. The world is in turmoil, ravaged by famine, war, and now a pestilence, which is destined to wipe us out.
England and Scotland are at war, with London on lock-down. We’re all just prisoners of the system, gunshots shatter the night, curfew is hell, cabin fever and fear sour the paltry existence we have left. A mysterious man invades Kaleb’s life and he is plunged into a scheme where he faces the danger head on. He’s gone rogue, he has to. The powers in charge have left him scant choice. No one wants a Scot living in England, but leaving is forbidden.
Kaleb meets other survivors of the bomb. There is a secret which threatens to prevent him getting home. One solution can stop this nightmare, but also could have dire consequences, not just for England but the entire human race.
In a world where infection reigns, surviving is the only hope we have left.
After reading the synopsis for this book, I was intrigued. I would NEVER normally pick a book like this up. A movie or a TV series – YES (28 Days Later and The Walking Dead are some of my favourites)! But a book… never!
However, I decided that it was time for me to start branching out, and I really wanted to find out what this story was all about.
Not only did I love that this book was based in England (HELLO, home country!), but I also loved that not all was as it seemed to be… I can’t reveal too much, as I don’t want to give away any spoilers, but this is not your basic end-of-the-world, apocalyptic, zombie book. There’s a lot more going on, behind-the-scenes, and this book will have you smiling at the end about how clever the story and characters have been.
The book follows several characters and it has a good mix of strong male and female characters, which is nice to see. You will also find yourself not liking every character, which is a credit to Simon… this isn’t easily made possible, especially in the way that he’s done it. The book is written in a diary format from the point of view of Kaleb – our main character – which I really enjoyed. I’m always a fan of shorter chapters, too… those give you a sense of faster accomplishment (although a false sense!), and you can continue to persuade yourself to read “just one more chapter” for longer than you could with bigger chapters.
The storyline is very good, and it is brilliantly written. I genuinely believe that if I’d had the chance to read this in one sitting, I’d have finished the book while convinced that I was in the middle of an apocalypse! You can easily get lost within the story, and imagine yourself in the back of the truck with all the other characters (trying to get away from the infected and to survive).
I would recommend this book to those of you who love apocalyptic novels, and to those of you who have never read one, before… and, even to those of you who aren’t necessarily fans of said genre! This book is worth reading… it’s gripping, enticing, and will leave you wanting more.
I give this book 5 stars (out of 5).
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