I have an exciting book review for you today!
I was contacted over the summer by the owner of Lien Public Relations, Sara Lien Edelman, who represents the author of Afognak, James Rains. This book was released in March, but they decided to do a relaunch of this book for August. Ms. Edelman actually received my blog information from Ashley of Wordsweheart. So once again, thank you Ashley for doing this.
I was sent this book in exchange for an honest review.
Run. Fight. Die.
The island of Kodiak, Alaska has been harboring a dark secret for centuries, and that secret is about to be unearthed.
Dr. Joseph Karikoff and a group of survivors race against time to flee the horrors unleashed on the island in this apocalyptic biomedical thriller.
Publication Date: March 15, 2015
I gave this book 5 out of 5 stars
Thrilling, heart pounding, exhilarating, edge of your seat, not knowing what will happen next type of book. I am so happy to have had the chance to read this amazing book. I could not put this book down! What drew me to this book was the fact that it reminded me of episodes of the X-Files and I love books that are categorized as post-apocalyptic/biomedical thriller.
Right away you are sucked into the story with the prologue of how the “darkness” began before it impacted the people of present day Kodiak, Alaska. What is different/what I LOVED about this book is how this was written. You get to see how the events unfold through the eyes of different characters points of view. Even though the storyline switches between the characters, you are able to keep track of what is going on in the story. I think that it really helped that the author told you which character it was. I read another book that was written in the same fashion, The Fifth Wave, but my issue was that you didn’t know which character it was until you read a little further into the chapter, which honestly got a bit confusing after awhile. The author does an amazing job providing readers with a background to each of the characters in order to help you feel some sort of connection and understanding to who they are and how each of the characters dealt with all the events that were taking place (I won’t go into detail about these events, because obviously I want you to read the book).
I also enjoyed the difference in how the book was divided up. Most books of course are divided up by chapters with a specific amount of pages within each chapter. This book, however, is very different. It is instead divided up by days since the nightmare was unleashed. Doing this gives readers a clearer picture on the timeline of the events. And I must say, each day that passed, I was getting more and more anxious to find out what would happen to each of the characters. I almost felt like yelling at the book because at the end of each character perspective, it was like a mini cliffhanger and then you were shown another perspective.
I enjoyed that this story took place on a remote island because this is just another obstacle that is in the way of the characters being able to escape the horrors that they are facing (yes, you will have to read the book to find out what these are).
I really believe that if you are a fan of government coverups, horror, biomedical thrillers and or post-apocalyptic books, then I HIGHLY recommend this book. I want to point out that this isn’t a young adult book, BUT, fans of young adult books will absolutely enjoy this book. I would say it was a very nice change of pace for me.
I hope that you enjoyed my review and stay tuned because I will get the chance to interview the author!!
Guess what readers!! The author is actually hosting a giveaway through goodreads! Make sure to click the link below to enter!! Just scroll down to the middle/bottom of page to enter the giveaway (you do have to be a member of goodreads to enter)
(Click image to be brought to the author’s website) About the Author:
James Rains is an avid storyteller. For almost two decades he has been writing and telling stories that captivate audiences of all ages. Rains has a love of knowledge and holds a Bachelor’s Degree in religion, a Master’s Degree in education, and an Education Specialist Degree. He works in education and he spends his free time writing and reading and hanging out with his wife, Sarah and dog, Horace. Afognak is his first book.