Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Book Review: The Doomsday Kids #3: Amaranth's Return by Karyn Folan

The Doomsday Kids #3: Amaranth's Return
By Karyn Folan
Publisher: K Squared Books
Published: Dec 1 2014

Amazon Synopsis:

Faced with the inevitability of his death from radiation exposure, Rod Wasserman has one final wish: to go home. Hoping to find his mother in the ruins of Washington, DC he plans to sneak away from the safety of the Mountain Place on a solitary journey into the Wasteland. 

Amaranth Jones has one wish: to see Liam Harper and her friends at the Mountain Place survive and thrive. But she's convinced that will only happen if she keeps as far away from them as possible. So when Amaranth catches Rod packing for his desperate journey, she insists on joining him---whether he wants the company or not. 

As they make their way back to ground zero, the two teens confront the horrors of the post-apocalyptic world. Food and water are scarce, nuclear winter has killed both plants and animals. Human life has little meaning-- and some desperate people have surrendered to the ultimate inhumanity: cannibalism. Threatened by the weather, by other survivors and their own demons, Amaranth and Rod must learn to trust each other if they have any chance of making it through hell and back. As Rod grows weaker, Amaranth must make more and more difficult choices to ensure their survival. How far will she go to help Rod achieve his last wish? And if they find Rod's mother, can the three of them make it back to Liam, Nester and the others again? 

This is Book 3 of The Doomsday Kids series. Book 1, Liam's Promise and Book 2, Nester's Mistake are currently available. Book 4, Amy's Gift will be released in April 2015.

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My Thoughts:

As in the previous two books, Amaranth’s Return was written from Amaranth’s point of view. This book has a very grim feel to it as Amaranth accompanies Rod on his last journey to ground zero in his search for his parents. Along the way they see the horrors of what other survivors have chosen to do in order to survive.

Amaranth’s Return pulls no punches. There are some pretty grim images contained within the pages of this book. I believe that it is plausible that it could happen however. As history has shown, man will do whatever man has to do to survive.

The author helps us to gain a great deal of insight into Amaranth and Rod in their journey. We learn more of their history and watch their character’s change and grow. It was hard not to empathize with Amaranth as we got to know her better.

Throughout the story there was plenty of action and suspense. The pacing of the book kept the tension high and there were enough plot twists to keep you off balance and wondering what was going to happen next.

I empathized with Rod in his suffering from the radiation poisoning and wished there was something I could do to help relieve him of his suffering. I can’t imagine what it would have actually been like to be there with a real person in such agony.

Amaranth’s Return was an excellent look at a post-nuclear war society. I would highly recommend this book. I gave it 5 stars out of 5.

Thank you to the author who provided a copy of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review. A positive opinion was not required. All thoughts are my own.

About the Author:

Karyn Langhorne Folan graduated from Harvard Law School and, after practicing and teaching law for several years, decided to pursue her dream of becoming a writer.  She is the author of eighteen books, including three young adult titles, four romance novels, several works of nonfiction. She has also been the ghostwriter for personalities in the entertainment and music industries.

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