7 more sleeps till Halloween, and that means 7 more spooky posts! This one is about “The Queen of Bones” by G. Zimmerman.
The Queen of Bones (Release Date: 2016)
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 . . .
Welcome to the Queen of Bones Group! The 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?
Add to Goodreads
Warning: The MC in this story is 17 but this is NOT a YA novel. Contains Triggers, sex, and violence.
At the beginning of this story, is a foreword by the author promising that this book is unlike “The Dystopian saturating the market today”, and he guarantees something different. I can honestly say he delivers on his promise because there are many aspects of this book that are unique to the genre, notably, the MC is differently abled and that is new for me.
Another difference, no zombies, infected, walkers, or any other flesh-eating creatures. No, the enemy is the sun and its world-ending solar flares. I don’t know about you, but as the villan of the piece is something natural, it makes the story more terrifying, than if it was a viral plague that wipes out humanity. This is a real phenomenon that will likely be a real issue in the future. Who knows, there will probably be a viral plague too, but you get what I mean, right?
The story is a brutal first-person account of survival in this harsh, new world. There’s no sugar-coating it, it’s pretty horrific stuff but all the more realistic because of it. The protagonist is a spit-fire and despite her condition, manages to survive the worst kind of nightmares. It’s hard to believe she’s a teenager sometimes. That said, there are many points in the story where we are reminded of her age, either by dialogue or circumstance, and that makes for an interesting juxtaposition.
The writing is pretty good, and the story is entertaining. Like I said, it’s refreshingly different which gets it mega bonus points, but there are somethings that I didn’t like about it. I’m no prude, but there are some sex scenes that are overly graphic, and seem unnecessary to the plot, and I didn’t care for the ending. I was really enjoying the story and then the book just ends. Not really as a cliff-hanger either. That was my main issue and unfortunately it affects my overall rating quite a bit.
Anyway, despite the non-ending ending, it’s a decent read with a lot to offer. And of course, it’s a good book for this time of year!