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HAVEN: The Apocalypse Chronicles Book 1 ~Laury Falter


HAVEN is quite the read and I had a hard time putting the book down once I got started.  I did have to put it down and read it over several days and it gave me quite a few ideas to think about and ponder. This is about surviving after a horrid virus infects the planet with rapid body changes and massive destruction.  I feel as though I know what young people are worried about in their world.

That the adults in their lives are leaving these young adults, abandoning them, and creating messes (disease) that they cannot clean up or are not around to be responsible for their actions, and HAVEN is about the high school students who have the skill and knowledge to correct and heal the situation.  One parent has done his job and has trained his daughter to use her knowledge, be a top marksman, run, offer first aid, and has mastered survival skills.  Emotions, training, guns, and control are large issues in the story line.

It is a worldwide infestation and thank goodness the young male in the story is brighter and wiser about what needs to be done to overcome the immediate circumstances.  He is the handsome amazing hero.  Our female lead is no slouch either, as she can do it all and hit the mark.  Bull’s-eye!   We have a winning combination, with the researcher and jock right by their side.   I must not forget Mean Girl as she is charming in her own right, providing diversity and other critical skills to the mix.

In HAVEN the crew is safe inside their high school for 74 days and we learn about what one needs to survive a virus.   There are lots of tense moments and good discussions.  I should mention that the school cafeteria lady is one smart cookie and leaves the 5 survivors plenty to eat, solar cooking, and they create gourmet meals from her ordered pantry.

Our book is the first in a three part series and the cliff hanger dilemma at the end makes the reader thrilled that book II will be released on January 18th 2014!

HAVEN has a good writing style, although I did not need to look up any words, and the explanations teach well about safety, security and problem-solving. Although the narrator is the female hero of the story, I think fellows would enjoy this book very much.

Reading is important for brain development and I think this book is interesting and inspiring.  Get it on your gift list, share this review with others you know would enjoy this book, or donate a copy to a school library – HAVEN.

tlc logo TLC online book tours sent me a copy of HAVEN to review and the author sent me a personal message on the front page of the book.  Aren’t I lucky? I think so!

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11 Responses to “HAVEN: The Apocalypse Chronicles Book 1 ~Laury Falter”

  1. Sara Says:

    Patricia,

    Once again, an excellent review. This book sounds like a good Christmas choice for one of my daughters. She likes this kind of book and especially when they are a series.

    I also like your quote: “Reading is important for brain development…” So TRUE.
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    Patricia Reply:

    Sara,
    I good gift choice – I know I have a daughter who would love this one too –

    I should have said reading is crucial to the brain….70% of adults in the USA said they had not finished a book since they left school. Advertisers and political ad writers – love knowing that…TV does not increase brain synapse connections. One needs to play a game or read a book – active thinking

  2. Hilary Says:

    Hi Patricia .. I endorse your quote “Reading is important for brain development” – heaven knows what the youngsters are doing as they play games all the time .. but some will be using life sensibly – I hope!

    I can’t say this is my type of book .. but am sure it’ll have its place and give everyone goosebumps when they try to sleep!

    Cheers and have an easier 2014 .. Hilary
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    Patricia Reply:

    It did bring me some violent thoughts, but it was very important to see what some young folks are worried about – and I think a book such as this one might get some of those bravado gaming kids thinking some new thoughts – and understanding emotions.

    Some gaming is very important for their world, but communications and emotions are vital tools also

    Hilary – thank you for stopping by. I so enjoy reading your posts and learning so much history and touching base.

    very serious read – maybe we will see it as a movie?

  3. Laurie Buchanan Says:

    Patricia – I third the this-is-excellent motion about your insight: “Reading is important for brain development.”

    Like Hilary, this probably isn’t my type of story either, but there are oodles of people out there who thrive on this type of adrenaline.

    Patricia Reply:

    Laurie,
    The book is well written even though I did not find the vocabulary challenging – I think it covers a great deal of emotional turf about loss, survival and terrorism

    I think it is a book that will get young people reading – some of those who don’t seen the relevance in a good book or understanding story

  4. Talon Says:

    A book where a cafeteria lady is a hero? Gotta love that! I’ll be sure to check this out, Patricia!

    Patricia Reply:

    KIm,
    A hero and dead – now that was quite a combinations indeed!

    Some adults in the book were very strong role models for thinking things through – even if so many adults disappointed the characters futures and created so many problems.

    I never would have picked this book but I feel pleased I read it

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  6. Heather J. @ TLC Book Tours Says:

    I think my husband would enjoy this one – he’s a big fan of this kind of book!

    Thanks for being on the tour.

    patricia Reply:

    You are welcome Heather J
    I think he might like this one and the next one in the series…
    Lots of adventure in the future and lots of skills needed