I’d never known true darkness until the lights went out.
I had never known what it was to be hungry.
Everyone I ever knew was dead. If they weren’t, then they wished they were.
I know I did.
Prue Ashford has been surviving alone in the Australian bush for the last three years. After an unknown virus wiped out most of the human population, she escaped the chaos and hid. Every town and city was locked down into quarantine, but that only led to the inevitable. Death.
Living off the land, avoiding other survivors turned bad, she’s led a lonely life, surviving on the edge of a very narrow cliff. The moment she begins to lose hope is when she meets the handsome and enigmatic, Shaw.
He’s the first human being she’s seen in three years that hasn’t tried to kill her and she doesn’t dare to hope. She’d given up finding anyone alive that still had goodness inside of them.
Her only option if she wants to live is to trust Shaw and he takes her to the isolated community he calls home. Being among people again is it’s own challenge and Prue finds herself tested on every front. Making friends was never easy for her and making them after an apocalypse is even harder.
Hannah, the town’s apprentice doctor, becomes the closest thing Prue has to a best friend and Nan fast becomes her surrogate mother. Shaw brings feelings to the surface that she would rather forget and Eva, the mayor’s daughter, seems hell bent on making her life a living hell.
In the end, Prue must make a decision. Stay in the town at the end of the world and learn how to love again, or go back into the wasteland of human civilisation and go it alone.
What Remains is a gritty story of human survival. When society crumbles and chaos reigns, people become desperate. They turn to violence and resort to extreme measures to go on living. Parts of this story may be confronting for some people. It contains violent situations staged by desperate people, the extremes that people go to to show their love and a dose of bad language. It’s recommended for readers 18 and up.
*My Book Review*
DISCLAIMER: This book/eBook being reviewed was purchased independently and is a part of my private library. I have in no way been compensated for this review.
Okay, so recently I did a cover reveal for this book and I was blown away by the cover – so much so that I went out and bought the book and pushed all my other review books aside so I could read this one!
Was it worth it?
Parts of this book I found completely captivating and raw. Some parts hurt to read with their clarity of how a person might cope with the life and death decisions that have to be made after a catastrophic world event.
Other parts left me wanting, but not in a great way. I found the first half of this book lacking when it came to character development. I just found I wasn’t caring about the characters as much as I should be. The main character, Prue, is very hard to like. She is pointy and surly and tends to stalk off in a huff most of the time. I found myself wondering if maybe all her past relationships had broken down because she just wasn’t a very nice person! Normally these are characteristics I lOVE in a female character. I’m not sure what went wrong, so I can’t offer any suggestions on how to right it. Oh, and fans of AMC’s The Walking Dead, and, in particular, the character Michonne, will probably love this book.
However, this strange thing kept happening. Every time I put the book down, I couldn’t wait to pick it up again! And boy was I glad I persevered. After Prue settles into a town that may or may not be sinister (is the town too good to be true or is the author excellent at portraying the inside of a mind that is near snapping point?), things start to pick up. All of a sudden I found myself turning pages in an effort to see what happens and how the characters will fare in the end.
I found Nicole R. Taylor has a knack for describing action scenes and, surprisingly, romantic ones – a welcome surprise for sure! Her character dialogue is also brilliant and I found her character’s voices ringing true as I read.
Overall, I am giving What Remains by Nicole R. Taylor 3 out of 5 stars – please persevere, it’s a diamond in the rough!
About the Author
Previously, she has written for various small street press music and entertainment publications as a gig and album reviewer before publishing her first Urban Fantasy novel in early 2013.
When she isn’t writing, Nicole likes to spend time curled up with a good book and her 3-year-old rescue cat, Burger. She gets itchy feet more often than not and has lived in three countries and travelled to three times as many.
- COVER REVEAL: What Remains by Nicole R. Taylor (racheltsoumbakos.wordpress.com)
- The Devil’s Tattoo – Nicole R. Taylor (funwithbooksblog.com)
- Cover Reveal & Spotlight: What Remains by Nicole R. Taylor (readingdiva.com)