Post Apocalyptic Fiction
by E. T. Gunnarsson
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Pub Date 23 Jan 2021 | Archive Date 08 Mar 2021
Four characters in three intertwining time periods fight for survival on a toxic planet:
Oliver: A lone survivor, raising civilization from the ashes.
London and Rose: Nomads caught between warring factions.
Simon: A space station technician initiating a revolution.
Together they may be last hope for humanity.
The Earth ended slowly, asphyxiated by man's drive for energy and silenced by fire and brimstone. In the hopeless dystopian remnants, there is only the struggle to survive and endure.
Oliver, a lone rider bearing the scars of the old world, flees east into the untamed lands beyond the Rocky Mountains. He spearheads the frontier and carries the burden of civilization into the new world, destined to rebuild from the ruins. He has to survive the wasteland where the earth is toxic, and the very air itself is a corrosive poison.
London, a veteran of the wasteland, shields his adopted daughter Rose from an unforgiving world. They live in a new age that'll soon draw them into the bitter feuds between fledgling nations. No matter what, London will sacrifice anything for Rose. Unbeknownst to London, they are about to be drawn right into the scourge of war.
Simon, a man born and raised on the great Arcadis space station, faces suppressive pressure from The Peacekeepers and The Leaders. Ever the tinkerer, Simon needs to be careful as he breaks the authoritarian rules in the world he has to live in.
About the Author
ET Gunnarsson grew up on a horse rescue farm in the Colorodo Rocky Mountains. He now lives in Texas where his interest are Norse mythology, history and judo. Forgive Us is his first novel and a prequel, Abandon Us, is scheduled for release in late 2021.
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I received a free review copy of Forgive Us from NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review - my sincerest thanks to both the author and the publisher. :)
This was an excellent book, the author cleverly weaving 3 distinct stories with various characters into one. The first big reveal where two of the stories became connected had my jaw on the floor. Just one of those things that was done subtly didn't beat you over the head with it. By the time the 3rd was intertwined I was hoping desperately that it was the character I thought it might be. Mr. Gunnarsson didn't disappoint.
The tales woven are those as old as time but in a fresh desperate world. Human nature, the resilience, the drive to survive, the love, the lofty ideals torn asunder by paranoia, power, and greed. Each individual story is told in a chaptered order there by splitting up the stories until they slowly come together. This style was incredibly engaging as most chapters would end on a cliffhanger and you were desperate to find out what happened to the other characters but also get back around to the characters you just left.
This is an incredible freshman debut for the author, I sincerely hope he continues writing and will be on the outlook for any other work he has published.
Forgive Us by E.T. Gunnarsson
In this nonlinear narrative, we follow London and Rose who are survivors of the post-apocalyptic Earth; Simon who is a member of the Rapture, a group of people who were sent to a space station to live until Earth is habitable again; Oliver a survivor who has a motorcycle and big dreams for the future.
The dates don't make much sense, in the first three-fourths of the novel, but as you get closer to the ending, it starts to make more sense.
I gave it 4 stars, because although it is well written, it seems towards the end, that several key players are killed off, with not much fanfare, especially since they were such key elements in the book. Seemed to be almost rushed at the end. It is part of a series, so there wasn't a plausible reason (to me) to have ended that way.
There were a lot of details in the first parts of the book, telling how hard it was to survive on an unfriendly Earth. You find yourself rooting for the survivors.
Many thanks to #netgalley and #forgiveus for the complimentary copy I was under no obligation to post a review.