“Grief never goes away. It just changes. At first it’s like molten-hot lava dripping from your heart and hollowing you from the inside. Over time, it settles into your bones, your skin, so that you live with it, walk with it every day. Grief isn’t the footprints in the snow. It’s the empty spaces between.”
My Thoughts: It has been awhile since I read a book that falls into the “post apocalyptic” genre so I was excited to dive in. At first glance this book reminded me of Hunger games in the sense of the strong female lead character. And a bit of Maze Runner with the agency Immunity aspect. BUT it was definitely a new story altogether than those its being compared to. I feel like it set the stage for a great series (or AT LEAST a follow up book). The main character Lynn was left in a world surrounded by men and I give her credit for holding her own. I loved imagining the cold snowy landscape and trying to think what the world would be like today if that were all that was left. As I started reading I knew that could not be all that was going on – enter a handsome stranger named Jax and the plot really kicks off! I devoured this book in two days and loved every minute of it. By the last page I was dying to know what happens next. Bravo to Johnson, I will absolutely be first in line to read whatever he comes out with next (again please tell me it is a sequel)!
Book Blurb: Forget the old days. Forget summer. Forget warmth. Forget anything that doesn’t help you survive in the endless white wilderness beyond the edges of a fallen world. Lynn McBride has learned much since society collapsed in the face of nuclear war and the relentless spread of disease. As the memories of her old life continue to haunt, she’s forced to forge ahead in the snow-drifted Canadian Yukon, learning how to hunt and trap and slaughter. Shadows of the world before have found her tiny community—most prominently in the enigmatic figure of Jax, who brings with him dark secrets of the past and sets in motion a chain of events that will call Lynn to a role she never imagined.