Aug 252014
Review: The Land of the ShadowThe Land of the Shadow (The End of All Things #2) by Lissa Bryan
Published by The Writer's Coffee Shop on Aug 21, 2014
Genres: Adult, Post Apocalyptic
Format: eARC from Publisher
Find the book: Amazon, Goodreads
Rating: four-stars

Two years after a horrific virus swept the globe, decimating the world’s population, Carly Daniels and her husband, Justin, have made a safe home in the isolated southern town of Colby. Protected by fences and a vigilant population, the residents there had somehow managed to keep the Infection out. Until the sight of Carly and Justin’s healthy baby girl convinced them it was safe to allow Outsiders in.

Now, in the wake of fresh losses, the small band of survivors struggles to rebuild a community. With only nineteenth-century technology to aid them, they must learn skills long forgotten to provide for their basic needs. Each day brings new challenges, and every choice they make affects their long-term survival. While Carly and Justin adjust to a growing family, and to their roles as community leaders, they must rely on one another for strength and support when they face difficult questions.

Carly has to decide how to move forward in a world where equality, justice, and freedom from tyranny are no longer guaranteed. And when new threats emerge, she has to decide what she is willing to do—and how far she’s willing to go—to protect what she has worked so hard to build.

When the end has come and gone, it’s a journey down a long and broken road through The Land of the Shadow.

I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

As a second book, this story was quite exciting and took the series into a great direction. While the first book focused on the immediate aftermath of the disaster, this book is all about starting to rebuild and learning how to live in a new world. Like my comparison in the first book, this book reminded me of Sunrise (Ashfall #3) by Mike Mullin, but with an adult setting.

I really appreciated how realistic the story felt in terms of the actions the characters took. It was interesting to see how people respond to living in a technology-free world, and really makes me think how I would cope. I’m guessing I wouldn’t do so great, at least initially. It was very invigorating to see how creative everyone got when they needed to be.

My one complaint about the book is how Carly seemed to send Dagny away every time there was danger. I understand wanting to keep your baby safe, but I couldn’t imagine that sending her away with virtual strangers is the way to do it. At times, it felt like a device used to avoid having to deal with a baby in the scene.

With that one small thing aside, I really enjoyed the story. I love post-apocalyse/disaster type stories, and this satisfied my expectations. The story was complete in itself, however I would still recommend reading the first book in the series first, just so you understand the back story. There isn’t a lot of time spent recapping everything, so you really need the history of the first book to understand everything.

  2 Responses to “Review: The Land of the Shadow”

  1. I think the baby thing would have annoyed me too, but otherwise it seems like this book was a winner. I recently jumped on the post-apocalyse genre bandwagon, and I’m rather enjoying it, so thanks for bring this series to my attention. I’ll obviously start with the first installment, and look forward to meeting Bryan’s realistic characters. Wonderful review!

    • I’ve always been on the post-apocalypse wagon, more so post-catastrophe. Something about huge disasters makes for very thrilling reads.

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