Nov 092015
Review: SaltSalt (The Last Flotilla #1) by Colin F. Barnes
Published by 47North on Oct 13, 2015
Genres: Adult, Mystery, Post Apocalyptic
Format: eARC from Netgalley
Find the book: Amazon, Goodreads
Rating: three-stars

In the near future, the effects of a catastrophic solar flare have left the earth almost entirely submerged, with only the tops of the very tallest mountains remaining above water.

Moored to one of these peaks is a flotilla of ships and boats containing all of the planet’s known survivors. One hundred and twenty-five souls remain, but not for long—a mysterious infection is turning the air they breathe and the water they drink into deadly hazards.

Twelve volunteers have been sent out to look for help—or even any signs of life—and none have returned. It now falls to Eva, a former cop, and Jim, the flotilla’s elected leader, to keep the fragile peace among the inhabitants. Humanity is depending on them for its survival—together, can they find the answers in time?

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.

I usually love apocalypse books. There is something about the end of the world via natural disaster that excites and thrills me. Unfortunately, I didn’t love this book, mainly because it felt a little clunky.

It seemed to take a long time to explain exactly what happened to cause the world to drown. Yes, it’s briefly mentioned in the summary, but there doesn’t seem to be a good explanation in the actual story.

Also, how did that many boats come together? It just felt under explained, which left me doubting.

And what was Eva’s back story? She alluded to it several times like it was something big, but it was never really explained. Why bother with all the exciting hints then?

I was also doubtful of the disease and salt baths. How did the salt baths help? And why was there no mention of dry and cracked skin, which I’m positive would be a big issue if people were always washing with salt water. It just sounds like a realistic complication that wasn’t in the picture.

I don’t like to be left doubting during a story. I want explanations I can buy into and believe, within the confines of the story parameters. It can be really crazy, but if it’s explained well, that’s all I care about. Unfortunately, not much felt well explained in this book, which left me feeling wishy washy about the whole thing.

  One Response to “Review: Salt”

  1. Seems to be interesting. I’ve used to read more realistic books, but I think I should like this one.

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