Yesterday's Gone: Season One by Sean Platt, David Wright
Collective Inkwell: 9/30/11
eBook review copy, est. 500 pages
Yesterday's Gone: Season One by Sean Platt, David Wright is a (maybe) highly recommended start to a serialized post-apocalyptic series.
The premise to Yesterday's Gone grabbed my attention
immediately: very few people are left alive after a world changing event
occurred at 2:15 a.m., Eastern Standard Time, on October 15th. At that
time everyone fell asleep and then 99.9% of the world's population
simple vanished after a reported dark cloud ascended on everyone. There
are other, odd things missing as well.
The book is written as if you are following episodes of an ongoing TV
series where, as the questions abound and multiply, all the answers are
yet to be revealed. The episodes introduce us to the cast of
characters: a journalist, a serial killer, a mother and daughter,
several teens, a special agent, and an eight-year-old boy, and then
follow their actions as they try to figure out what has happened and
where they should do. As they are seeking answers, terrifying
creatures/monsters begin to appear and are becoming more and more
common. The monster only purpose seems to be to kill the survivors.
But, you need to know going into this that it may be a long haul to
get some answers since this is "season one" of six so-called seasons
(books) and each season contains "episodes." I would agree that this
first book did make me think of The Stand and Lost, but,
at this point after season one, it's not nearly as good as either of
those. It's also clear that some scenes and actions are loosely based on
other shows and books, which may bother some readers.
Yesterday's Gone: Season One lends itself to a good news/bad news review summation:
The good news is that you can likely find a digital copy of this first
season somewhere for free. The bad news is that there are currently 6
seasons. The good news is that it is fast-paced, entertaining, sometimes gruesome, and additively readable.
The bad news is the writing quality and character development aren't always very good.
I am going on to read Season Two because I have a review copy of it
and perhaps I'll know after that if I want to continue on reading the
series or not. I do tire of novels written in parts. I much prefer
novels that stand alone and have a beginning, middle and end. (There are
some exceptions, such as Margaret Atwood's three novels in her
MaddAddam trilogy, which work together but can stand alone.)
Disclosure: My Kindle edition was courtesy
of Collective Inkwell for review