Disaster's Children by Emma Sloley
eBook review copy; 320 pages
Disaster's Children by Emma Sloley is a so-so wealthy
survivalists story incorporating a dystopian setting with a romance
Marlo has been raised by her wealthy
adoptive parents and a group of other wealthy like-minded
survivalists in a secluded community in Oregon. She has lived in
the isolated community for 20 years, since she was five. The
community was started by doomsday preppers based on the
approaching climate change. The residents call the outside world
"the Disaster" and although Marlo has made a few trips to the
outside world, she has spent most of her time secluded with
members of their group. When Marlo finds a dead eagle, which after
a search turns into five dead eagles, members are sure it is due
to the Disaster outside their ranch.
The synopsis makes this novel sound much more interesting
dystopian than it is in reality. The technical quality of the
writing is good, richly detailed and descriptive, but Sloley loses
track of how to take advantage early on of creating mystery,
tension, and intrigue in her story. While the writing is
important, ultimately I'm reading novels for the story, the plot.
There were several chances to increase the apprehension for the
reader when Marlo encounters mysteries and then.... she just moves
on. The action didn't really start until I was already bored with
and tired of Marlo. (The whole buying a designer dress when she
visits NYC with her father on a mission to recruit new members to
their enclave made no sense, especially when contrasted with her
wanting to leave her sheltered home to work for a eco-group.) She
is a very young, sheltered 25 year-old. After powering through the
novel, the unanswered questions and cliff hanger at the end
clinched the lower rating for me.
My review copy was courtesy of Amazon Publishing.