Book 1 in The Pathfinders series
As the end of the world begins, Carla and Tully hurtle through a wormhole five years forward in time, only to find they haven’t missed the Apocalypse after all.
Carla and Tully are picnicking in the quad of their international high school in central Paris when the end of the world begins. They are sucked into a wormhole that spits them out five years later to find that the world is a freezing desolation but still hanging on, waiting for something even worse to finish it off. The something worse turns out to be the Burnt Man and his horsemen. Taken prisoner by the Flay Tribe to their lair in the ruins of a shopping mall, Tully is forced to become a warrior, while Carla joins the other girls as a kitchen slave and comfort woman.
Tully might like the idea of playing soldiers, but Carla knows what is waiting for the girls when the food runs out, and it isn’t pleasant. The supermarket holy man’s vision of the return of the Burnt Man and his demon friends drags Tully back to reality. When the four fiends are reunited, the Apocalypse will really begin. Carla and Tully don’t plan on being there when that happens.
But in this post-Abomination world where only the young and brutal have survived, where food and fuel are running out and the climate is plunging into another final ice age, there is nowhere to run—except down another wormhole, with no idea of what might be waiting for them at the other end.
Isn’t that the most stunning cover? You know what they say, a cover helps sell the story, and this one certainly drew me in.
Abomination is the first book in the Pathfinders series. The two main characters teenagers Carla and Tully, are trying to cope with the challenges and uncertainties of a shocking post-apocalyptic world in which only the strongest and fittest will survive. Abomination demonstrates Jane Dougherty’s talent for writing powerful descriptive passages combined with believable dialogue. There are a whole bunch of characters to keep the reader entertained. But be prepared for some hard hitting scenes as this YA novel packs some less than tender punches. The novel draws to a gripping close and revelation. In truth, I am a bit of a novice in terms of post-apocalyptic novels so it was interesting to challenge myself to try something new. Abomination will appeal to both male and female YA readers who enjoy post-apocalyptic narratives, and to readers like myself who sometimes like to step out of their usual genre comfort zone to broaden their reading experience.
It is perhaps more suitable for the upper age limit of the YA market rather than the lower end due to some upsetting scenes.
My rating : 4 stars.
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Have you read Abomination or Jane Dougherty’s The Green Woman series? Do let me know I’d love to hear your opinions.
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I read it too, thought it was descriptively stunning, agree about some of the scenes and it most likely being the upper end of YA, but nonetheless, it was an amazing amazing book, I will definitely read the others in the series 😀
Yes, me too! 🙂
Thank you, Marje! I’m so pleased you liked it. If ‘like’ is the appropriate word 🙂
My pleasure Jane. So glad to get the word out for you. I do think you deserve more exposure! If exposure is the right word! LOL!!
It’s all good—I’ll take anything, exposure, libel, calumny 🙂
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Marje liked it! Even if it is a bit stomach-turning in places.
Wow, what a story and an excellent review, Marje. The cover is compelling and I must admit that I didn’t scroll down to your post immediately as I was studying the image. I think Jane is onto a winner with this series.
Yes, the cover art is really stunning. I do hope that Jane has much success with this series.
Oh, sounds great! 🦄❤️
Thanks Colleen, it is. Happy reading!
I’m not a YA chap nor really post apocalypse fantasy but I really should give this a whirl since I enjoy Jane’s prose. Thanks for the teaser Marje
Not a YA chap!! I’m not really a post apocalypse reader either but like you I enjoy Jane’s prose. Do give it a whirl. 🙂
I have read it and it’s a great book! But I admit to being a bit of a fan of Jane’s writing, although this is something of a departure from her usual style. Enjoyed your review, and yes, Jane doesnt hold anything back! 😁