Dean’s first novel in The Ferocity Series, Ferocity, contains two stories that alternate and then merge into one. There is the present day story of the father and his three children on an isolated island. And, there is the story set some 20 years in the past which brings the novel full circle.
Present day – food sources are starting to run scarce after several years of drought on their island home. Rune, Judson, and Abel must now decide whether to join their father by returning to the mainland or to stay on the island and hope for the best. The isolated island is the only home the siblings have ever known. Stories told by their father and a book called The Manual are all they know of life beyond their waters. The decision to stay or go causes a rift in their relationships.
Twenty years ago – Christopher is on his way home after six months at sea. The captain informs the crew that there has been a breakdown of society in their absence. Once they land in Mobile the reality of what has happened hits them in force.
The story flows at a good pace and the characters’ personalities are well developed. The novel appears to have only a couple typographical errors which is remarkable. Dean does use a lot of adverbs and passive phases though, making the story less active.
The book does not do is explain what causes the downfall of society. Nor does it explain the meaning of the hourglass in the circle symbol. I do not know if the sequel goes into these aspects of the story.
I did enjoy the story overall and will read the next book. 3 out of 5 stars.
I received this book for free from the author for review consideration. This in no way affected my opinion of the book, or the content of my review.