James (Rock) Rockwell and his family are on an island off the coast of Portland, Maine when an explosion sends a tsunami their way. Realizing that no one will come to their aid they seek higher ground until they can find a way home. After leaving the island they discover that civilization has dissolved into the chaos that threatens their lives at every turn. Can they adapt and manage to get home? And, is home any safer than anywhere else?
Abrahams combines three novellas, Crossing, Refuge, and Advent into a standalone novel, Pilgrimage: A Post-Apocalyptic Survival Story. The story is loosely based on the The Perseid Collapse series of books written by author Steven Konkoly. It is very well done and follows Konkoly’s timeline. The characters are as real as they get. The family makes heart-stopping mistakes that keep you on the edge of your seat throughout the story. The emotions tug at you as you read about their struggles with the new reality that surrounds them.
Having previously read each of the novellas I was surprised to find as many errors in the combined version as I did. A few were contextual misspellings while the main portion were continuity errors. The story was every bit as good as it was in separate pieces. Abrahams seamlessly transitioned from one part to the next.
James made me want to knock him upside the head on numerous occasions. The man can’t walk without tripping over something.
Even with the mistakes, I would recommend reading this novel.
4 out of 5 stars.