Avalon Adams is woken from a cryogenic sleep 100 years after an asteroid struck Earth. She is among the 5,000 chosen to reestablish civilization. Her awakening was triggered by accident and before her scheduled time. She could have easily died if Ilium, the resident physician hadn’t been close by.
The society set up within HOPE (Humanity’s One Plan for Escape), the underground facility designed by her father, is not at all like the world she left behind. Not only that but people are dying from a virus they were all supposedly vaccinated against when they entered the habitat. People are also disappearing without a trace. And, a cryptic message left for her by her father to trust no one leaves Avalon feeling all alone.
Ilium seems to be trustworthy and has sworn to protect her. Then there is the President’s son, Kael, who seems genuinely attracted to her. Can she find out what is going on by getting close to Kael without losing the friendship she has with Ilium? Love triangles are so overdone and cliché.
Stark’s first novel in the After Impact series, After Impact, is billed as a futurist dystopian with a mysterious twist. It is more of a new adult who-done-it. Avalon is too curious to let things play out. She must know who or what is causing the viral deaths and to what end.
About halfway through the book, things turn paranormal. I was unprepared for that. There was nothing up to that point or in the book’s description that leads you to expect it. I’m not a fan of paranormal, so it was hard for me to keep reading. But, this in no way affects the review.
Avalon’s character is 18 and still full of teenage angst. Several of the other characters, while supposedly older by a few years, exhibit childish behavior. Based on the reasoning for which they were chosen I would have expected more maturity.
This book is a fast-paced, engaging read. The writing is obviously by a new author who has a lot of potential. It will be interesting to see what Stark does in the next book of the series.
4 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.