Author and Wendy Steele have been reunited and are continuing their quest to safeguard their property and the ever-growing family of orphans. The Rudolph flu has been kinder to infants and young children. So, every time the Steeles go out for supplies they seem to find more kids. But, soon leaving the homestead will become too dangerous as wildlife and nature go unchecked.
The Watsons’ second book in the Viral Misery series, Miracles follows the Steeles as they expand their house and teach their young charges how to survive. Even with all the little ones around they still miss their son, Joseph very much. Author continues to take advantage of the fear invoked by The Caravan Man. Though they refuse to take in the adults they come across, they do offer help to those that genuinely seem willing to work to survive.
Again, the Watsons had me laughing out loud at the many antics of the younger kids, especially Robin. And, they had me cringing over some of the methods used to dispatch their enemies. The ending was quite the shocker. Overall, a well-rounded emotional rollercoaster.
The one thing that I still find hard to believe is how well behaved all the children are. With minor infractions by the youngest members, no one else seems to ever bicker or act out. The adults get into more squabbles than anyone.
I do have to say that this has become my favorite post-apocalyptic series and I can’t wait for more!
5 out of 5 stars.
Arthur and Wendy Steele have established themselves by pretty much living off their land. They feel that they are prepared for most anything that life can throw at them. All their skills will be put to the test when Wendy finds herself stranded on a cruise ship while Arthur is at home tending the farm as the world struggles with a flu pandemic.
The Watson’s first co-authored novel, Viral Misery: Book One, takes the reader from the very beginning of the flu and shows how quickly and quietly it is spread throughout the world. It then goes from the worldview to following Author’s and Wendy’s plight. It’s a slow read at first but picks up speed quickly about a third of the way through.
At first, I did not like the Steeles. Something about their personalities rubbed me the wrong way. Maybe I was a little jealous of their lifestyle and a bit insulted by their crudeness. But, once the flu filtered into their lives I came to like them both very much.
The subject matter is rather grim and the scenarios presented are for the most part feasible. I did find some of the interactions too good to be true. The most telling being that a sizeable group of children was always well behaved and disciplined.
What I appreciated the most was levity interjected to break up the tension of the subject matter. I will forever have pictured in my mind a two-year-old running around in pink cowboy boots after she has stripped off all her clothes with others chasing after trying to redress her. And, I can still hear the others gagging as a stinky diaper was being changed in the close quarters of a closed vehicle. Too funny!
All in all, it is a good read. I look forward to book two.
4 out of 5 stars due to typos.