Survive is the first book in the Cascade series by author Phil Maxey. This is a dystopian, post-apocalyptic book but like no other I have read before.
Amazon Description: Being locked in a military cell was Zach’s world, until the world ended.
A group of ex-military try to survive and make sense of a post-apocalyptic world destroyed by unimaginable creatures, while dealing with their own dark pasts.
We start out with each of our heroes being released from their cells. They are in the same maximum security prison in New Mexico but from different floors. They all think it’s a joke until they realize something is horribly wrong. Abbey is the first to be release and to face her monster. Cal, Michael, Zach, Fiona and Ray make it out of the prison and to a small town after being ambushed by a “Harmadillo” as they start calling it, a cross between a horse and an armadillo.
There they find transport and a cop that is injured. He gives them some information on what is being called the “Cascade,” their term for the end of the world. He ends up joining them after they stay the night in the hotel room he had holed up in. Jacob decides to go with them and they make it to another town before they are ambushed by werewolf looking things. There they take in a kid named Dee who had been hiding in his father’s office for over a month.
It’s been just a few months shy since the shit hit the fan and they are all surviving the best they know how. When Jacob, Zach and Dee go on a run to a hardware store and Dee’s house to search for his parents, they run across a conspiracy theorist who invites them back to his house. They make it back to the office building in order to help take out a bunch of the werewolf things that had made it inside and were attacking the others. They stay at the mans house a couple nights before accepting the terms that General Trow has offered from the survival camp in Austin.
They leave the house early in order to make it to their pick up point but walk into an ambush by amphibians. Shit hits the fan and gets worse for them, loosing one of their team in the process of the pick up.
I think it’s safe to say that I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE dystopian and post-apocalyptic books, regardless of zombies or not. While this might be a dystopian, post apocalyptic book, it does NOT have zombies. I am loving this take on an apocalyptic world. Zombies, plagues and viruses are something that are always the reasons behind most of these types of books.
This book features a different type of apocalypse: animals evolving at rapid rates. Humans are now on the bottom of the food chain rather than at the top. It’s a refreshing take on a very active genre! I can’t wait to read the second book in this series!
While it is a good storyline and the author is good at writing, it does NEED editing. There are misplaced words, slipped words, spelling errors and a few general mistakes that need to be edited. This book just released back in August and the reviews aren’t looking good for it because of the editing issues. I think once it gets edited, then the reviews would be better. Overall a good story despite these errors.
99 cents on Kindle
(I purchased this book for free while it was on a free promo.)