Official Review: Apocalypse Life by Ashley Robert

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Official Review: Apocalypse Life by Ashley Robert

Post by kandscreeley » 12 Apr 2019, 08:43

[Following is an official OnlineBookClub.org review of "Apocalypse Life" by Ashley Robert.]
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2 out of 4 stars
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In the year 2021 a virus wiped out 99.9% of the world's population. Those lucky enough to be immune to the virus must find a new way to survive. There are always people, though, that will take advantage of the chaos for their own benefit.

Jameson and his grandfather Johnnie were hunters before the apocalypse, so they are familiar with living off the land. They've set themselves up in a nice cave where they have everything they need to survive. If only they can stay away from the Lankers, a gang that likes to rape, murder, and plunder.

Charity and Passion live a nomadic existence, going from place to place robbing others to survive. After a run-in with a particularly nasty group of Lankers, they are rescued by Jameson. Will these two groups be able to work together and survive? Or will Charity and Passion revert to their old ways?

Apocalypse Life by Ashley Robert is a dystopian fiction novel of about 170 pages. It's a quick and easy read, but I wouldn't recommend it to anyone under 18 due to mature content.

The plot of this novel is fairly simple: survival in a post-apocalyptic world. The Lankers are a great addition to the novel, as they add conflict to what would otherwise be a relatively boring story. The characters were interesting; though Jameson and his grandfather are good people, they do what they must to survive. Charity and Passion used to be trusting, but the apocalypse changed that. They live the only way they know how, which does tend to put them more towards the "bad" category. I enjoyed seeing how the characters developed and how their survival instincts played out.

The book starts off slowly and only picks up near the end. One of the reasons for this is the specific details the author gives about seemingly unimportant matters. For example, the author regales us with the specifics of how Jameson prepares a bear he caught hunting. It's almost a step-by-step instruction manual from how to skin it, to how to filet it, to how to cure the meat. Not only do the details slow the story, but they are also a bit too graphic. "Next, he ripped out its anus and threw it into a plastic bucket..."

In addition to the gratuitous descriptions, there were lines that seemed to be out of character with the serious nature of the rest of the book. These completely drew me out of the story, making me scratch my head when I read them. Passion is talking about her sister at one point, and says the following: "...it made her a bit jelly donut of her big sis." She is only fifteen, but she doesn't say anything remotely close to that anywhere else. Johnnie, an old man, is describing how he wants revenge and says this: "...it was on like Donkey Kong." If this is the author's way of inserting levity into solemn situations, he failed.

Furthermore, the book was not professionally edited. There were many errors, consisting of lack of apostrophes as well as homophone substitutions. "Their" is often written for "there" and "near bye" is substituted for "nearby." The errors were plentiful and distracting.

Overall, the book reads more like a post-apocalyptic survival manual than a fictional story. For that reason as well as the lack of editing, I give Apocalypse Life 2 out of 4 stars. This contains the bare bones of a story, but the unnecessary descriptions should be removed and more conflict added. I would recommend it to those that are interested in the hunting and handling of wild animals. Be forewarned, there is extreme violence as well as themes of rape and abuse.

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Post by Cecilia_L » 18 Apr 2019, 15:50

Those types of grammar errors are distracting, as are random comments, but I appreciate your honest review.

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Post by kandscreeley » 18 Apr 2019, 15:52

Cecilia_L wrote:
18 Apr 2019, 15:50
Those types of grammar errors are distracting, as are random comments, but I appreciate your honest review.
They just seemed out of character. I mean jelly donut? Thanks for your comment! Always appreciated.
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Post by Stephanie Elizabeth » 18 Apr 2019, 17:36

Jelly donut? That is bizarre. It's too bad there were so many errors. Such a shame when a book could be so great, but it misses the mark.

Thanks for the honest review!

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Post by Nisha Ward » 18 Apr 2019, 18:52

I don't even know anyone my age who says stuff like jelly donut for jealous or the donkey kong reference. That just seems odd and distracting. It's a pity because it sounds like it would have been an interesting read concept-wise.
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Post by sarahmarlowe » 18 Apr 2019, 22:12

Thanks for your very thorough review! I know to pass on this one. There doesn't sound like there is much here for me to like. :shock:
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Post by jeminah28 » 19 Apr 2019, 04:01

Hmmmm, I guess, this book will show another food eating habit for survival. Nice review.
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Post by Shrabastee » 19 Apr 2019, 05:31

The plot is definitely simple yet one that can bring out the extreme dark side of the characters. i like your honest review that reveals both strong and weak points of the book.

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Post by kandscreeley » 19 Apr 2019, 06:33

Stephanie Elizabeth wrote:
18 Apr 2019, 17:36
Jelly donut? That is bizarre. It's too bad there were so many errors. Such a shame when a book could be so great, but it misses the mark.

Thanks for the honest review!
I know, right? It could be a good story, but it needs some work. Thanks for your comment.
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Post by kandscreeley » 19 Apr 2019, 06:34

Nisha Ward wrote:
18 Apr 2019, 18:52
I don't even know anyone my age who says stuff like jelly donut for jealous or the donkey kong reference. That just seems odd and distracting. It's a pity because it sounds like it would have been an interesting read concept-wise.
Yes! It just totally took me out of the story because it was unrealistic. Hopefully the author changes a few things. Thanks so much.
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Post by kandscreeley » 19 Apr 2019, 06:35

sarahmarlowe wrote:
18 Apr 2019, 22:12
Thanks for your very thorough review! I know to pass on this one. There doesn't sound like there is much here for me to like. :shock:
I completely understand. The play-by-play hunting references we're just too much. Thanks!
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Post by kandscreeley » 19 Apr 2019, 06:36

jeminah28 wrote:
19 Apr 2019, 04:01
Hmmmm, I guess, this book will show another food eating habit for survival. Nice review.
Yes! If you'd like to know how to make Pemmican, pick this book up. It's educational. Thanks for commenting!
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Post by kandscreeley » 19 Apr 2019, 06:37

Shrabastee wrote:
19 Apr 2019, 05:31
The plot is definitely simple yet one that can bring out the extreme dark side of the characters. i like your honest review that reveals both strong and weak points of the book.
Thanks. You're sweet!
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Post by kdstrack » 19 Apr 2019, 15:50

Well, 2021 is just around the corner! The description of the two groups coming together seemed like an interesting start. The strong themes and the grammar would be frustrating. I enjoyed your insights about this book. Thanks.

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Post by kandscreeley » 19 Apr 2019, 17:53

kdstrack wrote:
19 Apr 2019, 15:50
Well, 2021 is just around the corner! The description of the two groups coming together seemed like an interesting start. The strong themes and the grammar would be frustrating. I enjoyed your insights about this book. Thanks.
You're right. It is around the corner. Let's hope this doesn't come true. Thanks for your comment!
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