4 out of 4 stars
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Left Behind Book One written by R. Anne Polcastro is the first installment in the Left Behind trilogy. This book can fall into a few categories, Young Adult and Sci-fi are just two that come to mind. This book pulled me in from the first page and had me holding my breath until the last.
Two teenagers raised in a colony, used to surviving only on what food is scavenged, are sentenced to hard labor over a disagreement. Upon leaving their home, the two quickly discover that everything they were ever told had been a lie. With the desire to know the truth growing inside of them, Endirion and Harlo embark on a dangerous journey knowing they could die regardless of what they discover. Becoming fast friends, they support each other when they start to succumb to fear. After a long and frightful journey, something unexpected happens and leaves the reader thinking 'I need the next book!' (At least that was me earlier.)
Endirion and Harlo are not your typical teenagers, neither are the people in their colony. These individuals and others like them are the survivors of a nuclear apocalyptic event, leaving them, in varying degrees of deformity. The world that the reader gets thrown into is vivid and scary, to say the least, from deformed animals to barren lands that nobody dares enter.
I found the characters as well as the plot to be well developed and believable. Endirion and Harlo are two sides of the spectrum when it comes to kids. The kid that gets bullied, does what he is told, good kid (Endirion) and the kid that does the bullying, sporty, big bad kid (Harlo). To see them forced together, and then working together willingly to discover a life changing truth made them seem even more real to me. The change that occurred between them was smooth and very relate-able.
Left Behind is a story that I found nearly impossible to put down. Something that has not happened in a long while. From the descriptiveness of the surroundings to what the characters were doing, it played a vivid picture in my mind. When I came to the last page, I experienced an ‘ugh’ moment that sometimes happens when you reach the end of an awesome book.
There is not anything negative I can speak on about this novel. The typos I found could be counted on one hand, and did not detract from the story one bit. I would recommend this to any reader that enjoys Sci-fi and Young Adult novels. It is a quick read and will keep you on the edge of your seat. I rate Left Behind Book One by R. Anne Polcastro a 4 out of 4 stars!
Left Behind Book One
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