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Breakers (Breakers, #1) by Edward W. Robertson #Review

BREAKERS

Breakers by Edward W. Robertsonswir-goldl

In New York, Walt Lawson is about to lose his girlfriend Vanessa. In Los Angeles, Raymond and Mia James are about to lose their house. Within days, none of it will matter.

When Vanessa dies of the flu, Walt is devastated. But she isn’t the last. The virus quickly kills billions, reducing New York to an open grave and LA to a chaotic wilderness of violence and fires. As Raymond and Mia hole up in an abandoned mansion, where they learn to function without electricity, running water, or neighbors, Walt begins an existential walk to LA, where Vanessa had planned to move when she left him. He expects to die along the way.

Months later, a massive vessel appears above Santa Monica Bay. Walt is attacked by a crablike monstrosity in a mountain stream. The virus that ended humanity wasn’t created by humans. It was inflicted from outside. The colonists who sent it are ready to finish the job–and Earth’s survivors may be too few and too weak to resist.

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Breakers starts out in Part 1 as a really good post-apocalyptic story, with compelling characters (Walt; Raymond and Mia) and their different tales going back and forth how they are surviving the meltdown of society. I was really sucked into Part I by both the characters and the writing. Then Part II opens up and it started going downhill, but the characters are still enjoyable and I am getting to really like them, especially the new female character Mia.

During Part 2, the LA couple, Raymond and Mia start to become my favorite as they work not only to stay together as a couple but to stay and survive. Giving me a bit of a break from the cumbersome and frustration of Walt, our New Yorker who is trekking across America to honor his girl friend. So many things he does and is able to do seems to be a bit of a reach or at least believable. Even someone who grows up learning to be an outsoorsmen growing up in NYC you are going to lose your instincts. In fact, as soon as the author uses the story device of Walt’s parents being Hot Air Balloon people I knew we were going to have something later on and without giving spoilers (because it happens in a different book) I wanted to.. grrrrrrr.. I … anyway not going there. Walt’s whole, WALKING bit is interesting, but he is to over the top survivalist, as in again.. not buying it, especially since he was able to so some “out of this world” things which if not explained in the later books I am not bothering to … BLAH! But who am I, I never would know what I am really capable of if this happened in my world.

Just when I thought… “this is a pretty good Post Apocalypse book”, the aliens show up. And of course they are not good aliens, they are bad ass mean ass horrific going to raise the earth kind of aliens and make you my bitch kind of aliens, right? Well sounds AWESOME! Ummm but we still have no clue why the aliens are herding humans naked into corrals or killing and razing down the world. What evidence they are the ones that planted the actual virus that wiped the planet out. But at the same time, if he had then what, it may have been to convoluted.

Part 3 has Walt, Mia, and Raymond decide to go find the resistance.  Though I am wondering if the author may have watched a bit to much Independence Day. I want to scream about what the author did and…. I can’t because it is spoilers and if he does not fix it in the later books, again… BLARGH! At least I had three characters that I could enjoy, most of them I could not and even though I disliked Walt most of the time when they were traipsing around in the woods looking for the resistance and even after they found it (snort) he was much better and I was liking the book a bit more, THEN the author does something REALLY stupid, he kills a character off, and it was not Walt. Of course Walt is our Alien expert so they really can’t, and you know how he finds out? Pretty much like Will does… But I liked Will Smith much more. And ummm some of the stuff that … I mean… *SHM* … Plus come Part 3, I was back to wanting to smack him silly.

I am continuing to read Book 2 but frankly I have had to put it down and only pick it up when I don’t have anything else to read. It has gotten better but the problem?? They killed off the one character I really really liked! I am hoping he brings in another one to love!

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One Comment

  1. Well that’s not exactly ideal. No fair when the author goes places you didn’t expect/want the book to go. Hope book 2 is an improvement for you

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