Eighteen-year-old Ethan Jones lives in Newhome, a town built upon the decaying ruins of post-apocalyptic Melbourne, ruins haunted by the ferocious Skel, a nomadic tribe of degenerate savages. The Skel are ramping up their attacks on Newhome’s foraging teams and infesting Melbourne’s ruins in ever greater numbers. Is this part of a larger plan that could spell the town’s doom? Meanwhile, the last thing Ethan expects when he and his companions rescue a two-car convoy from the Skel is a Japanese teenage girl with an outlandish dress-sense, who after they take her back to Newhome, goes to great lengths to ingratiate herself into his life. But is it in gratitude for saving her life or is she seeking something more? And what a quandry she places him in, for he knows the rules, that no man is permitted to be alone with an unmarried woman. But how can he drive such a gentle soul away when she touchs his heart so deeply, even though she clearly carries the pain of a broken heart. At the same time, Newhome’s police force, the Custodians, are suspicious of Ethan’s foraging team’s successes and are pulling out the stops to find out which member of his team has the illegal mutant ability that gives them an edge over the other teams. Should these peacekeepers discover Ethan is the mutant they seek, they will haul him away and dissect him like a frog.
About the Author:
Peter Stone, an avid student of history, was reading books on Ancient Greece from the age of four. Periods of interest include the ancient world, medieval era, Napoleonic times, and the Second World War. He still mourns the untimely passing of King Leonidas of Sparta and Field Marshal Michel Ney of France.
A product of the Cold War Generation, Peter Stone studied the ramifications of a nuclear missile strike when he was in his senior year of high school, learning the effects of nuclear fallout and how to (hopefully) survive it. He has ever been drawn to post-apocalyptic and dystopian novels and films, and eagerly devoured The Day of the Triffids and John Christopher’s Tripod Trilogy when he was a child. He is also an avid fan of science fiction, and his favorite books include the Lensmen Series by E.E.Doc.Smith, anything by Alastair Reynolds, and the Evergence trilogy by Sean Williams.
Peter Stone graduated from Melbourne School of Ministries Bible College in 1988. He has been teaching Sunday School and playing the keyboard in church for over twenty-five years. His wife is from Japan and they have two wonderful children. He has worked in the same games company for over twenty years, but still does not comprehend why they expect him to work all day instead of playing games.
Very imaginative book, good read, well written, a mystery, dystopian, love story all in one. I recommend this book.
I liked this book, It had many twists to it but not confusing as it went through them. Ethan, the main character who narrates the story is a 18 year old forager and he also has a genetically induced power. He can see things in the dark, very keen hearing, and able ot see through things that no one else can which comes in handy when they are out foraging with the Skel lurking around any corner waiting to attack. Although when he gets to work he finds out his team is being accompanied by the Counsellors. These are the sort of guards that protect the laws of Newcome where he lives and also look for peple with his abilities and then they are taken away. no one knows where, to their death or to a prison, or maybe to be experimented on?
The Skel are a rouge bunch of vengeful people let after the world was destroyed, they take humans and turn them into slaves until they are worn out and die then they use their bones for armor. When they attack Ethan group on the foraging trip Ethan takes control and kills them all saving his friend David which then brings suspicion upon him from Sgt King, for his skills when he was never a counsellor or maybe he was a underground rouge getting ready to take over the community? He doesn’t know because he lost his memory for a a year recovering from a accident of a ceiling falling on him which lead to seizure’s so he thinks but there is a mystery behind this.
Marriages are arranged in this town my the males father, Ethan learns at a moments notice that he is being married off to Sgt Kings sister, he is not happy about this. She is using him to higher herself to get out of Newhome. He thinks she is a cold not so nice person. When he saves a Chinese man and his translator one day foraging he feels something for this woman he saved Nanako. she brings him lunches and he is intrigues by her and thinks about her all the time but he doesn’t know why. eventually she comes ot his flat and starts cooking for him and spending time with him and when she finds out he is to be married she get really upset and the night of the get together for the couple she comes knocking on the door and ruins it and King vows to destroy Ethan for hurting his sister. Nanako tells everyone he cancelled the get together the night before to have dinner with her knowing this can cause consequences for both of them. Men and women are not aloud to be alone it is a death sentence or a prison sentence if you are caught without another male as a chaperon to the event.
There is so much more to this story but you will have to read the book to find out what happens , how this all comes about and what Sgt King is really up to , why Ethans father is lying to him about the year he lost his memory, why Ethan so lethal when it comes to fighting and weapons and what Nanako really has ot do with the story, this is where the mystery comes in.
I can’t wait for the next book in this new series that Peter has written is worth the time spent reading it, yes I did come across some errors in missed words to sentences but not enough to take away for the story. I still give it a 5 star although these can and should be corrected.
I was given this book for a honest review.