Everything Under The Sun

Everything Under The Sun

by Jessica Redmerski, J. A. Redmerski

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ISBN-13: 9781546413080
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 09/05/2017
Pages: 656
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 1.25(h) x 9.00(d)

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Everything Under The Sun 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Archaeolibrarian More than 1 year ago
Everything Under The Sun is a post-apocalyptic story that focuses on two characters - Atticus and Thais. We start off at home with Thais, her father, and sister. Unfortunately, this idyll doesn't last for long, and then we are thrown into what the world can really be like for survivors. Thais and Sosie are taken to Lexington, where they meet Atticus for the first time as he is acting Overseer. First of all, this is a LONG book. Everything in the book is used to describe a situation, feelings, etc., which can be excused being as the author has to describe not only a new world, but has to show how the world has changed from how it used to be. I did feel a bit lost with the timeline though, as it felt like they were at the cabin for a lot longer than was supposed to be. They say they've only left Lexington a month or so ago, and yet it felt like they'd spent at least 3 months there. Oh well, my bad. I will also say, a lot of characters die in this story, so please don't become too attached to them! Some of it is obviously built up, so you know something bad is going to happen. This was an intriguing story, with a solid male character who is flawed, and an idealistic, mostly naive, female, who thankfully did become stronger as the story progressed. It has one helluva cliffhanger ending, and I can't wait to see where it will go next. If you really want a story to sink your teeth into, then I can highly recommend this one! * A copy of this book was provided to me with no requirements for a review. I voluntarily read this book, and the comments here are my honest opinion. * Merissa Archaeolibrarian - I Dig Good Books!
Archaeolibrarian More than 1 year ago
Everything Under The Sun is a post-apocalyptic story that focuses on two characters - Atticus and Thais. We start off at home with Thais, her father, and sister. Unfortunately, this idyll doesn't last for long, and then we are thrown into what the world can really be like for survivors. Thais and Sosie are taken to Lexington, where they meet Atticus for the first time as he is acting Overseer. First of all, this is a LONG book. Everything in the book is used to describe a situation, feelings, etc., which can be excused being as the author has to describe not only a new world, but has to show how the world has changed from how it used to be. I did feel a bit lost with the timeline though, as it felt like they were at the cabin for a lot longer than was supposed to be. They say they've only left Lexington a month or so ago, and yet it felt like they'd spent at least 3 months there. Oh well, my bad. I will also say, a lot of characters die in this story, so please don't become too attached to them! Some of it is obviously built up, so you know something bad is going to happen. This was an intriguing story, with a solid male character who is flawed, and an idealistic, mostly naive, female, who thankfully did become stronger as the story progressed. It has one helluva cliffhanger ending, and I can't wait to see where it will go next. If you really want a story to sink your teeth into, then I can highly recommend this one! * A copy of this book was provided to me with no requirements for a review. I voluntarily read this book, and the comments here are my honest opinion. * Merissa Archaeolibrarian - I Dig Good Books!
THHernandez More than 1 year ago
Set after an illness and the events that followed wiped out half the country's population and civilization as we know it, Thais and her family manage to survive in a rural town in what used to be Kentucky. But lawlessness and greed are everywhere and soon raiders upend an already upended life and send Thais and her sister into the wilderness. They're soon caught by raiders and taken to Lexington City where women are more prized than gold. They are ranked according to looks and worth and sorted for a life as workers, wives, or whores. There is no equality and no freedom. Thais is desperate to get her sister out, although to where is still huge unknown. But remaining in Lexington City will be a hell all its own. Atticus is a soldier in Lexington City responsible for sorting Thais and her sister. He's filled with self-loathing and a desire to change things for the better. His views on the new fallen world are best summed up in his inner thoughts. But in every good person there is something dark waiting to take the reins. Now here we were, Evelyn and Atticus, a whore and a murderer, succumbing to that dark part of us, because that's how life was. Something about Thais sparks a desire in Atticus to battle back against that darkness and maybe redeem his soul. If he can protect her and her sister, maybe he's not the animal he believes himself to be. When things spiral out of his control, he has no choice but to get Thais out of the city where survival is even more precarious and betrayal is everywhere. Somehow these two find mutual respect in one another that gives way to something more. Plot The plot moves at a fast pace from the opening chapter. Scenes are short, and alternating points of view keep suspense high and prevents the story from stalling. However, starting in Chapter 24, the author throws in the alternate point of view in bold parenthesis. This practice is jarring, ripping me from the story each time. These points of view are completely unnecessary to the flow of story, so I began to ignore them when I came across them. The Characters While I'm sure this was written as a plot-driven story, the characters steal the show. Atticus is a fascinating, intense character who I felt the author was much more comfortable writing than Thais. Thais is also well-developed, but she comes across as almost two people as the story develops. She's tough and determined early on, but slowly becomes dependent upon Atticus for her survival, losing some of that grit that made me love her in the beginning. Top Five Things I Enjoyed About EVERYTHING UNDER THE SUN 1. Atticus. He's brilliantly crafted. 2. Dystopian. I do love a good fallen civilization. 3. Unhurried love. I love how the author doesn't rush anything between Thais and Atticus. 4. Character development. Both Thais and Atticus undergo tremendous development throughout the story that is a direct reflection of the circumstances they've been put in, making it very organic. 5. Realism. While this is a young adult novel, the author doesn't sugar coat the realities of life in a post-apocalyptic world, from rape, cannibalism, violence, and prostitution, a dark world is not made less dark just because the characters are young. Bottom Line A character-driven dystopian in the best sense of the word with remarkable characters and a solid plot. Disclaimer I was provided a copy of this book by the author in exchange for an honest review.
Dani_the_Bookaholic More than 1 year ago
Thank you to Xpresso Book Tours and author Jessica Redmerski for giving me a copy of EVERYTHING UNDER THE SUN in exchange for my honest opinion. This review was originally posted on my blog: www.danithebookaholic.com ~~~ Everything Under the Sun is a beautiful and terrible story of finding love in the worst of times. That love is the only thing holding you together and pushing you to continue to live. The amount of loss, heartache and death in Everything Under the Sun is tragic, but in this post-apocalyptic world it's an everyday occurrence, and normal. To live through this world you must be a strong person, both physically and mentally. Thais and Atticus meet through the most unlikeliest of ways, and for both of them it's a saving grace. While reading their story, I often thought about my husband and I and whether we would be strong enough to go through the hardships that they did. I'd like to believe that we would, but I pray that we never have to find out. I really enjoyed J.A. Redmerski's novel. While parts of it did drag a bit, those parts fit with the theme, and therefore weren't so boring that I couldn't continue on. The writing was almost as if Redmerski, herself, has been through this post-apocalyptic turmoil and was telling the story first hand. But these slightly boring spots and the ending (I won't give anything away other than I cried and then was utterly shocked!) are the only reasons why I couldn't give the book a full five stack rating. This 657 paged novel was a lot to take in, and I feel that if some of those boring spots could have been taken out, it could have been much closer to the 450-500 page range. And in all honesty, I hated the ending. I would have been okay with it ending with chapter 72, but adding that last chapter, while it gave me hope, it really just made me angry. (Have I made yo want to go read it yet?!) In Everything Under the Sun — just like in everyday life — there are terrible times full of anger and hate and times full of sorrow, but, if you can find the light, there are beautiful times of pure joy and happiness, too. From one bookaholic to another, I hope I’ve helped you find your next fix. —Dani Dani's Score out of 5: (4.5/5)
BookAddictLive More than 1 year ago
The first thing I have to say before I start writing my review. I am waiting for me to stop my tears even though the book it finished on promising note. This is a long but addictive read about what happens after the crash of civilisation. When we meet Thais its seven years after the fall, she lives with her father and her sister Sosie. They appear to be surviving until her father is killed and the sisters are captured and sent to Lexington where civilisation has devolved to an alarming degree. It’s in Lexington is where she meets Atticus and they escape and start their journey to Shreveport where it’s a good and fair place to live. Lexington was worse than the old west. The things made this such a good book is how realistic everything felt and unfortunately it rang too true. How far would you go to survive and how it changes you on the inside if you let. Atticus struggled everyday with what he had to do, and it was Thais that kept him going. Sometimes people are made stronger and learn to survive. This is Atticus and Thais journey to civilisation, and a long and arduous journey, where meet a lot of different people some and some bad. It was how they both changed into good and strong people who can survive in this new world. I loved this book every page of it. Be prepared for your emotions be very involved and get tissues ready. 
BookwormforKids More than 1 year ago
Action, adventure, intrigue, hope and heaps of emotion make this a world to dive into and get submersed in until the last page. Thais lives with her blind sister, father and mother in a small village, which is struggling to survive after the end of modern day life thanks to a horrible disease which wiped out most of the population. When her village is burned down and everyone is murdered or hauled off to 'live' in one of the cities, only Thais and her sister survive. But it doesn't take long before they too are captured. While her sister is chosen to work in a brothel, Thais is taken to be a possible wife for one of the leading council man. Thais isn't about to let her or sister's life be determined like this. Meanwhile, Atticus has managed to become a part of the more trusted circle of the city's ruler. He knows the men are ruthless and life cruel, especially in how women are handled as objects. He hasn't forgotten how it was before the world fell apart, but the only way to survive is to go with the new times. This works until he receives the chance to improve his ranks and finds himself in charge of sorting which 'jobs' the captured women will be given. When he comes across Thais and her sister, he begins to question his life heavily and finds himself in a place where he never wanted to be: between doing what is right or giving up on the morals he once had. A lot happens in this book, which becomes clear alone with the length of six hundred plus pages. The first chapters start off with grabbing momentum. Sympathy for Thais hits immediately as her world is described, wonderful in some respects but with a horrible danger and tragic past always casting a heavy shadow. Her hopes are basic and normal, but the hurdles she and her family face are clear and harsh. The author spends no time in letting the plot shoot into action, making sure the reader is hooked. The world is rich and comes to life right away. The descriptions leave enough details and familiarity to allow the reader to settle into Thais' and Atticus' life, while still gaining an understanding of their reality. Every moment sits along with the emotions, making it easy to dive into each and every scene. The harshness of the society demands sympathy, and it's easy to cheer Thais on and hope she and her sister find a way to master their situation. While the first third of the book was full of tension and overcoming a terrible situation, the book takes a turn and shifts pace into a different direction for the middle section. Here, the tension falls back a bit and concentration falls n the developing relationship between Thais and Atticus. It goes deep, allowing the reader to get to know each character like a best friend. In many ways, it felt like a different story arc, creating almost three different tales in one book (front, middle and ending). There were parts which could have been tightened quite a bit, which slowed the pace down more than necessary. Fans of deep character development and romance will enjoy every moment, though. The story is written from two points of view, Thais and Atticus. It's easy to follow as each one is introduced with their name before the section/chapter. However, the author does something new with this approach too. Although a chapter might come from Thais or Atticus' point of view, the thoughts of the other drop in sporadically by use of a bracket and bold type to indicate change in thought. It's not a style I have seen before and wasn't one I p
Holly More than 1 year ago
I so wasn't expecting everything that happened in Everything Under The Sun, I truly thought that it was just another love story in a post-apocalyptic world but it so much more than that. With it being over 600 pages, you think to yourself why is it so long and will it just be yet another book that tends to drag out longer than what it should but you soon find out that 600 pages just isn't long enough for the story that is being told! You can't help but to love Thais from the beginning for what she is having to endure from the time she was 11, when a virus completely devastates the world. In those 7 years, she had to deal with the heartache of losing her mother and her sister's ability to see. But it wasn't until a group of raiders that change everything for Thais and set her on this path to meet Atticus in the most horrible way ever. Atticus had to grow on me from the start but after learning his story, you can't help but to see why he acted in a certain way from the start. It takes a while to learn his full story but it will get graphic on what happened to his family but it will help the reader to fall in love with Atticus as much as Thais does in the end! Nothing about this book hides the truth about what is happening in this new world, it's going to be graphic and filled with scenes between Atticus & Thais that go a little deeper than what I like to read in post-apocalyptic books but at the same time, it paints a picture for what is being told in this story. I overall loved this story except for some of the love scenes that kinda took it a bit far but that ending is what sealed my love for this book. That ending will rock your socks off and leaving you wanting more, yes people it's that great of an ending that so makes you wish that the second book in this series was coming out very soon!! Thank You to Jessica Redmerski for writing a pretty decent book that I hope leads to more books in this series and it would be so awesome to see a movie made from this book!! I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book from Book Unleashed!