Battered and bruised after barely escaping San Francisco with their lives, Kat, Dylan, and Blue press north - desperate to reach the possibility of a new home.
But strange, monstrous ravens are tracking the remaining survivors, food is becoming scarce, gasoline is running short, and people are becoming suicidal, making survival almost impossible.
And the Pestas are growing bolder. Somehow, their numbers are growing.
The further north they go, the harder it becomes to ignore the signs that they've made a fatal mistake. Kat must face the impossible truth that there is no escape, there is no safe haven, and their worst nightmares don't come close to their new reality.
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Shauna Granger was so kind to send me a copy of Time of Ruin after I lamented on her blog that I had missed her offer to reviewers. How have I repaid her? By taking endless weeks to write this review, even though I read the book within just a few days of getting it. And why is that, you ask? Well, truth be told, I’m not at all sure I can do it justice. Sigh :-( The first book in this trilogy completely captivated me for a number of reasons and I couldn’t wait to read the second one while I also feared (slightly) that I’d be disappointed. You know how it is—even if the author doesn’t suffer from “sophomore slump”, there’s still the chance that the magic discovered in the first book just won’t be there in the second, for whatever reason. I’m delighted to say that didn’t happen with Time of Ruin; if anything, it’s better than the wonderful World of Ash and that’s as it should be. Kat, Dylan and Blue are on a quest of sorts, one that’s common—and entirely credible—in many post-apocalyptic novels. It’s in our nature as humans to find other humans in a time of great crisis and, in this case, the trio’s quest is to get to Kat’s uncle, her only remaining family. The journey they take is fraught with peril of all sorts from those who are desperate or who seek to take advantage of others and they also must cope with personal stress such as hunger and injuries and loneliness. Looming in the dark is the presence of the terrible Pestas, creatures of death. They’re not zombies but share some of their characteristics and take it a step further by seeming to be able to think. These Pestas are enough to give one nightmares because, unlike zombies and other evil creatures, they are nebulous and little understood, not easy to visualize. They are the embodiment of pestilence just as the name suggests and yet we still don’t know what they really are. Not knowing is the worst. Amidst all the despair, Kat and Dylan find themselves growing ever closer and mindful of each other’s needs. The care and love they show towards one another is uplifting as is the mutual adoration between them and Blue, probably one of the most wonderful fictional dogs ever. The three need to be thankful they have each other, especially when a most disheartening truth begins to come to light. Time of Ruin is not all doom and gloom. Yes, it’s a dire situation and humanity is at risk of being annihilated, but there are times when we see that many people are still kind and generous and compassionate in spite of their circumstances. Ms. Granger also treats us to flashes of humor: “I gather up some more gauze and all the tape and wipes I can find. I shove them into the pack and see that he managed to get a few cans of creamed corn and pudding cups—one item with no nutritional value and the other full of sugar. We’re doing this apocalypse right.” Moments such as this lighten the mood but, when you get right down to it, Time of Ruin is a tale of humanity’s resilience in the face of horror and sadness and fear. Now we have to wait for the third and concluding book to find out whether Kat, Dylan, Blue and so many others will triumph over the darkness and what it will take to get there. And then there are those mysterious and ominous ravens… Well done, Shauna Granger!
Kat and Dylan are determined to get to Washington, where Kat hopes to find a safe haven with her uncle, a man who lives off the grid. But the further north they travel, the more trouble they find, from mysterious ravens to dangerous survivors to the chilling and deadly Pestas. With Blue as their protector and companion, the obstacles they face become more and more dangerous as they creep toward their destination, and with the sickness mutating, it's only a matter of time before their luck runs out. The Verdict: Simply incredible. Shauna Granger has created a world so realistically desolate and horrifying, so vividly the world I know mixed with the world I fear, that even after finishing it, I find myself on edge. After leaving the encampment we saw in World of Ash, Kat and Dylan are slowly and dangerously venturing north toward Washington, surviving on a combination of caution, determination, and dumb luck. Having been stripped of their supplies by the pox-ridden kids in a destroyed city from which they barely escaped, their situation is more dire than ever, and things are only getting worse. From page one until the very end, the tension rolls off the pages in gripping scenes of abject desperation and narrow escapes, and each time Kat worried, every time she hid or pressed on, each moment she spent in fear of losing Dylan, every muscle in my body tensed. As you can no doubt tell, dystopian is not my usual genre, and anything supernatural is usually so far off my radar that I don't discover it until well after the avalanche of reviews have been posted. I normally read contemporary romances with anticipation and angst and chemistry and happily ever afters. But after reading World of Ash, there was no way I was going to go without reading Time of Ruin. Kat's relationship with Dylan is both heartbreaking and beautiful, the kind of love borne of desperation, dependence, and that need to cling to one small ray of hope in an ever darkening world. But the story isn't about romance so much as it's about a relationship and a determination to survive. That Kat and Dylan have managed to stay alive is no small miracle, but it's eclipsed by their having found each other. Their devotion to each other bleeds thick in every gesture, and the sacrifices they make to protect each other are both terrifying and inspiring. I don't want to give away the details or spoil the ending — it's far too great a story to whittle down in a short review. But there was not a word I didn't want to devour and not a single second that I was willing to skip ahead, even as I was dying to confirm that they – at the very least –might find some safety in what little world remained. It's sad and scary and sweet, written with just the right amount of detail to practically illustrate each apocalyptic scene in the reader's mind. Kat and Dylan are so clearly lost in this terrifying new world, though together they are adapting as best they can, and no matter how many guesses I made, each new turn was a surprise. There's romance and danger and white-knuckle suspense, and now that I've finally stopped holding my breath, I'm dying to get my hands on book #3. ***FicCentral received this book from *the author* for free in exchange for an honest review. Even so, we're far too opinionated to let a freebie influence our thoughts or the contents of the reviews we post here.
**This may contain slight spoilers from book 1, World of Ash** I am a sucker for a good post-apocalyptic or dystopian book. I could read them all! When I read World of Ash back in December of 2013, I devoured it! Absolutely loved it! I was under the impression it was a stand alone novel and when I put the first book down all I could think of is that there had to be MORE! Not because of a cliffhanger but because I just felt there was so much more to learn in this world and these characters were really speaking to me. This time while reading Time of Ruin I knew I get at least 1 more chance to revisit this world and that put me at ease while reading, however this time the ending is a little more cliffhanger-y than the last. Just a little...nothing that made me throw my book or anything! (Come on, you know those types of cliffhangers, this isn't one of them). I am dying (not from the plague) to read the finale! Shauna Granger has that gift that allows you to just turn the pages and the words just flow into your brain. I barely feel like I am reading, more like watching the scenes play out in my mind. The imagery is fierce and real and still damn scary. Yes, it is scary. Not too gory but the 'give you the shivers, turn on all the lights and lock your doors' scary. It is dark, bleak and somehow the characters still find themselves something to hold on to throughout this collapse of humanity. As a sequel, the novel continues seamlessly and it also does a great job of expanding the story line. Time of Ruin is a growth novel. The characters grow into more of who they are, the plot grows as well as the threats. It gave you enough to keep you guessing but also to keep you intrigued. We learn a lot more about the people left in the world, the disease, the freaky Pestas and their abilities. And...well I can't give that away, even though I want to tell you all about it! You will just have to read the series for yourselves! Kat and Dylan are much more connected in book 2. They have latched on to each other to help them survive this fretful world and they are in it together. The two of them charm the pants off of me! I adore them together, they tug & pull each other just at the right times. Blue is less of the humor in this book as he was in book 1 and more of their fearless guardian. I have to say I do love animals in the PA genre, they really help you connect with the past as well as bring new light into a book that allows you to see that everything can and must adjust to survive. We do met a few other characters and my favorite was Tess. She was scared & brave all at the same time and what else can you ask for in this shattered world. There are slightly adult themes and I would recommend this to any upper YA, new adult or adult reader. If you love a good post-apocalyptic novel, you should read this series immediately. It is a fast-paced, intriguing and suspenseful read! Well worth all 4 hearts! Bring on book 3 now please!