Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Nester's Mistake by Karyn Langhorne Folan (The Doomsday Kids, #2)

Nester's Mistake
The Doomsday Kids #2
by Karyn Langhorne Folan

My rating: 5 stars

Series: Doomsday Kids - Book 2
Publication Date: September 8, 2014
Publisher: K Squared Books
Genre: YA Post-Apocalyptic
Print Length: 236 pages
Available from: Amazon | Barnes & Noble


It’s a “shoot first, ask questions later” world after the apocalypse. After a perilous escape from the wreckage of their Washington, DC suburb in book one, Liam’s Promise, the surviving kids reach their destination, a mountain safe house, only to find their troubles have just begun. There are no adults and the kids are still all alone. Fifteen-year- old Nester, whose good grades and smarts had him on the fast-track to success in the world before the bombs, has no skills for his new life: tending animals, maintaining fires and defending their mountain cabin against intruders. Threats bombard them: from the weather, from escaped prisoners from a nearby correctional facility and from their own grief over their losses. Inexperienced with firearms and conflicted about killing people, Nester struggles with whether there’s a place for compassion in a world without laws or authority. Then, as nuclear winter sweeps over their mountain home killing crops and animals, a medical emergency threatens one of their number. Nester must make a desperate choice that shatters their little community and irrevocably alters their chances for survival.

The Doomsday Kids #2: Nester's MistakeMy Review
Nester's Mistake by Karyn Langhorne Folan

Where Karyn Langhorne Folan took book one of this series slammed my fingers in to the door when it ended, leaving me shocked and in pain, book two, Nester’s Mistake took that door and yanked it right back open, my fingers throbbing. Three words and I was back into the world of the Doomsday Kids: And they hurt! Ouch. Talk about a powerful and dramatic statement.

A group of teens have survived the apocalypse and reached the safe haven promised to be there, but what they find is far from safe as a brother/sister tag team seek to defend the property of a man now missing. Liam is out of commission and slowly the kids look to the resident geek, Nester for help, guidance and the answers they are sure he has. How much is too much responsibility for the brilliant, young and privileged teen, so far out of his comfort zone that it no longer registers on a map? Nester has made mistakes, he isn’t a good communicator, but he knows he may be all that stands between life and death, sanity and fear-induced anarchy as Liam’s life hangs in the balance from his wounds. Sometimes resentful, haunted by the ghost of the brother he failed, Nester battles inner turmoil and the same paralyzing fear of the unknown as everyone else. A new Nester must emerge, with a newly shaved head and his broken glasses, he must atone for the mistakes he keeps making, particularly one he will regret for the rest of his life. Will he able to outwit and outlast invaders? Can he kill if necessary? Brutality is the new way of life and only the strong will survive, what price will he be willing to pay to keep his new “family” safe? Will he go against Liam’s wishes? Can he watch more of their group die from radiation poison? More importantly, can he forgive himself for being a flawed human, in over his head?

Are you a survival against all odds kind of person? Karyn Langhorne Folan’s world is desolate, bleak and only the camaraderie and combined efforts of these teens will keep them alive. How much do you know about firearms? Few of these kids knew much, but they have grown, changed and toughened up, while still desiring a world where trust can be given freely and it is no longer a dog eat dog world. As Ms. Folan’s series unfolds, the depth to which she goes to create each scene, feels real enough to cringe. Her characters jump off the pages, these are teens, asked to go beyond their last straw and they push the limits to become heroes in their own right, especially the once standoffish Nester. His personal growth and the trip through his thoughts and heart are a journey to be remembered. If you’re an apocalypse junkie, who gets wrapped up in the “what-ifs” from the safety of your armchair, hang on tight, this ride is emotional, daring and proof that youth can rise to the challenge when one least expects it! Once again, youth tests it mettle against the odds in a fight for survival.

I received this copy from Karyn Langhorne Folan in exchange for my honest review. Honestly, hang on to your hat, your heart and don't forget your breathing mask, there's no fluff in this series!

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