Fallen – Traci Slatton

I really, really liked this book. I’ve read an awful lot of YA this year, so it was a lovely change to read something that is more for adults than teens.

When the world ends, all that is left is love…. 

As chaos descends on a crippled Earth, survivors are tormented by strange psychic gifts. In this time of apocalyptic despair, love is put to the test.

One woman with mysterious healing power guides seven children to safety. Charismatic Arthur offers her a haven. Slowly Emma falls for him. But at the moment of their sweetest love, his devastating secret is revealed, and they are lost to each other. Will Emma stay with him? 

The first in a romantic trilogy set during the end times.

Right from the very beginning of this book I was transported from the modern world into Slatton’s post-apocalyptic vision of the future. A future that could happen, you just never know. Right from the beginning, you also can’t help but connect with the main character, Emma, as she watches a situation unfold which, one way or the other, looks like it will lead to the death of her youngest daughter.

Thankfully, Arthur arrives and saves Emma’s daughter, but that doesn’t mean that danger has passed – this new world is rife with risk, and Emma, like everyone else, is doing her best to navigate her way through it with the least amount of trauma possible. There is so much emotional impact in this story, with many characters drawing you in and forcing you to see the world through their eyes. There is action, violence, romance. It’s raw, beautiful and compelling reading.

I loved the way that Emma developed over the story, but most of all, I think I enjoyed the way she lied to herself throughout. And I loved the way that Arthur called her on that, until the point she knew he was right when he called her a liar. Emma refuses to believe the truths in front of her, as she clings dearly to the beliefs and goals that have kept her safe so far. I think Slatton did a wonderful job of portraying this, as it could have been easy to mess up – frequently in books where the truth is evident to the reader, the reader can get frustrated with the main character for their stupidity in not seeing what’s before their eyes. That was not the case in this book.

I don’t know what else to say without giving too much away, other than – read this book. I can’t wait for the next novel in the series. I can’t wait to see what happens next for Emma, and Arthur, and everyone else. Can the mists be stopped? Can Emma find happiness?

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  1. I love this review. FAR SHORE, the third book in the acclaimed After Series, is finished and will soon be ready to send to bloggers. Would you be interested in an early, advance ebook for review purposes?

    FAR SHORE

    An old enemy wreaks new havoc at the end of the world…

    After the mists’ lethal apocalypse, mankind’s only hope for survival lies broken and battered, the prisoner of a ruthless sociopath who will stop at nothing to hurt him. Emma sets out to rescue him. She faces an ultimatum and must relinquish everything she holds dear. As Arthur teeters on the brink of life and death, Emma’s healing ability fails. Her own despair tests her, and she must grow stronger than she ever dreamt possible as she confronts the truth of her own heart.

    In a time of apocalyptic despair, love is put to the test…

    A mystical odyssey, a haunting love…

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