Friday, March 14, 2014

Review ~ Forager by Peter R. Stone

by Peter R. Stone

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.

My review:
4 out of 5 stars

Mr. Stone has written an incredible story set in a post-apocalyptic Australia where Ethan Jones is a forager for his town of Newhome.  It is his job to go outside of the walls of Newhome into the ruins and find non-corrosive metals that can be recycled.  Ethan and his team are very successful at finding the precious metals because of Ethan's mutant ability which makes the Custodians suspicious.  If his secret is discovered, then Ethan will be taken away and dissected.

The town of Newhome has very rigid standards of segregation of males and females.  The females have no say whatsoever and are not allowed to leave their home without a chaperon   Marriages are arranged by the fathers.  Kind of depressing if you ask me.  If anyone breaks the law or misbehaves, then they are dealt with by the Custodians....either by death or hard labor/prison time. 

I really enjoyed the characters in this story, especially Nanako.  She is Independent, strong willed and speaks her mind.  If she wants something - watch out because it's only a matter of time before she gets it.  The one thing she wants....well that would be Ethan. 

I recommend this book to anyone who likes a post-apocalyptic/dystopian story full of action with a little bit of romance mixed in.  I like the fact that there are no curse words and no adult sexual situations, which make it ideal for any age group.  I assume that there will be a second book and I will definitely be reading it when it comes out.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 296 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (November 22, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1492949701
  • ISBN-13: 978-1492949701

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