Review: Haven ~ Stevie Kopas

HavenThe end of the world is not glamorous. The survivors of The Breadwinner have barely escaped the clutches of the undead and are headed into the unknown, continuing their never-ending search for solace in the post-apocalyptic landscape they were suddenly thrust into. The city of Haven, once a paradise for the living, but now crawling with the flesh hungry creatures they try so hard to elude, could be their only chance. Resume your post-apocalyptic survival adventure with Veronica, Samson and Ben as they struggle with hope and loss, and as they battle the futility of existence. Take on a new experience as you find yourself once more at the beginning, thrown into the depths of the end of the world with new survivors. Join Michelle and Lulu, ordinary women faced with extraordinary obstacles on their devastating journey and the pursuit of sanctuary in a world collapsed.

Haven continues the story of The Breadwinner with the addition of new territory, new characters, and new complications. The second book in The Breadwinner Trilogy will leave you stunned and bloodthirsty for the conclusion of the series. Who you once were still does not determine who you will become in the face of catastrophe, especially in Haven.

4 Thumbs-UpSometimes with a trilogy the storyline can lose its pace and way when the second instalment comes out, but I’m glad to say this book did not fall victim to that issue.  As with its predecessor this is not a long read by any means, coming in at 169 pages, but what this Author manages to pack into those pages just has to be read to be believed.

Not only are the characters from the first book included in this one, the Author introduces a new and interesting second set of characters.  When writing the ‘leader’ of this second group, the Author has created the perfect antagonist who is a direct contrast to the lead the reader came to know in book one; together these two make a well-rounded team that, it seems, will be able to take on and triumph over anything that stands in their way.  However reading about this new character will have the reader wondering whether they would rather face off against her or the other things that lurk within the books pages, at times I felt I would rather take my chances with them than her.  Once again, all the characters are well written and very believable, and the reader will become connected to them; whether it is through love or hate they will connect.

Filled with shocking twists in the tale, and the ability given to the reader to follow one woman’s descent into madness, this book is definitely not for the faint of heart; combine this with the fast pace and high levels of action, this is a book that will keep you hooked to the very end.

If all zombie novels were as well written as this trilogy is turning out to be, I could well become a lover of the genre; as it is I would highly recommend this book to lovers of zombie fiction and also horror stories.  I am looking forward to reading the final episode of this trilogy.



Review: The Breadwinner ~ Stevie Kopas

The breadwinnerThe end of the world is not glamorous. In a matter of days the human race was reduced to nothing more than vicious, flesh hungry creatures. This three part story takes you into the world of the survivors, coming from different generations and different sides of the tracks, they all share one thing in common: who you once were can no longer determine who you will be in the face of catastrophe.

Samson, a once wealthy and powerful criminal defense attorney struggles to keep his family safe and keep his sanity intact when the world comes apart at the seams. Veronica, the high school track star races to get her brother out of the city and into the safety of Franklin Woods. Along the way we come across the struggles of finding solace, finding out who you really are, and making decisions in a post apocalyptic world. The Breadwinner is a three part story and the first book in a planned series that will leave you craving more.

4 Thumbs-UpThis novella length book is the first in a post-apocalyptic trilogy, and is a good start to what promises to be an interesting series.  Some readers may think that at 139 pages it couldn’t possibly set the scene for a gripping trilogy, and those readers would be wrong.

This type of post-apocalyptic themed novel seems to be all around us at the moment, but in this debut novel I found something I hadn’t come across before, a complete storyline and some very relatable characters.  The main protagonist is a strong man faced with unenviable choices and following a course of actions he may have thought himself incapable of before the collapse of the world he knows.  Through a skilful use of writing and rich development of the characters, this Author is able to give this books readers a thoroughly emotionally charged and realistic journey through their trials and tribulations.

The situations the Author places her characters in are well described and thought through to the point the reader is made to think and examine the way they would react in the same circumstances, and as I have said in previous reviews I do like a book that makes me think.

Although I am not a big fan of zombie novels, I am looking forward to reading the remainder of this trilogy and would, therefore recommend it to anyone who enjoys this genre of book or is an avid viewer of The Walking Dead.