The sickness came on suddenly, and spread quickly. The fear spread even faster. Within weeks, everything people counted on began to fail them. The electrical grid sputtered; law and government collapsed—and more than half of the world’s population was decimated.
And as the power of science and technology receded, magic rose up in its place. Some of it is good, like the witchcraft worked by Lana Bingham, practicing in the loft apartment she shares with her lover, Max. Some of it is unimaginably evil, and it can lurk anywhere, around a corner, in fetid tunnels beneath the river—or in the ones you know and love the most. As word spreads that neither the immune nor the gifted are safe from the authorities who patrol the ravaged streets, Lana and Max make their way out of a wrecked New York City. At the same time, other travelers are heading west too, into a new frontier.
In a world of survivors where every stranger encountered could be either a savage or a savior, none of them knows exactly where they are heading, or why. But a purpose awaits them that will shape their lives and the lives of all those who remain.
At first Year One felt like a very timely read as the Doom starts out a lot like COVID did. That transitioned into a zombie plot sans zombies, but by the end, there was a real Harry Potter vibe with magic and prophecies. Thanks to this, it took a little time for me to get my bearings and figure out where this was going.
The character development felt a little shallow, I’m not sure if this is just due to the vast number of characters or if that’s to be expected throughout the series. I definitely like the characters, though, and want to learn more about them which is definitely a good sign.
Regardless, I did enjoy this book even if it did feel like a very long setup for whatever is going to happen next. It’s nice to be going into Of Blood and Bone without really any idea of what will happen next but wanting to find out.