Trigger Warnings for Rape, Murder, Suicide, Violence.
It began on New Year’s Eve.
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.
Where there had been order, there was now chaos. 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, and with nothing left to count on but each other, 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. Chuck, a tech genius trying to hack his way through a world gone offline. Arlys, a journalist who has lost her audience but uses pen and paper to record the truth. Fred, her young colleague, possessed of burgeoning abilities and an optimism that seems out of place in this bleak landscape. And Rachel and Jonah, a resourceful doctor and a paramedic who fend off despair with their determination to keep a young mother and three infants in their care alive.
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.
The end has come. The beginning comes next.
I don’t even think I will do this book justice with this review. I really only picked this up after the drama with Nora and Tomi a few weeks ago to see how good Nora’s books really were. Everyone had come out of the wood works on twitter saying her books were amazing so I grabbed a copy and dug in.
This was fantastic, everything from the world to the characters. Nora has a way of writing it all together so you visually see and feel everything. The world and the magic were all so amazing I couldn’t put the book down.
You follow different pathways for each set of characters. Lana and Max are a couple trying to escape the doom and raiders while trying to learn their new abilities. Jonah (paramedic) and Rachel (a doctor) are doing there best to help people when Katie gives births to twins and takes on an orphaned baby from the hospital, they all have to find a way to escape safely. Arlys and Fred are escaping New York after Arlys gave her last broadcast telling the truth that over 2 billion people have died from the doom. Everyone is trying to escape New York and get some where that’s safe.
What really through me for a loop was discovering that some of the people immune developed powers. They were elves, fairies, witches, sorcerers, etc. watching them deal with the plague, death and raiders on top of getting these powers was amazing and really different from most apocalyptic novels I’ve read. Nora’s Plague was rooted in Magic. It put a spin on the book I wasn’t expecting and I fell in love with it even more.
Seeing them all go through this journey throughout the book I didn’t have any hope in humanity. Everyone was so cruel and evil, killing, raping, vandalizing, etc. when a new character would come along I waited until they tried to do something horrible. I’ve honestly never had that feeling while reading a book before, congrats Nora 👏🏻
One thing that does happen after a massive disaster or plague is people trying to rebuild. The community and everyone coming together actually gave me hope for all of them.
This book is dark is certain scenes. There is constant mention of murder and some talks over rape, but it doesn’t go in to detail or get badly graphic. I would still avoid if that is something that triggers you. There is also one scene of suicide, and talk of a past suicide so if that bothers you in anyway please skip.
Overall I love this book and gave it five stars. I can not wait to pick up the second book and honestly if I didn’t have so many arcs to catch up on I’d be reading it now
Have you read Year one? What did you think?