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Book Review: Sam and Emily – A Love Story from the Underground

Sam and Emily (Tales from Earth’s End III) – A Gripping Story of Life After the World Ends

Rating: 5 of 5
Author: Sandy Nathan
Format: Kindle, Paperback

Sam Baahuhd flees with his village to live the rest of their lives in the underground shelter just before the bombs explode wiping out all of humanity.  But Sam finds leadership in this place much different than the village.  In this confined space with limited food and the need to create a society that will last for generations, the old ways of the village with their inbreeding and disorderly drunkenness will surely doom the future of humanity.  Sam must change his people but first must change himself.  If it weren’t for Emily and her love, he may not be strong enough.  Unfortunately, Sam may have to give her up in order to protect future generations.

While “Sam and Emily” is the third book in Nathan’s ”Tales from the Earth’s End” series, this is a very different book from the first two and in many ways stands alone. Whereas the other volumes focus more on the science fiction elements, this volume centers on the relationship between two critical and damaged personalities as they struggle to keep their love alive while living under impossible conditions.  Nathan’s insights into the logistics and struggles of life in the underground and how to plan out generations who must not only survive but thrive, especially given the issues of inbreeding and genetic contamination with their limited human stock, is fascinating and reminiscent of Stephen King’s epic masterpiece – The Stand.

“Sam and Emily” is by far my favorite and I think the best written in the series.  It will leave you thinking well after turning the last page.

Note: A complimentary copy of this novel was provided in return for a review.

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Book Review: Lady Grace

Lady Grace (Tales from Earth’s End II) – Big and Small fight for the Future of Humanity

Rating: 5 of 5
Author: Sandy Nathan
Format: Kindle, Paperback

After centuries on the golden planet and being treated as little more than a procreation pet by the Goldies, Jeremy Edgarton demands to be returned home – to Earth – to usher in the rebirth of humanity and ensure that those who survived the world’s end have not fallen victim to The General.  But on his return, Jeremy finds something much much worse than he could have imagined. Reunited with his mother Veronica, his love Ellie, and his exiled friends, he fights to liberate the few remaining humans enslaved by the “Bigs”.  But are they too late, and is the Bigs’ power more than they can overcome? Worse yet, will they be betrayed by the Goldies jeopardizing the future of humanity forever?

Sandy Nathan’s “Lady Grace” is the second offering in the Tales from The World’s End series.  It is similar in style to the first book and this chapter has readers visiting Earth centuries after the world’s end.  Building on book one while adding some startling new characters along with a merger of a few characters from her Numenon series, Nathan creates an unlikely group of protagonists who must band together in a struggle against the Bigs.  By far the most intriguing story arc involves what has happened in the underground after generations of inbreeding results in the evolutionary mutation of The Bigs.  Armed with an even more powerful version of “The Voice” inherited from their progenitor, the Bigs rule with complete mind control.  I will admit that the resolution of the battle with the Bigs was completely unexpected; I’ll leave out those details for readers to discover on their own.  I’ll also admit that the last sentence of the book, which happens to be question, was the most unique I have ever read.

Readers who enjoyed book one, will most certainly enjoy this next book in the series.

Note: A complimentary copy of this work was provided in return for a review.