“Don’t let the fear and suspicion of the brutal and ignorant make you doubt yourself.”Nora Roberts, Year One, p. 66
In anticipation of the new, and final book, in the Chronicles of The One coming out, I decided to reread the first two books within the series. I absolutely loved the books as they came out and hated that I had to wait a year inbetween each as this series is my absolute favorite from Nora Roberts (at the moment) out of all the books she has written.
In each of her other series that she has written she focuses on a group of people throughout, however, within each book the focus is mainly on only two out of the usual group of six that the story is about. Yet, in this series, she focuses on quite a large group of people throughout the entire string of books and I love the change-up as this allows for a larger story and more of an impact of what is going on within it. This particular book, Year One, does start out with just a few groups of people but they eventually merge into one large group which are come to be known as The Originals later on.
The only time I could really make myself put the book down each time I have read it is because I had to do something horrible such as work, sleep, eat, that sort of thing. I suppose being human you have no option to do such things in order to survive. Within the first few pages the dark magic that lives within the land is released which then goes on to create death and destruction that comes to be known as The Doom which also causes much loss and pain. But there is the light in there as well, good people to battle against the dark that wants to take over the world for itself. Nora Roberts is a great writer and she makes it so you feel the pain and loss as well as that happiness as if it’s your own family and friends that are going through what is happening. In the three times I’ve read this particular book I have cried and laughed and felt the hurt and pain as those I was reading about were feeling.
There is no lack of twist and turns within the book either which keeps the attention of the reader and making you wanting more, so much more. I don’t want to give away any spoilers as I hate ruining books for others so I won’t elaborate on what those twists, turns, and surprises are. But it undeniably made it even more difficult to wait for book two and then three to come out so I can read more about the characters I’ve come to love and what they do to beat back the darkness that has spread across the lands. I can’t even say who my favorite characters came to be within this book as there are so many that I become connected to such as Eddie and Joe, Max and Lana, Arlys, Chuck, and Fred, Katie, Rachel, and Jonah…and so many more.
As I mentioned before, this particular book does only focus on a small group of people compared to how many you come to know by the end of the final book within the series and the ones I’ve named are only another small group of that in which I got to know within Year One. They are a small part of the whole. Eventually, they are lead by someone who has yet to be born but wields a huge amount of power. To some she comes to be known as Fallon Swift, to others, she is The One. She becomes more of a focus in the second and third books though, which is another thing I loved about this series as even though the books are named for The One she isn’t the main focus throughout the entire series, she’s not even really the focus of the first book. The first book gives such a great background of what has happened, how it happened, and what is to come in the following books. Even though I’ve already read it three times (the first time when it came out, again before book two was released, and now before I read book three), I see myself reading this book, along with the others, over and over as it truly has become a favorite.
About Year One
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.
A list of Nora Robert’s books can be found here – Book List – She even has a printable list that can be found here – Printable List – and a list of series/connected books can be found here – Series/Connected Book List