On one of his travels Nick finds the body of a young woman who was gunned down in an abandoned house. Also at the scene is the body of a well-armed man in black body armor. A random killing isn’t out of the ordinary in the makeshift society of the post-virus world. From the placement of the bodies, Nick can tell they shot each other. A person, hunted and murdered by a mercenary is very disturbing. When every person left alive is essential for the survival of humankind, the murder of a young female becomes especially heinous.
When Nick is tasked with finding her younger siblings, he sets off to rescue them with a desperate determination. He carries the profound burden of the loss of all his family and friends to the virus. Saving these children would lighten that burden. Inadvertently, the idyllic life he enjoys at High Meadow settlement is suddenly threatened.
The settlement is right on the verge of becoming self sufficient. They live carefully, but comfortably in a world shattered by season after season of deaths. Now they have to fear more than another season of illness. Rumors of attacks and roving bandits compound the difficulty of simple survival.
The changed world that Nick had finally come to accept turns out to harbor more secrets and lies than he had imagined. At a point of crisis, with no explanation, the reticent government shuts down the few remaining services. With the help of a fugitive biobot and stolen weapons, Nick must discover why someone would send teams of mercenaries to track and kill these children. Even if it brings them right to his doorstep.
I am of the opinion that character development plays a huge role in getting the reader to have a better feel of the story that the author is creating. The characters bring life into the story, and without any investment in their development, it will feel like the author is simply trying to rush to the story's ending.
Lethal Seasons wasn't so much terrible as it was unpleasant, unsatisfying, or just plain dull. As I stated above, the main reason that led to the downplay of this book was because of its insuffiency of character development. Had the author made the characters to be more alive and original, maybe I would've liked it more. Putting that aside, the difficult situations that the characters faced proved to be a challenge and at times, this would make the story interesting and thought-provoking. The pace of the book was neither fast nor slow; it moved at its own pace and although to say I was bored, the complications that arised in the story would engage me at times.
- readers who are interested in books that has a futuristic setting
- readers who are looking for dystopian that focuses on enviromental disasters
My rating for Lethal Seasons
I don't think I can stress enough that the lack of good characterization has totally blew away any chance of me liking the book. The interaction and dialogues between the characters were stiff and tedious. I didn't have any touched or overwhelming feelings when I finished it.
An e-book of Lethal Seasons was kindly provided by the author, Alice Sabo via email at my request to review her book. This review is written in my honest opinion and is uninfluenced by anyone.