Post-apocalyptic fiction has always been a favorite of mine with or without zombies. “Extinction Point: Exodus” by Paul Antony Jones seemed like the perfect book for me so I picked it up to see how Jones sees the world ending and what happens to those who are left behind.
Emily Baxter survived the red rain that drenched the world and killed almost everyone. She soon found out that being a survivor did not mean she was lucky. Rather, she was a witness to the world’s transformation into an alien and dangerous place. She realized that she could not stay in the city with its large population of the mutating dead. With her choices limited, she decided to pin her hopes on the voice of the man on the radio and his tales of a group of survivors in a remote scientific outpost of the coast of Alaska. All she had to do was figure out how to get there.
The decision to make the journey is easier than the execution of it, however, as Emily now must make a journey through and increasingly changed landscape all the way across the continent. Complicating matters further is that she had never even learned how to drive a car. It is a journey she must make and she sets off with just her dog as a companion knowing that her only chance at salvation is to brave the world that is determined to destroy her.
I did not know that this was the second book in the series until after I had started it but I do not think that the reader has to be familiar with the first one as I was able to slip easily into the narrative. If I had read the first book, it probably would have added an extra dimension to the novel as I would have known about the downfall of humanity but there is enough detail in this book that I really did not feel as if I was missing anything necessary in the story. Emily is a strong enough character to carry the story and the mysterious man that she talks to on the radio once a day added intrigue. Jones crafts a world that is both familiar and alien at the same time and this adds a sinister feel to the novel as well.
While the concept and the setting of the novel were fresh and original, the actual storyline followed the tried and true will very little deviation or surprises and this left me feeling a little bored at times while waiting for something new to happen. There were some very good action sequences in the novel but it just did not really cover any new ground. This is due in part to the fact that it is a post-apocalyptic journey story so options are limited but Jones kept a little bit too far on the beaten path with too few twists thrown in. I enjoyed the novel and am sure that fans of the genre will enjoy it as well but I just think that it could have been much more. With strong characters and a strong basis for the story, I am interested to read the other novels in the series and see how Jones builds upon the promise that is apparent in this novel. “Exodus” is not ground breaking or among the best of stories of its kind but it is an entertaining novel and a good way to pass a couple hours.
I would like to thank 47North and NetGalley for this review copy. “Extinction Point: Exodus” is available now.