Note: I tried to dictate this blog post to my tablet. It was a terrible experience. The voice recognition couldn’t understand “It’s not often,” and “dystopia,” just to name a few words. So if you have a recommend on a free Android app that works with a Bluetooth system, please let me know.
Now, on to the book review.
It is not often that a book makes you think about it for weeks after you read it. “I Hope You Find Me,” is about a woman who, after an international tragedy, is only one of about a dozen humans left living in San Diego. That is pretty incredible death rate in just a few weeks, since in 2013 there were 1.4 million people in the metro area.
I liked the story as a whole, and on Amazon I gave it three stars of five, only because the two things that really mattered to me about the story were left unanswered (this is book one of a series, so maybe these details get revealed later).
The author leaves a lot of unanswered questions about how the woman survived the plague. What events led up to such a dangerous disease spreading as to kill almost all of the world’s citizens? In “Night of the Purple Moon,” by Scott Cramer, it’s obvious that an event beyond human control has happened (moon knocked out of orbit). In “Partials” we find out that human experiments have caused the huge death rate. I am left wondering, one – what caused the plague, two – what helped her to survive when everyone else in her life died, and three – how will the survivors settle in their situation?
I don’t know if ghost (there is another word the voice dictation didn’t like) is the right word, or perhaps zombies should be used to describe the strange things Riley sees. There are about a dozen encounters with these apparitions, and I’m left wondering why even include them? Other than causing me to almost delete the book from my Kindle reader, they don’t seem to really move the story, other than an excuse to move out of San Diego. I don’t like thriller books, but by the time they encounter the brother and sister in downtown, I was curious enough to push through the weird stuff to find out how Riley and Conner manage to survive.
I’d still read it, if for nothing else than to set my mind going with the “what ifs.” Also, the romance scenes were clean enough I was not embarrassed by them at work, they were clean enough I’d let my teenager read.
But as LaVar Burton says on Reading Rainbow… Don’t take my word for it. Amazon still has this as free for Kindle as of the writing of this post.