Near the edge of Jonah Whitfield's small farming village lies the Deathlands – a strange desert in the middle of a lush, green landscape.
It is strictly forbidden.
Jonah often lingers at the border of the Deathlands out of curiosity, hunting wild game where no one else feels safe. When he follows a wounded deer into the desolate expanse, he stumbles upon a hatch to a futuristic underground society.
After setting eyes on a beautiful girl whose only wish is to see the surface, Jonah is determined to free her from a prison made of comfort and lies. Will he rescue her, or will he find himself trapped mere miles away from the life he has taken for granted?
The synopsis caught my eye and I’ll have to admit, I’m not a huge fan of these type of novels. With that being said I was immediately pulled into the world the author created.
Jonah is the bread winner for his family in a world that is eerily apocalyptic in nature. With food being partial scarce in the area he hunts, he finally finds game and after wounding it, tracks the animal to a place called Deathlands. There he finds what I can only describe as an entrance to an underground world. A society who believes that the surface is unlivable and uninhabitable.
I do love the author’s writing style. It’s very smooth, sometimes over descriptive however that only adds more lure and interest in the novel. The beginning was somewhat slow and honestly, I could have done without the relationship between Jonah and Talitha. I felt that it only took away from the story. It was a distraction for me and at that moment, I felt that it was somewhat forced. I wanted to go back to Jonah. I wanted to learn about how he would adapt to this new environment underground. I understood how Talitha was the key to his lock in figuring out this dilemma and I would have liked to see more of that. Instead I felt that she would be romantic distraction. Nonetheless, the story soon picks up again and I found myself immersed.
Overall I give The Surface’s End four stars. It’s a great read for those who like this genre as well as readers who are interested in discovering the genre.
The author provided me with a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.
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