It’s been a year since the pandemic swept across the world, taking civilization with it. Governments were brought to their knees as their cities burned and descended into lawlessness. In Cabeza Diablo, a small city in Southern California, four people emerged from the ashes as leaders of their respective factions: a strongman desperately trying to keep order, a cult leader and his religious followers, a Cartel boss and his criminal empire and a former Soviet soldier out for blood after her people’s recent humiliation. A coded military transmission suddenly shatters the fragile balance of power as the city descends into a firestorm of religious hysteria, revenge, betrayal and humiliation. Sometimes the men and women who survived the apocalypse wonder if they should envy the ones who didn’t.
The Long Walk to Dawn is a terrific, troubling, and a terrifying dystopian novel that will take its readers on an incredible but disturbing adventure. The reader will witness what would happen if a pandemic killed the majority of civilization… How would things run after this? Who would run and order? And what would happen? All of these questions surround the premise of the novel, and I have to admit, it makes for excellent reading!
The Long Walk to Dawn is one of the best military/dystopian novels I have ever read; I understand this is a bold statement, but as you read my review you will find out why I believe this. The Long Walk to Dawn follows the world as a pandemic ravages it, taking the majority of civilization with it. The world is descended into chaos, governments fall, and so does order, and soon crime spreads across the cities with violence occurring from every corner. The Long Walk to Dawn follows one city, in particular, a city named Cabeza Diablo in Southern California as four people rise and ‘take their place.’ There are four groups in this city, all ruled by very different leaders. One leader is a man who craves power more than anything who struggles to keep order against his followers, the second leader is a cult leader, the third a cartel boss who runs a criminal empire and the fourth, a former soldier who is out for revenge.
What follows next is a gripping, terrifying story as the reader witnesses cruel events, shocking moments and power that is out of control. The story of The Long Walk to Dawn is one that gripped me from the first page; the premise of the novel, in general, is brilliant would make for an excellent movie.
Jacob Derin is a talented author who manages to evoke feelings of fear and excitement in his readers effortlessly. I adored the way he has narrated his novel, he has done so in an epic and visually descriptive way that will keep readers turning the pages, and Derin manages to do this through his unique characters and flawless narration. One particular factor I loved about The Long Walk to Dawn was that Jacob Derin focused on just one city and the events that took place in it; the city of Cabenza Diabo was fascinating to read about and I applaud Derin for concentrating on this one city. I love that he has done this because the reader gets to witness the strain the pandemic caused; if Derin narrated the cities throughout the world it would become too much for readers to grasp but the fact that he focused on just one city meant that everything was concentrated and made for excellent reading.
Jacob Derin is not only a talent for his well-developed, thought-provoking story but also a talent for his flawless ability to be incredibly descriptive, so much so that the reader will be able to perfectly imagine events. Derin’s long, descriptive sentences were a joy to read, they compelled me to read and made me turn the pages frantically. As I read this book, it played out in my mind like a movie thanks to Derin’s brilliant descriptions of the places, events, and characters that combined sent my mind into overdrive. As well as Derin being impeccable at describing the events in The Long Walk to Dawn, he is also incredible at describing his characters. The characterization of the characters in this novel, in particular, the four main ‘leaders’ was phenomenal. I adored how they were so different to each other and their unique natures and motives made the plot incredibly interesting and were one of the many motivating factors about this story.
As The Long Walk to Dawn is a gripping, fantastic, incredible story I have no choice but to award this stunning piece of fiction a dazzling Five Stars! If you are a reader who adores themes such as war, the military, and dystopia then you will adore The Long Walk to Dawn so please, read this book and get lost in its incredible story!
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