Series: The Cascadia Series #3
Published by Independently Published on August 19, 2023
Genres: Apocalyptic & Post-Apocalyptic
Source: Kindle Unlimited
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With their Safe Zone overrun by the undead, taking refuge in the mountains seems like the safest bet for Rose, Tom, and the other survivors. There’s one catch, however—between last spring’s human exodus and a neighboring group’s stockpiles, there’s no food left to scavenge.
They know to be wary of people and zombies, but a new adversary proves itself just as relentless—hunger. Supplies are slim in the wilderness, and living off the land is easier said than done. As winter sets in, and their food dwindles to nothing, they discover how far they’ll go to save the ones they love.
This was absolutely amazing! I was so excited to get my hands on this book. As soon as I finished the previous book in the series over a year and a half ago, I was eager to find out what would happen next to this group of characters that I have grown to care about. I have to admit that I periodically checked the author’s website to see if a release date had been published. As soon as I knew this book was finally available, I couldn’t get it on my device fast enough and ignored my other responsibilities so that I could spend more time reading. My expectations were incredibly high but I am proud to report that they were all met.
I don’t know how Sarah Lyons Fleming is able to consistently write characters that come alive on the page and feel like friends but she continues to excel at exactly that. This installment was lower on zombies but the situation these characters find themselves in was possibly even more desperate. I found myself relating to this group of people doing their best to survive in a world that throws obstacles at them at every turn. I was cringing every time one of them was in danger and delighting in their accomplishments.
This story is told from four different points of view. Rose, Tom, Clara, and Craig all have an interesting perspective on what this group is facing. After the events in the previous book, they fled as part of a group of 30 individuals to safety. Their biggest challenge is feeding this group for an extended amount of time. I felt their desperation and wondered just how far I would go if I were placed in their position. The descriptions of their hunger were incredibly vivid and I wondered if all the members of the group would survive.
I would highly recommend this series to others. This is the third book in the Cascadia series which really should be read in order. I am already counting down the days until I can get the 4th book in my hands (unfortunately I have a bit of a wait). This one that I know I will be reading again in the not-too-distant future.