Title: Autumn in the City of Angels (Autumn #1)
Author: Kirby Howell
Published Date: April 14th 2013
Genre: Yound Adult Dystopian Science Fiction
***THIS BOOK WAS PROVIDED TO NERD GIRL IN EXCHANGE FOR AN HONEST REVIEW***
What would you do if you lived through the apocalypse? The real fight to survive comes after everyone else is gone.
A plague of epic proportion sweeps the globe, leaving less than one percent of the world’s population immune. Among the living is Autumn Winters, the teenage daughter of a famous actress. When Autumn’s parents don’t come home and the city is overtaken by a dangerous faction, she goes into hiding with a small group of underground survivors. They’re led by a mysterious young man who harbors an unearthly secret, and with whom Autumn feels a deep connection.
Autumn in the City of Angels is the first novel in a series, followed by Autumn in the Dark Meadows and Autumn in the City of Lights.
Los Angeles would make such a good setting for any dystopian or fantasy/sci-fi novel and the Kirby Howell team definitely didn’t miss the chance, in fact they excelled at it.
One of my pet peeves that I come across in dystopians is how modern amenities and such seem to somehow magically work after society falls (looking at you perfectly mowed lawns in The Walking Dead), Autumn in the City of Angels doesn’t fall prey to this.
Despite the fantastical circumstances, the touch of reality really makes this book a winner especially compared to other YA dystopian novels.
Autumn is a realistic teenager written very well! Intelligent but still a teen in the way she deals with the horrible circumstances she’s been thrown into (I won’t give anything away). She makes some bad decisions but is rounded out by the good decisions she makes as well. She isn’t perfect and that makes her all the better as a heroine.
So why four stars instead of five? The romance between the heroine and Grey seemed a little too quick for me, Autumn seemed to just fall into insta-trust and insta-love with him. But after the twist at the end, Autumn may have a change of heart.
Overall, I did really enjoy Autumn in the City of Angels especially the science fiction edge of this plague dystopian. I hope the Kirby Howell team bring more of that science fiction element into the next one.
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