This review is based on a complimentary book I received from Author, L.N. Denison. It is an honest and voluntary review. The complimentary receipt of it in no way affected my review or rating.Only the Few by L.N. Denison
Genres: Fantasy, Post-Apocalyptic
Release Date: April 29, 2017
Publisher: L.N.P Publishing
Source: Author, L.N. Denison
Purchase at: Amazon
Corporal Catherine Hyde, and the squad she is attached to, are sent on a mission to find survivors of bomb attacks that have devastated most of the British Isles. Everything starts to go wrong when the whole squad are captured or killed by cannibalistic Caver's. Hyde is the only one to escape death at their hands, and she makes it her mission to carry out the orders her unit had been given. Her task is met with danger wherever she goes, but it won't stop her from completing her objective...getting a handful of survivors back to the main bomb shelter back in London.
Only the Few was everything I was hoping for in a post-apocalyptic read. It even has a gore factor that will make you squeamish if you can’t handle the thought of cannibalistic creatures. I will freely admit that it makes me sick at the idea. This story follows the events that happened after a mass bombing, think nuclear holocaust, that manages to destroy most of the British Isles.
Corporal Catherine Hyde had been on leave and was spending time with her parents when the bombing occurred. This was not the first bombing that had happened in this society though and it was due to the previous bombings that Hyde made it out alive. After the first bomb attacks, she and her squad purposely built bomb shelters in key areas. Through sheer luck and training she was able to survive the bombing by seeking out the bomb shelter and rode out the aftermath there.
Given how quickly the bombing occurred Catherine was unable to save anyone but herself. After several days in the bomb shelter she came out to find the city she was in was completely obliterated and that the only survivors appeared to be the members of her squad who also took refuge at a bomb shelter in a different location. Now there is only a small surviving portion of society left and parts of what’s left is undesirable to say the least.
The military has been tasked with sending squads into the wastelands to search for survivors but it would be seven months before this squad and its newest members would be sent on a mission. Once Hyde and the others start their mission things go badly and from there it becomes quite heart-pounding. Although briefed on what to expect out in the wastelands, it was nothing that they were truly prepared for and the situation for Hyde becomes quite dire rather quickly.
There are creatures out in the wastelands that are referred to as “cavers” and were at one point fully human. You may be asking what I mean by “fully human?” Well these cavers were the result of a failed government program to create the perfect soldier. A few had escaped before the apocalypse and now they lived in caves that were once tourist attractions and their food of choice is human flesh. Ugh, right?! It was these creatures as well as others known as scavengers that the soldiers were hoping to avoid.
Unfortunately, Hyde is not able to avoid either the cavers or the scavengers. I know the cavers eat human flesh and all but you know what to expect from them. Now the scavengers, they are the most sadistic group of humans to survive the apocalypse and I think they could be referred to as sub-human. They are scheming and manipulative and Hyde learns this first hand. The scavenger leader plays a major part in this story but you will find yourself dying to know what his deal is and why he is doing what he is. It is not made clear but as you follow the story the reasoning for everything he does becomes clear-ish. There is nothing redeeming about him and I actually like that. There is no anti-hero here people.
What I really liked about this story was that the main character was a female soldier. She did not suddenly become heroic and she had to endure some pretty crappy situations that she did not miraculously find a way out of. The survivors she did come across are not suddenly her buddies, in fact there is a high level of distrust among all characters. I love that because in a post-apocalyptic society it is dog eat dog and people are going to do what they have to in order to survive. I personally would trust no one! I will say that Hyde is a bit too trusting for her own good but that adds to the story.
This was an action packed read that weaved in elements of mystery and thrill that kept me reading because I had to know why. While reading I was expecting the story to take me in one direction but then I was left in disbelief while the story took off in a different direction entirely. The characters in this story do not follow any formulas and I liked that. There was very little in the way of human decency and it felt really true to me. In some cases, things don’t make sense but in the end, there are twists that will shock you! The ending is a cliff hanger and it will definitely give you the appetite to read on. I highly recommend this book to fans of post-apocalyptic fiction.
*Thank you to L.N. Denison for this complimentary copy of Only the Few*