Series: After Trilogy, book 1
Author: Traci Slatton
As chaos descends on a crippled Earth, survivors are tormented by strange psychic gifts. In this time of apocalyptic despair, love is put to the test. One woman with mysterious healing power guides seven children to safety. Charismatic Arthur offers her a haven. Slowly Emma falls for him. But at the moment of their sweetest love, his devastating secret is revealed, and they are lost to each other.
This book in three words: Amazing, Haunting, Suspenseful
Fallen is a book about survival, betrayal, love, secrets, danger and hope. It will instantly transport you to a post-apocalyptic world that is being terrorized by deadly mists and is filled with danger at every turn.
What would you do to save your family and ensure survival following the nearly complete annihilation of the world as you know it? Emma is faced with that question when she finds herself in charge of not only her daughter, but a number of abandoned children who have lost their families to the mists. When they are saved from near death by a mysterious stranger, Arthur and a few of his friends, Emma offers her body to him in exchange for protection and a place in his safe house. He agrees, but neither of them realized that this one exchange will cost them the one thing they cannot protect, the one thing they cannot hide from..their heart.
They soon find themselves growing closer to each other but each is harboring a major secret. One that can threaten not only their relationship, but change their lives forever.
This book took me on an emotional roller coaster. I laughed, I cried, I was frightened and empowered...I was completely transported into their world. The characters become your friends and you soon feel like part of the gang. Arthur is male personified. He is strong, charismatic, loyal, yet has this mean streak that makes you love him even more. He is perfectly flawed and you can't help loving him for it. Emma is the perfect example of what it means to be a woman. She is determined, reasonable, intelligent, caring, incredibly strong and will do anything to protect the people she loves, including giving herself to a complete stranger. She is also confused about life, about this new found love for Arthur and what it all means. You empathize with her and root for her, hoping that she'll see the way to what is right. Together, these two shine! The sexual energy around them is through the roof and you have to laugh when these two bull headed people banter. You fall in love with both the individual characters and the couple. The other characters, including Emma's adopted children and the people of Aurthur's camp are all so different that you feel like you are making new friends. Along with the trial of facing a world destroyed by mists, we also see their struggle as many of them are left with magical powers that they try to harness in an effort to survive and beat the mists. The entire cast and the story is simply amazing!
The ending will leave your head spinning and Fallen will haunt you long after you finish it. I still find myself wondering about the characters and what is going to happen in the next installment of the After series.
Fallen is one of the best books I have read this year and encourage everyone to read it! You will not be disappointed - I promise!
This book is 5 Fangs, a MUST-READ!!