Author: David Joel Stevenson
Release: November 1, 2015
Series: The Surface’s End
Pages: 2691 (219 pages)
Publisher: Createspace Publishing
Buy it here: Amazon
Rating: ★★★★ + 1/2
Near the edge of Jonah Whitfield’s small farming village lies the Deathlands – a strange desert in the middle of a lush, green landscape.
It is strictly forbidden.
Jonah often lingers at the border of the Deathlands out of curiosity, hunting wild game where no one else feels safe. When he follows a wounded deer into the desolate expanse, he stumbles upon a hatch to a futuristic underground society.
After setting eyes on a beautiful girl whose only wish is to see the surface, Jonah is determined to free her from a prison made of comfort and lies. Will he rescue her, or will he find himself trapped mere miles away from the life he has taken for granted?
Plot/Story: The book is in the Dystopian genre. There are two worlds (one above the ground and the other below). They are so different from one another, but they’re both trying to survive.
I loved the name of the book as it played so beautifully in the book. I loved the twist the author put into the Dystopian genre and I think he did a great job plotting and showing us the worlds and the real struggle. The book has many layers underneath the surface of the main plot.
Characters: Jonah always lived above the ground and even though he knew better than to go out to The Deathlands, his curiosity was too much and he found his way to the world below. There he found Talitha. I loved how much Jonah changed and grew over from the beginning of the book to the end. He has become so different and strong, I loved reading and watching him grows throughout the book. Jonah is my favorite character. I always wanted the story to be more focused on him, his thoughts and his emotions…Just him, lol.
Romance/Kills: The romance here was built nicely into the plot and it wasn’t too much. I will say that it wasn’t my favorite part of the book, but as it was so necessary to the plot, I felt that the author did a great job with them and how showed their importance to the plot itself.
Writing: I loved the author’s writing style here and enjoyed the reading with each page I turned. It was so nice to just enjoy the read, without any struggle. It was a fast read and even the premise itself was very interesting and had a unique look to it. The writing itself had some editing issues, but not in a way that ruined my read.
Beginning: The beginning was a bit slow, but quickly I’ve been able to pick up the pace and read faster.
Ending: By the end of the book, Jonah is so mature and brave and even though I had a good idea of how the book is in the end, it still didn’t make the reading less enjoyable.
Cover Art: The cover is very simply made, but I still like it 🙂 From the cover you know what the book might be about.
Blurb: I think the blurb could use a bit more to it or change it in some way, but it was enough for me to pick it up from the list and not others. I really wasn’t sure about the book, but I’m glad I had picked it 🙂
Opening Line: “Never go near the Deathlands. This was a rule that everyone in the village could agree on.”
Highlights: I loved the plot and the premise. Jonah was such an enjoyable character and I loved his journey and growth.
Lowlights: The start of the book was a bit slow and a few editing issues here and there.
Final Thoughts: I loved and enjoyed reading this book a lot and if you love the Post-Apocalyptic, Dystopian genre, you will enjoy reading this one as well 🙂