Thursday, 1 August 2013

Yesterday's Gone: Episode 1 (Yesterday's Gone #1) by Sean Platt and David W. Wright

Yesterday's Gone: Episode 1 (Yesterday's Gone, #1)
Blurb (from Goodreads):
On October 15 at 2:15 a.m. everyone on Earth vanished.
Well, almost everyone.
A scattered few woke alone in a world where there are no rules other than survival... at any cost.

A journalist wanders the horrible reality of an empty New York in search of his wife and son.
A serial killer must hunt in a land where prey is now an endangered species.
A mother shields her young daughter from danger, though every breath fills her with terror.
A bullied teen is thrilled to find everyone gone. Until the knock at the door.
A fugitive survives a fiery plane crash. Will he be redeemed, or return to what he’s best at: the kill?
An eight year old boy sets out on a journey to find his missing family. What he finds will change him forever.

These survivors aren’t alone...
Someone or something is watching them.
And waiting...

Strangers unite.
Sides are chosen.
Will humanity survive what it never saw coming?
The only certainty is that Yesterday’s Gone.

You’ve never read anything like Yesterday’s Gone – the epic, groundbreaking, thrilling new series. Look for a new 100 page episode each month.

Yesterday's Gone: Episode 1 by Sean Platt

My rating: 2.5 of 5 stars

Yesterday's Gone: Episode 1 (Yesterday's Gone, #1)(Source: Downloaded for free from
The world has ended, and the only people left are going to have to work out what is going on.
Where has everyone gone? What happened to cause this? And who will survive?

This was basically the start of a story, where we’re introduced to several people who have survived the ‘collapse’. We went through a chapter with each of them more or less, and the flitting from one character to another got pretty annoying, especially as the characters were pretty separate and disjointed, so it was like reading the start to several different books one chapter at a time, back to back.
I can’t say that I really connected with any of the characters all that much, there just wasn’t enough time to really get a feel for any of them, although I felt sorry for Luca the most, being young (around 10-years-old?) and alone, and I think possibly autistic (he talked about following rainbows).

There was quite a lot of stuff in this book to try and make it gritty and unsuitable for younger readers. We had Charlie the teen jacking off in his crush’s bed, Boricio the guy who killed his girlfriend killing some poor unsuspecting bloke called Jim, Charlie’s stepfather attacking a young girl with a crowbar, and some pretty unpleasant thoughts flitting about too. If these were the people spared by God in this apocalypse, then God sucks, because most of these people were the dregs of society in my opinion.

We did learn at the end of this episode that somebody called Stan and some friends of his knew that the ‘collapse’ was coming, and we also got a pretty vivid and sickening scene of where these missing people had disappeared to. I can’t say that I was all that interested in continuing the story from here though, as I think it’s probably going to be a bit too grisly for me.

I must also point out though, that no matter who thinks they know better, and whether the apocalypse has occurred or not - NOBODY DRIVES WELL DRUNK!

Overall; a pretty gritty start to a post-apocalyptic story.
5 out of 10.

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