YEAR ONE (Chronicles of the One #1) Book Review

YEAR ONE (Chronicles of the One #1) Book Review

Title: Year One (Chronicles of the One #1)
Author: Nora Roberts
Published: Dec 5, 2017
# of Pages: 419
Rating: 4 stars

Blurb (From Goodreads):

It began on New Year’s Eve.

The sickness came on suddenly, and spread quickly. The fear spread even faster. Within weeks, everything people counted on began to fail them. The electrical grid sputtered; law and government collapsed—and more than half of the world’s population was decimated.

Where there had been order, there was now chaos. And as the power of science and technology receded, magic rose up in its place. Some of it is good, like the witchcraft worked by Lana Bingham, practicing in the loft apartment she shares with her lover, Max. Some of it is unimaginably evil, and it can lurk anywhere, around a corner, in fetid tunnels beneath the river—or in the ones you know and love the most.

As word spreads that neither the immune nor the gifted are safe from the authorities who patrol the ravaged streets, and with nothing left to count on but each other, Lana and Max make their way out of a wrecked New York City. At the same time, other travelers are heading west too, into a new frontier. Chuck, a tech genius trying to hack his way through a world gone offline. Arlys, a journalist who has lost her audience but uses pen and paper to record the truth. Fred, her young colleague, possessed of burgeoning abilities and an optimism that seems out of place in this bleak landscape. And Rachel and Jonah, a resourceful doctor and a paramedic who fend off despair with their determination to keep a young mother and three infants in their care alive.

In a world of survivors where every stranger encountered could be either a savage or a savior, none of them knows exactly where they are heading, or why. But a purpose awaits them that will shape their lives and the lives of all those who remain.

The end has come. The beginning comes next.


I really did not know what to expect when I came across this book. I barely ever read any apocalyptic books and I was weary to read it because I didn’t know if I wanted to really read the same old plot of – big major global tragedy, some die, some live, struggle, struggle, struggle.  I mean this book is really no different in that aspect but when I started reading the description and it said that it involved some magic and mythical creatures and prophecies … hmm … it could be interesting.  I was worried that with the whole magic element, it would make things a little cheesy and too much “fantasy”, if you will but NO!  The author did a great job of incorporating it in and did not feel at all like too much “Lord of the Rings”.

It even brought a great element of added conflict, “Uncanny”(magical folk) versus Humans. This was a nice twist than to the usual human on human violence and struggle.  It was a nice added reflection of the real world today where bigotry and intolerance exists, creating relation to the characters and to that specific world.  It shows, no matter how the much things are in shambles, there are always assholes out there.

There are a lot of characters in this book and I like how the author brought them and stories all together.  You get to see how they view the new world in each pair of eyes and how they all adapt to it.  I grew affection for each character and found myself excited (or hurt) when something happens (of course I am not going to give any spoilers).

At parts, it seemed slow but I guess it’s because this is the first installment.  The author really wants the reader to know the origin of all the tragedy and set up the characters and storylines.  This is really the only reason I gave it 4 stars, not 5.  So having said that, I don’t know if this is really a fair rating on my part because I just expected it to be racing and exciting all the way through but I understand that there has to be some build up.

I did not know how this book was going to end but when it did I did not know how to feel about it.  It was mixed feelings because 1) a part of me didn’t want the book to end since I wanted to know more about how things would further progress and 2) it just left things hanging and it made me wanting more but I guess it’s a way to have some anticipation and continuation for the next book.

Overall, I really liked the story and premise of this book.  It was hard to stop reading and I just kept wanting to power through because the story and characters really pulled me in. I didn’t want to blink!  I am excited for the next book and  I believe the next installment will be coming December of 2018.