Book Review

All That Remains – Al Barrera

Book Title: All That Remains


Author: Al Barrera

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Star Rating: gold stargold stargold starempty starempty star – Good book. Liked it.

Disclaimer: I received this book free from Netgalley in exchange for an un-biased review.

And I stood upon the sand of the sea, and saw a beast rise up out of the sea, having seven heads and ten horns, and upon his horns ten crowns, and upon his heads the name of blasphemy. – Revelation Chapter 13

When we open a book with a quote from Revelations you know some stuff is going down! I needed a book to qualify as horror for my Fall Bookish Bingo card.  Understand, I don’t usually read horror, however, I do read post-apocalyptic stories.  This one came under both categories, so I figured, what the heck. Let’s try it out.  Might be fun.  Might scare the holy heck out of me, but let’s give it a go.

It’s not quite as intensely horror filled as I first imagined. Granted, that could also be because I’ve read a lot of these types of books and I’m a little jaded.  As for the story, something terrible has happened on earth. A devastating illness?  An alien life-form? Monsters appearing? Zombies walking the earth?  How about all of the above. Most of humankind has gone the way of the dodo. Enter a band of survivors, trying to make their way through a horror filled landscape.  It’s pretty clear that they aren’t going to make it. How can they? The author does a good job with the mood building.  You can see the fog and mist creeping up, monster hiding in tall grass, something waiting to jump out at them at every turn.  It makes for good post-apocalypse world building. Interestingly, the thing I liked most about the book was it’s diversity.  Bravo, Mr. Barrera!  He’s created a compelling story with no love triangle, what a relief! There is also an African American hero and a lesbian heroine protecting a young man and a little girl.  It’s nice to see something different in a genre that, unfortunately, tends to be a little formulaic.  If you’re a fan of horror or post-apocalyptic adventure I think this is a good page turner.

Song for this book: Zombie – The Cranberries



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