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Publisher's Note:

THE END HAS COME AND THERE'S NOWHERE TO HIDE. America is a wasteland, trapped in a suffocating volcanic winter. In sixteen-year-old Sera Donner's isolated Pacific Northwest town, thousands are dead and hundreds are missing, including her own mother. With precious resources running low, neighbor turns against neighbor, sparking a brutal civil war, and when the new survivalist regime decides Sera's disabled brother isn't fit to live, she picks up the rifle she's vowed never to touch, and fights to defend those she loves. Mysterious Micah Abrams is Sera's only comfort in the chaos; Micah clings to an inexplicable hope that Sera finds hard to resist but difficult to understand. She longs to let down her guard and reveal to him a secret that's tearing her apart. But with the stakes higher than ever, can Sera really trust a schoolyard bully suddenly turned prophet? As the battle over control of the community reaches a fevered pitch, a powerful military leader marches into town…

Overall Book Review:

The Goliath Code by Suzanne Leonhard was SUCH a good book! I absolutely enjoyed it. I particularly loved the main character’s, Sera, arc. She started out kind of a brat, someone who didn’t really respect her parents and was in that rebellious stage of her life. But then, there’s a natural disaster, and she is forced to grow up fast.

I also loved that Sera was a twin, and her brother, David, suffered from dwarfism. I can’t recall a story where a character has that issue, and it was quite interesting to read about. And there’s a correlation between this little David, and a possible cure for him that his dad has been working on, that was so clever. I also liked the changes–from the townsfolk reeling from the aftermath of this natural disaster, to their world being taken over by a kind of Nazi-ish army, to characters forming their own rebellion. It was just terribly fascinating, and the end left me looking forward to book two!

All in all, this was a such a good dystopian/apocalyptic story. I so heartily recommend it.

This book was sent to Compass Book Ratings for review by the Author


Content Analysis:

Profanity/Language:  8 religious exclamations; 13 mild obscenities; 2 religious profanity; 6 derogatory names; 6 scatological words. 

Violence/Gore:  Many instances of violence and gore, including but not limited to: a character is pursued by soldiers; report of devastation that destroyed animals; characters are often threatened by enemies; a man is attacked by a world; characters undergo an earthquake, involving injuries and death; a character is killed by a shard of glass; a boy and girl are trapped in a destroyed church; characters have nightmares; two boys fight; characters almost drive into a ravine; a city is left underwater after a catastrophic disaster; townsfolk become a militia; a character sees dead people; a man is brought in, badly beaten; a character is killed from a tank shot; characters set up an ambush; mention of people eating their dead; a character is shot between the eyes; characters are captured by foreign soldiers; characters are constantly barraged by raids and searches; characters frequently witness violence; a character is shot in cold blood; a character is mentally imbalanced from time in an internment camp; report of slave trading; a character is found shot and injured; a character accuses people of being part of a rebellion; a character betrays others.

Sex/Nudity:  A man mentions someone disappearing without a lick of clothes; a boy holds a girl while she cries; a character jokes about someone making out with another person; a boy and girl share a moment; a boy flirts with a girl; a girl has feelings for a boy; a character remembers her feelings for a boy; mention of girls being used as concubines; a boy and girl touch hands; a girl puts her arms around a boy; a character wants to be kissed by a boy; a girl will be used as a concubine.

Mature Subject Matter:

Militia, suicide, murder, army experimentation, vengeance, attempted suicide, death, tattoos.

Alcohol / Drug Use:

Mention of cannabis; a character smokes a cigar.

Overall Book Rating
Profanity/Language
Rating:
4
10
Violence/Gore
Rating:
5
10
Sex/Nudity
Rating:
2
10

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Fantasy is my bread and butter. I read and write it. I’m obsessed with world-building and fascinated with lyrical prose. I love that I can contribute to the writing community by recommending good books that can actually make a difference in a person’s life.