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Cover for Unfettered II taken from its Amazon buy page for review purposes under Fair Use doctrine.

Spoiler Free Summary:  The Gunnie by Charlaine Harris is the seventeenth story in the Unfettered II Anthology.  Lizbeth has to help a group of people travel across the post apocalyptic landscape her country has become. When her team is hit, can she find a way to even get back home safely? Let alone find the people she promised to see safely to their destination.

Character:  Lizbeth is the type of character I really like. She’s skilled and driven. She has good motivation. The secondary characters fall way short though. Her connection to other characters wasn’t really investigated, so we miss out on the emotion we’d normally want to see. 

Exposition: Even with first person, this is good. Again, Lizbeth isn’t the problem. It’s her lack of connection to other characters that holds this story back. Lizbeth has everything you could ask of a first-person narrator. She’s clever. She’s skilled. We learn about the world as she talks about it, and that keeps the pace moving even as we’re learning about things.

Worldbuilding: It’s not poorly written by any stretch of the imagination, but it’s a post apocalyptic journey, and it doesn’t really stand out in my mind from any other “the world has been obliterated, and we have to survive” story.  To really stand out, I need a post apocalypse that is unique in some way, and this just isn’t.

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Image of Ms. Harris was taken from her website for review purposes under Fair Use doctrine. 

Dialogue: The dialogue in this story isn’t bad. It doesn’t stand out, but the characters have unique voices, and the plot moves with the conversations rather than dragging.  

Description: As is typical of this genre, the description is good if graphic. I wouldn’t say it was more graphic than I could stand, and that’s nice. It wasn’t as cinematic as I’d like, but I could definitely imagine the scenes as I read. The character descriptions could probably have been a bit more consistent.  

Overall: If you like post-apocalyptic fiction, you’ll probably enjoy this story. It’s good, but it’s not unique in any way. It’s still a fun read or listen if you’re on a short drive.  

Thanks for reading

Matt

 

 

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