I'm a wife, mother to 4 wonderful boys and a total bookaholic :) Im Irish and I read mainly anything Paranormal, Fantasy, Dystopian and Post Apocalyptic. I'm a big fan of Supernatural and The Vampire Diaries and binge watch them when Im not reading!
After a series of blasts force Beatrice Hicks and her family into their prepper bunker, they emerge to discover they are among the survivors of a nuclear apocalypse. Fighting against rogue groups and coping with deaths are just some of the adjustments Beatrice must make to survive, but how will she maintain her humanity after the blast?
Praise for THE BLAST:
“This is the most impressive and heartfelt apocalypse story I’ve ever read in my life!”
“A real tour de force… [It’s] refreshing to have a YA book which focuses on the important things in a person’s life – family, love and death.”
“What a beautiful story. A wonderful look at the human ability to survive, rebuild, and grow through survival.”
“One of the best post-apocalypse stories I have read.”
“This book easily stacks up against my favourites and has an originality that many books seem to lack these days. [The] writing style is impeccable and this book is utterly breathtaking!” My Thoughts : This was a great read. The summary above pretty much says it all so I'll get right to the review. Beatrice was an amazing heroine. She was strong and brave but also quite vulnerable. When her world ends, she does all she has to to save her family but sometimes it's not enough. My heart broke for her a lot because she is forced to grow up really quick. The author isn't afraid to kill of characters!! I cried a few times over the deaths but one in particular really got to me. You know which one when you read the book!! It was absolutely heartbreaking. I loved the premise of the story though did find that it dragged a bit. The idea of a nuclear apocalypse is believable and the author really knew her stuff. I loved that the author focused on how life changes for people rather than focusing on the whole world and the chaos that follows. She focused on one family and their journey to survive the apocalypse in their own home. Now there was a few things that annoyed me and stopped me from loving the book so much. Drew was one thing!! What he did and why he did it was, in my opinion, ridiculous. I can't say more because of spoilers but it really annoyed me! There is also a case of insta love (which I hate!!!!) Anyway, despite the little things that annoyed me, I really enjoyed The Blast. The blast happens at the start and the story flows well, though it's not the most action packed book. This deals with love, loss, survival and what humanity does when the end comes. What would you do if the world you knew ended with a bang? In all, a well written and developed story. The characters are tough and believable and the plot was scarily real. A Nuclear Apocalypse could happen!!! 3.5 stars.
Sarah Perlmutter is the Wattpad featured author of THE BLAST, a young adult post-apocalypse novel. Outside of the young adult genre, Sarah has published poems and flash fiction through Mash Stories, Millennial Garbage, the Pittsburgh History and Landmark Foundation, and the Western Pennsylvania Writing Project. When she is not writing, Sarah enjoys spending time with her husband and cat, cooking food that is far too spicy, making arts and crafts, and teaching high school English. For more information about Sarah and her writing, check out her website.