Everything Under the Sun
By Jessica Redmerski
Publication Date: August 28, 2017
Genre: Adult, Dystopian, Post-Apocalyptic,Romance, Suspense
Thais Fenwick was eleven-years-old when civilization fell, devastated by a virus that killed off the majority of the world’s population. For seven years, Thais and her family lived in a community of survivors deep in the heart of the Appalachian Mountains. But when her town is attacked by raiders, she and her blind sister are taken away to the East-Central Territory where she is destined to live the cruel and unjust kind of life her late mother warned her about.
Atticus Hunt is a troubled soldier in Lexington City who has spent the past seven years trying to conform to the vicious nature of men in a post-apocalyptic society. He knows that in order to survive, he must abandon his morals and his conscience and become like those he is surrounded by. But when he meets Thais, morals and conscience win out over conformity, and he risks his rank and his life to help her. They escape the city and set out together on a long and perilous journey to find safety in Shreveport, Louisiana.
Struggling to survive in a world without electricity, food, shelter, and clean water, Atticus and Thais shed their fear of growing too close, and they fall hopelessly in love. But can love survive in such dark times, or is it fated to die with them?
J.A. (Jessica) Redmerski is a New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal bestselling author, international bestseller, and award winner, who juggles several different genres. She began self-publishing in 2012, and later with the success of THE EDGE OF NEVER, signed on with Grand Central Publishing/Forever Romance. Her works have been translated into more than twenty languages.
Jessica is a hybrid author who, in addition to working with a traditional publisher, also continues to self-publish. Her popular crime and suspense series, In the Company of Killers, has been optioned for television and film by actor and model William Levy.
What book is Jessica most proud to have written? It's a question she gets asked often. The answer is, hands down, DIRTY EDEN. "DIRTY EDEN was an entirely organic experience for me, as was the story from beginning to end; nothing was planned, and I didn't know the end myself until I got there. As much as I enjoy writing love stories and crime novels, a big part of my heart really does lie in the satirical and strange. I just wish more people would read it."
Review & Wrap-Up:
Everything Under the Sun is a beautiful and terrible story of finding love in the worst of times. That love is the only thing holding you together and pushing you to continue to live.
The amount of loss, heartache and death in Everything Under the Sun is tragic, but in this post-apocalyptic world it's an everyday occurrence, and normal. To live through this world you must be a strong person, both physically and mentally.
Thais and Atticus meet through the most unlikeliest of ways, and for both of them it's a saving grace. While reading their story, I often thought about my husband and I and whether we would be strong enough to go through the hardships that they did. I'd like to believe that we would, but I pray that we never have to find out.
I really enjoyed J.A. Redmerski's novel. While parts of it did drag a bit, those parts fit with the theme, and therefore weren't so boring that I couldn't continue on. The writing was almost as if Redmerski, herself, has been through this post-apocalyptic turmoil and was telling the story first hand.
But these slightly boring spots and the ending (I won't give anything away other than I cried and then was utterly shocked!) are the only reasons why I couldn't give the book a full five stack rating. This 657 paged novel was a lot to take in, and I feel that if some of those boring spots could have been taken out, it could have been much closer to the 450-500 page range. And in all honesty, I hated the ending. I would have been okay with it ending with chapter 72, but adding that last chapter, while it gave me hope, it really just made me angry. (Have I made yo want to go read it yet?!)
In Everything Under the Sun — just like in everyday life — there are terrible times full of anger and hate and times full of sorrow, but, if you can find the light, there are beautiful times of pure joy and happiness, too.
From one bookaholic to another, I hope I’ve helped you find your next fix.
Dani's Score out of 5: 📚📚📚📚🔖
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Start a conversation: If the world ended tomorrow, would you be able to survive? Would you be able to see the light through all the darkness?
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