Book Description from Goodreads:
“On October 15 at 2:15 a.m. everyone on Earth vanished. Well, almost everyone. A scattered few woke alone in a world where there are no rules other than survival… at any cost.
A journalist wanders the horrible reality of an empty New York in search of his wife and son. A serial killer must hunt in a land where prey is now an endangered species. A mother shields her young daughter from danger, though every breath fills her with terror. A bullied teen is thrilled to find everyone gone. Until the knock at the door. A fugitive survives a fiery plane crash. Will he be redeemed, or return to what he’s best at: the kill? An eight year old boy sets out on a journey to find his missing family. What he finds will change him forever.
These survivors aren’t alone… Someone or something is watching them. And waiting…
Strangers unite. Sides are chosen. Will humanity survive what it never saw coming? The only certainty is that Yesterday’s Gone.
You’ve never read anything like Yesterday’s Gone- the epic, groundbreaking, thrilling new series. Look for a new 100 page episode each month.”
In short, Yesterday’s Gone is a work of apocalyptic, serial fiction. For those who do not know what this means, serial fiction is when something that would normally be a novel of several hundred pages is broken up and released in smaller parts. A TV equivalent would be a series like Lost with seasons and episodes within that season. This is the same, just in book format.
Episode 1 is broken up into sections told from different points of view. Other books are told this way, such as A Song of Ice & Fire series, probably better known as Game of Thrones. I know some readers are not fond of books that change point of view with each chapter, but it works. Think of it as a TV series. TV shows do the same thing and most people are not bothered. Why should books be any different?
The entire episode is about people waking up to discover that 99.9% of the population has vanished, some physical constructs are missing and strange things are happening, such as plants and animals seem to be speaking, sort of. Everyone pretty much feels they cannot remain where they are and are compelled to go… well somewhere. Even they are not quite sure where they are going.
And that’s about it. You may be thinking this sounds too much like Stephen King’s The Stand or indeed the TV series Lost. You may be right. I wouldn’t know because I just got started. All I know is that right now, I’m hooked. And keep in mind this is only 100 pages long. There are five more episodes in this series and the entire first season is estimated to be 469 pages long.
If you have read any of my other reviews, you will know that freaky apocalyptic is one of my things. So I thought this was great! 100 pages is nothing to me and unless the story is boring, I read 100 pages at one sitting. And that is exactly what I did with Episode 1 of Yesterday’s Gone.
One warning: I don’t know how it is classified, but in my opinion, this book is not for young adults. There are mature subjects that begin right away, having to do with both sex and violence.
With that said, I absolutely recommend Yesterday’s Gone and will eventually move on to the rest of the episodes.
Note: You can purchase the first episode for 99¢ to try it out, but if you decide to continue with the series, I recommend purchasing whole seasons at once. You can even purchase the first two seasons together for less than each season separately. You’ll save money this way. Unfortunately, at this time, Yesterday’s Gone looks to be available only on Amazon. If you don’t have a Kindle, you can download the app for the computer.
Reviewed by Christina