The Doomsday Kids: Amaranth's Return by Karyn Langhorne Folan

Thank you Karyn Langhorne Folan for providing me with a copy in exchange for an honest review

The Doomsday Kids series has reached book 3 and this time it is Amaranth who steps up to have her story told.  Unlike book 1 and book 2 which focused on the whole group this novel is really just all about Amaranth and Rod, he has decided he wants to travel back home to Washington D.C. to see if his mother has survived.

Of course the fact that the whole country has been turned in to nuclear wasteland could be a problem and the small issue of the fact that Rod is slowly dying from radiation poisoning turning him from his original jock self in to a shadow of his former glory.

Our two teens do not have an easy journey ahead of them, leaving the relative safety of the mountain place they have miles and miles ahead of them in treacherous snowy conditions, thankfully they don't have to walk to begin with as they find a tractor to help them on their way.  

They have not gone far when they start to see signs of other survivors, unfortunately none of them are of the caring sharing type, they meet people driven mad and the worst kind - cannibals with whom they have a very close shave.

With Rod's deteriorating condition it seems very unlikely that they will make it to Washington but just when they think all is lost they come across the most unlikely sight, something they never thought they would see again, lights.

An oasis in the nuclear wasteland, a casino and hotel of all places, could this be somewhere where they can seek refuge for a while and will Rod be able to get medical help here?  

Well the answer is no, nobody is handing out anything without receiving something in return and as the casino is full of men and lacking in women you can guess what horrible job Amaranth may have to perform.

This third instalment is darker than the last two, as I said we barely hear from the other teens but you know what?,  I did not miss them, Rod and Amaranth make such a great team, they bitch at each other, joke and share old memories but at the same time they stop each other from falling apart when it gets too much, we also meet some new characters and an old friend/foe who comes back in to the groups life.

It reminded me a little of the novel The Road in parts, well mostly the part where they make a horrific discovery after being on the run from cannibals.  This book did not disappoint and I am really enjoying this series.  As I have said before what makes this series is the fact that the characters are real, they don't all of a sudden become super survivors.

A great series and I'm looking forward to reading more.

Awarded 5 out of 5


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