I loved this second book in the World After Geezer series as much as the first! While it would make a great stand alone story, it’s best to read this one after the first book! The perspective in the second book is through the eyes of a doctor named Lisa who is determined to find a cure for the virus that has changed the world forever. There is friction right off the bat with her and Ed, the military leader of the group she’s a part of, yet the attraction between them is unmistakable. This was a page-turner with plenty of action and high stakes emotional situations. I don’t want to give too much away, but I enjoyed how the new group merges with the first group! The characters are so believable and I can picture them and how they move as I read the story. I was very happy to see Nix and Cash again as well as the others.
Martha has become another favourite of mine. She’s a young girl with an old soul in many ways and she always seems to know how to care for someone when they need it. She adds a calming energy to the group where there’s a lot of loud or tough personalities. I also enjoyed Lisa’s connection with Nix, another strong and intelligent woman. While Nix is more like “one of the guys”, Lisa is softer in personality yet they get along well after the initial friction. Ed was very likeable as well, always there to protect Lisa with his “act first, think later” mentality while giving her the space she needs. Cash is ever the genius when it comes to strategizing and that part of him really came out in this book. It was really nice to see a lot of time given to the characters in the previous books, such as Nix’s haunting past with her hippie mother and Cash’s involvement with the mission that Lisa needs to take.
The character development is amazing, as one could imagine – these people’s limits of strength, patience, and grit are tested many times. Of course, we get to read a lot of satisfying moments, too, where the characters get to experience joy and love. I really hope there will be a third book as I want to see what happens next and I’d also be interested to see if George (The teenager in the group who always acts like a stuffy elder) ever finds a way to mesh with the people around him rather than ticking everyone off with his outdated ideals. I enjoy this series, because it’s such a good portrayal of how things could turn out if there were a worldwide virus that wiped out most of the older population – and how cities are taken over by the military in lower ranks (as all the older people in high ranks have been killed). People older than their mid-30’s are rare in this strange new world and when Lisa discovers that the virus is likely in its dormant phase waiting for the younger hosts to “ripen”, the need to find a cure is of the utmost importance. This story is a must-read! I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a great story, particularly action and thriller lovers.
My rating: 5/5 stars!