A family’s struggle after the apocalypse
4.5 out of 5 stars
A post-apocalyptic story narrated by Kevin Pierce and an intro by the author explains the books that he read that made him want to get prepared (and write a novel). I mean, how could I not love this? Well, I did. It was totally different than most of the post-apocalyptic books that I’ve read but had a lot in common too.
What’s Left of My World follows Lauren after the world has already started to fall apart. We aren’t told what happened and we’re only left with small pieces of what is going on outside of their camp, but you can tell that things have gone bad quickly and everyone that has made it out alive so far is stronger because of it.
The story follows Lauren (for the most part) as she is navigating the world without her dad and the world that is unforgiving. She is an incredibly likable main character and not your typical post-apocalyptic hero or heroine. She’s young and should be making mistakes left and right. But, her dad made sure that she was prepared for almost anything and that she was the strongest person she could be emotionally (“turn it into something else”).
This story was much more focused on the family and how they were surviving than the actual apocalypse or even the people who were out to get them. Sure, there were some fast-paced attacks and issues near the middle and end, but the story is a little slower than my average PA book. I’m not complaining. I know that Rudolph is setting up the world and main characters so that I understand what will happen next.
I think that overall, I enjoyed What’s Left of My World as a change of pace post-apocalyptic book. Lauren is easily one of my favorite main characters in a PA book in quite some time, and her story is one that I definitely want to follow. If you liked stories like The Hunger Games or Divergent for the strong female lead, then you should check out What’s Left of My World. Lauren will make you wish you were her (even though her situation really stinks).
What's Left of My World by C.A. Rudolph
Narrator: Kevin Pierce
Length: 10 hrs and 14 mins
on April 4, 2017
Genres: Post-Apocalyptic, Prepper
Lauren Russell often wondered why her father had been so adamant about teaching her skills that most other fathers wouldn’t even consider teaching their daughters. Ever since she was little, she had been taught how to live and survive outdoors, and how to use firearms to protect herself and those around her. Some of the training had been a bit extreme. Or had it been?
Many of her questions were answered the day the world as she knew it ended. Now, the skills she had been taught serve an essential purpose. They keep her and those she cares about alive.
Even in the sparsely-populated mountains of West Virginia, where she and her family have been forced to relocate for their safety after the collapse, peril lurks around every corner. Normal life has taken on a whole new meaning for Lauren, her family, and the community they have become a part of. In this different world, the new status quo is self-preservation. There is no more middle ground. People either live, or they die.
Lauren’s father didn’t make it home on the day the world changed forever, and she misses him more than anything. Now, in What’s Left of My World, she and her family must learn to endure life’s horrors—without him.
I received this book for free. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
About the Author:
I’m a husband, father, and a self-published author in niche genres that appeal to the way I think and live on a daily basis. I believe wholeheartedly in, and make every effort to abide by a lifestyle of self-reliance. I also believe in the inalienable, God-given right to self-defense. A right that’s not exercised is a right lost.
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