I managed to pick up Extinction Point as part of an Amazon Kindle promotion, which is always excellent on account of buying another book. From the selection EP appealed to me on account of its post-apocalyptic credentials. I’m trying to dive into a bit more post-apoc stuff – in preparation for a new project I’m not ready to share yet – and for less than a pound I dove in.
Extinction Point is the first in a series by Paul Antony Jones, and this debut book in the series introduces us to Emily Baxter, a reporter living in New York City. One day a mysterious red rain descends on the city and all of those who come into contact meet inevitable, grisly and unexplained deaths, and by luck of co-incidence and a well-timed leap into a shop during the event, Emily is left alone in a city of the dead. However, as the days pass, all is not as it seems as those claimed by the red rain form new life.
I found this book easy to read and quite approachable. There was a good build-up of what daily life was like before the “event” we all know is coming. I’d say that it’s almost too brief – there’s hardly a chance to get to know these characters before they mysteriously disappear, but it’s the quest for survival that’s the main point of this book. As the first in a series, though, I feel a little more build up could’ve been afforded but that’s only a passing, minor criticism. Once the isolation of being alone in a city that dies overnight sets in, a creepy undertone hooks the reader to continue on, and a definite horror streak builds up as Emily tried to survive before remaining in her apartment becomes untenable.
Some issues cropped up in my mind with Emily Baxter, the protagonist. I was amazed by how disconnected she was with society – and once the initial shock of seeing people she knew and cared about die in front of her, she seemed to pick up the skills she would need conveniently well. There’s clear grief in Emily’s character but there’s no real struggle in her to get the things she needs to first survive in the city and then escape when the need arises. Maybe it’s to do with her profession as a journalist – I’ll have to see. At some instances the trope of a disconnected young professional sprang to mind, and I hope it’s a trait rubbed away by a new, gritty humility that the situations faced by Emily inspire upon her.
For 99p I cannot complain too harshly. As a debut novel, Extinction Point had an unusual spin on what could be described as an ‘ordinary’ scenario and I liked the direction. Extinction Point was an enjoyable book that I both wanted to read – to find out what happened – but also didn’t for the horror aspects that left m chillingly spooked, which is awesome. I’ll definitely look forward to picking up the next book in the series when the time arises. I’ve far too many series to catch up with on account of my self-imposed rule of not reading book series consecutively but Extinction Point will make an excellent addition to that list.