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I am always looking for books about the end of the world, or how people survive after a apocolyptic event. Not sure why, but these kind of books have always facinated me. Probably started when I read Alas, Babylon when I was in high school.
A Gift Upon the Shore by M.K Wren is this sort of book, but much more. I was greatly surprised. It's a book that makes you think. When I first started it, I thought, ughhhh, here we go. Her writing is very flowery and discriptive. But you get used to it and it is part of the beauty of the book. It is not the typical survivalist, kill or be killed, futuristic sort of post nuclear book. It has so much more. It is more about how a couple of woman survive after and then later how they get along with the few other people in the area.
There is also a religeous part to the book. The other people that the woman meet are part of a group of what I would call zealots or even a religeous cult that survived because they were isolated and self sufficient. Getting along with people that have no vision of anything that is not part of their compound proves very difficult.
I checked M.K. Wrens bibiliograpy and this is the only actual novel she has written. She has written a couple of series though, so I may have to check them out.
If anyone likes this type of book, I highly recommend this one. You will not be dissapointed.
I do still have it, but I promised it to my daughter, after Dh reads it. Sorry, but I did see that it was available here when I posted this thread. It really is worth the time to read. One of those books that are more then just entertaining, if you know what I mean.