What would you do if years ago a virus killed nearly the whole male population of the world? What if you were one of the few men left in a world of mostly women? What would you do if it was happening again? In Epitaph Road by David Patneaude, it is the year 2067. Woman outnumber men 19 to 1. Kellan Dent is one of the few men left, at only fourteen, he is not ready to take on his education, let alone a gender killing virus. When word gets out that there may be another outbreak of this virus, Kellan, along with two of his friends, decide to bring a stop to it first hand. What secrets will Kellan stumble upon? What will he do when he realizes he might be in over his head? Read the newest novel by David Patneaude, Epitaph Road, and find out for yourself.
Epitaph Road was an amazing post-apocalyptic novel that I could not get enough of. It’s hard to imagine a world where women rule and men are scarce, but Patneaude painted a perfect picture. This story was something new and exciting and a refreshing addition to the Science Fiction Young Adult Genre. Patneaude used strong characters, both leading and supporting. For example, in the beginning he wrote about a blind coffee girl. This character was well thought out and well explained, even though she did not have an important role in the rest of the story. The characters of Kellan, Tia and Sunday were so well adapted and structured, that they were these very individual, deep people with very different and interesting views of the world. Never did I think any of the characters were flat or lifeless. The plot was also very different and interesting than anything I’ve read in a while. The settings were planned out and the experiences were very real and intense. I give this book a hefty five stars and I will definitely recommend it when it is released this month.
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