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Charlinder's Walk by Alyson Miers: review and giveaway!

Thursday, May 17, 2012
In 2012, the Plague ended the world as we know it. In 2130, Charlinder wants to know why.
The origin of the disease remains a mystery. Their ignorance of its provenance fuels a growing schism that threatens to destroy the peace that the survivors' descendants have built. Unwilling to wait for matters to get any worse, he decides to travel to where the Plague first appeared and find out the truth-which means walking across three continents before returning home.
Charlinder has never been more than ten miles from home, has never heard anyone speak a foreign language, and he's going it alone.
He survives thousands of miles of everything from near-starvation to near-madness before he meets Gentiola. By then he's so exhausted that the story she offers to tell seems like little more than a diversion...until he hears it.
Nothing could have prepared him for what he learns from her, and no one ever told him: be careful what you wish for. The world is a much bigger place than Charlinder knew, and his place in it is a question he never asked before.

Goodreads Summary

This book explores many issues through an interesting plot.  A plague decimated the human population in 2012, and now, in 2130, the survivors still do not know why.  Charlinder is the hero of this novel.  He leaves the safety of his home to learn why the world ended.  On his journey he explores issues such as religion and family and learns more about the world that surrounds him than he expected. The character is easy to connect to, though sometimes he is hard to fully understand.  This is not a book that one finishes in one sitting, but the book will remain fresh in the readers' mind after completion.

    Charlinder’s Walk is a book that makes the reader consider important issues and reflect.  Miers’ detail and use of description are excellent.  Her writing is attentive and draws readers into the world she created.  Readers aged eighteen and up would enjoy reading Miers’ novel.  One minor issue a reader may have is the unexplained plague, it felt like the author could have done a little more with this topic.  This book earns five out of five stars.    

5 Stars

*Reviewed by Kristin*

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About the author: Alyson Miers was born into a family of compulsive readers and thought it would be fun to get on the other side of the words. She attended Salisbury University, where she majored in English Creative Writing for some reason, and minored in Gender Studies. In 2006, she did the only thing a 25-year-old with a B.A. in English can do to pay the rent: joined the Peace Corps. At her assignment of teaching English in Albania, she learned the joys of culture shock, language barriers and being the only foreigner on the street, and got Charlinder off the ground. She brought home a completed first draft in 2008 and, between doing a lot of other stuff such as writing two other books, she managed to ready it for publication in 2011. She regularly shoots her mouth off at her blog, The Monster's Ink, when she isn't writing fiction or holding down her day job. She lives in Maryland with her computer and a lot of yarn. Connect with Alyson on her website, blog, Facebook, Twitter or GoodReads.

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4 comments:

  1. Thank you for the lovely review! I'm very glad to see you enjoyed the book.

  1. Great review, Kristin! I'm so glad you enjoyed Charlinder. I love how each town he visits puts into highlight one sociological issue relative to the family's role in culture--it shows just how important family actually is. Thank you for being a part of this tour, and please take a moment to cross-post your review on Amazon and GoodReads. And thank you to Krystal for playing host!

  1. Love your review, Kristin! I definitely agree that Charlinder's Walk is more than a fantasy dystopian novel because it sheds light upon important issues that prevail even in our world.

    Stephanie

  1. I saw this on another blog and totally added it to my TBR list. It sounds like such a great read.