For every great and mediocre book I read, there is always one that makes me want to grab the author by the ears and shake some sense into him. Under Vanishing Skies is one of those books.
Now then, Under Vanishing Skies has a great premise. When Aron Atherton’s family is killed by a solar storm, all he wants to do is drink to ignore the pain. Despite his intoxication, he discovers a plot that is underway to destroy what’s left of humanity. Of course, he tries to foil this plot and save mankind.
Sounds great, doesn’t it? Well, it’s not. This book reads like it was written by a high school student who rushed through it to get his homework in on time. It is chock full of unnecessary profanity, missing and misspelled words, and a slow, painful plot line. You don’t even want to get me started on the dialogue. I wonder if this writer has ever heard of an editor or even a proofreader.
If that isn’t bad enough, the author does his best to shove his beliefs down our throats. In the middle of the story, Tea Party Christians become violent and the author departs on a rant that is ridiculous. The ending was too fast and totally unsatisfying.
In case you didn’t notice, I hated Under Vanishing Skies. At least it was free. Don’t waste your time on this one, folks. There are far better post-apocalyptic books out there by authors who deserve your time and money.