Monday, January 20, 2020

DYSTOPIAN NOVEL - Two Journeys by Clemens P. Suter


Alan travels to Tokyo on a routine business trip. A pandemic sweeps over Earth, and Alan finds himself to be the sole survivor. He has to set out on an unexpected adventure. In constant fear of injury, sickness and hunger, he decides to travel back Berlin, home of his family, across Asia and Siberia and 10,000 miles of hardship. This adventurous road novel visualizes with ferocity what it is like to be the last man on earth. Alan experiences the wild landscapes (the Gobi desert, Siberia) as a mix of stunning beauty and omnipresent danger. As Alan finds out, other humans seem to have survived as well, but this discovery provides little comfort. Some of these survivors are eager to use the disaster for their own advantage. Electrifying chapters describe his encounter with Somerset, a psychotic warlord, who is assembling an army to conquer Moscow, if not the entire world. An exciting, haunting book.
"This apocalyptic thriller grabs you in the first couple of pages and never lets go."

My Rating - 3.5 Stars!

Clemens P Suter's Two Journeys is an impressive dystopian novel.

All told from Alan's point of view, the reader is sucked into this story of survival and rebuilding. From the start, as Alan wakes up and finds that everyone around him has died, I couldn't put it down. 

Impressive with his vision, the writing is equal parts exciting and thought-provoking. The author excels in his creativity as well as his descriptions of the scenery. Everything is described in an excellent, detailed manner, successfully placing the reader in harm's way along with Alan. 

As for Alan, damn, he's one badass man. His intellect and patience helps him along the way.

Two Journeys is well worth a read, but I definitely found the ending to be rushed. I wanted more detail and more of what happens next. 

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