by Kat Ross
Narrated by : Mary Robinette Kowal
Published by Brilliance Audio Release date : February 17th 2015 (first published July 1st 2014)
Genres: Dystopian, Mystery/Thriller, Romance, Science Fiction, Young Adult
Source: The Publisher | Format: Audiobook
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A generation ago, continent-sized storms called hypercanes caused the Earth to flood. The survivors were forced to retreat deep underground and build a new society.
This is the story that sixteen-year-old Jansin Nordqvist has heard all of her life.
Jansin grew up in a civilization far below the Earth’s surface. She’s spent the last eight years in military intelligence training. So when her parents surprise her with a coveted yet treacherous trip above ground, she’s prepared for anything. She’s especially thrilled to feel the fresh air, see the sun, and view the wide-open skies and the ocean for herself.
But when raiders attack Jansin’s camp and take her prisoner, she is forced to question everything she’s been taught. What do her captors want? How will she get back underground? And if she ever does, will she want to stay after learning the truth?
I received this book for free from The Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Some Fine Day had not been on my radar prior to seeing it on the February release titles for Brilliance Audio. Shame really, because I would have been all over this book months ago had I known about it sooner!
In this post-apocalyptic novel, the world has been ravished by Hypercanes; powerful hurricanes that spread thousands of miles wide and destroy everything in their wake. In the years leading up to the full destruction – the leaders of the world joined together and fled underground, taking only the best of the best to rebuild society.
Can you imagine living underground, thousands of miles into the earths surface? That is all Jansin has known – until the day she and her family “vacation” to the surface and she is taken prisoner by a group of survivors. People that Jansin didn’t even know existed.
I adored Jansin. She is tough, smart and brave. Since being the daughter of the General – her life wasn’t easy in the Academy, so she worked harder, training endlessly to be treated as an equal. When her situation becomes dire, she has her moments of self-pity and despair, but it doesn’t consume her. She adapt’s and makes the most out of her situation. It’s admirable, because when everything you have ever known has been a lie – and you learn about first hand – it’s easy to succumb to anger. She is a survivor through and through.
The overall plot of the book is somewhat similar to other post-apocalyptic novels, but there is so much more involved. There are secrets, betrayal, romance and a heroine that will stop at nothing to save those she loves. Yet at the same time, I felt like this was more real. The enormity of this is mind-blowing. To have full destruction of the world, to learn about so many deaths and now what the survivors are doing for evolution. It’s horrifying. It’s hard to understand what those have done to survive – what they are continuously doing to survive.
The romance is very subtle – but there. While it doesn’t consume the plot – it’s weighs very heavy on Jansin’s actions and propels her to do what she did. I loved it. I loved all the characters, even the bad guys, because they were written so well.
There are many things that I was left questioning at the end of Some Fine Day – but it’s one of those rare instances that I am okay with. A lot of things are left open for your imagination. Between the outcome of some of the characters, a few sub-plots and the like. The pacing was close to perfect, slowing down when necessary and then non-stop action. And the narrator was amazing.
Overall – I really liked Some Fine Day. It’s one of my favorites now in the genre and I highly recommend it.
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