I received this book for free from Stan Morris in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Surviving The Fog - Kathy's Recollections by Stan Morris
Published by Stan Morris on January 7th, 2014
Number of Pages: 553
Genres: Adventure, Coming of Age, Post-Apocalyptic, Sci-Fi
Source: Stan Morris
Purchase: At Amazon
I don’t recall, exactly, when I accepted the likelihood that my mother, and my father, and my sister, and my brother were dead. I remember gradually becoming alarmed when the Camp Administrator, who we called ‘the Admin,’ did not return with the counselors who had left with her. And I think that the first time I cried was the morning when Jackie, the single remaining adult, would not leave her cabin. I must have begun to face the truth when Jacob told us about the fog covering the land below us, but it was sometime after that when I realized that I would never see my family again. I was alone in a dangerous world, trapped in the Sierra Nevada Mountains by a deadly mist, and surrounded by strangers I had never met before that fateful month of May.
The story is told from the point of view of a 14 year old girl from Morgan Hill California. But I would not recommend it for younger readers as the story has dark themes, including murder and a hanging early on. At one point, Kathy likens what is happening to “The Lord of the Flies“, and that is a fairly apt comparison for this book. It is a very interesting read, kept my attention and made me want to know how it ended. Mike was my favorite character, even though it was told from Kathy’s point of view, and there were a lot of characters to keep track of. Something about Mike called to me the most.
A lot goes on during this book, lots of people to keep track of and twists and turns. At 553 pages, it will take a few days to finish reading and you may wish to take a number of breaks to process all that has happened. The time span is a little over four years, from age 14 to somewhere past age 18 for Kathy. The characters stick with you however, and their personalities aren’t generic or flat. You get to see Kathy grow up during the book, how she changes from a scared child into a woman and a leader. There are funny moments, and sad moments, and through it all you can really see this happening. The decisions made make sense, not just for moving plot along, but really make sense for what is happening in the book at the time. Over all, I would recommend this book.