Title: End of Faith: A Novel
Author: Rena Willemin
Release Date: August 15th 2012
Read it in: unknown
Source: Author, for review
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Ninety-five percent of the world’s population perishes in the worst pandemic since the Black Plague and Valentina’s about to find out that surviving means enduring the wrath of a prophet determined to see her dead.
At the onset of the pandemic, Valentina deals with an absent husband, a self-absorbed mother, and grief over another miscarriage. As the death toll rises, the plague claims the lives of everyone she loves. Alongside a coalition of survivors, she fights for diminishing resources and navigates a society where uterus renting is a guaranteed meal ticket. When she rescues a pregnant woman from an attacker, she unknowingly helps the woman escape from her husband, a prophet who has amassed a legion of followers.
With a price on her head, Valentina’s on the run and grappling with feelings of guilt, isolation, and hopelessness. She’s just about given up all faith in humanity until she happens upon a girl left alone to fend for herself. The girl fulfills Valentina’s yearning to be a mother and she vows to protect her. Before she can live up to that promise, she comes face to face with the prophet who gives her a choice: carry his child, or die.
When I originally picked up End of Faith I was quite intrigued as to what it held as a novel. I was interested in this epidemic that was going to sweep the country because it was quite a bold option and I wondered how this was going to turn out. I was pleasantly surprised!
I enjoyed following Val on her journey through all the crap she watched and went through. From the beginning I found the book hard to put down, though I had to – a lot. Being a new University student and all meant I had so much to do, I hardly ever had the time to sit down and read something! But despite this, I still loved it.
When I found the time to read more than just a couple of pages, I found myself going through them quickly, hooked on the story and what was going to happen next. I found Val’s want for a family very touching, and the discovery of a girl who desperately needed help made me fall in love with Val’s character a little bit.
All in all, I’m very impressed.
I’m looking forward to the sequel and I’ll definitely be keeping my eyes out for it.