The story focuses around Tori, a young woman who, along with a few other’s in her ‘community’ have been left stranded in London due to a terrible epidemic that swept over the country, killings millions and then came the snow. It’s been a year since everything happened and Tori and the other people around her are all surviving and working together to keep doing so, when she comes across a man called Morgan who passed out in the snow and who also brings a lot of trouble as well.
As a main character Tori was kind of interesting, she mourned for her boyfriend David, who left to check up on his parents while she did the same for her mum, however they never found each other although Tori holds hope that he is still alive. She’s a decent character, if a bit idealistic with how other people are dealing with what has happened to them.
A few of the side characters, like Nina who was annoying however she barely made any kind of true impact for the reader to fully gauge on their own just how annoying she could be; however Greg was interesting to read, although you could tell that he wasn’t completely there he still came across as real, he felt real in the story and there was just something about him that connects.
Archie was/is a Priest and while he does seem like a decent man, again something is missing, he is also rather naive about the world he lives in, although whether that is due to his beliefs or if he really hasn’t experienced any harsh treatment is something we don’t learn about.
It might just be me who is seeing this, but the community that Tori is in are all really naive and just don’t think that what they have won’t last for long. None of them explore further afield to see what other places are doing and if they could combine together.
When Morgan turns up it’s very much like a breath of fresh air, he bring about a whole lot of danger and yet it shakes up Tori into being a more interesting character.
Morgan is a tough guy, yet at the same time he does come across as rather smart, although out of touch when it comes to basic manners and the like. This could just be his way of surviving, putting such things that aren’t needing when he needs to look out for himself.
The plot is great, the story goes along really nicely. I think the only thing I really disliked was in the early chapter was when Tori was explaining to the reader exactly what had happened to the population of Britain, but it was put down that readers could not read it. Since it gave a lot of information to the book missing this part of information isn’t advisable and the information that was put down wasn’t that bad, although that could just be due to me reading a far amount of these kinds of books.
Another part that got to me was the romance between Morgan and Tori, not saying that it couldn’t happen, however Tori never struck me as the kind of woman who would easily sway into the arms of another man, particularly one she only knew for a week. Then there was the amount of romantic interaction between herself and Morgan, now Morgan came across as a rather hands off man, although he would probably kiss Tori and everything I couldn’t imagine him doing it publicly for other’s to see, which could have been my reading his character wrong.
The action of the book was really nicely placed, there wasn’t too much in one part and there was a lot to keep you hanging at the edge of your seat.