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Mankind on Self-Destruct: A Review of Logan Keys’ “Gods of Anthem”

Goodreads.com Description: Oceans apart, a young musician and a “special” soldier embark on a perilous journey for home fueled by the unyielding pursuit of freedom from the Authority.

Sixteen-year-old prodigy, Liza Randusky, waits imprisoned, blamed for the undead plague that’s slowly destroying the planet. Banished to an island where she’ll never play her beloved piano again, Liza’s steadfast sense of justice and passion for music may have the power to change her destiny. But will it be enough…

To strike back at the new world order, the troubled son of a preacher, Thomas Ripley-Hatter, suffers unspeakable alterations by the Underground to join a secret Army. Tommy knows that all hope lies in human-weapons like himself, and that somehow he must cling to his sanity…while letting loose the monster to win.

The battle begins for the last-standing sliver of humanity: Anthem.”

About the Author

Logan began writing horror and poetry early in life but she says young-adult dystopian is the next best thing. She’s currently living on the Island of Oahu in Hawaii with her husband, daughter, and fur-child Lola. Even though it’s a tropical setting, her writing remains the same moody narrative she’s always enjoyed.

Find Logan online at:

Website: http://logansfiction.com/

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7133401.Logan_Keys?from_search=true&search_version=service

Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/logankeys733/

Twitter: @LogansFiction

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My Review

I received an ARC from Net Galley in exchange for an honest review.

Logan Keys’ Gods of Anthem is an amazing book—Marvel Comics meets “The Walking Dead”!

I’m not normally a fan of zombie themes, but this book is so much more. Zombies do play an integral role in Gods of Anthem, but the story isn’t really about them. It’s a tale about man’s obsession with power and control. This time, the power struggle is to create. More specifically, it’s the desire to recreate God’s work—designing bigger, more powerful humans.

The story begins with a staunch symbol of mankind’s self-destruction—the world we know has been transformed through an epic world war. And, the fall out of the war? Sickness. Not just any sickness, though. We’re talking cancer. And, the government’s answer is to isolate these individuals treating them until their bodies can’t take any more.

Enter our protagonist, Liza Randusky, a child prodigy. I loved this character. In the midst of hell, she fights to live another day. She evolves from being just another patient to a strong, capable survivor with ideas of a better way of life. I also loved Tommy. He’s the super hero thrown in with a cast of characters who have paranormal elements. He didn’t choose his fate, but he’s coping with it the best he can. Another favorite character was Jeremy. I loved him until I learned he altered things to create a different life path for himself. Then, I sympathized with him. And, Ms. Keys if you’re reading this, please fix him! I didn’t like what his father did to him. Bring back the Jeremy that Liza loves.

The villains are surprising in Gods of Anthem. Your jaw will drop, but you’ll recover. You’ll hate them just like any other villain hell-bent on a power trip.

I loved this book! It offered intrigue, action and some interesting plot twists. Reading about the cancer and its victims was difficult, I admit. But, stick with it. You’ll be rewarded greatly. Keys crafted a post-apocalyptic tale which could have been on the silver screen! The cliffhanger alone was worthy of a Hollywood hit.

I can’t wait to read the next installment.

Rating

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(5 Hands=Excellent; 4 Hands=Pretty Good; 3 Hands=Good)

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