It’s been a while since I properly reviewed a book. It’s not because I haven’t read anything worth mentioning, but I just had other stuff to write about. But now… I really do want to recommend something.
Yesterday, for 12 hours straight, I read the first season of Yesterday’s Gone. Yeah, that’s right. The first season. Because this is a serialized novel written by Sean Platt and David Wright.
To be honest, I only started reading this novel because I liked this idea of serialized fiction. E-books and self-publishing make it easy. And, yeah, the premise was quite intriguing. So I bought the first season and started reading. And I read and read and then I had to go to bed.
Though serialized fiction is not that new or groundbreaking, these two guys make it work really well. They have multiple POVs, multiple story-lines – basically everything is layered out like a TV show. And, of course, each episode ends with a cliffhanger.
I have to say that this novel is freakishly addictive. Yeah, there are some rough parts, some minor editing errors, and a few cliche characters… but it’s very entertaining.Sort of a hybrid between The Walking Dead and Lost.
On the 15th of October 2011, at 2:15 AM, 99.9% of the human population of this planet vanished. The few who are left are trying to make sense of what really happened that night. Also there are a bunch of other strange things going on. A lot of questions and not enough answers. The world is in chaos… and we have a journalist, a serial killer, a sort of eight year old messiah, a secret agent of some sorts, and a bunch of other characters trying to figure out what the hell is going on.
Yeah, that’s pretty much it. Can’t tell you more, because it would spoil the story. Also, from what I hear, season two is where we get our answers. Or at least a part of them.
The writing itself is functional – good enough not to get in the way. There were one or two sentences that resonated with me – which I highlighted on my Kindle App, but other than that, it works. Light literature, if I may say so. But that’s besides the point.
This is entertainment, and we get plenty of that from Yesterday’s Gone. If you’re into zombies, horror, and all other X-Files type of stuff, then you might want to give this serialized novel a try. You can download the first two episodes for free, here and here, or you can buy the entire first season here.