Review: Critically Endangered by N.S. Austin

Post apocalyptic story–a human survives with the help of dogs

critically-endangered by n.s. austin
Critically Endangered
by N.S. Austin

Series: Endangered #1

Genre: Science Fiction, Post Appocalyptic

Setting: Future Earth

Source: Ebook, purchased

Publishing Date: 2016

342 pages

Synopsis: Karen, a veteran and semi-retired professional demographer, watches from the safety of her home as the world she knows crumbles around her. She views the horror of humanity’s annihilation via cable television and the internet, until they too are gone. There is no time to understand the inexplicable sickness that takes everyone. Karen’s daughter dies in her arms. Her husband and son never return. When she gets sick it is almost a mercy. 

And then she wakes up. Tillie and Raider, her dogs are all that is left. Whatever has caused the near extinction of human life, it has spared the rest of the animal kingdom. On her first trip out she finds a planet that is unalterably changed, not with a bang but with a whimper. Karen gathers a pack of canines as companions and helpers. Among her furry partners are two very special German shepherds that appear to be more than just man’s best friend. 

My thoughts

This is a post apocalyptic book and I haven’t read one for a while. The book is very readable and I quickly read it and enjoyed it. Not everything about why and how were answered by the end of the book, but that’s okay.

I Like the Cover!

The cover of the book is what first drew me in. I’m loving reading books about dogs–especially dogs trained to help humans in various ways. I thought this book might be about a search-and-rescue dog. I found it was a much different kind of book once I read the synopsis, but I was intrigued.

A Few Quibbles

This book does wrap-up the story by the end of the book. I like when a book is a complete story and doesn’t end on a cliffhanger, but I thought this book was a little too neat and gave a lot of information away. Another quibble with the book: I didn’t think it needed a prologue. However, these are minor things and didn’t keep me from liking the book a lot.

The Dogs

The book has lots about dogs and I love that. The dogs are Karen’s constant companions, helpers and friends. They help keep her safe, but they also help keep her sane when she doesn’t find any other survivors. Each dog she finds and helps also help her. I love that aspect of the book.

Self-Published Book

This is a self-published book and I thought the author did a good job with it. The cover is excellent. That’s one of the first things I look at when I see a self-published book. It’s not a deal breaker for me, but too many self-published books have terrible-looking covers. I like that at the end of the book the author talks about her self-publishing process.

My Rating: B

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