Readers might be apprehensive about starting a series centered around a highly contagious virus. While it’s similar to the flu, and society goes into chaos, that’s pretty much where I’d say similarities to real-life, end. The virus in the story has a much more sci-fi side effect. The storyline is still enjoyable despite a distant connection to Covid.
A fast acting virus with a murderous twist…
Mackenzie, is forced to flee college during finals week because of the mysterious flu that hit the world hard and fast. At first she thinks it will blow over and life will return to normal. It doesn’t take long to realize the state of the world is much more serious. People are dying from this new flu, and some are turning murderous. To survive, she turns to her “dooms-day” cousin, Miles.
I don’t recall that the author ever indicated what mental disability Miles had, but I appreciated the way it was woven into the story. He’s an important part of the team for survival. Miles alone had kept a house stocked with food and supplies for surviving the apocalypse. He’s loved and respected, never implied to be a liability to the team. His mind processed information differently from his peers, and it didn’t hold him back. It made him a strong asset.
No one can predict how their small team of lovers and strangers will survive.
Pandemonium has post-apocalypse action, a steamy romance between a college girl and a hot biker, and all the unknowns of how to survive a world-changing virus. Set in Portland Oregon, it was cool to read about the characters visiting places I’ve been to myself over the years. Susanna Strom did a great job getting the reader to connect with each character. The odds are definitely stacked against them in the end of Pandemonium.
Kristin lives in the PNW with her husband, and three kids. She loves to read YA fiction, fantasy, and romance. She’s recently entered the world of “Booktok” on Tiktok, and is having way too much fun following the trends of young folks. The only shows she watches are re-runs, and if she’s not reading a book she’s listening to one.