Aftermath (Operation Wasteland, Bk 1) by Azalea Moone ~ Book Review by Queue

aftermath1l__09673.1449701968.432.648Title: Aftermath (Operation Wasteland, Bk 1)

Author: Azalea Moone

Publisher: Evernight

Cover Artist: Jay Aheer

Rating: 3.5 of 5 Stars

Publication Date: 12/10/2015

Length: Novella (~ 15K-50K)

Genre: Apocalyptic/dystopian, Contemporary, M/M Romance

Blurb:

After a great disaster that killed millions, the world turned a sweltering, deserted wasteland. Ten years later, hybrid droid Randy Hawkins is starting his fifth rescue mission for the Rescue and Reconnaissance Unit. In search for survivors, his assignment takes him further south into America than he’s been before, wondering if anyone would still be alive in this desolate tract.

Someone is, and meeting lone survivor Preston turns his resolve upside down. Preston is a caretaker of his own group, keeping them alive no matter what, just like a strong, brave, and gorgeous leader would. Now Randy must decide: follow his mission strategy and persuade Preston to come back with him, or fall dangerously in love with the man, despite the chaos looming ahead.

My View:

I really wanted to love this book. I love hard-hitting dystopian novels and was excited to see it was a series. While I didn’t totally love the story I certainly didn’t hate it either.

The author did a remarkable job of world building here, I will say that. She kept it fairly simple but fascinating at the same time. The world is a desert wasteland and its Randy Hawkins job to search for survivors.

When he goes further than he ever has before he meets Preston, a survivor with his own small group of people. Randy’s goal is normally to find people to follow him back to civilization but Preston’s resolve and determination makes Randy question everything he’s known.

This had a great rivals to lovers story between Preston and Randy here. I love the action of both the shoot-em-up kind and the smokin’ hot sex kind.

The story sets up future books but was too short to really get into the heads of Randy and Preston. I’m certainly looking forward to the sequel.

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Links

Aftermath (Operation Wasteland, Bk 1) on Goodreads
Evernight
Amazon US
Amazon UK
Amazon CA
All Romance eBooks

I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.

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