Earthshatter (Haven Prime #1) by Albert Nothlit ~ Book Review by Brandilyn

o-earthshatterTitle: Earthshatter (Haven Prime #1)

Author: Albert Nothlit

Publisher: DSP Publications

Cover Artist: unknown

Rating: 4.5 of 5 Stars

Publication Date: 03/08/2016

Length: Long Novel (~ 100K+)

Genre: Apocalyptic/dystopian, Fiction, New Adult, Science Fiction, Young Adult


The world is gone. All that’s left are the monsters.

The creatures attacked Haven VII with no warning. An AI named Kyrios, a nearly omnipotent being, should have protected the city during the Night of the Swarm.

Except It didn’t.

No one knows why It failed, or why It saved eight specific people: the Captain, the Seer, the Sentry, the Messenger, the Engineer, the Alchemist, the Medic, and the Stewardess. They have no idea of the meaning behind the titles they’ve been given, why they were selected and brought together, or what Kyrios expects from them. When they awake from stasis, they find their city in ruins and everyone long dead. They’re alone—or so they think. But then the creatures start pouring out from underground, looking for them. They don’t stand a chance in a fight, and with limited supplies, they can’t run forever. All they know is that the creatures aren’t their only enemies, and there’s only one place they can turn. Kyrios beckons them toward Its Portal, but can It be trusted? In Its isolated shrine in the desert, they might find the answers they need—if they can survive long enough to reach it.

My View:

Earthshatter by Albert Nothlit is an ensemble adventure story set in a dystopian earth filled with venomous insects, enigmas, and enemies. There isn’t an LGBTQ theme present in this first installment of the series, but there are hints that there will be one in future installments. If you make it through this verbose and intricate tale, you will certainly be primed and ready for book two… whenever it comes out.

You have a group of eight people who wake-up in a time that is no longer their own. In a world where they once lived and which they no longer recognize. They are from various backgrounds and have various skills. They have, in fact, been hand picked for those specific skills. They have been charged with saving the world. Of course, they will have to survive it first.

This first installment is all about these eight disparate individuals coming together as a team. It is about overcoming their fears and working toward a goal. It is about their differences as much as their similarities. It is about discovering and adapting to their new world.

The story is told mostly in the first person. We get a bit from each of the main characters’ point of view. These transitions are well labeled and serve to give us different perspectives on the team and the world in which they have been thrown. They are not quick transitions. Each character gets a fair chance to tell their side of the story. There are also not scenes repeated from one character to another. We are always moving forward.

If you are a science fiction lover looking for a novel into which you can sink your teeth (and mind), look no further. At over 278,000 words, Earthshatter by Albert Nothlit should fit the bill. With its complex characters, themes, world building, and plot you certainly won’t be disappointed.


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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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One thought on “Earthshatter (Haven Prime #1) by Albert Nothlit ~ Book Review by Brandilyn

  1. How was the suspense/mystery in this? It sounds like there should be some based on the blurb, the giant mystery behind why It failed and why these 8 were saved. Do we find out in this book, or is it left as a TBC in book 2?

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