Did not Finish: A New World: Chaos by John O’Brien

A New World: Chaos (Book 1)

By John O’Brien
Editions: ebook, paperback
Published (first published April 9th 2011)
Genre: Post-Apocalyptic / Horror
Source: review copy

There is no sanctuary.
That was taken away in the blink of an eye. Humanity went out not with a whimper, but a bang.
Jack, a sometimes humorous, sometimes philosophical ex-special operations pilot and soldier is one of the few left to struggle through the desolation left in the aftermath; seeking to survive as a new ferocious species emerges from the rubble, hungry and unrelenting. Will his special forces training be enough? Will he be able to keep his children safe and guide the few survivors through perils that now roam the world they once knew? Or will the hordes that now own the night prevail, forever removing the last of mankind from existence? Humankind was once at the top of the food chain. But that has now changed.
This hard-hitting, action-packed series begins with Jack Walker being suddenly thrust into a world where the infrastructure which cherished Armani suits, night clubs, fast and expensive cars and watching the daily stock market are gone. Left in its place is the material world mankind built but a majority of the population has vanished; replaced by a new, savage, unrelenting, cunning, animalistic species which hunts and operates at night.
~ Goodreads Blurb

I’m not much into horror, by large. I know, shocking since I do like dark fiction, dark fantasy let’s say. But outright horror, not so much. I don’t really find the appeal in getting scared, I have enough of a thrilling life as it is living where I live. I really don’t need something extra to jingle my nerves, you know?

I read something like half of this before I have up. The read felt somewhat technical, descriptive of all sorts of aspects that I don’t personally find interesting. Military-flavored reads aren’t really that appealing to me, not to mention zombies are just…uhm, well, sort of grouse if you ask me. Post-apocalyptic is yet again a scenario  that jingles my nerves, and I’m not a fan of it. While I can roll with some dystopia if done in such a way that accent doesn’t fall on the destruction but rather on coping with it and perhaps adapting to a new world order, apocalyptic or post-apocalyptic doesn’t generally do it for me, and action in general is cool but not as a focus, you know what I mean?

Anyways, this was a really bad fit I think, the writing didn’t call to me, the plot didn’t entertain or hook me, I didn’t connect with characters at all. Really bad fit, sorry.

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Do you like apocalyptic/post-apocalyptic scenarios? What draws you to them?


4 thoughts on “Did not Finish: A New World: Chaos by John O’Brien

  1. Adriana Garcia

    That’s too bad. I also don’t mind horror books but to a certain extent. I have never read a military book or a book about a soldier because it doesn’t really appeal to me either.
    Post-Apocalyptic is really close to dystopian so I do like them. I like them because it’s the future. Everyone is always interested in what will be here later on. I’m still waiting for my flying car XP Also, the possibility that it can all go wrong and that possibility is an actual possibility that could happen sounds so interesting to me. A lot of those books feature teenagers trying to make it so it makes me like it even more.
    Thanks for the follow! I followed you back (:
    Great blog btw.

  2. Livia ~ BoM Books

    There’s something about a dying world that seems to draw us all in. I mean, the idea of the big A or Post-A scares the beejesus out of me, but if we’re talking a dystopian story about someone somehow finding a way to save something, I’m all in. I think it’s the optimist in me that responds to that scenario and it clings to this possibility of saving something even in dire circumstances, lol. 

    Yeah, military stuff just…I dunno, it gives me the chills, not in the good way. If we’re talking an ex-military hunk doing some romance though…:D Well I’m on board with that read, haha. Mainly because it’s not about fighting though, all smut aside. 

    When you get that flying car, you fly over and give me a ride xD 
    Thanks much! 🙂

  3. Gary Newman

    I liked the book. Just finished it from Audible. I’m X military, the military side was a little weak. I have never seen a major react like he did at the end of this book. The author would always call the smell of weapons firing as gun powder, when its cordite. But over all I very much liked the book and if you like Zombie books you will like this. Where this is NOT a zombie book, its close. I look forward to seeing and reading book two of this set to see how the lead char handles going into life with out many people left in this world. If I had to give it a star rating I would say 4 out of 5 stars.

    1. Livia Post author

      I’m happy to hear you’ve enjoyed it! There are quite a few titles in the series, up to no. 9 from what I recall, so I hope you’ll enjoy them all as much as you did this one!
      Thanks for sharing your thoughts!


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