“This new novel from legendary romance author Nora Roberts feels entirely fresh and utterly compelling. A plague that starts on a small farm manages to destroy almost the entire human population on Earth, and those who are left find themselves changed - some for better, some for worse. The scattered bits of humanity that remain struggle to fight the chaos that descends, as some characters - Lana and Max, Arlys and Fred, and Rachel and Jonah - find themselves immune to the plague. This fabulous departure from Roberts' usual storytelling is refreshing and compulsively readable!”
— Annie Carl, The Neverending Bookshop, Bothell, WA
“Nora Roberts steps away from romance to give us an absolutely devastating story of global cataclysm. A new disease has rapidly infected most of the world, leaving behind survivors who exhibit mysterious—and dangerous—new abilities. I read this in one sitting, on the edge of tears at all times as I moved through every emotion. Although Year One chronicles the near-extinction of mankind, the story is one of rebirth and the persistence of hope, rather than despair. I’ll be counting the days until the next book in the series releases!”
— McKenzie Workman, Powell's Books, Portland, OR
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER (November 2018)
A stunning new novel from the #1 New York Times bestselling author Nora Roberts—Year One is an epic of hope and horror, chaos and magick, and a journey that will unite a desperate group of people to fight the battle of their lives…
It began on New Year’s Eve.
The sickness came on suddenly, and spread quickly. The fear spread even faster. Within weeks, everything people counted on began to fail them. The electrical grid sputtered; law and government collapsed—and more than half of the world’s population was decimated.
Where there had been order, there was now chaos. And as the power of science and technology receded, magick rose up in its place. Some of it is good, like the witchcraft worked by Lana Bingham, practicing in the loft apartment she shares with her lover, Max. Some of it is unimaginably evil, and it can lurk anywhere, around a corner, in fetid tunnels beneath the river—or in the ones you know and love the most.
As word spreads that neither the immune nor the gifted are safe from the authorities who patrol the ravaged streets, and with nothing left to count on but each other, Lana and Max make their way out of a wrecked New York City. At the same time, other travelers are heading west too, into a new frontier. Chuck, a tech genius trying to hack his way through a world gone offline. Arlys, a journalist who has lost her audience but uses pen and paper to record the truth. Fred, her young colleague, possessed of burgeoning abilities and an optimism that seems out of place in this bleak landscape. And Rachel and Jonah, a resourceful doctor and a paramedic who fend off despair with their determination to keep a young mother and three infants in their care alive.
In a world of survivors where every stranger encountered could be either a savage or a savior, none of them knows exactly where they are heading, or why. But a purpose awaits them that will shape their lives and the lives of all those who remain.
The end has come. The beginning comes next.
“Electric and ground-breaking…A fast-paced, mesmerizing, and thought-provoking novel that will no doubt add to Roberts' legions of fans.” --Kirkus, Starred Review
“Fascinating characters and a well-built dystopia combine with a riveting plot that will attract a whole new group of readers." --Library Journal, Starred Review
“What Roberts has done, with her radical departure, is ensure that she will find new fans among readers attracted to apocalyptic sf and speculative fiction.” --Booklist
"A match for end-of-the-world classics like Stephen King’s The Stand.” --New York Times Book Review
“You’ll be hooked.” --People Magazine
"Roberts knows exactly how to spellbind an audience.” --The Washington Post
“Nora Roberts has turned her pen to apocalyptic fiction. And, oh boy, she really delivered...fast-paced and energetic.” --Bustle
“The queen of the best-seller list is kicking off a new trilogy, a foray into dystopian fantasy that may earn the novelist a few gazillion more fans.” -- AARP.org, Best Books of Winter 2018
Recommended as one of four books students should read over winter break by The Carolinian, UNC Greensboro