What if you could see the future with a single touch? What if that touch revealed someone’s death, and that person was someone you loved? Would you do everything you could to change it?
In a post-apocalyptic world, where danger roams in many forms, seventeen-year-old Waverly seeks protection in the town of Crestwood after her boyfriend is ruthlessly killed by lawless raiders. But what she finds is a place wrought with mystery, shady dealings, and more instability than she anticipates.
The Starborn Ascension takes place 57 years before The Starborn Uprising, and can be read independently. – Goodreads Synopsis
Anywhere But Here Review
I’ve not read anything from Morrow before, so I went into this prequel to the Starborn Uprising with fresh eyes. While I wasn’t amazed or overly-impressed with Anywhere But Here, I’m happy to report that it does contain some pleasingly solid writing that made the book seem much shorter than it actually was.
This has most of your typical post-apocalyptic novel bullet points. Bands of Raiders. Isolated Towns. Zombies. Young female protagonist. Toe-rags that ultimately redeem themselves, etc. Again, though, its well-written enough that you still enjoy the story regardless of its unoriginal plot points. However, I liked that the virus seemed to be alien in origin (or at least somewhat unique). I also liked that there wasn’t a lot of time spent on how it happened. It just happened.
Now, the weak point that Anywhere but Here isn’t necessarily the fact that its told from multiple POVs, but that the POVs are very similar. In fact, they’re so similar that at times, especially during the first half, its hard to keep everything straight in your head. The reason for the similarity is kind of explained a bit towards the end of the book, but its really not a good enough reason. For POVs like this to work, they really need to be sharply contrasted, and it just wasn’t the case in this novel.
Overall, though, it was a decent read and I definitely don’t regret reading it. However, it definitely doesn’t stand out amongst the crowd. I’ve no desire whatsoever to continue the series. Still, if you’re looking for something entertaining without spending money (its free at the time of this review, at least), it’s worth a glance.