Post-apocalyptic ARC Review: Pestilence

Title: Pestilence (Four Horsemen #1)

Author: Laura Thalassa

Released Date: March 20th 2018

Pages: 307

Synopsis on Goodreads:

They came to earth—Pestilence, War, Famine, Death—four horsemen riding their screaming steeds, racing to the corners of the world. Four horsemen with the power to destroy all of humanity. They came to earth, and they came to end us all. 

When Pestilence comes for Sara Burn’s town, one thing is certain: everyone she knows and loves is marked for death. Unless, of course, the angelic-looking horseman is stopped, which is exactly what Sara has in mind when she shoots the unholy beast off his steed.

Too bad no one told her Pestilence can’t be killed.

Now the horseman, very much alive and very pissed off, has taken her prisoner, and he’s eager to make her suffer. Only, the longer she’s with him, the more uncertain she is about his true feelings towards her … and hers towards him.

And now, well, Sara might still be able to save the world, but in order to do so, she’ll have to sacrifice her heart in the process.

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5 stars

*ARC generously provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.*

SPOILER FREE

Funny, inspiring, a perfect balance between melancholy, romance, and adventure.

Quick story: I missed the ARC sign-up for The Emperor of Evening Stars (The Bargainer #2.5) by Laura Thalassa and it broke me to pieces. So this time I stayed up late (Timezone) and freaked out when the sign-up links finally came. I woke up the next day with the book in my Kindle app!

Mission accomplished!

“You have awoken my heart.”

P L O T

It has a pretty simple plot. Pestilence comes bringing incurable sickness to the city where he stays or passes through and Sara just happens to be the girl who could either save the world or end it.

The notable part of this book are the people Sara and Pestilence meet on their journey. A crisis brings out the worst in people and here I could see that people become desperate, foolish, and mean. But there are also some people who — though are afraid of death — refuse to succumb to the temptation of spending their last few moments in the side of the living doing bad things to other people.

“I don’t understand how pain and affection can coexist alongside one another.”

C H A R A C T E R S

Pestilence
Got another bae to add to my never ending list of baes. Pestilence is sometimes (or usually) innocent. He knows a lot about humans and earth but in some aspects and certain activities he is not. He’s just a lovely, cute, and sometimes confused cinnamon roll that I want to keep and hug forever. is it wrong to wish for the world’s end so I could have my own Pestilence?

Take my heart, take my all!

I’m riding with one of the horsemen of the apocalypse. Holy shit. I’ve now got front row seats to the end of the world.

Sara Burns
She can be a wild thing. I can just imagine Sara walking in to a room and lighting it up with her personality but the apocalypse has turned her grey and broke her spirit almost to the point of nothingness. I love her character so much because I could relate to her thoughts about finding Pestilence hot, cursing during different situations, getting excited in moments where you’re not supposed to an many more! She is a heroine of a different sort and very relatable. (Or maybe it’s just me who could relate to her in this level.)

His eyes find mine, the flames dancing in them. Even lit by fire, he looks like an angel.
The devil was also an angel.

W R I T I N G

I love how Sara’s quirky side was shown with quick remarks she says between situations. I also love how their relationship unfolded and it wasn’t rushed. It wasn’t ‘boy meets girl now kiss’ kind of story. Laura Thalassa really took her time and I wasn’t impatient waiting for that first kiss to happen.

It did help me see things in a new light. Thalassa wrote a scene about God being neither man nor woman but he is something more. And I completely understand. (There’s a follow up explanation in the book, you have to read it if you want to know.) My first thought when I started feeling the deeper relationship between Sara and Pestilence is “How can you love someone who will bring death to your kind? But the heart wants what it wants so Sara’s pretty much fvcked.” It’s not even a choice between good and evil because Pestilence isn’t really evil. (He did come in God’s order)

That smoky, rolling voice of his twists my name into something intimate and exotic. I think I hate how lovely he makes it sound.

O V E R A L L

The ending kind of felt rushed. There was a lot of time gaps but they were understandable. (I guess) The epilogue was both expected and shocking and it left us with a huge question along with excitement for the next book in the series.I can’t express how much I love this book and I can’t wait to read more of Laura’s works. I still need to get on with A Strange Hymn from The Bargainer Series but I love the first book so much too.

 

A woman should not be oddly pleasing. She should be a ball-busting, skull crushing, badass motherfucker who is impossible to forget.

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