Flare by Jonathan Mass

flareFlare by Jonathan Maas

Blurb from goodreads.com, please scroll down the the review.

Without warning or explanation, an extended solar flare bombards the earth and doesn’t stop, making each day a battle for survival.
The sunlight blinds and burns instantly, and then kills within minutes. The radiation has also destroyed all of the earth’s circuitry, leaving the nights dark and dangerous.

Two survivors, a thousand miles apart, each hear a rumor of a distant safe haven that can withstand the sun. Zeke is a silent wanderer, Ash is a brilliant young man hiding a painful past, and neither know just what this place really is.
To get there they must each travel through ravaged towns and over hundreds of miles of charred earth, and must do so under a sky waiting to kill them with every sunrise.
But with the world’s population dying off and humanity getting more and more violent as the days pass, their paths are destined to collide, because this unknown and unseen place might be the only hope remaining.

A story of post apocalyptic survival.
This is the second Jonathan Maas book I’ve had the pleasure of reading.
This book follows a handful of survivors as they solve several challenges to discover the co-ordinates of The Salvation.
The story weaves its way through every human characteristic from the innocent, brave, strong, intelligent to the wicked and depraved. Which type of human has the skills to survive the Flare?
The Suns intensity is fatal to all life forms. The surviving humans and mammals are forced into the darkest places to survive the daylight and can only move about safely (safe from the radiation of the Sun) during the night. But some of those survivors will steal, murder or torture others for whatever provisions they may have. Some resort to cannibalism.
The Dockyards are controlled by Legion, a drug dealer before the Flare, now dealing in death, controlling his ‘army’ with a new drug and fear.

Though I am not like any of the main characters I still connected with their journey, and found myself speculating on what strategy I would employ should I ever be faced with an obliteration event. I found there to be enough detail to bring the story alive and keep me turning those pages, without being too heavy and laborious.

No spoilers but I’m itching to see if Jonathan has written a follow up to this book as I would like to know if the main characters meet up again.

4.5* from me
I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Keep em coming Jonathan.

Reviewer Kagsy.



jonathan maasAbout the Author

Jon Maas was born in New Haven, Connecticut and grew up in San Antonio, Texas. After graduating from Stanford University with degrees in Biology and History, he’s earned a living as a Musician, Peace Corps Volunteer, Standup Comedian, TV Producer and Web Designer.

His first novel, “City of gods – Hellenica” has been well received, and his second book, ‘Spanners: The Fountain of Youth’ won the award for ‘Best Young Adult Fiction’ at the 2014 San Francisco Book Festival.

He writes on his bus commute to and from work, and has a soft spot in his heart for all types of Public Transportation.








About the book

  • File Size: 3016 KB
  • Print Length: 508 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publication Date: March 22, 2015
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00V2U50R0

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