Author: Fred Strydom
Published by: Talos
Publication Date: May 3, 2016
On Day Zero, the collapse of civilization was as instantaneous as it was inevitable. A mysterious and oppressive movement rose to power in the aftermath, forcing people into isolated communes run like regimes. Kayle Jenner finds himself trapped on a remote beach, and all that remains of his life before is the vague and haunting vision of his son. . .
Kayle finally escapes, only to find a broken world being put back together in strange ways. As more memories from his past life begin returning, the people he meets wandering the face of a scorched earth—some reluctant allies, others dangerous enemies—begin to paint a terrifying picture. In his relentless search for his son, Kayle will discover more than just his lost past. He will discover the truth behind Day Zero—a truth that makes both fools and gods of men.
Well, that was a trip! The Raft was so not what I was expecting. I mean, I’ve read a ton of books in the dystopian genre, but this was very different. In a good, thought-provoking way, for sure. Fluff, it is not.
There’s a lot of wondering what the hell is going on in the beginning, but in a way that kept me needing to know. It really is put together like a puzzle, and everything starts clicking into place as the story progresses. While it may seem there’s all this random stuff happening, believe me, the author starts pulling it all together. Everything has its reason.
This is about a man searching for his son after the world experienced a sort of ‘reset’, where everyone lost their memories. Okay, it’s actually so, so much more than that, but I wouldn’t even know how to explain without spoilers. There are twists and ‘wtf’ moments around every corner.
The Raft was a refreshing, unique read. I’m really glad I read it, and can see it sticking with me for a long time. I look forward to seeing what Fred Strydom writes next.