Monday, October 11, 2010

Beyond the Night by Joss Ware

(Envy Chronicles #1)
by Joss Ware

A man with no future...

When Dr. Elliott Drake wakes from a mysterious fifty-year sleep, the world as he knew it is gone. Cities are now desolate, and civilization is controlled by deadly immortals. Stranger still is Elliott's extraordinary new "gift" – he has the power to heal, but it comes with fatal consequences.

A woman with a past

Jade barely escaped the immortals and is now hell-bent on revenge. She trusts no one... until Elliott. His piercing gaze and tempting touch shatter her defenses, but the handsome doctor seems to have dangerous secrets of his own. Is it safe to trust him with her heart?

If they are to survive in this dark new world, Jade and Elliott must work together to fight the forces that takes them beyond danger.

Beyond desire.

Beyond the night.

Michigan Monday
I've been thinking about instituting Michigan Monday for a while now. With all the bad press that Michigan has been getting for the last couple of years, I thought it would be nice to put a spotlight on some of the good things that come out of my home state - specifically, our awesome authors.

Joss Ware (aka Colleen Gleason) is from Brighton, MI. (If you ever go to Brighton, make sure you check out the boardwalk. It's very picturesque. . . and there's an awesome ice cream shop!) She has written The Envy Chronicles and The Gardella Vampire Chronicles, and is currently working on a new historical vampire series, coming April 2011.

My Review
Dr. Elliott Drake is not at all comfortable in the world. It could be the ganga - zombie-like creatures who roam the night. Or it could be because of the fifty years that lapsed between when his group entered and exited that cave, the fifty years he has no memory of and that apparently did not age him. Civilization collapsing while he was "away" didn't really help, either. When he and his friends rescue a group of stupid kids who got stuck outside at night, he meets Jade. She is gone before morning, and Elliott figures he'll never see her again. But when she shows up in Envy after they've dropped the kids home and earned themselves a place to stay, Elliott is intrigued. She may have the answers they've been seeking.

This is such a fantastic book. I've really been getting into dystopian / post-apocalyptic literature of late, and Beyond the Night is a perfect example of how to write in this genre. Elliott and Jade are compelling characters, but there is also significant work put into the supporting characters, lending the story an extra sense of depth. While it's still a mystery how civilization came to such an abrupt end, the reader gets the sense that it might be solved in later books. It's not the greatest book to read at night (oops!), but I just couldn't stop reading.

The next two books in this series, Embrace the Night Eternal and Abandon the Night, are already available. The latest installment of The Envy Chronicles, Night Betrayed, will be available January 2011! Make sure you check out Colleen Gleason's historical vampire series, The Gardella Vampire Chronicles, in stores now!

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