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Reviewed by Tammy Ruggles for Readers' Favorite
Evasion: Book 1, The Considerable Destruction Series by Erica L Hernandez is an immediately engrossing science fiction novel. Heavy on interior and exterior conflict, this character-driven drama will capture your attention on the first page, and only gets better and deeper from there. The main character, psychoanalyst Eliana, has lost her oldest son, and her marriage too. Coronavirus has mutated into something worse, Mortiferum Virus, named for its high death rate, but most people are unaware of it, and it kills nearly all the population. The remnant that survives is still infected and changed. Eliana is shaken, but as prepared as she was, never dreamed the apocalypse would look like this. To add fuel to the fire, a sociopathic pedophile and former client of hers assembles gangs into enemies, which leaves her with tough choices. Does she hold her ground with her community, or leave their stockpile in order to preserve the community?
A lot of apocalyptic novels can be depressing, and although this author writes about some dark situations, she still infuses them with hope, warmth, and caring. She goes out her way to avoid exploiting the circumstances and treats everything in a respectful way. I love the way Hernandez personalizes the plot, pulling you into the life of the protagonist, who you come to care for as you turn the pages. You feel for Eliana's situation, and you are also drawn to the other characters. The author writes science fiction convincingly, and you wonder what you would do and how you would react in the characters' shoes. I like how the surviving community pulls together using their talents for the betterment of the group and its members, and especially how Eliana had been into emergency preparedness. In a way, this science fiction story hits close to home, given the theme of Coronavirus, and you may find yourself interested in the survival tactics described. The characters aren't perfect, which is nice. They feel very human and realistic. I enjoyed the character analysis and psychology/behavior angle, and the pacing. If you like survival stories with heart and grit, you'll love Evasion: Book 1, The Considerable Destruction Series by Erica L Hernandez.