Review of Andromeda by Amy Bartelloni

Ten years after a pandemic swept the globe, survivors were forced into factions and camps in order to survive…
Jade and Sera are two orphans who have found refuge in a government camp. It is there where Jade falls in love with a young soldier, Anyon. But Anyon has his own secrets, carefully guarding a past that involves Sera. But before Jade and Anyon admit their feelings to each other the camp is attacked and they’re separated. 
Jade knows to lead Sera to Albany, the last free camp in the east, but the road is dangerous.
Not only must they dodge pockets of infection, but they are threatened by drifters and gangs. When they arrive in Albany, they find it deserted. 
Anyon and his friend Malachi are close on their heels, but not close enough. The Provisional Government is on a mission, and no one is quite prepared for what lies ahead…

Andromeda is a book which made me feel at home – I know that sounds weird but when I started blogging it was because of the impact a single book had on me and Andromeda gave me those same feels with an all consuming post apocalyptic world.

It is a fast paced book which covers so much within it’s pages, getting to the end and looking back at where we started was a bit of a “woah” moment I have to say. I loved how we were straight into the action, on the move without a chance to catch our breath. I find that too many books spend time setting the story or just give a massive infodump but with Andromeda this feels like a natural place to start and we are given enough detail to get by with. I loved the parallel timelines in the different POV’s as well, just willing the 2 groups to catch up with each other, but then where would the story be?

There are some really great characters shining through and the relationship dynamics work so well together, Sera’s blind faith against Jades’s utter cynicism is a stand out and President Vise is beyond creepy, he brings to mind images of President Snow from the Hunger Games, utterly ruthless and utterly deluded – a dangerous and as far as bad guys go he gave me the chills.

Sera to me felt like a Luna Lovegood type character, despite floating around in her own “have faith” bubble she was actually one of the most together of all of them.  I’m really looking forward to finding out more about her in future books, she has tons more going on I think especially with her almost 6th sense about things.

It’s a really atmospheric book as well, from hiding in an abandoned mall to them being in the belly of the beast, I found myself holding my breath a number of times, reading so quickly to find out what happens next I was scared I would miss something important.

There are so many unanswered questions still though despite everything that we have already learnt, what’s with the house? Why are the giant wolves so giant? Is there significance with the stars?  These don’t impact on the enjoyment of the book at all but pull me into wanting to read the rest of the series, which I hope I get an opportunity to do soon.


Andromeda is currently available via Amazon here and is free to KU subscribers!

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