Kahayatle (Apocalypsis Book 1)
My name is Bryn Mathis. I’m seventeen years old, and I live in a neighborhood outside of Orlando, Florida. I’m here alone because my dad died almost a year ago, along with all the other adults in the world. I’m almost out of food, and the gangs of kids that roam around my town are getting more vicious by the day. It’s time for me to leave and find another place to live … a place where I can find food and shelter … a place where they won’t be able to find me. Alone, it might have been possible, but now I’ve got company. I’m worried that I don’t have what it takes to get from here to my final destination, and I have no idea what might be waiting for me when I get there.
I’ve never heard of Elle Casey before, despite her being a NYT Bestselling Author, but after reading Kahayatle I will definitely be reading more of her books.
The book starts off well, with Bryn being trained to survive the inevitable apocalypse by her father, and doesn’t let up from there until the finish, which has a mini conclusion but sets up nicely for the next book.
The three main characters: Bryn, Peter, and Bodo, are all well realised and have their individual characteristics that make you care about them and hope for their survival. The secondary characters are a little lacking, but most of them are encountered only briefly, and this does improve when the group reaches their destination and meets the people already living there.
The writing is good, without being overdone, which makes it easy to get into the book and to move through the story without getting bogged down. This is demonstrated best by the problems Bryn and her friends meet and overcome; their solutions are believable, and at no time move into the realm of impossible for teenagers to manage, nor do they simply resort to excessive violence to solve a problem.
I look forward to reading book 2 in the series and finding out what happens next with Bryn, Peter, Bodo, and their new friends as they struggle to deal with a world that has changed so drastically.