Year One

Year One Summary


A stunning new novel from the #1 New York Times bestselling author Nora Roberts—Year One is an epic of hope and horror, chaos and magick, and a journey that will unite a desperate group of people to fight the battle of their lives…

It began on New Year’s Eve.

The sickness came on suddenly, and spread quickly. The fear spread even faster. Within weeks, everything people counted on began to fail them. The electrical grid sputtered; law and government collapsed—and more than half of the world’s population was decimated.

Where there had been order, there was now chaos. And as the power of science and technology receded, magick rose up in its place. Some of it is good, like the witchcraft worked by Lana Bingham, practicing in the loft apartment she shares with her lover, Max. Some of it is unimaginably evil, and it can lurk anywhere, around a corner, in fetid tunnels beneath the river—or in the ones you know and love the most.

As word spreads that neither the immune nor the gifted are safe from the authorities who patrol the ravaged streets, and with nothing left to count on but each other, Lana and Max make their way out of a wrecked New York City. At the same time, other travelers are heading west too, into a new frontier. Chuck, a tech genius trying to hack his way through a world gone offline. Arlys, a journalist who has lost her audience but uses pen and paper to record the truth. Fred, her young colleague, possessed of burgeoning abilities and an optimism that seems out of place in this bleak landscape. And Rachel and Jonah, a resourceful doctor and a paramedic who fend off despair with their determination to keep a young mother and three infants in their care alive.

In a world of survivors where every stranger encountered could be either a savage or a savior, none of them knows exactly where they are heading, or why. But a purpose awaits them that will shape their lives and the lives of all those who remain.

The end has come. The beginning comes next.

Book Reviews


Year One5 star

Good reading.55

JLO in Michigan

Good first book2 star

The first book was great reading. Second book is Ok. I’m sorry I bought the third book.25


Unique characters and story4 star

Loved the plot and the main characters. Sometimes the lesser characters blended together and were not developed but overall an enjoyable book.45


Eerily surreal5 star

An amazing read. Be careful getting attached to characters because you have no idea what may happen next. Great page turner and can’t wait to read the rest of the series.55

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Year one5 star

Fun read couldn’t put it down.55


So So3 star

Stephen King’s “The Stand” is far superior and essentially the same story. His is more suspenseful and far better written.35


Year One1 star

Never read a Nora Roberts book before. Now I know why. If you enjoy your books at a 6th grade reading level then consider this a 5 star review.15

Ann MH

Year One5 star

Loved this very different thriller from Nora Roberts. It is the first of a trilogy that I just finished. It was great. My sisters and I purchased and shared the 3 audio MP3’s and loved the whole story about a disease that is killing people all over the world. The survivors have either special powers, or are somehow immune. Governments are overthrown by evil groups who are determined to kill all survivors who have special powers, even though most of these individuals want only to help all survivors live in peace. Very good.55

Carrie FW

Non regular Nora Roberts readers beware...2 star

Wow wow wow. I was looking for a gripping fantasy series and knew NR was a best selling author and people seemed to love her. I didn’t know she was known for romance novels and had never read her before. This book pulls you in with very decent first chapters, interesting premise. But it’s extremely hard to get through after that. My biggest issue is the characters, or lack of. There are about a dozen that you follow, but it’s nearly impossible to distinguish between them without her specific saying whose talking. They all have the same voice and the same opinions. The “good” characters are really nice; the bad characters are really mean. Also there are a bunch of magic babies in this book? It reads like a cross between Twilight and teen fan fiction. I’m sorry I really wanted to get into this trilogy.25


Good read4 star

I wish max hadn’t died but other than that one of the better books I’ve read45

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