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


Pretty Awesome fantasy for Nora!!5 star

The second to last review is hilarious! Hahaha! Too ick?! Too scary?! Were you expecting another romance novel? Read the description first next time. But this is what is so great about the new direction Nora is exploring lately. Her fantasy/folklore/witchcraft creativity side is quite wonderful and belongs up there with all the other fantasy power players like Sarah Maas & George RR Martin!55


Wow, unbelievable5 star

I’m loving this new version of Nora Roberts. More substance and just different from her usual style. It’s a great shift. I’m proud of her for trying this genre, I’m sure it was a little scary.55


Bad read. Disappointed1 star

Ick. Too something. maybe just scary. Can’t finish it. Read “The Handmaidens Tale.“ Another example of “please don’t ever let this happen “.15

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Loved it5 star

So different55


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

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