November's End by Zoe K. Howard
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Author Zoe K. Howard is more than just a new face in the independent literary scene. She is a woman with great passion and power for not only her craft, but for her audience. November's End is a story of survival; a quest for definition of a changing world, and developing a character's stage. Howard takes the reader on a series of adventures based around Anya, the main character. Anya is young, methodical, and fearless. The overarching theme of survival is further brought to life by the fortuitous romance that forms between her and Halia. Coloring outside of the belletristic lines, Howard's inclusion of LGBT characters empowers as it manifests diversity in every sense of the word. While the genre is one of horror, the depth of the book is found within the souls of the characters. Braving and enduring a disaster brought on by these unknown creatures, the pack of friends become reliant upon, and centered within, each other. Howard's descriptive and unique writing style makes her a front runner in the new generation of writer. I see wonderful things for Howard, including a title on the best-selling books list.
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