In Takers, prior to the apocalypse, Jack’s most pressing concerns were to get the pretty girl to dance with him at the school dance, and just maybe a first kiss. Fortunately for Jack, a trip to the school basement saves his life. Whilst looking at science websites he’s warned of impending doom, the fabric between dimensions is tearing and purgatory will spill out. The website video conveniently warns that underground may be safe! Look where Jack is! Is that a basement I hear you cry? Oh no, the power goes out. Stumbling to the stairs, cue loud noises and shaking, Jack emerges and starts his long journey to find his family. Along the way he picks up a deaf dog Snake, and the two of them start their post apocalyptic journey.
Once the apocalypse has hit, the author quickly uses song lyrics as a device to drive the main character Jack. What was going through my head at this time? Supernatural – that’s what! Why – because the author references the Kansas song “Carry on my wayward” song, for what feels like every paragraph. Any Supernatural fan (and I’m talking about the TV series) knows that this song is inextricably linked to every season finale. I think the fact that the particular flavour of this apocalypse is creatures escaping from purgatory also brought the Supernatural analogy to the forefront of my mind.
So is the author a supernatural fan? Reading further along, and journeying through more song lyrics my conclusion is? Nope the author is obsessed with Kansas! Part of me was smiling whilst reading that the author had such a love for 1970’s rock.
When started out I didn’t think I was going to like Takers, there was something about the way it was written. However it really grew on me. Sure there are criticisms, Jack makes decisions a 14 year old boy wouldn’t make. You have to suspend disbelief, but as you get into the book Jacks character strengthens and his flaws become much less obvious.
I know I’ve mentioned the lyric issue earlier, but to be honest I do like the idea of Jack getting messages in the form of song lyrics in his head, and the monsters, these are good monsters. Well thought out and I can picture them in my head, so much so that I can see the TV show that could be made based upon this book.
All in all a well thought out post apocalyptic story, with a new and interesting unique selling point. Makes a change to read a post apocalyptic novel that’s not about zombies, EMP’s or virulent disease. I will be picking up the next book in the series. 3.5 stars.
***Thank you to the publisher and to Net Galley for providing the free e-ARC of this novel in exchange for my honest review! This review is my honest opinion***