OUTBACK EXODUS – BOOKS 1-5 by Dawn Millen
I downloaded the ebook free many years ago but never got to reading it. Now I am happy that this is the case for this series needs to be read as a whole, to enjoy the story to its fullest.
Millen’s style is unique and it shows as you progress through each individual book. Books one and two – Outback Exodus and Settled on the Coast - have the feel of diary entries with the third book – Gordon Under Attack - drawing you into
the story in a different way. The fourth book – Sloan - comes from a totally different POV with a new and independent character. And the fifth book – New Generations – shoots off into the future by a good fifty years. Regardless of these
different styles and approaches the story is a nice easy read.
So, to the content.
Outback Exodus is set in Australia and it is a story unto itself. It starts at the aftermath of a series of earthquakes that are so violent that they literally
take the world as we know it out of commission. Devastation is rife, along with death and disease. There are no communications systems, no electricity, and most of the buildings have been flatten, leaving those that are still standing as death traps. The few
survivors have two choices … they can either stay where they are and die along with the rest of the population, or live. Simple as that!
Those that choose to live slowly gather themselves together and make their way towards the east coast. It
is not an easy task as every step needs to be planned around the new and unfamiliar circumstances, using whatever they can salvage along the way. As usual there are disputes and injuries to deal with, as well as the lack of knowledge of working within their
changed situation. Life is not easy in the outback at the best of times. It is almost impossible under these circumstances. But against all odds the group perseveres.
I loved the scenario of this book, not just because of its story but because of the
way the characters needed to explore another world, one that had thrown them back to colonial times.
I highly recommend this book and give it four and a half stars.