Author: Jane Dougherty
Book: Abomination (The Pathfinders #1)
Published: March 2016
Publisher: Finch Books
Genre: Young Adult
This book was won as a giveaway on Goodreads.
Carla and Tully were having a picnic in the quad of their international high school when the End of Days begins. In a panic, they travel through a wormhole that takes them five years into the future. The End of Days is still going on. The world is a desolate place. The sky is grey, and the land is freezing and poisonous. Humanity is now organized into tribes. Young people are formed up in gangs that fight each other and the monsters that roam the wastes. Each day is a struggle to survive.
Carla and Tully are taken prisoner by the Flay tribe, who claim a ruined shopping mall as their headquarters. Tully must become a warrior. Carla is forced to join the other girls who work as kitchen slaves and comfort women. Everyone is waiting for a mythical being called the Burnt Man and his four demon riders to return. Then the Apocalypse will truly begin. Only Tully, Carla, and their new-found friends don’t plan to wait around for the end of the world proper.
Jane Dougherty’s Abomination is the first book in The Pathfinders series. A young couple living in Paris fall through a wormhole when the Apocalypse begins. They find themselves in a dystopian world that, while not quite post-apocalyptic, seems to be on the ropes. The backstory revolves around the Burnt Man, who seems to have initiated the end of days. In his wake, young men and women live a brutish existence that resembles William Golding’s Lord of the Flies. The protagonists, Tully and Carla, are flung into this world. They are forced to join one of the tribes. Among the Flay tribe, they find friends and begin plotting how they will escape.
The book was hard to get into at first. I’m not a huge fan of dystopian fiction, and there is a lot of exposition. However, once the action starts, the story moves along. I would be interested in reading the sequel.