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Reporter Emily Baxter survived the alien red rain that blanketed and annihilated the human race. But after the downpour, and the lethal contagion it spread, came an even greater horror: the rampant transformation of the dead into something utterly unearthly. With a terrifying new form of life emerging from the mutated landscape, Emily’s only hope is to flee toward distant A Reporter Emily Baxter survived the alien red rain that blanketed and annihilated the human race. But after the downpour, and the lethal contagion it spread, came an even greater horror: the rampant transformation of the dead into something utterly unearthly. With a terrifying new form of life emerging from the mutated landscape, Emily’s only hope is to flee toward distant Alaska where she can unite with the survivors who have reached out to her from a remote science facility. The journey from New York will be long and painstaking, and Emily has only her faithful dog and whatever she can carry. But, after discovering a small family of refugees along the way, Emily’s determination to escape the unfolding catastrophe and carve out a new future is renewed. Standing in their way are Earth’s new masters, equally determined to survive and thrive, and possessed of monstrous capabilities Emily and her allies can’t begin to imagine…until they’re face to face with the hideous reality. In the battle about to begin, there will be no room for mistakes or mercy—only the most ruthless instincts to survive.


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Reporter Emily Baxter survived the alien red rain that blanketed and annihilated the human race. But after the downpour, and the lethal contagion it spread, came an even greater horror: the rampant transformation of the dead into something utterly unearthly. With a terrifying new form of life emerging from the mutated landscape, Emily’s only hope is to flee toward distant A Reporter Emily Baxter survived the alien red rain that blanketed and annihilated the human race. But after the downpour, and the lethal contagion it spread, came an even greater horror: the rampant transformation of the dead into something utterly unearthly. With a terrifying new form of life emerging from the mutated landscape, Emily’s only hope is to flee toward distant Alaska where she can unite with the survivors who have reached out to her from a remote science facility. The journey from New York will be long and painstaking, and Emily has only her faithful dog and whatever she can carry. But, after discovering a small family of refugees along the way, Emily’s determination to escape the unfolding catastrophe and carve out a new future is renewed. Standing in their way are Earth’s new masters, equally determined to survive and thrive, and possessed of monstrous capabilities Emily and her allies can’t begin to imagine…until they’re face to face with the hideous reality. In the battle about to begin, there will be no room for mistakes or mercy—only the most ruthless instincts to survive.

30 review for Exodus

  1. 5 out of 5

    Nikita

    Here we go again with the unnecessary laborious description. It takes Emily Baxter 3 pages to hop on her bike. And the bike thing is still mindblowingly inane and plain stupid. Who the hell looks at their bicycle and think 'alien invasion escape plan'? Ugh! I was better off not reading this one but, like Emily, my curiosity got the best of me. Here we go again with the unnecessary laborious description. It takes Emily Baxter 3 pages to hop on her bike. And the bike thing is still mindblowingly inane and plain stupid. Who the hell looks at their bicycle and think 'alien invasion escape plan'? Ugh! I was better off not reading this one but, like Emily, my curiosity got the best of me.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Marcus

    I read the first book, Extinction Point, and while I had some BIG issues with some of the plot devices, I was still moderately entertained. However, I'm pretty sure this is the last book in this series that I'll read. While the writing is good, very good in fact, the storytelling and characters are frustratingly inconsistent and...well, just frustrating. "She had no idea what any of these dials, switches, and levers did. She mentally kicked herself in the ass again for not having taken any drivin I read the first book, Extinction Point, and while I had some BIG issues with some of the plot devices, I was still moderately entertained. However, I'm pretty sure this is the last book in this series that I'll read. While the writing is good, very good in fact, the storytelling and characters are frustratingly inconsistent and...well, just frustrating. "She had no idea what any of these dials, switches, and levers did. She mentally kicked herself in the ass again for not having taken any driving lessons. At least she knew what the steering wheel and gas and brake pedals were supposed to do." I'm not going to belabor Emily's driving skills or lack thereof, and while readers may be pleased to find out that yes, at some point in her journey from New York to Alaska, Emily does ditch the bicycle in favor of a car...is anyone really surprised?...for me it seemed like the author had painted himself into a corner. You have a seemingly intelligent self-sufficient woman, living on her own in New York, a reporter no less, but automobiles are completely alien to her? It just didn't gel for me. Unless maybe Emily grew up Amish. In the quote below it is a 13 year old who tells her how to start the car. "Emily looked down at her feet. Which pedal was the brake? It had to be the larger of the two, she reasoned and pressed her left foot down and twisted the ignition key again." I think the point where the book lost me was when Emily was trying to figure out how to open a garage door without power followed by a lengthy paragraph describing the release mechanism. Then again, it could be some of the characters ridiculous behavior (Really Ben? You're a toddler who's just been in an accident? You're going to go wandering off in the dark without your sister?) Or maybe it was how Emily goes from auto-neophyte to Bruce Willis bang-em-up in a matter of minutes. Not only that, once she's mastered the automobile she finds herself capable of all manner of mechanized mobility. Add to her new new found skills - siphoning gas! "It took her almost an hour to find a pharmacy and a place to refuel—a messy process of siphoning from another vehicle..." But I think the deathblow for me was that the last half of the book seemed more like I was reading a journal of a long drawn out road trip. It just got boring. The story became less about the alien invasion and more about getting to Alaska. And there were things introduced in the book that seemed like they had some relevance but were left unanswered. I got tired of it. By the end, I was just happy to be done with this book and the series in general.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Sarah

    This is definitely the last book of this series that I will be reading. There was no continuity in the book, at one point they are in Alaska in winter and driving along and go through this whole alien ordeal and afterwards Emily comments that they had a couple more hours of day light left, which isn't happening in Alaska in winter. They continue on and also have enough daylight to fill the Sno-Cat up with gas (20 trips or so back and forth to fill the machine) and shoot guns for an hour. The ver This is definitely the last book of this series that I will be reading. There was no continuity in the book, at one point they are in Alaska in winter and driving along and go through this whole alien ordeal and afterwards Emily comments that they had a couple more hours of day light left, which isn't happening in Alaska in winter. They continue on and also have enough daylight to fill the Sno-Cat up with gas (20 trips or so back and forth to fill the machine) and shoot guns for an hour. The very next chapter they decide to make a call on the Satellite phone but they only have enough battery life for one phone call...because you know there is no sun to charge the battery...?? Why didn't they use all that sunlight from the day before or just any sunlight since Emily said in the first book that the phone could be charged even in overcast weather. Also what was up with the whole isolated extreme warming thing that happened just once and only on the road with all the frozen solid aliens. What kind of crazy wind is going to be hot enough to thaw frozen aliens and turn everything to slush in just a matter or minutes, but only on that one road and no where else? So many things in this book bothered me and I really wanted to like it.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Jen

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. My thanks to NetGalley and Amazon Publishing for an eARC copy of this book to read and review. I never would have finished this book if I wasn't trying to teach myself a lesson. That lesson was, never NEVER ask for the second book, or more, in a series before actually reading the first book. Don't assume, that just because I love the premise that I will also love the execution of it. Reading this book felt like I was executing my brain cells one by one. The MC was an idiot in the first book and s My thanks to NetGalley and Amazon Publishing for an eARC copy of this book to read and review. I never would have finished this book if I wasn't trying to teach myself a lesson. That lesson was, never NEVER ask for the second book, or more, in a series before actually reading the first book. Don't assume, that just because I love the premise that I will also love the execution of it. Reading this book felt like I was executing my brain cells one by one. The MC was an idiot in the first book and she gets little better, maybe even worse, in this one. Since I requested and received books 2-4, I will be reading the rest of them. Because I deserve the pain I brought on myself. This book actually kept me up late at night. Not because I was reading it, but because my brain kept going over and over how STUPID the MC was and how she shouldn't have made it out of NYC, let alone made it to Alaska. Ok, let me include some examples of the stupidity to be found in this book. SPOILERS will follow. I appreciated the spoiler reviews others left, so I could skip the first book after 42%. Hopefully this review will save others the pain I went through with reading it. 1) The shotgun only comes up when the MC needs to open a locked door or to be used as a club on an alien baddie. Other than that, she'll talk a good game, like she actually uses it and is a regular Annie Oakley with it, but that's because she's about 2 feet away from an unmoving lock. Really tough to miss that target. 2) She meets other survivors, a family of a father and two kids. The adults make the absolute worse choices when it comes to splitting up, going on the dark short cut through the woods with something evil in it without proper protection, etc. Simon should have made it to and back the other house to get the Durango in about half an hour. He left Emily, for all intents and purposes a stranger, ALONE with his two kids. She is packing and after TWO HOURS with him not showing up, she's all like, "I bet he's in trouble, we should go check." Well, if he hadn't gone off into the woods without protection and alone and he's been gone three times as long as he should have been, I would hazard a guess that he's screwed. That eff up led to some really creepy scenes, BUT it would have been better if it wasn't due to one of the worst decisions that can be made in this sort of situation. Listen, if your life and the life of those around you are starting to resemble a horror movie, ACT like it IS a horror movie and that YOU are going to be the smart one left alive by the end of it. Split up, take a "short cut" in a dark wood and what do you expect? 3) Emily doesn't tell Rhiannon that her brother has been contaminated and leaves a danger in the same room they are all sleeping in... 4) The fact that Ben went out of the crashed Durango (which should have, with the laws of physics, rolled at least three times) to find his daddy, instead of staying with his sister. He and his father both deserved to die, but it's not fair that their stupidity gets what it deserves and that Emily still lives. I just don't get it. 5) Emily will go into buildings without Thor to clear them or bring her shotgun, cuz she's pretty wicked with it as a club. Sheesh, she should just have a baseball bat instead. Then she's surprised when alien things leap out to attack her. 6) Ok, if cold weather stopped the red rain, how come it only spared Alaska? And it didn't really spare it now, did it, if the convoy she came upon was full of the alien cocoons? And they were there WEEKS to a MONTH at least. You're telling me that the weather miraculously thawed JUST enough as SOON as our heroes were there, causing them to have to dramatically flee a hoard of the alien spider things? And that the Sno Cat thing they were in was able to survive a fall into a ravine, no problems? That the worst thing that happened from falling into a RAVINE was a box of supplies broke open? REALLY?!? I guess alien terraforming also changed the laws of physics. 7) It also changed the weather patterns, because it's snowing like the MidWest or a Nor'easter in ALASKA. They don't get much in the way of precipitation. A friend of mine lived out there and he told me they get dustings and whatnot, but nothing like four foot snowdrifts. AND the first book didn't indicate in ANY way that it was wintertime in NYC and the rest of North America. People weren't wearing more than button down shirts and tees. So HOW the HELL is ALASKA like 30 below? They DO get seasons in Alaska, though not as drastic or long, they DO have spring and summer. The time of year isn't very clear, but it isn't the dead of winter. MAYbe fall, MAYbe. But I just don't buy it. The list goes on, but that's what I can think of right now. The ONLY question I want answered is what caused someone to shoot and kill the seven people in that building that Emily happened to find in a blinding snowstorm. I looked at reviews and the summaries of the next two books and I really and honestly don't think the books are going to get any better. If one reviewer was right, then SPOILER the whole alien terraforming thing is a Creator's way to "fix" our planet because we were about to destroy it beyond the point of no return, so it was being cleansed and re-seeded with different life so the planet wouldn't die....even though by doing that, the entire planet died.... If that is the case, I am REALLY going to hate the next two books. If it's hinting or coming right out and saying that God did this, then I'm DONE. I wouldn't recommend this book, or series so far, to ANYone. There are better survival books out there. One star, because I can't go lower.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Gertie

    4.5 stars. (I tried to give Extinction Point 4.5 too but ended up upping it after thinking fondly of the book the entire following week. :-P) So, Exodus... in book 2 we are again following Emily on her trek towards the colder northern climes and ultimately, hopefully, Alaska. We are introduced to some new characters along the way, just in time before we get a chance to grow tired of the current company. Then, when things start to see a bit calmer for a bit... BLAMMO!! Pee-your-pants-super-creepy 4.5 stars. (I tried to give Extinction Point 4.5 too but ended up upping it after thinking fondly of the book the entire following week. :-P) So, Exodus... in book 2 we are again following Emily on her trek towards the colder northern climes and ultimately, hopefully, Alaska. We are introduced to some new characters along the way, just in time before we get a chance to grow tired of the current company. Then, when things start to see a bit calmer for a bit... BLAMMO!! Pee-your-pants-super-creepy alien appears to make you fear marionettes the rest of your life. One of my favorite things about this series is the nasty, eerie, good-luck-sleeping tonight alien creatures. I do feel like we don't yet have a good understanding of their plans and motivations yet, or what the relationships between and purposes are of the various types of aliens, so am hoping to learn more in book 3. Just like with book 1, book 2 flew by much too quickly. I actually had to ration it so i didn't read it all in 2 days. This one went instantly onto my "apocalyptic candy" shelf. I have put some thought into this, and have not figured out what magic Paul Jones weaves that makes this series so readable and engaging. I think part of it is the timing... it isn't constant character development, slow parts, action; it fluctuates between the quiet moments and the aforementioned pants-peeing bits, keeping things interesting. My only real complaint is that Emily feels a bit cold to me. This is probably unfair, a residual effect of book one, in which (view spoiler)[her boyfriend dies (hide spoiler)] and she hardly bats an eye. I had hoped there might be some explanation for that in book 2, or something to overcome it. She isn't really cold in book 2 I suppose, mostly determined and strong-willed. (view spoiler)[(Although if my boyfriend and coworkers and, well, everyone I knew had recently died, I might spare them an occasional thought) (hide spoiler)] That just makes her a little harder to relate to; if I were in the same situation I'd hopefully buck up and be strong, but occasionally breaking down crying or lingering on past events with some amount or regret would certainly not be unexpected. So, I guess in addition to the fighting for survival, I think I would like to see a tad more personality in Emily. That's actually all I can think of at the moment. I really enjoy this series. I read the first book in a LOT of series these days, liking them but not caring to pursue the series. With this series I am just wishing the books were longer and already all published! Oh, and I didn't find any typos - that very rarely happens these days. :-P Memorability Factor 8/10 Follow this author: Already do. Like all his work, but this series is my fave.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Silver Thistle

    This is the second book in the Extinction Point series and I read both this one and the first one back to back. It's easy to get into and I really like the story but I was a bit apprehensive about starting this as I wasn't a big fan of Emily in the first book, which is unfortunate as Emily has been pretty much the only character for most of it up to this point. By the end of this though she was starting to grow on me...a little. She still frustrates me but if she continues to grow as a character This is the second book in the Extinction Point series and I read both this one and the first one back to back. It's easy to get into and I really like the story but I was a bit apprehensive about starting this as I wasn't a big fan of Emily in the first book, which is unfortunate as Emily has been pretty much the only character for most of it up to this point. By the end of this though she was starting to grow on me...a little. She still frustrates me but if she continues to grow as a character then we might get along better in later books. The story- I like very much. Emily - Not so much. This part of the series felt more 'road-trip' than 'alien apocalypse' if I'm honest, but I was relieved that at least Emily's bike wasn't such a feature on the road trip. It was ridiculous that she wanted to travel from New York to Alaska (approx 4000 miles) on a bicycle as the world around her was being overrun with aliens so I'm eternally grateful that that frustration is out of the picture. The fact that she's 30 (I think) and was living in New York and working as a journalist on the New York Tribune points to her being a fairly intelligent and able woman but yet she has no idea how to even start an automatic car (far less drive one), it's just too unbelievable. She maybe never learned to drive but surely she's been IN cars and/or taxi's and saw how others got them started? I'm not buying it. It was just one of the many, many things about Emily that agitated me. Things like that just didn't make any sense and felt like poor plot devices. Despite all that though I'm still looking forward to reading the rest of the books in the series as they become available, I'm just hoping Emily and I can connect a bit better than we have so far. Note: I received this title from the publisher

  7. 5 out of 5

    Natasa

    This book is just amazing as the first one. The world that is created here is totally fantastic and alien. Not every page was packed with action or horrible moments, but there was this constant feeling of fear - what's happening next and what's around the next corner. The ending totally shocked me (view spoiler)[when Emily found out she came all the way to Alaskan islands to be with the last living group of scientists but to find only Jacob alone and in wheelchair, he lied to her about having col This book is just amazing as the first one. The world that is created here is totally fantastic and alien. Not every page was packed with action or horrible moments, but there was this constant feeling of fear - what's happening next and what's around the next corner. The ending totally shocked me (view spoiler)[when Emily found out she came all the way to Alaskan islands to be with the last living group of scientists but to find only Jacob alone and in wheelchair, he lied to her about having colleages with him (in order not to be alone and to have a way of escaping with the boat she brought...but I do believe he wanted to save her as well, maybe he was selfish in his actions but he helped her a lot). It is good she came there, at least she will be safe and have food for her and the little girl and try to survive a bit more (hide spoiler)] . I wonder what book 3 brings us and I can't wait to put my hands on it.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Abbie

    Actual rating - 3.5

  9. 5 out of 5

    Anissa

    I really enjoyed this followup to Extinction & the way it left off definitely has me anticipating the final installment. We pick right up with Emily, joined by Thor, on her way to meet James in Alaska. She runs into a family still in their home when she reaches Styvesant, NY & I was really surprised by how much of the story took place there. James & the Commander of the ISS conference call with Emily to explain to her the urgency of getting out of her location as the red storm is swiftly approac I really enjoyed this followup to Extinction & the way it left off definitely has me anticipating the final installment. We pick right up with Emily, joined by Thor, on her way to meet James in Alaska. She runs into a family still in their home when she reaches Styvesant, NY & I was really surprised by how much of the story took place there. James & the Commander of the ISS conference call with Emily to explain to her the urgency of getting out of her location as the red storm is swiftly approaching her location & it added to the overall suspense as time ticked away & the situation spiraled & became ever more dangerous. The escape was narrow enough that I was worried about the trip to Alaska being put off for a time indeterminate but alas that was not the case. The instances of death were well done & I was surprised how much I felt for those characters as they were not around very long. Very well done. Also, I loved the big surprises upon Emily & Co. reaching Alaska & the final destination. I don't know what's to come but I look forward to reading the next one.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Amy

    Have you ever craved one of those cold pre-bottled Starbucks coffee drinks for quite a long time only to chug it down mindlessly once you have it in hand? Well, this book is a little bit like one of those coffee drinks. I found myself waiting for nearly a year to read it only to devour it in a day without barely a blink. And believe me, you'll not want to blink because it is quite a scary tale. Once again, we follow Emily's quest to find someone else besides her trusty dog who has survived the r Have you ever craved one of those cold pre-bottled Starbucks coffee drinks for quite a long time only to chug it down mindlessly once you have it in hand? Well, this book is a little bit like one of those coffee drinks. I found myself waiting for nearly a year to read it only to devour it in a day without barely a blink. And believe me, you'll not want to blink because it is quite a scary tale. Once again, we follow Emily's quest to find someone else besides her trusty dog who has survived the red rains. She must travel north into the cold in order to escape the post- apocalyptic horror that seems to be scheming to prevent her success. It's a shame that I consumed this book in such a hurry because now I have to wait many many months yet again to follow Emily farther into the cold unknown in order to learn her fate.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Cathleen

    I received an ARC from the Publisher and NetGalley in exchange for my honest review. "Exodus" I found to be as hard to read as book 1 was. The main character comes across as silly and stupid. Especially as she is so paranoid it is hard to take her serious. The author tends to be wordy and this is what I have a hard time with. I would find myself swipping through many pages until something caust my eye. It is hard to be interested when Emily takes three pages just to get on her bike and ride off i I received an ARC from the Publisher and NetGalley in exchange for my honest review. "Exodus" I found to be as hard to read as book 1 was. The main character comes across as silly and stupid. Especially as she is so paranoid it is hard to take her serious. The author tends to be wordy and this is what I have a hard time with. I would find myself swipping through many pages until something caust my eye. It is hard to be interested when Emily takes three pages just to get on her bike and ride off into the sunset to escape the alien beings. The execution of this story is most often ridiculous and wordy. I found myself mostly uninterested and bored.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Maggie Gordon

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Review available at: http://mgbookreviews.wordpress.com/20... Synopsis Emily and her dog are making their way to Alaska after the devastation caused by the alien red rain in Extinction Point. One day they stumble across a valley with a unique microclimate that has allowed it to escape the effects of the red rain, and Emily discovers three survivors: Simon and his two children, Ben and Rhiannon. While trying to escape with them, Simon is killed by a new type of alien creature, and Ben is infected a Review available at: http://mgbookreviews.wordpress.com/20... Synopsis Emily and her dog are making their way to Alaska after the devastation caused by the alien red rain in Extinction Point. One day they stumble across a valley with a unique microclimate that has allowed it to escape the effects of the red rain, and Emily discovers three survivors: Simon and his two children, Ben and Rhiannon. While trying to escape with them, Simon is killed by a new type of alien creature, and Ben is infected and begins to change into some sort of alien hybrid. Only Emily, Rhiannon, and the dog make it out of the mainland US and into the wilderness of Alaska, but the scientists they meet have not been telling the whole truth… The Good In comparison to the previous novel in this series, the writing in Exodus has improved substantially. Emily does more than just gather supplies, and readers start to see some payoff in regards to the changes caused by the events of Extinction Point. The most significant example of these improvements is the part of the book dealing with Simon and his children. When Emily tries to convince Simon to leave, she is shown a terrible red storm sweeping across the nation by the scientists in Alaska. It is rapidly terraforming the entire country, and this convinces Simon that he must travel with Emily in order to keep his children safe. Simon leaves to steal an SUV for their journey, but when he doesn’t come back, Emily takes the children to search for him. However, Simon is no longer fully human. Even in the darkness of the night, Emily can see that he is being controlled by three strange tentacles coming out of the back of his head. A strange, new alien creature is using Simon’s body like a puppet, and it tries to lure Emily and the children to their deaths as well. The author creates a very chilling and suspenseful environment where it seems like our protagonists have no way to escape, and may be facing horrors that they cannot mentally cope with. I was absolutely terrified. I jumped at every little sound as I read this part of the book, and may have had a hard time going to sleep afterwards. (Maybe.) The scene felt like something out of a Stephen King novel, and I say this as a compliment to the author’s ability to convey pure horror and terror. The Bad When Emily discovers a grove of strange trees that grow bubbles that look like fetal incubators, she states that she feels a malevolence coming from them. She is convinced that the creatures that will be birthed from these trees are evil, and uses what happens to Simon as a way of confirming her opinion. As someone who is interested in world building in sci-fi books, however, it bothers me when something like an alien species is introduced as vast and unfathomable , but is then described as having very human traits. While the actions of the alien creature seem reprehensible to Emily and the remaining human survivors, is the alien actually attempting to cause pain and harm or is its biology something we simply cannot understand as human beings? Being that so very little information has been uncovered about the red storm that changed Earth, readers have no idea whether the aliens are aggressive or whether they just operate very differently from our own species. While calling something evil is supposed to increase tension, the fear of the unknown can be even more effective, particularly when dealing with entities that are not human as you cannot predict their behaviour or motivations. One other downside to this novel is that once Simon’s possession is over, there are few suspenseful scenes left throughout the rest of the book. Not to say that nothing occurs (for instance, there are significant and emotional consequences resulting from Ben’s interaction with the alien in the valley), but there are long stretches of the work that describe a fairly boring road trip to Alaska. This is a common problem for books with a portion dedicated to travelling across some sort of inhospitable landscape, and very little was done to alleviate the monotony of this section of the novel. The stakes seem much lower in the latter half of the book, and even the bits of action that do arise don’t seem to result in much in the way of consequences. I didn’t feel very worried about Emily’s journey, and I should have been gripping the book in terror over whether she and Rhia, two of the last remaining humans, made it to Alaska alive. Final Thoughts Exodus was an extremely large improvement in comparison to the first novel of this series. It was more exciting, and parts of the novel had me legitimately terrified (don’t read scary alien stories in a dark, new house when you aren’t familiar with all of its idiosyncratic noises). While the writing is still sometimes rough, I will actively seek out book three of the series because I really really want to know how the alien invasion is going to end (and if it’s an alien invasion at all!). Exodus deserved its higher rating, and I feel comfortable recommending the series as a whole to others who are interested in this type of dystopic writing.

  13. 5 out of 5

    ♥ Marlene♥

    Reading some of the very critical reviews I understand. I was also wondering why Emily who is a reporter does not think of making a photo with her phone and there were other things but I so needed an escape I managed to close my eyes and enjoyed book 2 as much as book 1. The author had made me so curious to what was going to happen which is also not that easy to do so kudos. ( +-+ )

  14. 5 out of 5

    Maggie

    I enjoyed the second book is this series as much as the first, though if I hadn't read the first one I wouldn't have understood half of what was going on. It was eerie and creepy and definitely not one to read just before going to sleep. I enjoyed the second book is this series as much as the first, though if I hadn't read the first one I wouldn't have understood half of what was going on. It was eerie and creepy and definitely not one to read just before going to sleep.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Steven Konkoly

    Exodus, the long awaited second book in Paul Antony Jones’ Extinction Point series takes his sweeping apocalyptic vision to the next level. The reader catches up with Emily, as she heads north along the Hudson River, on the first leg of her journey to reach Alaska and rendezvous with the only other known group of survivors in North America. Guided by an astronaut aboard the International Space Station, Emily’s trip takes on sudden urgency, when she learns that a massive “red” storm rapidly approa Exodus, the long awaited second book in Paul Antony Jones’ Extinction Point series takes his sweeping apocalyptic vision to the next level. The reader catches up with Emily, as she heads north along the Hudson River, on the first leg of her journey to reach Alaska and rendezvous with the only other known group of survivors in North America. Guided by an astronaut aboard the International Space Station, Emily’s trip takes on sudden urgency, when she learns that a massive “red” storm rapidly approaches the eastern seaboard. With her trusty canine companion and an unexpected addition to her entourage, Emily battles her way west and eventually north, trusting that salvation lies at a remote station, on an island off the Alaskan shore. Jones descriptions of the alien phenomena left me spellbound and frightened. The tree pod creatures in particular are horrifyingly marvelous, unlike anything I’ve ever read. The “red” terraforming is taken to an entirely new level with massive weather events witnessed from low earth orbit through a unique viewpoint. The alien lifeforms’ resilience is tested in colder weather, lifting the fog of hopelessness just enough to shine a light on the hope that humanity might have a chance of escaping extinction. I noticed a significant shift in the author’s writing since Extinction Point. One of the most common complaints revolved around the exhaustive descriptions. Jones has trended away from this, and I didn’t detect any superfluous or extraneous exposition. The action was realistic, given the character’s capabilities. I think that Mr. Jones took this criticism to heart and made an excellent adjustment to the style he has adopted for the series. Exodus similarly benefited from an improved flow. For such a “lonely” and linearly progressing story, involving a minimal number of characters, the pace at which the characters move along on their journey toward their destination in Alaska is believable and well timed. The mechanics of Emily’s travel work superbly in this novel. I eagerly await the launch of the third and final book in the series, my only complaint being that I would like to read it now. The series is a hauntingly compelling vision of an extinction level event. Paul has seamlessly combined horror, science fiction and post-apocalypse in an epic series.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Cheryl

    Emily Baxter is a reporter or she used to be until the alien invasion turned the skies blood red. Emily knows she is not the only survivor. She has been communicating with another survivor named Jacob in Alaska. It seems that the aliens can not survive the frigid, cold temperatures. She is trying to make her way to him. Along the way Emily along with her dog, Thor find a family. Emily and the family must trek their way across dangerous territories all the while trying to survive the aliens. Exti Emily Baxter is a reporter or she used to be until the alien invasion turned the skies blood red. Emily knows she is not the only survivor. She has been communicating with another survivor named Jacob in Alaska. It seems that the aliens can not survive the frigid, cold temperatures. She is trying to make her way to him. Along the way Emily along with her dog, Thor find a family. Emily and the family must trek their way across dangerous territories all the while trying to survive the aliens. Extinction Point: Exodus is the second Extinction Point book. The first titled Extinction Point. I was not aware when I first picked up this book that this was book two. Luckily this book can be read as a stand alone novel. This series needs to be made into either a movie on the big screen or a television series. It is that good. I have not read many alien themed books however I am a fan of the sci-fi and horror genre. This book was an instant love. The world that Mr. Jones built along with the characters and the aliens is what made this book for me. I can tell you that I would never want to meet any of these aliens or at least not alone. Emily is one tough cookie. She kept a level head throughout the whole ordeal. The ending left me with more questions. Like what is going to happen next, will anyone be able to stop the alien invasion, and what about the crew of the International space station?

  17. 4 out of 5

    Mark Gardner

    After reading Extinction Point, I read a few other stories, and returned to the series by Paul Anthony Jones. I mentioned I’m a fan of post-apocalypse, and alien invasion. Specifically alien invasion, because everyone who writes it approaches the aliens a bit differently. While the first book had a strong horror feel to it, Exodus dialed it back. I got more of a feeling of the first season of the Walking Dead TV show, but without zombies. The lovable misfit I liked in Extinction Point continued t After reading Extinction Point, I read a few other stories, and returned to the series by Paul Anthony Jones. I mentioned I’m a fan of post-apocalypse, and alien invasion. Specifically alien invasion, because everyone who writes it approaches the aliens a bit differently. While the first book had a strong horror feel to it, Exodus dialed it back. I got more of a feeling of the first season of the Walking Dead TV show, but without zombies. The lovable misfit I liked in Extinction Point continued to bumble through the second book. This is not necessarily a bad thing, but there is a learning curve, and she’s just not learning. I had to work a little to suspend my disbelief a few times, and I was able to predict the ending in advance, but still a solid read. I rated the first book four stars, but Exodus dropped a bit down to 3.5, mostly because I had to suspend my disbelief, and the protagonist frustrated me at times. I’m going to read book three soon, and look forward to seeing how the story unfolds.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Michael

    If you haven't read the first book in the series, Extinction Point, you need to as this isn't a standalone novel. Even if you have read the first book in the series, I'm not sure it will make much sense to you, either, as it didn't to me. In contrast to the first book, which I had a hard time putting down, this second installment really goes off the deep end and is just...weird. Aliens you don't really understand and a never-ending trek to Alaska just make this rather short book go on forever: I If you haven't read the first book in the series, Extinction Point, you need to as this isn't a standalone novel. Even if you have read the first book in the series, I'm not sure it will make much sense to you, either, as it didn't to me. In contrast to the first book, which I had a hard time putting down, this second installment really goes off the deep end and is just...weird. Aliens you don't really understand and a never-ending trek to Alaska just make this rather short book go on forever: I kept calling bull on several situations in the story and I'm wondering why I finished it instead of just putting it down. However, I kept saying "it has to get better" but it didn't for me. As someone who really enjoyed book one of the series this was a complete letdown. If you read and enjoyed book one, I would recommend you give this one a pass and have your fond memories of book one remain in place.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Heather

    Can I call this Escape from New York...? Emily leaves the Big Apple and is heading towards Alaska but before she can do that she has to deal with the strange new landscape that has suffocated everything. No spoilers but along the way she encounters fellow survivors and acquires a dog - this always worries me, I mean will the dog survive??? She sees a lot of freaky stuff and she takes a crash course (literally) in learning to drive. This second book felt a lot darker to me, she sees up close what Can I call this Escape from New York...? Emily leaves the Big Apple and is heading towards Alaska but before she can do that she has to deal with the strange new landscape that has suffocated everything. No spoilers but along the way she encounters fellow survivors and acquires a dog - this always worries me, I mean will the dog survive??? She sees a lot of freaky stuff and she takes a crash course (literally) in learning to drive. This second book felt a lot darker to me, she sees up close what these aliens are capable of and as she makes her escape, the closer she gets to Alaska, well the more freaked I got. There is a real sense of urgency that jumps off of the pages, will she survive?

  20. 5 out of 5

    Esmeralda

    So, why did I waste my credit on this..? Wait....I didn't !! I got both "Extinction Point" and this one with a $10 coupon from Audible. Still, what a waste! I must be masochistic or like Emily, kind of stupid...... I skipped at least a third of the book (all those painful descriptions of...whatever ). I must add that the narration was kind of mediocre at best. So, why did I waste my credit on this..? Wait....I didn't !! I got both "Extinction Point" and this one with a $10 coupon from Audible. Still, what a waste! I must be masochistic or like Emily, kind of stupid...... I skipped at least a third of the book (all those painful descriptions of...whatever ). I must add that the narration was kind of mediocre at best.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Sabrina Walker

    Great read! I like the first two books of this series so far. It's a fresh take on a worldwide apocalypse. I love the idea of aliens terraforming Earth. Humans want to terraform Mars, so why shouldn't an alien race set their sights on Earth? Great read! I like the first two books of this series so far. It's a fresh take on a worldwide apocalypse. I love the idea of aliens terraforming Earth. Humans want to terraform Mars, so why shouldn't an alien race set their sights on Earth?

  22. 4 out of 5

    MeganTheNinja

    Great continuation to an already amazing series! Highly recommend!!

  23. 4 out of 5

    Monique

    I received a copy of this book through NetGalley

  24. 5 out of 5

    Chris

    Still really enjoyed this continuation of the series. Introduced a few new survivors (view spoiler)[ some of which don't last all that long, including, surprisingly, the death of a child. (hide spoiler)] when Jacob never let anyone else of his team on the radio, it was pretty obvious that he was alone. No surprise there, though the wheelchair part was a bit of a surprise. The creatures are still creepy, especially the puppetmaster thing. The scenery is done well. The characters are making a goo Still really enjoyed this continuation of the series. Introduced a few new survivors (view spoiler)[ some of which don't last all that long, including, surprisingly, the death of a child. (hide spoiler)] when Jacob never let anyone else of his team on the radio, it was pretty obvious that he was alone. No surprise there, though the wheelchair part was a bit of a surprise. The creatures are still creepy, especially the puppetmaster thing. The scenery is done well. The characters are making a good relationship in this end of the world journey. It's just generally good all around. I look forward to book 3.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Will Pollard

    Still Awesome The quality of the series hasn't diminished with book two, with plenty of action and some consistently solid character writing; although I'm not sure I'd be able to learn to drive vehicles quite so quickly. Emily traverses a vast geographic area in this book, but it's handled in a way that lets you believe it and there is always a reason for her to keep pushing on, beyond the fact that she has a set destination. It's a pretty ruthless book that does whatever it needs to do to keep th Still Awesome The quality of the series hasn't diminished with book two, with plenty of action and some consistently solid character writing; although I'm not sure I'd be able to learn to drive vehicles quite so quickly. Emily traverses a vast geographic area in this book, but it's handled in a way that lets you believe it and there is always a reason for her to keep pushing on, beyond the fact that she has a set destination. It's a pretty ruthless book that does whatever it needs to do to keep the plot moving along and I like a book that isn't afraid to not pull its punches. The series is going from strength to strength and again I would highly recommend it.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Amanda Senior

    Another fantastic episode of Emily's survival Emily is a great character who has great depth and just gets the jobs done. This next book didn't disappoint, in fact I downloaded it immediately after reading the first book (even bought kindle unlimited for the first time to get the whole series) . This book has many ups and downs and Emily's has some hard decisions to make. The alien population ever changing in its destruction of the world. More weird and wonderful creatures which m ist come the m Another fantastic episode of Emily's survival Emily is a great character who has great depth and just gets the jobs done. This next book didn't disappoint, in fact I downloaded it immediately after reading the first book (even bought kindle unlimited for the first time to get the whole series) . This book has many ups and downs and Emily's has some hard decisions to make. The alien population ever changing in its destruction of the world. More weird and wonderful creatures which m ist come the most vivid of imaginative minds! Anyway, you'll not be let down. I'm now moving on to the next straight away as I need to get my fix!.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Daniela

    I enjoyed this book quite a lot as well. It's entertaining and addictive, I couldn't put it down. It does get scarier as we move forward with the story, and I appreciate that. I still can't get past some of Emily's silly choices (not charging the solar-satellite-phone? Not taking that bag with her at all times? Stopping for a full night when she knows the storm is closing in?) but again, I think these choices add to the not-so-perfect-main-character persona we've seen throughout the series. I'll g I enjoyed this book quite a lot as well. It's entertaining and addictive, I couldn't put it down. It does get scarier as we move forward with the story, and I appreciate that. I still can't get past some of Emily's silly choices (not charging the solar-satellite-phone? Not taking that bag with her at all times? Stopping for a full night when she knows the storm is closing in?) but again, I think these choices add to the not-so-perfect-main-character persona we've seen throughout the series. I'll get to the next one right away.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Stacy

    Two great things happened in this part of the series: 1. She learned to drive. Thank God, because that bike riding was going to be a deal breaker for me. 2. I discovered the author is willing to sacrifice good characters in the name of a good story. So often, authors are nice to their creations when ending their fictional lives makes it much more compelling. I wasn't sure after part 1, but I'm definitely continuing after part 2. Two great things happened in this part of the series: 1. She learned to drive. Thank God, because that bike riding was going to be a deal breaker for me. 2. I discovered the author is willing to sacrifice good characters in the name of a good story. So often, authors are nice to their creations when ending their fictional lives makes it much more compelling. I wasn't sure after part 1, but I'm definitely continuing after part 2.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Christine Bishop

    WOW!! Paul Antony Jones has wrote an amazing alien invasion story. Emily has left New York on bike heading to Jacob in Alaska when she comes across a family of survivors. The creatures Emily encounters are truly some of the creepiest things I can imagine. I experienced a flood of different emotions while reading this book and if you enjoy science fiction, aliens, or apocalyptic adventures then I definitely recommend reading Extinction Point and Exodus.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Lisa Dunn

    Pretty good end of the world novel I enjoyed most of this novel. Like the first one in this series, the author spends too much time in his main character's head recording unnecessary thoughts. And she is unrealistically stupid about some things. There were lots of times I wanted to slap her. But the plot is intriguing enough that I grit my teeth and keep reading. And I'm going on to number 3 in the series. Pretty good end of the world novel I enjoyed most of this novel. Like the first one in this series, the author spends too much time in his main character's head recording unnecessary thoughts. And she is unrealistically stupid about some things. There were lots of times I wanted to slap her. But the plot is intriguing enough that I grit my teeth and keep reading. And I'm going on to number 3 in the series.

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