Publication date: 25th February 2014
Publisher: Northern & 71st
Source: Author provided review copy
Iron Mountain continues the story of a teen surviving the breakdown of the United States after a massive terrorist attack. Along with his family, Jim must escape the disintegrating West Coast that is descending further into chaos as people try to escape the nuclear and biological attacks. Rioting, anarchy and destruction spread like wildfire.
The military is attempting to restore order, but they are fighting a losing battle against a combination of attacks, infection and deadly circumstances. Each person is struggling to survive every moment. Ordinary families are now sharing space in refugee camps with other survivors, infected people … even terrorists.
The ocean again provides refuge for Jim, but the new faces he meets might be helpful friends or deadly enemies. Some make the chaos into an excuse to form their own paramilitary groups and execute their own plan to restore order. Old hatreds are now beginning to flourish.
Jim’s search for a safe place in a dangerous world will uncover desperate choices and painful truths. Neighborhoods can become war zones, men can become monsters and kids can become heroes. Jim might survive, but nothing will be the same again.
Thanks to Author Daniel Haight for providing me with a review copy in return for an honest review.
Although I haven't read any previous books in this series, Iron Mountain works well as a stand alone novel. The background is explained along the way and it's easy to find your way into Jim’s dystopian world.
Jim is a likeable character, he is not without faults but the care he shows his younger sister soon makes you forget about them. Jim is written in such a way that makes the reader identify with him, despite his environment being so extremely different. Supporting characters fit in well and give the story bulk, making it come alive.
There are many many dystopian books around, but this is one of the better ones I've come across. I'm looking forward to finding out what happens next.