Man, Kind is a frantic and dramatic story following two women on the run from dangerous men. Through a scarred land Juno faces many deadly obstacles and learns more about herself, and the past, than she ever expected. One little girl might be the only hope for mankind, but surviving is harder than it seems.
This is an intense story that likens itself to Cormac McCarthy’s The Road, but I found that this book moves a lot faster than McCarthy’s post-apocalyptic tale. But in this novel C.C. Berke is still able to keep that emotional and contemplative feel even within the quicker pace. Filled with suspenseful events and perilous decisions, I found myself on edge through most of this gripping story.
I appreciated how well developed the characters were, and how they slowly evolved over time. Lexa is just as interesting as Juno, but what I really enjoyed in this story was how their relationship developed. The developing bond between Juno and Lexa is endearing and makes you root for them. I found that by the end, they each had layers and depth to their character that made them feel authentic.
The author has created a thoughtful and intellectually invigorating post-apocalyptic future that provides stimulating commentary on humanity and our choices. The backstory that is slowly revealed is intriguing and has links to contemporary issues, while hinting at the self-sabotaging nature of humans. This is a story with something to say, and knows how to say it, without ever feeling preachy.
Man, Kind is a compelling post-apocalyptic science fiction story that surprised me with the depth of its world and the tenacity and bond of its characters. For anyone who loves thrilling adventures with strong female characters on a headlong and perilous journey. This is an emotionally charged adventure story set in a striking apocalyptic landscape.
Pages: 370 | ASIN: B08Q7F158Q