Salt by Colin Barnes

First published: May 15th, 2014
This Version Published: October 13th, 2015
2015 Popsugar RC Category: Book Set in the Future
My Star Rating: star_png1597star_png1597star_png1597star_png1597star_png1578

BLUF: Good way for those who prefer murder mysteries, but want to branch out into the post-apocalyptic genre. (Enjoy!)

**I was provided a copy of this book from in exchange for an honest review**

Plot: Salt is set three years after our world has flooded due to solar flares and earthquakes. Our survivors are aboard a flotilla, which is (essentially) many ships secured together. Among the battles to keep the various clans civil and cooperative, the flotilla’s residents must also be weary of a fatal sickness. Not everything goes as well as the flotilla’s captain hopes, and when murders begin occurring on the ship he puts Eva, a former police detective, on the case. As she tries to find the killer, the tension between clans rises to an all-time high.

Overall: I really enjoyed this book, but I’m not sure I can do it justice in this review. All I can say is that it hooked me quick and I’m still thinking about how the characters are doing even though I finished the book. (I would definitely read the sequel!)

“Genre”:This book was part conspiracy, part murder mystery, and part survival. I’m a big fan of murder mystery, but new to the post-apocalyptic concept. I was afraid of disliking this book for the sci-fi factor, but I found that the day-to-day happenings in a post-apocalyptic world were well mixed with the murder mystery. The story is smooth and will keep you entertained.

Characters: I was impressed with the character development and how human they were (for lack of better words). Some books seem to make the narrators omnipresent when it doesn’t make sense or for them to be over-aware of themselves and their surroundings. I didn’t find that here. The characters were intriguing, and as much of a mystery as they would be in real life.


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