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FREE E-PUB ê Koors í Nico Storm And His Father Willem Drive A Truck Filled With Essential Supplies Through A Desolate Land They Are Among The Few In South Africa And The World, As Far As They Know To Have Survived A Devastating Virus Which Has Swept Through The Country Their World Turned Upside Down, Nico Realizes That His Superb Marksmanship And Cool Head Mean He Is Destined To Be His Father S Protector, Even Though He Is Still Only A BoyBut Willem Storm, Though Not A Fighter, Is Both A Thinker And A Leader, A Wise And Compassionate Man With A Vision For A New Community That Survivors Will Rebuild From The Ruins And So Amanzi Is Founded, Drawing Storm S Homeless And Tempest Tost Starting With Melinda Swanevelder, Whom They Rescued From Brutal Thugs Hennie Flaai, With His Vital Cessna Plane Beryl Fortuin, With Her Ragtag Group Of Orphans And Domingo, The Man With The Tattooed Hand, Whom Nico Knows Immediately Is Someone You Want On Your Side And Then There Is Sofia Bergman, The Most Beautiful Girl That Nico Has Ever Seen, Who Changes EverythingSo The Community Grows And With Each Step Forward, As Resources Increase, So Do The Challenges They Must Face Not Just From The Attacks Of Biker Brigands, But Also From Within As Nico Undergoes An Extraordinary Rite Of Passage In This New World, He Experiences Hardship And Heartbreak And Has His Loyalty Tested To Its Limits Looking Back Later In Life, He Recounts The Events That Led To The Greatest Rupture Of All The Hunt For The Murderer Of The Person He Loves MostAn Exhilarating New Standalone From The Author Of The Internationally Bestselling Benny Griessel Thriller Series, Fever Is A Gripping Epic Like Nothing Else Meyer Has Written Before Check outreviews Perspective of a WriterThe Storms have been left adrift after most of the world dies from the Fever As they travel through South Africa Willem cultivates a vision for a new community, one where his son Nico can live like a human being and not a savage As survivors flood into Amanzi they must survive challenges from marauders but also from within When I saw how many pages this was I wondered if I was crazy At 544 pages it tops out as pretty hefty, BUT THIS WAS SO GOOD If you look at my ratings the only downer was the cover and the title I didn t hate the title but it is totally humble in the face of how GREAT this book is Also the cover isn t bad at all but again it doesn t really say much except that it is a dystopian book PREPARE TO HAVE YOUR MIND BLOWN IF YOU READ THIS note read my warning at the end of my review THE POV Nico made the best, most perfect POV character for this story I don t think it would have worked nearly as well if there were multiple POVs or if it was from an adult s perspective One of the few kinds of adult books that I enjoy are ones with young adult protagonists The world is dark and conflicted but we still get to see things through aupbeat and hopeful tone Nico really provided this POV At it s heart this was a coming of age story to rival coming of age stories I really enjoyed it and if you are a post apocalyptic fan like I am then you ll enjoy this book too even if you normally only read YA fiction NICO S RELATIONSHIPS There is this extremely developed relationship with his father that I SO identified with Willem is a polymath He knows a little about everything and seeks out learning and knowledge from experts He is a total pacifist in a time when pacifism will get you killed literally Then there is Domingo the man with a tattoo on his hand and SOOOO much swagger in his step He believes in a benevolent dictatorship but is willing to stay out of it if he s allowed to AGGRESSIVELY protect the community These two father figures create this tension and conflict in Nico as he maneuvers from a 13 year old boy to a 17 year old young man Do we fight or do we hide What do we do when there are too many people to protect How much is TOO much fight in such a lawless time THE CHARACTERS Then there is Betyl and Sofia, no two woman could be theopposite of each other but they play a HUGE role in Nico s world And OMG Okkie Can I have him for my LITTLE BROTHER These were the major ones but there are so manyHennie, Pastor Nkosi, Nero and Birdy The thing that blew me away about the characters was that they felt like people who LIVED for themselves and not the main character We got a glimpse into their lives like one does with the people we live with but there was MORE than just what we needed to know for Nico s POV to be fleshed out THE WORLD The world building is the best type of world building it arises naturally from the things that Nico interacts with developed with the right balance of SHOWING and TELLING I LOVED it and because of the developed plot we got a FULL sense of the world after the Fever In a YA book you get this sense that book worlds aren t how the REAL world are this book is the exact opposite you get this sense that THIS IS HOW IT WOULD BE if a fever swept through the world Yet it s not so dark and grim that I want to kill myself reading it I liked that by the end we understand the odd happenings with the west coast survivors We understand the pastor and his motivations Willem and his choices as a parent are enlightened to us And all shown in the most NATURAL way The setting of South Africa was used in a SMART way that doesn t surprise me with how well developed and written this book is I felt like it wasn t a gimmick but it was where they lived, where the fever happened to them but it also played a part in the plot WOW The DEVELOPMENT The Amanzi History Project was one of the smartest developments by the author We get these rich stories from the POV of individual characters that DO NOT interrupt Nico s POV but which enrich the world and give us tidbits we need for the overall story The WRITING really shone through here ANY of these characters could have been the POV character and it would have been a rich and individual story I felt like EACH ONE OF THEM were real people sharing their experiences The ability to use detail to make each character stand on their own really blew my mind It was incredible, particularly later when you are starved for what is happening out side Amanzi Another incredible WRITING and STORYTELLING technique was how he used a memoir format to the story The development of various parts of the story kept it moving but wasn t a gimmick He moved forward and back through time in a way where you weren t told too much but became incredibly earnest to knowTo understand how Nico KNOWS so well why he regrets why he feels There were a couple of slow moments in the beginning as you wanted to get on with forming Amanzi and seeing where that took Nico Otherwise in this HUGE tome of a book I wasn t bored AT ALL The second half of the book is particularly raring to go a mile a minute With tension and problems arising At one point on the book we go back and forth between two POVs through the history project and it is SPOT ON for that moment WOW One warning I ll give you is that this is a slice of life story rather than an action and adventure tale The plot is well developed and when an experience is shared IT IS COMPELLING I can list every single event in the book off the top of my head YES THEY WERE THAT GOOD But there were many pages devoted to the passage of time to the development of the community to the influx of different groups of survivors To the coming of age changes and development in Nico It felt like a memoir and it read like a life.For a standalone dystopia to be so well written I HIGHLY suggest EVERYONE read this book It has all the makings of a CLASSIC Premise World Building Development Storycraft Writing Narrative Plot Pacing Relationships Cover Title FeelingsBOTTOM LINE A dystopian standalone that should go down as a classic Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for providing me with an ARC in exchange for an honest review.You can find this review and many others on my book blog Perspective of a Writer See my special perspective at the bottom of my reviews under the typewriter A quick spreading virus The Fever proved exceptionally lethal Leaving millionsmake that billions dead around the world.There are numerous post apocalyptic books on the market, but what makes this one distinctly different is the perspective from which it s told, through the eyes of a 13 year old boy, Nico He and his father Willem find themselves wondering through the barren land in South Africa, faced with the epic struggle of putting down roots and re establishing civilization No pressure One fateful day the boy discovers his father Willem is no longer his protector, their roles have flipped, and now it s up to young Nico to protect his father A coming of age story in a post apocalyptic world.There is an endless struggle for control and power in their new village The back and forth demand for protection vs retaliation Those that want to live and flourish in peace, and those looking to steal and exploit at will Sadly, the timeless destiny of mankind, right It s a very long, slow and deliberate read Taking you through the first four years following the fever It is written mostly from Nico s POV, but interspersed with recordings from the town s History Project. My only negative was that the ending seemed to wrap up a little too quickly for me after investing that much time in this book 4 Thank you to NetGalley, Grove Atlantic and Deon Meyer for an ARC in exchange for an honest review. We are animals.domesticated, social animals, thin veneer of civilisation Gentle creatures if the world is fine, if the social conditions are undisturbed and normal But if you disturb the conditions, then that veneer wears off Then we go feral, we turn into predators, killers, we hunt in packs Then we become just like the dogs What an incredibly thrilling though frightening story A new and highly contagious virus sweeps across the world, killing off 95% of humans Nico and his father are among the survivors, travelling in an abandoned truck to find a place they can try to rebuild their lives Eventually they find other survivors and begin a new community Nico tells the story much later in his life and the book is mainly his POV Tells of the early days of the community, trying to rebuild civilisation after it has collapsed Explores how people react when their world has been turned upside down Interspersed throughout are interviews with some of the other survivors I think for the most part those could have been left out and only made the novel drag at times This is one reason why I m rating this 4 stars instead of 5 Fever is introspective but also full of action Deon Meyer is a gifted storyteller and reeled me in with the very first paragraph It s a difficult book to put down, with excellent writing and descriptions It s philosophical at times too, which I loved I m not sure how I feel about the ending it almost feels like the author only decided at the end HOW he was going to end it, and then went back and inserted some details to make it look like that s the direction he was going in all along It s not a bad ending, it just didn t flow with the rest of the book This is the other reason I m rating this 4 and not 5 stars Still though, Fever is an incredibly good novel and I highly recommend it to fans of pandemics and post apocalyptic scenarios. On the cover of the book it says Reminiscent of the Stand and The Passage Great stuff Stephen King There may be some parallel, but for one there are no supernatural elements in Fever and for another, this book is far better than either of the other two I declare this the best fictional read of the year.The setting is in a world wherethan 90% of the population has succumbed to a deadly disease There is hardly anyone left The wildlife that was so threatened is returning quickly and feral dogs hunt in packs In this world Willem Storm has a vision of creating a free and fair new society for himself and his 16 year old son Nico They encounter Hennie Fly, that distribute flyers from his Cessna Amanzi was founded.The new little society suffers from all sorts of practical issues Food and warmth being the most prominent, particularly in the first year When this is no longer an issue, there is the threat from motor cycle gangs that loot and pillage There is also internal conflicts between the founder Willem Storm and a fanatic pastor The true back bone of the community, that refuse to run for any sort of political post, is Domingo He is responsible for security and Nico s hero.The story is incredibly well told The main voice is that of Nico reminiscing about the early years after Fever However, the voices of all the main characters and many of the minor ones, are told as the Amanzi history project recordings They give a wider perspective and insight Life after society as we know it has crumbled is very different The social veneer has been ripped off and reveals that humans are just animals underneath.This review falls way short of the glorious ride that this book was for me I have never read such a well crafted end of the world story that has so much to say about our lives now The plotting is done with an unsurpassable sleight of hand Despite all the little hints, I did not have any incling of what the ending would bring I still haven t recovered my breath after that punch in my guts.My brother in law sait of this book that I want to forget it so that I can read it again I share the sentiment What a ride What a book You do not want to miss out on this one.