Book number 19 in my Goodreads Reading Challenge is Robinson Crusoe 2244 by E.J. Robinson.
‘Two centuries after mankind drove itself to the brink of extinction, a new civilization rises from the ashes of what was once Great Britain. But when deadly strife breaks out among their ranks, the teenage son of one prominent family finds himself fleeing in the dead of night only to wind up shipwrecked on the forbidden continent of America. Armed with only his wit and the most unexpected of allies, the teenager struggles to survive in a wasteland filled with unspeakable horrors and in the end must uncover the one secret that can save his own people or spell doom for mankind forever.’ (Thanks Amazon!)
The first in a trilogy, Robinson Crusoe 2244 is a post apocalyptic novel which focuses on Robinson Crusoe and his growth into a man as he finds himself fleeing his home and winding up in the desolate landscape of the forbidden continent of America.
Robinson Crusoe finds himself alone in a dangerous, empty landscape, having unexpectedly been betrayed and forced to flee his home. He follows a trail left by his dead mother which takes him to America, a continent ravaged by a virus many years previously.
‘All his life he had been told the world was full of horrors, but he had never understood that the worst of them was man’ (Robinson Crusoe 2244)
This novel follows Robinson Crusoe as he fights to survive in a place that is constantly trying to kill him. His only saving grace is the traces of his mother, along with meeting and saving Friday, a strong, independent woman who is also fighting her own battles. Together they are able to help each other, and learn from one another as the push for their safety and freedom.
The novel ends ready for the next instalment, Robinson Crusoe 2245, to begin. Whilst I found some sections of the book a little hard going, overall I enjoyed the premise of the novel and it’s leading characters. It was interesting to read a novel based on a story we all know, with a dystopian twist and I look forward to reading the second novel in this trilogy.
Rating: 📖 📖 📖