Year One


A stunning new novel from the #1 New York Times bestselling author Nora Roberts—Year One is an epic of hope and horror, chaos and magick, and a journey that will unite a desperate group of people to fight the battle of their lives…

It began on New Year’s Eve.

The sickness came on suddenly, and spread quickly. The fear spread even faster. Within weeks, everything people counted on began to fail them. The electrical grid sputtered; law and government collapsed—and more than half of the world’s population was decimated.

Where there had been order, there was now chaos. And as the power of science and technology receded, magick rose up in its place. Some of it is good, like the witchcraft worked by Lana Bingham, practicing in the loft apartment she shares with her lover, Max. Some of it is unimaginably evil, and it can lurk anywhere, around a corner, in fetid tunnels beneath the river—or in the ones you know and love the most.

As word spreads that neither the immune nor the gifted are safe from the authorities who patrol the ravaged streets, and with nothing left to count on but each other, Lana and Max make their way out of a wrecked New York City. At the same time, other travelers are heading west too, into a new frontier. Chuck, a tech genius trying to hack his way through a world gone offline. Arlys, a journalist who has lost her audience but uses pen and paper to record the truth. Fred, her young colleague, possessed of burgeoning abilities and an optimism that seems out of place in this bleak landscape. And Rachel and Jonah, a resourceful doctor and a paramedic who fend off despair with their determination to keep a young mother and three infants in their care alive.

In a world of survivors where every stranger encountered could be either a savage or a savior, none of them knows exactly where they are heading, or why. But a purpose awaits them that will shape their lives and the lives of all those who remain.

The end has come. The beginning comes next.

Year One - Nora Roberts Summary

The term "Year One" in political history usually refers to the institution of radical, revolutionary change. This usage dates from the time of the French Revolution. After the official abolition of the French monarchy on 21 September 1792, the National Convention instituted the new French Revolutionary Calendar. It declared the day after abolition – 22 September, redesignated as 1 Vendémiaire – to be the first day of the Republic and the beginning of Year I. ..

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Year One5 star

Loved it! Highly recommend. 55


The worst book ever1 star

This is hands down the worst book I ever read in my life. The first 15% was good and had promise then it fizzled out. I plan on reading the series anyway to see if there is any storyline improvement 15


Absolutely Loved This Book5 star

I found it on the shelf at my local library and didn’t put it down. Now I can’t wait to read the second book. This is very entertaining and well written story. Give it a chance you won’t be disappointed. 55

Vallerie's Itunes

Waste of money and time1 star

I could not even finish this book. To bad, Nora Roberts has written such wonderful fantasies,this is not one of them. 15


Pablum1 star

First three chapters were hopeful, but then I could predict everything thereafter. The dialogue was middle-schoolish and lacked realism... seriously bored me to tears. 15


So close to a really great book, but......2 star

There are places where the story grabs you and pulls you in. Then with no warning or reason apparent that grip falters, weakens and let’s go. This could have been a great book. A truly worthy sister to The Stand or The Passage yet when it reaches for that platform it simply falls short. Character dev is spotty and lethargic. Scene and feel as well. I loved the story, the premise. The execution however is halfhearted, lazy. A good read but no classic between these covers. 25

J L Services

Simply one of the best new series5 star

I’m a huge sci-fi/fantasy reader, I was caught up on all my series and needed a new beginning. I had know idea what I had in store for myself starting this series. I’m blown away, just speechless when it comes to how amazing this first book is, treat yourself to this book. 55

Harvey T:

An easy, engrossing read....5 star

I read this book over holiday and finished it and bought the next before the end of my time off. One of the things I loved about the book is the joining of the fantasy and post-apocalyptic concepts that felt organic and original, yet familiar to fans of the genres. Also, the book builds suspense in a way that I did not expect, but was exciting and rewarding. I've never read any Nora's work but from her style I can see how she is such a prolific author in the romance genre. She can seamlessly tie together complex feelings, motives, and actions for the reader that makes a great read. One criticism I may have is some of the action can be a little short, but I don't think it is inadequate, nor do I think her style detracts from the readers experience. I felt saved from the thousands of droning words wasted on house history a la GRRM, while not shorted on developing and painting a picture for the characters. I plan on recommend this to my other friends who dig the fantasy/sci fi genre. 55


Entertaining5 star

Great story and characters. Multiple viewpoints going on but well done. 55


Year one5 star

What a wonderful story, never a dull minute. I'm already casting the movie in my mind! 55


Get "The Stand" by Stephen King instead1 star

This book is a poor attempt to rewrite "The Stand" by Stephen King. It had a chance to be a good story...then the writer started throwing in all of this impossible phenomena that made the whole thing ridiculous and unbelievable. 15

Chef Carri

Wow5 star

Wow....just WOW! Well done Nora Roberts. I can't wait for the next one. 55


Birds eye view5 star

Birds eye view of the end of the we know it! The Doom brings the end...The One brings the beginning. Apocalyptic storytelling at its best! Nora Roberts delivers once again. Excellent characters you want to be your new best friends. 55

Red Rosie 66

Year One5 star

Not NR usual book, but great! It’s not easy to step out of your comfort zone to read or to write something that is different than our usual. I was doubtful at first but once I started this story I could not put it down. ThankYou for the journey to a different place. Can’t believe I need to Waite until June to get the next book. Love it. I didn’t want to to end. 55


Something Different but good4 star

Loved the book! Ant wait for the second 45


Already Written by Stephen King1 star

Why did a fine American novelist, who writes so beautifully in different genres, decide to "channel" The Stand? This largely derivative book contemporizes and simplifies King's plot. - from the trek through the tunnel to the use of parallel structuring. I always find something original in Roberts' novels. Not this time. So sad... 15


Fantastic!5 star

Absolutely loved this book. Can’t wait to see what you do with the rest of the series! 55


Wow5 star

Very different from her usual. Dark. But could not put it down. Excellent. Looking forward to the next! 55


Not what I thought1 star

Horrible book, apologies NR, this is not anything I thought I would ever say about one of your books. Book was depressing from the start with most of the worlds population killed off. It was believable enough in that and so very depressing to read overall. Near the end of the book comes a death that made me honestly stop reading and just skimmed the ending. Left a bitter taste in my mouth and was not a pleasant read at all. I’m very disappointed to see that this author, who I have read for most of my life at this point, wrote this. I would not recommend this, and I’ve never had to say that for her. 15

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