After the aliens arrived Jennie's mother refused to let her go back to college. But only hours after having the conversation the aliens attack, biting Jennie's mother. With her parents rushing ahead to the hospital, Jennie prepares her little brother Mickey to follow. Once there they discover that the attack was far more wide spread than first thought. Meanwhile brothers Brad and Hugh don't see eye to eye, when the attacks break out Hugh is at home watching it all unfold and unable to help, whereas Brad is with Hugh's ex-girlfriend in Starbucks. With everyone wanting to be safe, Jennie and her brother head out towards their local church, and the Crawfords, finding that both Brad and Hugh already there. With the group from the church having made their way to a fortified army base they hope that things will look up, though it seems that it may not be as easy as they thought!
I'll start by addressing something that I thought I wouldn't enjoy about this book, and that was the element of Christianity. To put this into context, I don't have anything against Religion, and in fact I am a practicing Protestant as Jennie is, my concern was that I didn't wish to be preached to. However I am very glad to report that at no point did I ever feel that Sanctuary was preaching to me. There were elements of faith in the plot, though the way that they were interwoven were clever and made it clear that it was a part of the story.
I must admit that Sanctuary touched me on a much more emotional level than most apocalyptic books, and that is mainly because of Jennie's struggle to keep her little brother safe. At 19, Jennie is just 2 years younger than me, and my own little brother is the same age as hers, 5. And so as you can imagine, the two siblings setting out on their own and trying to keep each other safe really hit a cord with me.
I found that this book was rather different in the way that it had three different viewpoints throughout, you had the scientist, the faithful and the womaniser (Hugh, Jennie and Brad respectively) and they each have their own clear agenda. There is also a range of ages in the narrators, giving different perspectives.
I really enjoyed Sanctuary, I thought that it was fast paced, emotional and well written.
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In a heart-racing thriller described as Falling Skies meets The Walking Dead, Jennie struggles to find a safe place for what’s left of her family. But it seems as though there is no place sacred, no place secure. First the aliens attacked the sun, making it dimmer, weaker, and half what it used to be. Then they attacked the water supply, killing one-third of Earth’s population with a bitter contaminate. And when they unleash a new terror on humankind, the victims will wish for death, but will not find it…When the world shatters to pieces around her, will Jennie find the strength she needs to keep going?
In simple language, Pauline Creeden creates worlds that are both familiar and strange, often pulling the veil between dimensions. She becomes the main character in each of her stories, and because she has ADD, she will get bored if she pretends to be one person for too long.
Pauline is a horse trainer from Virginia, but writing is her therapy.
Armored Hearts, her joint effort with author Melissa Turner Lee, has been a #1 Bestseller in Christian Fantasy and been awarded the Crowned Heart for Excellence by InDtale Magazine. Her debut novel, Sanctuary is scheduled for release September 30, 2013, and has already been nominated for two awards in YA Science Fiction.
One of Pauline's short stories has won the CCW Short Story contest. Other short stories have been published in Fear & Trembling Magazine, Obsidian River and Avenir Eclectia. An urban fantasy short will appear in The Book of Sylvari: An Anthology of Elves from Port Yonder Press, and a vampire short will appear in Monsters! from Diminished Media Group.