The focus of my blog is to review book series and not individual novels. But writers are going to continue writing novels within a series even after I have done my review, so I plan on reviewing the individual novels as they come into circulation. Annelie Wendeberg has recently added book #4, Vow, to the 1/2986 series.
If you like really tough female characters then you will love Mickaela (Micka) Capra as she is a survivalist and a warrior. Throughout this series, Micka has had to endure being raped, tortured, forced into marriage, had her newborn child murdered, and in this latest addition to the series, resort to cannibalism to avoid starving to death.
The series is entitled 1/2986, which is a ratio that references the number of people that have survived after the effects of climate change, disease, and war have taken its toll on humanity. The human population is divided into three factions; the Sequencers who are a group of scientist, engineers, and historians that are trying to save what is left of humanity, The Brother and Sisters of the Apocalypse (BSA) who believe they are chosen by God to bring on the apocalypse foretold in the Bible, and the rest are isolated tribes that do what they need to do in order to survive. Micka was a member of a tribal group before she was recruited to work with the Sequencers only to eventually be captured by the BSA. During her tenure at the BSA, she finds out that she is actually the daughter of a prominent figure in the BSA, Eric Vandemeer. Vandemeer had formally been a Sequencer but converted to the BSA and has knowledge on how to bring down the Sequencers. Micka manages a dramatic escape from the BSA and ultimately brings down what is left of the world’s satellite system which Vandemeer had planned to use to destroy the Sequencers and ultimately mankind. Vow begins shortly after this took place and Micka is trapped in a barren frigid wasteland with the love of her life, Katvar, and the only means of escape is a damaged airplane that must be repaired before her and Katvar succumb to the elements. Destroying the satellite system makes her a wanted person by both the Sequencers and the BSA and avoiding them will be difficult if not impossible, but Micka is not about to give up.
This is an excellent but brutal series and not for the faint at heart and Vow doesn’t disappoint. Technically this could be read as a standalone but I strongly suggest reading the whole series.
To learn more about the series check out the 1/2986 series.