Review: Impetus


3 stars

Read from December 15 to 21, 2014 — I own a copy, read count: 1

Synopsis: When the world first heard about the meteorites, it was already too late.

Ten arduous years later, Mick and his small group of eight had adapted to the new way of things. With no clean running water, power, or forms of communication, the Earth went backward, taking with it almost everything they held dear. Survivors like Mick were forced to do the best they could with what they had. Because in the post-Impact world, alternatives were a luxury that no one could afford.

Now a deadly virus threatens those who were unfortunate enough to survive.

With the clock ticking down on their lives, Mick will navigate the deceitful webs spun by those that oppose his drive for salvation. And along his quest to prevent another catastrophe, Mick will rediscover what it truly means to be human.


Impetus does away with the genre’s tendency to dwell solely on the catastrophe, to instead examine the very-real human experience and condition behind a world-changing disaster.

Bookish Things: 351 pages. The cover is very apt for the story. I like this version of the cover more than the original.

Where to buy: Amazon on kindle for $3.05, paperback for $12.32 or Audio for $17.95

My Review: 

I’m not really sure why this book is called Impetus. By definition, impetus means: the force or energy with which a body moves. This doesn’t really tie in with much of the story.

Mick has motivation to act for his children, Solomon his love for the only family he’s known, King, just insanity. None of them really tie into the title.

The story follows along the same lines as most post-apocalyptic stories. 10 years after Earth was impacted by giant meteors we find that humanity has dropped into the slums of deprivation. Nothing really new there…

The science theme that ran throughout reeked of the seen and done before… The ‘twist’ wasn’t a surprise either, in fact I’d picked it from about half way through.

I would have liked more characterisation around most of the characters. It was sorely lacking when it came to the main characters, but also the backup players too. The scenes that should have been gut-wrenching weren’t because I didn’t give a toss about the characters. And I didn’t give a toss about the characters because they were flimsy 2D cut outs not fully formed, realistic characters.

Some of the description was great, Mick’s walk through the ravaged town and his observations from the hilltop among them.

Ultimately, it reads like a partially formed idea, almost there, but not quite polished.

A few things I noticed:

17% – waste = waist
20% – He would never had (delete had, add have) been president.
23% – To be able (to) hear it one…
97% – People with family’s (families)

**Note: I was provided an electronic copy of the book in return for an honest review**


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