Review - Broken World by Kate L. Mary

Broken World by Kate L. Mary
Narrated by Hillary Huber
Series: Broken World #1
Publisher: Tantor Audio
Publication Date: March 17, 2015
Date Read: June 11, 2019
Length: 8 hours 38 minutes
Source: Author
When a deadly virus sweeps the country, Vivian Thomas sets out for California in hopes of seeing the daughter she gave up for adoption. Then her car breaks down, and she's faced with a choice. Give up or accept a ride from redneck brothers Angus and Axl, but she's prepared to do whatever it takes to reach her daughter.

The virus is spreading, and by the time the group makes it to California, most of the population has been wiped out. When the dead start coming back, Vivian has to figure out how to be a mother under the most frightening circumstances, cope with Angus' aggressive mood swings, and sort out her growing attraction to his brooding younger brother, Axl.

While searching for a safe place to go, they pick up a pompous billionaire who may be the answer to all their problems. Trusting him means going into the middle of the Mojave Desert and possibly risking their lives, but with the streets overrun and nowhere else to turn, it seems he might be their only chance for survival....
My Review

Well, this was fantastic!  I am finding that I like post-apocalyptic stories more and more these days.  I have come across a few recommendations for this series and put it on my wishlist but never got around to it until now.  This was such an entertaining listen.  Once I got started with this book, I didn't want to stop.  I am so glad that I finally gave this one a try.

Vivian is making her way to California.  The world is in shambles due to a recent virus outbreak that threatening the lives of everyone across the country.  She is on a quest to check on the daughter she gave up for adoption.  When her car breaks down, she is helped out by a somewhat suspicious pair of brothers.  And this is only the start of her journey.

One of the things that I loved about this book was the characters.  I really felt like I got to know Vivian and the rest of her group over the course of this story and more importantly, I grew to care about them.  There were a few characters that my opinion of completely changed during the course of the story.  I liked that we saw these characters evolve and learn to trust each other.  The characters all felt so real to me and I almost felt like I was on this journey with them.

I thought that this story was really exciting.  I like it when a book shows how an outbreak starts.  It is so much fun getting a chance to be with the characters while they figure out what is really happening.  There are some pretty intense moments in this book and some other more heartbreaking moments.  I think that the author did a great job of keeping things interesting and setting a nice pace for the story.

Hillary Huber did a great job with the narration.  There is a pretty diverse cast of characters in this book and she did a fantastic job of making them each sound distinctive.  She was able to bring a lot of emotion into the story and brought the excitement level up a notch.  She had a very nice voice that was easy to listen to for hours at a time.

I would highly recommend this book to fans of post-apocalyptic stories.  I thought that this book really gave the series a great start with its wonderful characters and exciting story.  I can't wait to get started on the next book!

I received a review copy of this audiobook from the author.
About the Author

Kate L. Mary is an award-winning author of Adult, New Adult, and Young Adult fiction, ranging from Post-apocalyptic tales of the undead to Speculative Fiction and Contemporary Romance! Her YA book, When We Were Human, was a 2015 Children’s Moonbeam Book Awards Silver Medal winner for Young Adult Fantasy/Sci-Fi Fiction, and a 2016 Readers’ Favorite Gold Medal winner for Young Adult Science Fiction. Her book Outliers was a Top 10 Finalist in the 2018 Author Academy Awards for Sci-Fi/Fantasy Fiction, a Finalist in the 2018 Wishing Shelf Book Awards, and the First Place Winner in the 2018 Kindle Book Awards for Sci-Fi/Fantasy Fiction. Tribe of Daughters was recently named as an Honorable Mention in the 2018 SPR Book Awards.

Author Links: Website | Goodreads | Facebook | Twitter


  1. I rarely read books in this genre as it is so hard to find one that can hold my interest. This does like one I would enjoy. Thanks for the great review.

  2. This sounds like a really good read and I'm glad you enjoyed it. Thanks for sharing your wonderful review with us!

  3. i do hope neither's actually a murderous killer though interesting premise

  4. I jsut had an apocalyptic nightmare last night, maybe I should stay way from these, lol

  5. Well I do love this genre and Hillary Huber so I may need to find this one. And it's a series! I've never heard of it. Excellent review.

    Anne - Books of My Heart

  6. You've definitely been on a post apocalypse kind of mood! This one sounds good even though it's not my usual genre and I'm glad you found a book that just sucked you in. Always such a great feeling!

  7. I must admit that I DNFed this one as I just didn't like the characters especially Vivian!

  8. I seem to go through phrases when I blaze through a lot of post-apocalyptic books and then take a break from them. So I am going to keep this one on my radar for when I am in the post-apocalyptic mood :D It sounds good!


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