This week I branched out and read Extinction Point by Paul Antony Jones, just released this year.
Reporter Emily Baxter has a great job, an apartment in Manhattan, and a boyfriend she loves. All that changes the day the red rain falls from a cloudless sky. Just hours after the first reports from Europe, humanity is on the brink of extinction, wiped from the face of the earth in a few bloody moments, leaving Emily alone in an empty city. As she struggles to grasp the magnitude of her situation, Emily becomes the final witness to the end of our world… and the birth of a terrifying new one.
The world she knew and loved is dead and gone. Now Emily must try to find a way out of New York as the truth behind the red rain is revealed: the earth no longer belongs to humanity.
Well, this is definitely branching out. Aliens taking over the world? One lone survivor in all of NYC?! Opposite spectrum from cooking and murder mysteries! At first I was reading this book on principle - I don't start a book and not finish. I felt like it took awhile to get going and that there was too much story building and that the majority of the book was her gathering supplies and avoiding aliens. I kinda thought all of a sudden she was going to die and the book was going to end because I was getting closer and closer to finishing and she was still in the city! She didn't die (yet), and there is a second book and you can bet I'll be reading it because I'm 100% hooked now. Emily found an Alaskan Malamute named Thor along the way and I have to know if he makes it! Puppy!! Emily too ;-)
Also, I tweeted the author about my thoughts and he responded, which I thought was really cool!!