• Seeking Hope

  • The Emergence Saga, Book 1
  • By: Kim Cresswell
  • Narrated by: Emma Stemen
  • Length: 2 hrs and 16 mins
  • 4.0 out of 5 stars (3 ratings)

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A near extinction-level event. A dead world with new rules, where freedom comes with a price.

Five years after a bioweapon called the XBU Virus is accidentally released from a Canadian government laboratory and eradicates 99.5 percent of the global population, survivors Astra Fallon and her best friend, Jude Waverly, emerge from her family's underground bunker in the rural municipality of Springfield, Manitoba, with nothing more than the will to survive. 

With food dwindling, they set out to find Astra's younger sister, Hope, who had been taken at the beginning of the outbreak to a government compound known as the Closure because of her possible rare immunity to the supervirus. But Astra and Jude quickly discover the compound is no longer a government-secured scientific sanctuary when they come face-to-face with Ayden Webb's end-of-the-world religious cult and Astra is forced to make a sacrifice she never imagined.

©2021 Kim Cresswell (P)2022 Kim Cresswell

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Seeking Hope

Five years after the super bug started Astra and Jude emerge from their underground bunker their parents put them in to wait it out. The next step is to find food and Astra's sister Hope who the government took in the beginning of the pandemic for testing to make a cure for the super bug. But what Astra and Jude find is shocking even to them.

This is another wonderful book by Kim Cresswell where the heroes come from ordinary people doing what they need to do because it is the right thing to do. The action comes fast and furious and the suspense is thick. Emma Stemen narrates the audio for this book and she does a awesome job. I can't wait for more to see what happens next.

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short and interesting

first time I've listened to both author and narrator. the narrator is okay, but there are audio issues, probably a mic problem as the voice sounds like it is down a tunnel at times.

I liked how this story was featured in Canada, not many are :), I also like how the author related it to some of the current events happening now. I am interested to see what happens in the next book.

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Virus outbreak

Interesting enough for such a short novella.
Set in a post apocalyptic world after a virus outbreak.

Years in the future after the world has gotten over COVID 19.

Pretty awful situation, two teens that have lost everyone on the hunt for astras sister hope.

Hea? Not really but the story isn’t over
Romance? Definitely not yet, pending outcome of events
World building? Good enough, for me it’s just not quite long enough to get invested in the world/characters yet

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