Year One (Chronicles of The One, #1) by Nora Roberts

Year One (Chronicles of The One, #1)

It began on New Year's Eve.The sickness came on suddenly, and spread quickly. The fear spread even faster. Within weeks, everything people counted on began to fail them. The electrical grid sputtered; law and government collapsed--and more than half of the world's population was decimated.Where there had been order, there was now chaos. And as the power of science and technology receded, magic rose up in its place. Some of it is good, like the wi...

Details Year One (Chronicles of The One, #1)

TitleYear One (Chronicles of The One, #1)
Release DateDec 5th, 2017
PublisherSt. Martin's Press
GenreFantasy, Paranormal, Fiction, Science Fiction, Dystopia, Romance, Urban Fantasy

Reviews Year One (Chronicles of The One, #1)

  • Emily May
    "The human race is finished, and in its place come the weird and the strange, demons from hell." I was excited when I heard about Year One. Roberts's romances may not be my thing, but I did enjoy the first few books of her Naked in Death series, and I've really been in the mood for a dark, post-apocalyptic dystopia. But, sadly, I think what started as a really great dystopian set-up quickly became a very stock urban fantasy novel.It's honestly qu...
  • Celeste
    You can find this review and more at Novel Notions. You had me scared there for a while, Nora, but you came through. Just in a way that was different from what I was expecting.Have you ever picked up a book by an author you love and when you start reading it you keep having to remind yourself that said author wrote it? That was what I struggled with at the beginning of this book. Yes, the writing style I had come to love was still undoubtedly pre...
  • Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
    I enjoyed it! Mel 🖤🐾🐺
  • Jilly
    Nora Roberts writing Urban Fantasy?It's a good day.I absolutely LOVE her Eve Dallas series. And, she wrote one of my favorite book boyfriends into existence. How could I resist this?I need it as much as I need this:Our story is not that unique, I admit it. It has a little bit of the feel of Stephen King's "The Stand", but in a less gross and creepy way - also about a million times shorter. The world ends by way of virus and the survivors come in ...
  • Jonetta
    A normal set of events on New Years Eve sets off a catastrophe that slowly turns the world on end. Half of the population is gone, governments lose control, law and order are a thing of the past and magick is unleashed...some good and definitely some dark and evil. The story chronicles the paths of Lana Bingham and her partner, Max Fallon; journalist Arlys Reid and her intern Little Fred; and paramedic Jonah Vorhies and doctor Rachel Hopman, alon...
  • Tiffany PSquared
    ★★★.5 stars❝And some like us couldn't handle what turned on inside them. They've gone mad, like she has. Immune to the virus, doomed anyway. That's the reality...❞For me to have been so excited to read this fantasy book by Nora Roberts - one of my most-read authors - it pains me to only give it 3.5 stars. It wasn't bad, but then again, it wasn't that good either.Want to know what this book was? Quick summary: Contagion meets the X-Men m...
  • Phrynne
    Nora Roberts is one of those authors who can write anything she turns her hand to and in this case it is a dystopian fantasy. The world is decimated by a plague which is followed by magical powers appearing in many of the survivors. Of course where there is good magic there has to be bad also and just surviving the Doom does not mean you are going to live for long.Roberts has a knack for developing characters we care for and some of them do make ...
  • Ben Alderson
    I have been mulling over what to rate this. I am not the biggest fan of reviewing books on goodreads but I really want to explain this rating... because I did enjoy this book and will be carrying on the series..The reason this book lost two stars for me..~ Tooooo many characters. ~ Clunky dialogue ~ Strange pacingDespite those reasons I really love the idea of this novel. A dystopian setting... very ' oh no the walking dead is about to become a r...
  • Kirsty ❤️
    I haven't read many Nora Robert books preferring instead the works of her alter-ego JD Robb but as this is more fantasy I decided to give it a go. And I really enjoyed it. It doesn't re-write the apocalypse genre but it is a good read and I did like the magical twist. As with many of this type of book there's a host of characters but Nora juggles them well with lots of individual personalities and is some cases abilities. We have fairies, elves,...
  • Ron Charles
    Don’t bother reaching for a Kleenex. It’s not just a cold. It’s not even the flu.It’s the Doom.If you needed any further proof that the world was ending, here comes Nora Roberts with “Year One,” a work of speculative fiction about a deadly pandemic. Anyone monitoring the mutating strains of pop fiction should have seen this new hybrid emerging from the Queen of Romance. Yes, the ground is already littered with the corpses of earlier a...
  • Brenda
    As the family who had come together for Christmas/New Year celebrations in the cold Scottish countryside, left and headed back to their respective homes, little did they know they were the bearers of a horrible, shocking sickness that would be christened The Doom, and would kill in days. In New York, as people sickened and died, terror and madness spread throughout the community. With the world-wide decimation though, there were some who were imm...
  • Bex (Beckie Bookworm)
    So it's safe to say Year One (Chronicles of The One #1) by Nora Roberts was one I was really looking forward to I was really excited when I got the ARC of this, like jumping up and down excited.That is until I started and realised what a slog this was going to be for me.Not because this was awful, it so wasn't, It was just I couldn't gel and was actually finding reading this a chore.Anyone who knows's me knows I devour books in one sitting and th...
  • Suzanne
    FIVE FANTASTIC STARS!!!Wow! This book was so amazing! It all starts with a virus that wipes out a lot of the world’s people with over two billion people are killed in the Doom. This is a story of survivors trying to not only survive but restart civilization. I really cannot think of other things to say that would not spoil things. Heck, I cannot even put something about one of the main plots because it would completely destroy some of the story...
  • Pauline
    Year One by Nora Roberts is a dystopian novel that has a lot of diversity to keep you entertained. After a virus kills off billions on people the survivors are left with a fight of good against evil. Many of the survivors learn that they now have developed strange powers. In this new post apocalyptic world its survival of the fittest. I'm am looking forward to the second book in this trilogy to find out what happens to the many interesting charac...
  • Roy
    I've never read a Roberts book before as shes never had a book in a genre thats appealed to me. Gave this a read after a promising blurb. A pandemic sweeps across the world, kinda remisncent of other post apocalyptic stories but I felt this became a little too urban fantasy YAish, which by themselves is great, but together it felt disjointed. Too many characters which I felt had no influence on the plot. The concept was great, just didnt pull thr...
  • Kaycee Bowick (Off_The_Press)
    **This is a review of the audio version of  this title, via Audible. This novel already has some 1,300+ reviews on Goodreads (only being released in December of 2017), so I am going to keep my summarizing to a minimum and quickly get to the things I loved about this novel and the one thing that threw me. This novel starts out following multiple story lines and perspectives through a world where a plague dubbed "The Doom" is swiftly wiping out ...
  • Peter Monn
    Ok I’m really really surprised how much I enjoyed this book. So well done. My full review will be up on my booktube channel at
  • Mitticus
    Oh, boy. Where to start? A pandemic devastate the world, because obscure -emphasis in the obscure part- mythical reasons. Following the fate of the McLeod family who seems to ignite the 'Doom' virus, we arrive to N.Y. and other more important characters, like witches . Yeah. We never are offered an explanation of that pre-existence or why there are people with 'sparking' powers before the rapefest start. Wait. Did I not tell you? There are plenty...
  • Stacey is Sassy
    It’s the end of the world as we know it…OK, first up, this is not my normal type of read. I am a romance reader, and Year One was not romantic at all. A virus that makes you hurl your guts up till you die is not my idea of fun and games. Watching people die because evil invaded the world, was hardly a party. Sure, I knew I’d be seeing the end of the world, but come on, it’s Nora Roberts. I kind of hoped that there’d be a little hearts a...
  • Mary Deacon
    Year One is the first book in the Chronicles of the One trilogy by the famous Nora Roberts. A fatal pandemic is destroying the world: it appears an avian influenza, highly contagious and pure deadly, within days, to those not immune. It began on a farm in Scotland, where the McLeod family were engaging in their traditional New Year’s Eve pheasant hunt, but it has quickly spread around the globe, and no vaccine is effective. People soon call it ...
  • Meags
    4.5 StarsThis story managed to be familiar and original all at once. Even though I feel like I’ve read/seen similar versions of this story before, Nora somehow managed to deliver a new spin on many previously explored ideas in the apocalyptic genre, creating a gripping and nerve-wracking reading experience unlike anything she’s ever written before.Honestly, I was impressed. I’ve always been a fan of post-apocalyptic stories, as stressed out...
  • R * A Reader Obsessed *
    3 StarsWith any apocalypse story you’re gonna get devastating lost and horrific goings on, all of which is sure to make or break a person in their desperate attempt to live another day. Roberts here has spread her writing wings by encompassing the classic struggle of good vs evil as she incorporates fantasy and supernatural elements to survival of the fittest, plus a prophecy to boot.My interest is caught, but this being the first book in a pla...
  • Iulia
    What a mess.. This book got me through my reading slump (kind of) but only because I wanted to see what ridiculous thing can the author possibly come up with next. And no, I don't mean the book was unpredictable, because it was just the opposite of that. Everything was just.. a hot mess.
  • Marta Cox
    Well this was totally unexpected and took me back to the heady days when I first discovered the Circle , Dream and Signs of Seven trilogies. Whilst strictly speaking not a romance this book still called to my old romantic heart with characters to love and huge obstacles in the way of a happy ever after. Yes it's a bleak look at the possibility of a pandemic that could almost completely eradicate humanity but the author has given her fans a more m...
  • Whispering Stories
    Book Reviewed by Linda on www.whisperingstories.comI have had the pleasure of reading several books by author Nora Roberts and have thoroughly enjoyed every one of them and Year One is up with there with the best of them!This is a tale of a killer virus which ends up killing 80% of the population of the world and those that are left alive are divided into two groups, GOOD and BAD!The story starts with a few people who manage to escape the virus, ...
  • Jennifer Kyle
    4.5 Stars
  • Corina☞BookTwinsReviews
    If you ever read a book by Nora Roberts - forget everything you think you know about her writing. Year One is the beginning of something new and EXCITING!!!Year One is the first book in a trilogy that is more complex and layered then anything I ever read by Nora Roberts. Instead of a typical trilogy with each book dedicated to a different couple - Year One is the beginning of an EPIC story that seems to span generations.Think HIGH fantasy.The aut...
  • Lisa-Books Smiles
    I love everything about this book! I can't wait for the second book to release in December. (buddy read with Shannon and Heather)