G. Michael Hopf's second book in his, The New World series, is an amazing and heart-wrenching continuation of The End. By skipping the usual suspects found in post-apocalyptic novels, Hopf is able to focus on the real world possibilities that many would face in a dystopian scenario. In this series, the enemies are not brain eating zombies, but other human beings.
After being forced out of their gated community, due to outside and inside threats, the small band of men, women and children proceed on the aptly named long road in search of sanctuary. However, nothing about this journey is proving to be easy or without confrontation. Many are lost on the long road and the biggest loss of all will make the reader reach for a box of tissues. This loss ultimately dictates the future for many characters and causes many riffs within the small group of survivors.
The Long Road is a heart breaking story for many reasons. The main being that each event and obstacle this small band of survivors encounters is very much a real possibility in a world that is no longer governed by laws or morals.
This is an excellent book that will keep the reader enthralled until the very end. You will find yourself searching for justice in a world that no longer seems to understand the meaning of the word, and you will realize that revenge may be the only justice left in this desolate world.