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Year One : Chronicles of The One - Nora Roberts

Year One

Chronicles of The One


Published: 5th December 2017
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With one drop of blood, the old world is gone for ever. And in its place, something extraordinary begins...

They call it The Doom - a deadly pandemic that starts on a cold New Year's Eve in the Scottish countryside. There's something mysterious about the virus and the way it spreads. As billions fall sick and die, some survivors find themselves invested with strange, unexpected abilities.

Lana, a New York chef, has the power to move things and people with her will. Fred can summon light in the darkness. Jonah, a paramedic, sees snatches of the future in those he touches. Katie gives birth to twins, and suspects that she has brought fresh magic into the world, along with new life.

But The Doom affects people differently. Along with the light, a dark and terrifying magic will also rise. As the remaining authorities round up the immune and the 'Uncannies' for testing, Lana, Katie and others flee New York in search of a safe haven. The old world is over, and Year One has begun.


I could not put it down!


I got given this book for Christmas from my son and thought I had better read it as it was very special and unexpected gift. I could not put it down. After 3 days and my hubby (who would never pick up a book to save his life) nagging me to stop reading and do stuff, I was done and now waiting patiently waiting for the next one. It brought back my love for reading. The story was fantastic and captured you from the start. my kind of book. Loved it!

Sydney, NSW




Year One is the first book in the Chronicles of the One trilogy by popular American author, Nora Roberts. A deadly pandemic is devastating the world: it seems like, but perhaps isn't, an avian influenza, highly contagious and 100% 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 The Doom. The few who do not succumb have immunity, and most are simply intent on surviving, and helping others do the same, but such apocalyptic change inevitably brings out both the best and worst in human nature, and there are those bent on gaining power, on cruelty and destruction, working to their own malicious or misguided agendas. Whatever the virus is, it seems to have favoured the survival of those with certain abilities (soon referred to as The Uncannys) and, inexplicably, enhanced their abilities. Alarmingly, enough of the Uncannys are tending to a darkness that makes them a major concern for the benevolent. As the story progresses, we follow the progress of three groups of people as they flee the city, searching for loved ones or a place to begin again. Arlys, Chuck and Freddie are dedicated to keeping the world, even in its reduced state, informed; Katie, Rachel and Jonah's main concerns are the three babies in their care; Max and Lana are quick to see the bigger picture, but find they have a responsibility greater than they could ever have imagined. They have survived the Doom; will they survive what is to come? Roberts has a real talent for creating characters that the reader is willing to invest in and care about, and it's easy to credit Stephen King's quote on the rear cover "I love Nora Roberts": she effortlessly equals his power in storytelling. The characters and their interactions are at least as important as the plot, which certainly does have elements of predicta



Waiting patiently for book two! Year One was fantastic!


A totally different Nora Roberts book is what you need to expect when picking up this book. So it's definitely not all romance and roses as some people seem to be disappointed about. I absolutely loved Year One although an edge of your seat ride, this dystopian novel has the power to suck you in and just running away from the evil. A virus kills off billions of people and the survivors are left with a fight for their future – and some of the survivors have also acquired new powers so be prepared for witches, elves and faeries. I cannot wait for the 2nd book, but just emailed Nora's website and was told we have to wait a year…….will be a long wait for sure as I just want to keep reading! Loved it…..

Willow Tree


Year One

5.0 3


I am a fan of Nora Roberts and will happily read anything that she writes. In Year One she tackles a dystopian future, where an avian flu pandemic has swept the world. Her description of the spread of this deadly disease seems all too real and she sweeps the reader along as she introduced her main characters and their fight to leave New York before the authorities grab them for their strange abilities. - ReadPlus

A vivid start to a planned trilogy by the prolific, cross-genre bestselling author. You'll be hooked. - Who Weekly

Nora Roberts

Nora Roberts was born in Silver Spring, Maryland, the youngest of five children. After a school career that included some time in Catholic school and the disciplines of nuns, she married young and settled in Keedysville, Maryland.

She worked briefly as a legal secretary. "I could type fast but couldn’t spell, I was the worst legal secretary ever," she says now. After her sons were born she stayed home and tried every craft that came along. A blizzard in February 1979 forced her hand to try another creative outlet. She was snowed in with a three and six year old with no kindergarten respite in sight and a dwindling supply of chocolate.

Born into a family of readers, Nora had never known a time that she wasn’t reading or making up stories. During the now-famous blizzard, she pulled out a pencil and notebook and began to write down one of those stories. It was there that a career was born. Several manuscripts and rejections later, her first book, Irish Thoroughbred, was published by Silhouette in 1981.

Nora met her second husband, Bruce Wilder, when she hired him to build bookshelves. They were married in July 1985. Since that time, they’ve expanded their home, traveled the world and opened a bookstore together.

Through the years, Nora has always been surrounded by men. Not only was she the youngest in her family, but she was also the only girl. She has raised two sons. Having spent her life surrounded by men, Ms. Roberts has a fairly good view of the workings of the male mind, which is a constant delight to her readers. It was, she’s been quoted as saying, a choice between figuring men out or running away screaming.

Nora is a member of several writers groups and has won countless awards from her colleagues and the publishing industry. Recently The New Yorker called her "America’s favorite novelist."

Did you know that Nora Roberts also writes under the name J.D. Robb? Click here to view the full "In Death" series by J.D. Robb

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ISBN: 9780349414942
ISBN-10: 0349414947
Series: Chronicles of The One
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 320
Published: 5th December 2017
Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.6 x 15.4  x 3.2
Weight (kg): 0.54
Edition Number: 1