You’d think that after writing a few hundred novels, the great Nora Roberts would have run out of ideas but she still knows how to spin a yarn! Year One is a strange mix of fast-paced adventure, poignant character study and gritty post-apocalyptic melodrama. Following a pandemic that kills billions, those that survive are forced to start anew in a world that looks nothing like the old. There is magic in the air and humanity will never be the same again.
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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.