Forgive Us, a Post Apocalyptic Thriller


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A good intro for those wanting to explore adult horror dystopian fiction. Action packed and fun time.

I was pleasantly surprised by "Forgive us". It read very much like a western and was reminiscent of "The Gunslinger" by Stephen king. Strange lands, creatures and ways of life made this a cli-fi that haunts us to wonder what will become of us in the near future. This book went very dark very quickly, keeping me on the edge of my seat. The world is extremely high stakes so be careful who you become attached to. The multiple POV was well done and rotated in a way which made sense. The chapters were short enough that we do not become overwhelmed with information regarding a certain POV. I had much more fun with this than originally anticipated. There were a few scenes which game me chills, making it a good horror reading experience. Love the Doomstorms.

In the beginning chapters, the time jumps were explained redundantly. The date and time stamp at the top of each chapter was enough information by itself. There were moments when the narrator was explaining things to us using 21st century comparisons when the characters should have no knowledge of what these objects are unless they studied them. This would have been better served giving us a description of the object leaving us to determine from our own vernacular what the object is. There was a minor plot twist around 85% which did not sit well with me. One of the POVs felt like it needed to be flushed out more. It suggested multiple events coinciding with the other characters time line but we are left to fill in the gaps. This along with a bit more moments of highlighted descriptive language would have served the story better. If the book was a few pages longer to make up for this, I would have been fine with that.

All in all, I may well recommend this book to those who are interested in dipping their toes into apocalyptic science fiction.

Trigger warnings: Gore, Torture, Body Horror, Vulgar Language.

Rating: 3.5 stars

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About the author

E.T. Gunnarsson is the multi-award-winning author of the Odemark series. His books are available worldwide in eBook, printed, and audiobook formats. A Colorado native, he lives in southern Sweden with his dog, Freya. To find out more, visit or follow @etgunnarsson on Instagram. view profile

Published on December 31, 2020

Published by Bragi Press, LLC

90000 words

Contains graphic explicit content ⚠️

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Genre: Post-Apocalyptic

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