Year One - Nora Roberts

Year One

By Nora Roberts

  • Release Date: 2017-12-05
  • Genre: Paranormal
Score: 4.5
From 2,156 Ratings



A stunning new novel from the #1 New York Times bestselling author Nora Roberts—Year One is an epic of hope and horror, chaos and magick, and a journey that will unite a desperate group of people to fight the battle of their lives…

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, magick rose up in its place. Some of it is good, like the witchcraft worked by Lana Bingham, practicing in the loft apartment she shares with her lover, Max. Some of it is unimaginably evil, and it can lurk anywhere, around a corner, in fetid tunnels beneath the river—or in the ones you know and love the most.

As word spreads that neither the immune nor the gifted are safe from the authorities who patrol the ravaged streets, and with nothing left to count on but each other, Lana and Max make their way out of a wrecked New York City. At the same time, other travelers are heading west too, into a new frontier. Chuck, a tech genius trying to hack his way through a world gone offline. Arlys, a journalist who has lost her audience but uses pen and paper to record the truth. Fred, her young colleague, possessed of burgeoning abilities and an optimism that seems out of place in this bleak landscape. And Rachel and Jonah, a resourceful doctor and a paramedic who fend off despair with their determination to keep a young mother and three infants in their care alive.

In a world of survivors where every stranger encountered could be either a savage or a savior, none of them knows exactly where they are heading, or why. But a purpose awaits them that will shape their lives and the lives of all those who remain.

The end has come. The beginning comes next.


  • Year One

    By Ann MH
    Loved this very different thriller from Nora Roberts
  • Nora Rising

    By ScorchQueen
    From a young age, I have read many a Nora Roberts book. Despite the multitude that she has out there, the books never seize to capture my attention and plunge me so whole-heartedly into her fantastical web. However, this book, exceeds the mere expectation of a good read. Well-written as usual, it’s different from her other works because it doesn’t follow her usual pattern of happy endings...I believe it will prove to have one with the conclusion of the third book, but with many sacrifices of the characters we’ve grown to love. They feel just as real to me as my next door neighbor. Thank you Nora Roberts, for surpassing your well-known witchcraft and giving us “Year One.” Also, I’m pretty sure Nora Roberts is immortal...she never ages :D
  • Absolutely amazing

    By TaylorKWest
    I only ever read when I’m on vacation because I feel it’s the only time I can dive into a book without my internal alarm telling me I have better things to do. However, I started and finished this book in two days, using whatever free time I had, without guilt. It gave me hope there are books out there that still do that! Loved this adventure and have already bought the second to this series. Can’t wait for the third in November!
  • Skip this book for the second one, Of Blood and Bone.

    By BluesHarpist
    My rating system: 5 stars are reserved for books that totally blow me away. I don’t give too many of these out, since it is almost like giving the book a 100%. It is nearly impossible to write a truly perfect book. 4 stars for books that I would recommend to just about anyone, or, at least, to someone who doesn’t dislike the genre. 3 stars for books that I would only recommend to someone with a strong interest in the particular genre. 2 stars for books that I would be hesitant to recommend to anyone at all, but the book was not a total disaster. 1 star for books that were so terrible or ridiculous for me that I wish I had not wasted time on reading it to begin with.
  • Year One

    By nutsp2190
    Do not waste your time on this offering. Very disappointed in Nora Roberts - not up to her usual excellence
  • Best book

    By Monopoly game not working
    This is the best book I’ve read in years! I can’t wait to finish the trilogy!
  • Book 1

    By RDrachen
    Feels like a twist on Walking Dead. Magic is the twist, but seems to follow the same idea. Curious what changes as the books go on.
  • Year one

    By lynnepapa
    Stopped when she made the policeman( a man) gay . Chapter one .. really????
  • Year One

    By jenMHM10
    Loved it! Highly recommend.
  • The worst book ever

    By kcladyz
    This is hands down the worst book I ever read in my life. The first 15% was good and had promise then it fizzled out. I plan on reading the series anyway to see if there is any storyline improvement