Kate is excited about a four-day hike through the Wind Cave in South Dakota. She's finally going to tell her mentor, Percy, how she feels about him. But Kate, Percy and the four others on their expedition have a lot more to think about than romance when a nuclear war breaks out above ground. Their four-day hike turns into a 30-day survival story.
The Cave (The Wind Cave Book 1) by Michela Montgomery is a mix of suspense and romance. At first, the hikers don't realize what has happened on the surface. They think the blast they felt was an explosion or an earthquake. But they soon realize that the most likely scenario is a nuclear bomb. Montgomery lets the reader in on what is actually happening outside the cave through brief visits with a terrorist who is involved in the attack. I thought this was an interesting way to give the reader a bit more information than the main characters, without getting into too much detail about the attack.
The storyline kept me going. There's a nice combination of action and introspection among the six characters who are stuck inside the cave. Their reactions seemed genuine, for the most part, as they contemplated what was happening to their families and friends, and what would be left for them when the finally surfaced. They are all college students and seemed to behave as I would expect them to. I enjoyed the suspense a bit more than the romance, and found that the love triangle overwhelmed the more serious aspect of the storyline a bit too much at times.
I'm curious enough to want to read the next book in this series when it comes out. There's a bit of a cliffhanger at the end of this one and I am anxious to see what Montgomery does next with these characters.
My rating: 3.5/5
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