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Review of all three novels:In The Unraveling we learn of a virus that sweeps the world in 2068. Family by Fate (book 2) tells of a fateful meeting. The Journey is the culmination of the story and concludes two years after the beginning of book 1.The overall story revolves around Martin Jacob, 22, a recent college grad who is about to start a teaching position at a private school. In July 2068 he wakes one morning, turns on TV and hears the president speaking about a pandemic. Thinking its just another flu epidemic Martin rises to have breakfast with his girlfriend.However, it isnt a normal flu outbreak. It is a worldwide, man-made cancer virus that, once caught, is an automatic death sentence. Within six weeks 90% of the world is dead. The rest of the populace is immune and must carry on as well as they can. Society soons breaks down (especially after the world loses power) and danger is around every corner.Books 2 (which was way too short and, basically, only told of meeting Melinda)and Book 3 follows Martin, the married couple who saved his life from starving dogs, and Melinda as they journey across the country to find a safe haven.What I found particularly interesting was the world Christopher Hunter conceived that was in existence BEFORE the pandemic. It was already an America that we would not find recognizable. Before the action in these novels America had broken down due to an economic collapse. It now consisted of East America, the Confederate States, Midland, Texas, Oregon, and South Florida - all distinct nations. Mexico had reclaimed much of the territory lost to the United States in the 1800s. Each section had its unique culture, strengths, and weaknesses.Martin was from NYC, his new married friends from New Hampshire, and Melinda (a girl from India adopted by a gay American couple) was from Pennsylvania. They end up in Texas after a harrowing trip out of New Jersey and across Midland.The backstory was very well conceived. The characters spoke with authentic voices. The post-virus scenarios were what you would expect and well-executed.The Kindle editions had the usual typos and grammatical errors. The books could have used proper editing.