The Almanac

Young Adult - Sci-Fi
225 Pages
Reviewed on 12/14/2019
Buy on Amazon

This author participates in the Readers' Favorite Book Review Exchange Program, which is open to all authors and is completely free. Simply put, you agree to provide an honest review an author's book in exchange for the author doing the same for you. What sites your reviews are posted on (B&N, Amazon, etc.) and whether you send digital (eBook, PDF, Word, etc.) or hard copies of your books to each other for review is up to you. To begin, click the purple email icon to send this author a private email, and be sure to describe your book or include a link to your Readers' Favorite review page or Amazon page.

This author participates in the Readers' Favorite Book Donation Program, which was created to help nonprofit and charitable organizations (schools, libraries, convalescent homes, soldier donation programs, etc.) by providing them with free books and to help authors garner more exposure for their work. This author is willing to donate free copies of their book in exchange for reviews (if circumstances allow) and the knowledge that their book is being read and enjoyed. To begin, click the purple email icon to send this author a private email. Be sure to tell the author who you are, what organization you are with, how many books you need, how they will be used, and the number of reviews, if any, you would be able to provide.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Benjamin Ookami for Readers' Favorite

You might want to put on something warm before you start reading E.L. Stricker's The Almanac. Illya Oslov lives with his "ma" and little sister in a village. He gets his hands on the Almanac, the type of book that causes him to wonder a lot and though he is a bit fearful about the scrutiny that might come from reading it, he still puts in a lot of effort to learn its secrets. Unlike us who live in a world where anything we want is easily attainable, Illya lives where things are different. After his village experiences a day of terrible weather, he makes this book known to his people because he must lead his village into a better future. What troubles him is how difficult it is to do so with only a smidgen of confidence to fuel him. Only seventeen years old, he has big shoes to fill as a leader while he has everyone's attention.

The author is great with setting descriptions that pull you quickly into a world that seems truly mesmerizing and it can quickly be seen how something like the weather, which becomes a life-threatening obstacle, is detailed. It is an interesting future world that has been struck by something stirring called the Calamity, where the knowledge and tools we have are scarce. The author conjures up the aching feeling that comes with starvation very well. I liked the character descriptions which make the characters realistic and I felt they were easily loveable. Where life lessons are concerned, E.L. Stricker teaches the reader valuable ones needed for survival - leadership, patience, and hard work - while the main character grows into his elected role and faces the challenges thereof.