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Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Preview — Survival Instincts by May Dawney. Civilization ended long before Lynn Tanner was born.
Wild animals roam the streets, but mankind is still the biggest threat to a woman alone in the ruins of a world reclaimed by nature. Lynn survives by sleeping with one eye open at all times and trusting no one but her dog. When she is forced to go on a dangerous journey through the concrete jungle of New York City, Lynn d Civilization ended long before Lynn Tanner was born. When she is forced to go on a dangerous journey through the concrete jungle of New York City, Lynn does all she can to scheme her way to safety.
As their lives become entwined, Lynn finds herself developing feelings for Dani and is forced to find the answer to the question that scares her most: is staying alone really the best way to survive? Fast-paced and full of adventure, Survival Instincts introduces a post-war dystopian world where the only person you can rely on is yourself…unless you fall in love.
Get A Copy. More Details Other Editions 3. Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Survival Instincts , please sign up. Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Rating details. Sort order. I was really excited about this book. It came to a point instead of rushing to read this, I kept putting it off. After some advice, from a friend who had read this already, I finally felt okay with reading it.
I do want to give a warning first, yes this book is vi I was really excited about this book. I do want to give a warning first, yes this book is violent. After war has ravaged the world, predator animals are back on the top of the food chain. Not only are animals a worry, but humans are too in this extremely dangerous new world. I do want to mention there are two main characters Lynn and Dani.
I actually thought it was an interesting choice for a book like this, but it really worked. Lynn is a fantastic main character. She was one of those strong badass female characters I just love. Dani has her flaws and Dawney the author is not always that nice to her, but I loved learning about her as Lynn did. Even not being in her headspace, you still felt like you really understood Dani. There is a romance. For this being an adventure book that keeps you on your toes with danger at every corner, the romance really worked for me.
It progressed at a nice slow pace as these characters slowly learned to depend on each other. I loved the dialogue when the characters would discuss their feelings. The one main sex scene was so well done. There was so much emotion behind it, it actually blew me away a bit. I think it would actually go into my top ten favorite intimate scenes in lesfic. There are a few tiny negatives. There were a few times that I had to suspend disbelief a bit. This take place If I remember correctly years after the war that really ended civilization as we know it.
I think if Dawney would have cut that time in half, everything would have lined up so much better. The book is long, but in a good way. The pace of the book hardly even slowed down enough for me to catch my breath. But it ended and I was left knowing this book would stay with me for a long time. It ended and I knew I was going to write one of my rarer full five star reviews.
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This story, entirely seen through the perspective of one character, Lynn Tanner, is a future post-apocalyptic world. I pause here to insert a paragraph as this reminded me. First is easy enough to mention — I despised all side characters, who were basically one step away from being evil, with the possible exception of Toby — no, strike that, he was way too loud to survive — and was a massive liability.
Though some of the side characters grew on me, mostly Dani Wilson. Some weird and wacky things get remembered, other things get lost. Sure, reasonable for that to either get remembered or forgotten. Was remembered here. Who learned it. Bah, sorry, as I said, some things get remembered that are wacky to remember, and maybe this is just one of those wacky things. Or, more specifically, for a while there I was thinking that Lynn was quite immature for her stated age, and seemed to be acting more on the level of a teenager as did most of the others , until I recalled that she was — in ways, quite immature — and quite mature.
Depending on the thing talked about. I think I messed up noting what I wanted to note. This is way too many words. I move on. Lynn had a mother and father and. Lynn has lived in the wilds most of her life and is now something like While looking for food she hears something in the distance and creeps closer.
And Lynn runs out to get her dog. Did she kill Richard?
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Who tells Lynn to lead them to Richard, the dead guy, or Lynn will die. One thing leads to another, and before you can say boo. Then later off on a journey with one of the settlers, Dani. The quest of Dani and Lynn to retrieve a dead body in the wilds of post-apocalyptic New York. Lynn is wild and, at times, feral. But the settlers, as. I liked the story of Lynn and Dani. Though Dani really comes off quite badly in this story. But, meh, she was still okay-ish. I liked the book and enjoyed it. One last bit: Warning, there are scenes that occur in this book that you do not want to read while eating food.
Rating: 4. View all 7 comments. Apr 28, Jem rated it it was amazing. Survival instincts Violent. These are some of the first adjectives that come to my mind when I started reading Survival Instincts. And pretty much throughout the book. But by the end, I'd add to it pulse-pounding, heart-breaking, and quite simply--effing awesome!
It's a completely immersive and truly visceral experience. But it's not for the squeamish. Life in this dystopian future is more akin to life in prehistoric times--raw, wild and brutal. It's a literal dog-eat-dog world. P Survival instincts Violent. Predators and prey roam the sprawling concrete wilderness formerly known as cities A few hundred years ago Before the bombs fell. Now the rusting car husks and abandoned buildings are just like caves where one can just as easily hide from danger as they can meet their end. The main character Lynn is a "wilder", a futuristic nomad.
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She's chosen to live a life of solitude, relying solely on her wits and well-honed instincts for survival. She chances upon a small settlement one day but is immediately accused of being responsible for the death of their leader, because she has his dog. A foolhardy decision to retrieve his buried body results in the most horrific trip to hell. Lynn choses a single travel companion for the job--someone from the settlement who isn't likely to kill her--and someone she thinks she can dump the first chance she gets. But things don't go exactly as planned The most noteworthy and in my opinion, authentic aspect of the book is how it draws its dystopian world.
Though the time frame seems a bit too long it's a little hard to imagine humanity still hasn't gotten its act together.. I'm one of those. But I always look for a great love story underneath the veneer, or in this case, the dreck. It's absolutely there and it's developed just the way it should be The many scenes of violence, gore and animal kills, none of which are gratuitous, reinforce the book's bleak dystopian reality. Rich character development is another aspect I loved about the book. I thoroughly enjoyed how the MC slowly, subtly and quite reluctantly grew from a self-centered, almost-misanthropic lone wolf to someone who was willing to lay down her life for another And how her natural, life-long instincts for self-preservation struggled mightily with it.
I thought that was such an incredibly honest and incisive characterization. The book is also a very effective thriller. The trip to hell and back is fraught with danger and unknown risks, and death and dismemberment always seem to be just lurking around the corner waiting to pounce on our heroines. The action and thrills are well sprinkled throughout the book, and there is seldom a dull moment.
As a book, this is great. As a debut novel, it is simply amazing. View all 8 comments. Mar 29, Stephanie rated it it was amazing. Wow this is an intense read. And it doesn't let up. It's relatively long in the world of Lesfic, but it doesn't feel like it. The action is just non-stop. I loved the slow way the relationship and trust built up between our two mains.
The emotional need Lynn had for Dani was palpable to this reader. As mentioned in other reviews there are a few times when the time line doesn't seem to jive View all 10 comments. Survival Instincts is set in a post-apocalyptic, dystopian New York City where zoo animals have procreated and become the predators they once were and buildings are slowly being absorbed back into nature. Lynn Tanner, a loner, and her dog are travelling southwards to warmer winters when she comes across a settler group in the middle of a hunt.
Thinking she has Survival Instincts is set in a post-apocalyptic, dystopian New York City where zoo animals have procreated and become the predators they once were and buildings are slowly being absorbed back into nature. Thinking she has stolen Skeever they capture Lynn and want to force her to return to where she found him to prove her innocence. Lynn refuses to go unless Dani Wilson is the only settler to go with her. There is more to it than this but I don't want to put in any spoiler alerts.
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For the most part I enjoyed reading this but there are quite a few areas where my suspension of disbelief was broken, the story lagged or words jarred with the setting. The air seems to be clean, water is available, things grow, there are lots of animals and there are lots of relics intact, like vehicles, furniture and buildings. Why have they not made things to make their lives easier? Lynn is a survivor who has been on her own for a long time and has kept herself alive by her ruthlessness. Their relationship is one that is fraught with distrust and at the same time, a mutually beneficial goal - unless one of them can figure out how to get out of it.
This makes for a wonderful amount of tension between them that in turn heightens the suspense. On the downside, sometimes the language they use is more indicative of people who are in counselling rather than people who have just survived a wolf attack. This is probably one of my idiosyncrasies but the characters are never very clean. The attacks, kills and corpses are so well described with blood, dirt and maggots covering the main characters with regularity but washing of bodies and clothing is rare and seemingly quite superficial.
Just the mere suggestion of intimacy gives me the shudders. I enjoyed the writing and the descriptions are evocative and engage the sense of sight, smell and touch too much sometimes, in my case. View all 6 comments. Mar 03, Jane Shambler rated it it was amazing Shelves: end-of-the-world , ylva-pub. What can I say this book is amazing.
It is set about years after the world destroyed itself. The survivors are living either as settlers in the ruins of the cities or as wilders in the open countryside. The book is centered on Lynn a wilder and Dani a settler.
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They set out on a journey to recover the body of the leader of Dani's group. Predators roam freely and there is possible danger at every turn. Everything is a struggle. But they persevere and bond. They learn to trust each other WOW!!! They learn to trust each other and that turns to love. But the return journey turns into life and death. The settlers don't trust Lynn. But when Dani gives her version of events they also learn to accept Lynn and trust eventually comes.
Lynn constantly questions herself if life alone is better than with people to care about. Dani teaches Lynn to love. Lynn stays for Dani but finds she actually likes having people to care for and have them care in return. I have never read this author before but I will look out for her in the future. I liked Dani immediately but she made me fall in love with Lynn.
This book would make an excellent post apocalyptic movie. Mar 10, Tiff rated it it was amazing Shelves: dislike-to-love-got-of-on-the-wrong , adventure , unforgettable-protaganist , loner-recluse , natural-disaster-disaster , someone-is-deceased , better-than-astar , she-is-so-gifted , survival-doom , reads. Survival Instincts by May Dawney was absolutely stunning! It has everything you want and need all wrapped up in one glorious tale. The romance gives you the feels, the characters are strong, badass dynamic women! Off the charts amazing read.
Lynn Tanner is a survivor. That's what she does, that all she knows how to do. In a world that was devastated by war, living by your wits and survival skills is a must. Lynn has no family left, she has kept to Survival Instincts by May Dawney was absolutely stunning! Lynn has no family left, she has kept to help and traveled the wilderness living off the land for a decade. Traveling south from Ottawa, Lynn is determined to head south to avoid another harsh winter. Traveling along, she kinds a dog, Skeever, whose owner had just passed. Meeting this dog makes Lynn take stock of just how lonely she is.
Even the will to hunt has diminished. His arrival changes everything for Lynn. What is amazing about Lynn is her mental fortitude and resilience. She is one of those characters that while her life has been so difficult, she never gives up, she fights for everything she has, every day. Her spirit captivates you as the reader. You love her for her weaknesses as much as her strengths. Dani Wilson is the other main character in Survival Instincts. Dani is a skilled hunter, but Lynn see's her as weak, and an adversary she believes she came overcome if necessary.
These two definitely get off on the wrong foot. Dani is witty, extremely smart, and tough as nails. These two go toe to toe and then become an unbeatable force. They are so different but absolute equals. I think what really sets this book apart from so many others is how multi-layered it is. May Dawney has given you a long detailed story full of twists and turns and characters that stay with you long after you turn the final page. Dawney takes her time and draws the characters out.
Backstories are cleverly crafted, the scenes are set, and you feel the story as much as see it as you read. I was equally mesmerized and terrified at the same time. It just jumps right off the page! You have sexiness, cuteness, agonizing pain and badassness all rolled into one epic adventure. This book is so beyond awesome! View 1 comment. Mar 03, Netty rated it really liked it Shelves: sex , dark , entertaining , fuckin-hell , no-chemistry , great-characters , cruel , depressing , exciting , page-turner.
An ARC was given for an honest review. View all 9 comments. Mar 19, Kurt rated it really liked it Shelves: stars , there-is-an-animal , read-in , ylva , sci-fi. Some of it is gripping and other parts are gruesome. The story reads fluidly enough written in the third person, limited point of view. The author writes in such a way that I had no difficulty visualizing the story as a movie in my mind.
The romance was a slow burn as it takes a long period for the trust issues between the two characters to be resolved and I realy liked the character, Dani. The hunting scene at the very start sets the tone for the book: The earth is a hostile environment for life, not just on the African savannah, but everywhere. I had questions about the author's choices of what animals would survive in a northern state of the U. I should think animals suited to a cold environment would thrive in NYC after it had become flooded again without humans to keep it drained, and the remains of human structures had dissolved back into the earth.
I do understand the desire for having Zebras running around NYC however. It's fun and helps the story not to be too grim and it CAN be grim, make no mistake about that. Here's my one main beef. Elephants are intelligent animals with large brains, not small. View all 4 comments. Mar 24, Arien rated it liked it. The book has its moments and they're really impactful emotionally but a lot of the book is repetitive. I liked both leads - the strong and independent Lynn and the strong and not so independent Dani. And Skeevers is the best character in the book, dog companions rock.
The author also paints a fairly believable picture of a post-apocalyptic world, the descriptions are rich and paint an appropriately bleak picture. But then questions start to arise. Why are they all hunter-gatherers when the world is full of vegetation? Stuff grows so it's natural to assume that people would form agricultural communities for a sustainable and predictable food source. Instead, survivors band up in small groups and are doing the hunting and gathering thing which doesn't make much sense.
And what about clothes? They're hundreds of years after the apocalypse, all clothing from that time would be destroyed yet they have a rather modern apparel from what I can tell. Without agriculture, they should be running in primal leathers. Then there's the pacing of the book which was my main problem with it.
In places, it gets too repetitive without anything of substance happening. Too much of the book is spent in Lynn's head. The interactions with Dani were the best parts but they're quite short when compared to the repetitive Lynn's thought process. Furthermore, I was awaiting how she'll integrate within the view spoiler [homestead hide spoiler ] yet that part was almost completely skipped. The main conflict was too easily resolved in quite a rushed way. The author should have cut off Lynn's repetitive thought process in half and developed the story about settlers more.
There were plenty of interesting characters but they didn't get any screen time in the end.
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And by the end of the book, it felt like Lynn couldn't go 5 steps without some sort of attack directed at her by all kinds of beasts and humans. What was exciting at first ended being "Not again! Overall an enjoyable action read that lacks proper research, has troubles with pacing but features good leads and the best dog you can read about.
View all 12 comments. Due to unforeseen circumstances, Lynn Tanner found herself travelling with Dani Wilson to dig out and retrieved a body that belonged to Dani's 'family'. Lynn didn't want to complete the suicidal task and had been planning to ditch Dani onced it was safe to do so. Dani had an obligation to fulfill, formed ingenious plans of her own to make Lynn stick to the plan. Lynn and Dani with trust issues as big as the North America continent between them had to rely on each other as they faced all sorts of threats - post apocalyptic world need I say more?
Through all the obstacles - blood, guts and gore, Lynn and Dani began to have unusual feelings for each other and willingly explored it.
When they were attacked by the view spoiler [bear hide spoiler ] , they were both baldy injured but neither were selfish and kept checking on each others' well-being. That scene and everything that happened after was really touching, I actually hugged Vader Jr. I didn't think I would love this story, kudos to Ms. Dawney for making a surprise attack and made me fell hard for it. A special shout out to Skeever- a wonderful canine companion to Lynn and Dani. Jun 05, M rated it it was amazing Shelves: sci-fi , l-books , thrillers.
Good lord, this is simply an amazing slice of post apocalyptic, future thriller. This is as full on palette cleanse as you can get after reading any number romance novels with no bite. This has bite, claws, knives, spears and everything in between. Pick up this book, put on your big girl pants and brace yourself for a heck of a ride.
Bad Mags. Apologies to the author - I will be checking out these other works. May 12, Corporate Slave rated it it was amazing. Such a good read! Not my genre but loved it which means I highly recommend it :. Mar 09, K. Aten rated it it was amazing. Survival Instinct is the kind of book that grabs your attention early and holds onto it much too late into the night. Once I started it I found it very difficult to put the book down again. I loved the action and the character progression. Dawney did an excellent job showing us what our world would look like a few hundred years aft Survival Instinct is the kind of book that grabs your attention early and holds onto it much too late into the night.
Dawney did an excellent job showing us what our world would look like a few hundred years after being ravaged by war. Lacking the modern medicine, community, and tools we take for granted every day, the world becomes a treacherous place. Your life is in danger every minute, be it from a pack of wolves, or a simple cut from a rusted out car. This show is about a group of three Borg drones who were stranded with Seven of Nine eight years earlier. This is because these three act as if they have one brain and are unable to shut out each other's thoughts. While they should have approached Seven about this directly, they instead try to kidnap her and force her to help them--but this is soon detected and they are stopped.
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