Hunting for the Lamb of God by Jamey O'Donnell is a spellbinding post-apocalyptic novel that will surely shake readers out of stupor and make them think about what happens in times of crisis. The novel examines how people behave when the social fabric is shattered and existence becomes a struggle for survival. May 24, 2022, three nuclear explosions cripple the United States. The explosions create a powerful electromagnetic pulse and the effects are devastating. The Northern Hemisphere is suddenly thrust into darkness, with satellites disabled. In the aftermath of the devastation, two neighboring families struggle to survive amidst food shortages and lack of necessities. The Jenkins and Price families have lived a normal life, loving and caring for each other while growing in faith. When explosions shatter everything, they have nothing left but their faith and the will to survive. In a world where humans hunt other humans for food, can they make it until the next day?
While Hunting for the Lamb features strong dystopian elements, it beats many books readers will find in the genre because of its resonant themes. The author offers strong political and social commentaries, exploring the relationship between the United States and Iran. The story is a cautionary tale that warns readers about what can possible happen where the race to the buildup of nuclear power takes center stage in international politics. The characters in this novel are fully drawn and it is interesting to watch as they evolve through the crisis. Themes of family, survival, politics, and faith are cleverly explored in this pulsating tale. The narrative features intriguing details and the author explores human strength and fragility when faced with impending annihilation. The exploration of what people can do to survive dominates the story. Few authors succeed to capture the essence of post-apocalyptic fantasy the way Jamey O'Donnell does, and his book offers the perfect meld of fully realized characters — with their humanity, resilience, and faith — suspense, and realism. This tale is original, intriguing, and one of those few stories that haunt readers in their sleep.