Together in a Broken World by Paul Michael Winters

Hello Readers,

Thank you, Kourtney, for reaching out and sending me an eBook copy of Together in a Broken World by Paul Michael Winters for free in exchange for an honest review. As this is a publication day post my post will be spoiler free.
Happy Publication Day
 
Title: Together in a Broken World 
Author: Paul Michael Winters
Genre: LGBTQIA+, Romance, Dystopian
Pages: 382
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Synopsis:
Two boys fall in love in a deadly world, but it’s the secrets they keep that might kill them.
Seventeen-year-old Zach was visiting his uncle in a small Montana town when a mysterious illness ripped through the world. Most died, but those who survived the Infection became mindless killers, spreading the disease with a single scratch. Now, a year later, civilization lies in ruins, and Zach is the town’s sole survivor. Desperately lonely, he longs to return to his family in Seattle, but his fears hold him captive.

Eighteen-year-old Aiden is on a critical mission for the covert Scientific Collective, delivering vials whose contents could cure the Infection. Tortured by his boyfriend’s death, he welcomes the risks of the perilous journey. When a militia attacks Aiden, he flees to Zach’s town.

The boys escape together and soon form a bond as they comfort each other in this desolate and broken world. The farther they travel, the more their affection grows, as do the forces pulling them apart. But their greatest threats are the secrets they keep. Zach hides details of his uncle’s death, and Aiden conceals the vials’ sinister origins. In order to survive, they’ll have to confront the truths that could tear their love apart.
 
Content Warning: Sexual language and content that is fade-to-black, which may only be suitable for mature readers. Depictions of graphic violence, guns, abduction, death of family, mourning; discussion of attempted rape/non-con (past, off page), social anxiety, and past and present trauma.
 
 
Miniature Review

We all know I’m a sucker for an end of the world romance book and boy did the book deliver. For me, this book hit it straight out the park as the Romance and Dystopian parts where both strong elements on their own but intertwined they were chefs kiss.
 
On the reach out email it did mention that this book was similar to “All That's Left in the World” and there is just enough for anyone who has previously read “All That's Left in the World” to feel a similar vibe but without it being too samey. If that makes sense dear Reader.
  
The book has two protagonists, Zach, and Aiden. I adore both of them and I think it’s my age, but I could have banged their heads together at times. Zach and Aiden are both well-developed, lovable, and come across as believable. It really was effortless suspending my belief with this book. the book is told from both Zach and Aiden point of view, and I loved how Paul gave them two very clear distinct voices.
 
This was a quick read for me as the stakes are high and you can’t help but be pulled into the pages of the book. I just needed to know more. This is hard spoiler free.

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