Title: Into the Mist
Author: P.C. Cast
Series: Into the Mist #1
Genre: Science Fiction / Dystopian / Horror
Length: 352 pages
Publisher: Crooked Lane Books
Release Date: July 12, 2022
Source: Publisher via Netgalley
Content Warnings: body horror, pregnancy, miscarriage, misogyny, sexual harassment, racism, blood, gore, vomit
As men fall to the mist, the age of womankind begins to rise.
The world as we know it ends when an attack on the U.S. unleashes bombs that deliver fire and biological destruction. Along with sonic detonations and devastating earthquakes, the bombs have also brought the green mist. If breathed in, it is deadly to all men—but alters the body chemistry of many women, imbuing them with superhuman abilities.
A group of high school teachers heading home from a conference experiences firsthand the strength of these new powers. Mercury Rhodes is the Warrior, possessing heightened physical powers. Stella Carver is the Seer, with a sixth sense about the future. Imani Andrews is the Watcher, with a rare connection to the earth. Karen Gay is the Priestess, demonstrating a special connection with Spirits. And Gemma Jenkins is the Healer, a sixteen-year-old student who joins the group after losing her parents.
As they cross the Pacific Northwest, trying to find a safe place to ride out the apocalypse, the women soon learn they can’t trust anyone, and with fresh danger around every corner, it will take all their powers to save themselves—and possibly the world.
This was not the revolutionary feminist tale I expected. Bombs destroy major US cities, releasing a green mist that gives women mysterious abilities but kills men. This had the potential to be an exciting apocalyptic tale about exploring gender roles and rebuilding a new world order, but instead it was an underwhelming survival story when it wasn’t horrifically gory. One scene in particular featuring a miscarriage
The writing left much to be desired. The dialogue was unnatural, forced, and repetitive. For example: using slang like “jelly” instead of jealous in a conversation with adults during the apocalypse, and having the same conversations with different characters as they try to figure out what is going on.
This is a plot driven story, but the characters had no depth beyond surface-level traits that made up their entire personalities. The story tried to address hot-button issues like misogyny, racism, and Christian morality, but once again, it was all very surface-level and forced.
I wish I had not finished this, and I definitely will not be reading the sequel.
Thank you to the publisher and Netgalley for the gifted eARC.