ARC Review: Survival by Rita Potter

Forty-eight hours after the Upheaval, reality is beginning to set in at the Whitaker Estate. The world, As We Know It, has ended.

Survival – As We Know It: Book Two

Cover Design: Fineline Cover Design

Dillon Mitchell and her friends are left to survive after discovering most of the population, at least in the United States, has mysteriously died.

While they struggle to come to terms with their devastating losses, they are faced with the challenge of creating a new society, which is threatened by the divergent factions that may tear the community apart from the inside.

Even if the group can unite, external forces are gathering that could destroy their fragile existence.

Meanwhile, Dillon’s budding relationship with the elusive Skylar Lange faces obstacles when Skylar’s hidden past is revealed.

My thoughts

Rita Potter sucks you into the apocalypse and makes you happy about it!

This cover is a better reflection of the story than the last cover was. Plus who doesn’t like a good butt view? 

Lesbians bring drama, holy sugar (chuckle). No worries though because no uhaul is needed because they are trapped together in a compound without any clue as to what has happened to the rest of the world when Survival begins. Potter gives us a great cheat sheet at the beginning of the book as to who everyone is and what their prior occupations were and where their allegiances lie. This proves very helpful as a refresher and if you are new to the series a great view of the land.

Survival can be read as a standalone as Potter is great recapping as they move the story along, but I read the first book and I highly recommend it. Dillon is our main character, but there are plenty of other lesbians with strong storylines and even a straight guy who ends up being a strong ally to the women. 

There are quiet moments in the book where Potter shows us the everyday life as time moves on and the group grows and evolves into their new lives. Months go by as they have to train with arms, work together to build, and the other myriad of tasks conducive to surviving. I think the most harrowing part of the story is the ending, but the group’s foray into Los Angeles for supplies is filled with tension too. Los Angeles is filled with the emotional type of tension that is just as difficult to write as battle scenes, but Potter keeps us entertained and on the edge of our seats.

I will warn you: I cried. Potter got me to cry so you know something happens.

Potter expands the story outside the compound to other survivors across the country. What the group decides to do about contacting them and what the potential results could be are the groundwork that Potter lays out for the next part of the series. I sense trouble on the horizon for everyone and I cannot wait.

I received an ARC of this book and I am writing a review without prejudice and voluntarily.

Rating: 5 out of 5.

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Further Details:

Publisher: Sapphire Books Publishing, 9781952270482, 26 November 2021

Cover Design: Fineline Cover Design; Book Design: LJ Reynolds 

Editor: Kaycee Hawn

Series: As We Know It #2; Settings: CA, US

Pages: 286

SC: Non-White, Lesbian, Bisexual


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