Book Review: The Cave by Michela Montgomery

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Title: The Cave
Series: The Wind Cave #1

Author: Michela Montgomery
Published by: Post Hill Press
Publication date: April 7, 2015
Genres: Science Fiction, Post-Apocalyptic, New Adult



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The CaveThe Cave
The Wind Cave #1
Michela Montgomery
Post Hill Press, April 2015
ISBN 978-1-61868-917-7
Trade Paperback

From the publisher—

When a nuclear war devastates the U.S., a four-day excursion quickly turns into a fight for survival in The Cave. Six Stanford students journey into one of the deepest and longest caves in North America. A day into their journey, a nuclear war begins from within the U.S. Unable to return to the surface, and unsure what they will find when they do, the Cave will test the strength and survival of each person differently – transforming six individuals into a team, and ultimately…a family.

One thing you will never ever catch me doing is caving. I’ve enjoyed a couple of the large caverns like Luray but the very idea of actual spelunking leaves me cold, partly because I’m moderately claustrophobic but also because camping in a tent is about as rugged as I want to get and I haven’t done that since the dark ages. Why then, you might ask, do I want to read about it? This really is the essence of why I’m drawn to post-apocalyptic and post-disaster fiction so much—I totally get into vicariously sharing the adventures and tribulations of people having to deal with such situations, especially having to cope with extreme conditions.

In The Cave, survival means lasting until it’s safe to go above ground again but it also means learning to cope with this warren of eternally dark places without destroying each other. Building relationships where they don’t already exist is critical if these people are going to endure and finding each other’s strengths and weaknesses is truly important. This is, unfortunately, where the book’s chief failing comes into play with the introduction of a love triangle. I keep hoping that authors of young adult and new adult fiction will recognize that a romance is not needed in every story, that it can get in the way, but I’m afraid I’ll have to keep hoping. I like Kate but I’d think better of her without this extra, unnecessary distraction. Romance can come later.

On the whole, I do wish the story had focused occasionally on what was going on outside the cave to broaden the scope of the disaster and to give us the perspective of those trying to survive the attacks but Ms. Montgomery has a way with words and we’ll be getting more of the outside world’s story in the next book so I’m satisfied for now 😉

Reviewed by Lelia Taylor, January 2016.

About the Author

Michela MontgomeryMichela Montgomery graduated with her B.A. in Creative Writing from California State University, Long Beach. She completed the Claims Law Program with AEI and occasionally teaches classes on negotiation, litigation and investigation at her Corporate University. Although born and raised in California, Ms. Montgomery considers Boston her second home and spends as much time there as possible. She enjoys singing, dancing, yoga, cooking, the Red Sox, the Patriots and a good cannoli from Mike’s Pastries. She lives in Northern California with her two children, a feisty Yorkie and a teacup Chihuahua named Killer.


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