A Second at a Time (Series)
A Second at a Time (Series)
Sofia Nordin’s series is like a post-apocalyptic road movie through a deserted land where nothing is the way it used to be, while the small group of survivors are faced with the same emotions and thoughts as the rest of us.
En sekund i taget/ A Second at a Time (2013)
‘I escape, run down the stairs even though there is nobody who can chase me. There is actually nobody at all. Everyone is dead.
Mom is dead. Dad is dead. My little brother Ludvig is dead. There is no electricity and it’s so dark in the stairs that I can’t see where I put my feet, but I’m still running. My steps echo against the walls. Your fault, they echo. Your fault. No, stop.’
One Second at a Time is a moving, frightening and amazing story about Hedvig whose entire family has died from a mysterious fever and she is left all alone in a desolate world. It is completely quiet. Dead people are everywhere in the streets. At an abandoned farm, she starts slowly to build a life for herself.
Spring så fort du kan/ Run as Fast as You can (2014)
It was because of the fever that I ended up here. In a clearing in the woods, with only a lousy tarp against the rain and wind. Or you might say it was because of my own cowardness. My eternal, cursed cowardice. A braver person would have stayed and helped. But not me. When everyone suddenly was dying, I left. I ignored my own mother. I ignored Hillevi. Hillevi who was the best girl in the world.
When all the people around him got infected by the mysterious fever, Ante fled into the woods. He is convinced he is the only survivor, but suddenly, Ella and Hedvig show up and he joins them at the farm. It’s a relief to meet other people, but it’s hard too.
How do you solve any conflicts that arise? Is it okay to fall in love and think about sex even though the world has perished? And is it okay to dream of a future, even though you are a coward who ran away when you should have stayed?
Run as Fast as You Can is the thrilling stand-alone sequel to the critically acclaimed One second at a Time.
Som om jag vore fantastik/ As if I were Amazing (2015)
In Sofia Nordin’s third novel in her breathtaking adventure series about life after the outbreak, a sign of life is picked up.
Together Ella and Nora head out on the road in the hope of finding survivors. Surely there must be more people who have escaped the mysterious fever? But their journey doesn’t turn into the amazing adventure they had hoped for.
As If I Were Amazing is as good as her previous books – and just as hard to put down!
Om du såg mig nu/ If You Saw Me Now (2017)
‘What can I say? It was a school party. Everyone died. Everyone except for me and Bianca and Sandra and Luke. And Luke, he died anyway. Later.
It started well. Perfectly good. I had a new, stylish shirt. A splash of perfume. I felt like a winner, looked like a winner, smelled like a winner. Everyone was there, including every girl I liked. So what could go wrong? Just about everything. Everything could go wrong. The fact that I survived, for example. I think all those who survived the fever know what I mean.’
A mysterious fever has killed most of humanity, the few who made it all seem to be children and young people. The society has collapsed and Esmael is one of the few who survived. Esmael appeared in the third book, when Ella and Nora moved in with him and his two friends. But Ella runs off, and Esmael goes after her. He is in love with her.
If You Saw Me Now is the exciting, stand-alone continuation of the critically acclaimed A Second at a Time, Run as Fast as You Can and As if I were Amazing.
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Sofia Nordin’s story captivates the to end. She skilfully portrays a young girl’s development, puts words to feelings of loneliness and longing, and describes a slowly building friendship. She offers a fine portrait of Hedvig, a sullen teenager facing great challenges. Like the title of the book suggests, we should all live moment by moment.
Lena Kåreland, Svenska Dagbladet
A dystopia can't get much better than this.
Lotta Olsson, Dagens Nyheter
"Sofia Nordin conveys Esmael’s exclusion and the other’s sense of community so that one feels the suffocating peer pressure, and realize how easy it is for charismatic people to manipulate others."
An exciting and fascinating read!