Survival Instincts: A Dystopian Novel by May Dawney

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Author: May Dawney


Civilization ended long before Lynn Tanner was born. Wild animals roam the streets, but mankind is still the biggest threat to a woman alone in the ruins of a world reclaimed by nature. Lynn survives by sleeping with one eye open at all times and trusting no one but her dog.

When she is forced to go on a dangerous journey through the concrete jungle of New York City, Lynn does all she can to scheme her way to safety. Her guard, Dani Wilson, won’t be played that easily, however. As their lives become entwined, Lynn finds herself developing feelings for Dani and is forced to find the answer to the question that scares her most: is staying alone really the best way to survive?

Fast-paced and full of adventure, Survival Instincts introduces a post-war dystopian world where the only person you can rely on is yourself…unless you fall in love.

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Publication Date

March 2018


epub, mobi, and pdf


133,000 words




978-3-95533-935-7 (mobi), 978-3-95533-936-4 (epub), 978-3-95533-937-1 (pdf)


Ylva Publishing

2 reviews for Survival Instincts: A Dystopian Novel by May Dawney

  1. Jane Shambler
    Rated 5 out of 5


    WOW!!! What can I say this book is amazing. It is set about 200 years after the world destroyed itself. The survivors are living either as settlers in the ruins of the cities or as wilders in the open countryside.

    The book is centered on Lynn a wilder and Dani a settler. They set out on a journey to recover the body of the leader of Dani’s group. Predators roam freely and there is possible danger at every turn. Everything is a struggle. But they persevere and bond. They learn to trust each other and that turns to love. But the return journey turns into life and death.

    The settlers don’t trust Lynn. But when Dani gives her version of events they also learn to accept Lynn and trust eventually comes. Lynn constantly questions herself if life alone is better than with people to care about. Dani teaches Lynn to love.

    Lynn stays for Dani but finds she actually likes having people to care for and have them care in return. I have never read this author before but I will look out for her in the future. I liked Dani immedisately but she made me fall in love with Lynn. This book would make an excellent post apocalyptic movie. Enjoy!!

    *ARC provided by publisher via Ylva Publishing*

  2. K. Aten
    Rated 5 out of 5


    Survival Instincts is the kind of book that grabs your attention early and holds onto it much too late into the night. Once I started it I found it very difficult to put the book down again. But it’s a big novel and you will be forced to wrench yourself out from time to time unless you have an entire day (or more depending on the reader) at your disposal.

    I loved the action and the character progression. Dawney did an excellent job showing us what our world would look like a few hundred years after being ravaged by war. With histories forgotten and people forced into nomadic and hunter/gatherer roles, it is a true sampling of what people would be reduced to without the modern things we rely on. Lacking the modern medicine, community, and tools we take for granted every day, the world becomes a treacherous place. Your life is in danger every minute, be it from a pack of wolves, or a simple cut from a rusted out car. I rooted for our protagonists through it all as they journeyed through the massive landscape of New York City. It was a suicide mission but they were determined not to let it kill them. And while they started as enemies, that too changed as they grew to trust one another.

    I was given this ARC in exchange for a fair and honest review.

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