Series: The Other Life #1
Publisher: Marshall Cavendish Childrens Books
Ebook Arc: 256 pages
Author: Susanne Winnacker
Expected Release: May 1st 2012
3 years, 1 month, 1 week and 6 days since I’d seen daylight. One-fifth of my life.
Sherry and her family have lived sealed in a bunker in the garden since things went wrong up above. Her grandfather has been in the freezer for the last three months, her parents are at each other’s throats and two minutes ago they ran out of food.
Sherry and her father leave the safety of the bunker and find a devastated and empty LA, smashed to pieces by bombs and haunted by ‘Weepers’ - rabid humans infected with a weaponized rabies virus.
While searching for food in a supermarket, Sherry’s father disappears and Sherry is saved by Joshua, a boy-hunter. He takes her to Safe-haven, a tumble-down vineyard in the hills outside LA, where a handful of other survivors are picking up the pieces of their ‘other lives’. As she falls in love for the first time, Sherry must save her father, stay alive and keep Joshua safe when his desire for vengeance threatens them all.
|First off lets get the technicalities out of the way. I was given this book to review through Netgalley. All opinions are my own and I was not compensated in any way for them.|
That being said here is my review:
3 years, 1 month, 1 week and 6 days since I’d seen daylight. This is the first line of the book and sets the pace for whats to come. We first meet Sherry and her family living in a bunker outside LA. Three years locked away underground, protected and safe from the virus that spreads above infecting humans with a mutated rabies strain. A disease so deadly that it can turn even the sweetest child into a terrifying beast with a taste for human flesh. Sherry our main protagonist is trapped and desperate to escape the monotonous days inside the bunker. Finally when the realization hits that food has run out, Sherry is more then willing to accompany her father outside.
It doesn't take long for the pair to run into the Rabies infected creatures known as Weepers. While the attack brings a new companion into Sherry's life her father is kidnapped. Joshua the boy who saved her takes her back to Safe-Haven, a former vineyard in the foothills outside LA, where a band of survivors have come together to form a home. After recovering her family from the bunker and delivering the news about her Fathers capture Sherry and Joshua head back into the madness of the city to find him.
Unprepared for what lies ahead, after years of safety underground, Sherry is forced to kill in order to save herself and her new companion. Something that weighs heavily on her conscience. Unfortunately the only way to survive is to kill or be killed, so whether she likes it or not she must do it to protect those she loves. Does Sherry find her father? Has the whole world been overrun? Are they the only humans left? Well your just going to have to read the book and find out for yourself.
Overall I loved this book, finished it in just a few short hours. The Weepers was a fantastic journey that played smoothly in my mind like a well written monster movie. There was never a boring moment, much to the credit of the Author. The characters were engrossing and I wanted to learn more about each of them. What were they like before the virus? What happened in those years Sherry and her family were hidden away? Another thing I felt was unique was how Sherry focuses on snippets of time from her past. She says things like "98,409,600 seconds since I'd felt the sun on my skin." or "1,141 days I'd longed for silence. But now that I finally had it, I couldn't bear it." Sherry's voice and these brief glimpses into her psyche were tragic yet told so much about the character. It was a creative way to add backstory without dedicating pages and pages to pointless scenes that do nothing for the overall arc. Their is some romance in the book which is done nicely without overtaking the story. By the end your left with some shocking revelations, which spins the story in a whole new direction, and sets up Book 2 nicely.
Would I recommend this book? A resounding yes, if you like post apocalyptic zombie type thrillers . I know I've said this quite a bit but I cannot wait for Book 2 in the series and to add a physical copy of Book 1 to my bookshelf. I look forward to more from this author in the future. I'm giving this Book 4 ★★★★.
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