Thursday, May 23, 2013

Review: Survivor ( Alone #2 ) by James Phelan

Author:James Phelan
Genre: Post Apocalyptic,Zombies
Series: Alone #2
Publication: April 30,2013
Publisher: K-Teen
Copy Provided By: Netgalley


Jesse is alone. His friends are gone. His supplies are gone. And the chasers, the zombies, are getting bolder. So when he starts to see signs of life, of other humans, he can't believe his luck. But in post-incident New York, the only thing more dangerous than the chasers, are the survivors.

Review
Survivor picks up right where Chasers left off. Jesse all alone now is determined to find the girl on the camera Felicity. On his quest to find Felicity, Jesse comes across other survivors all while avoiding the ever evolving Chasers.

Survivor is the second book in the Alone Trilogy by James Phelan. I'm going to be honest I went into this book with zero expectations. Chasers the first book in the series was a huge disappointment for me howver the end had me hooked enough where I was determined to read the second book when it was released. That being said, I'm definitely still middle of the road with this series. The events in Survivors didn't really propel the story along at all and again the book suffered from being too neat, too safe.

One of my biggest issues with the story is Jesse. While he's certainly matured in the days following the attack he still behaves quite recklessly. I get being curious about the girl Felicity but really? Staying in a city that once housed a million people in the hopes of finding 1 girl who may or may not even be alive just seems like a waste of time. Jesse should of spent the book leaving the city but instead he wastes time trying to help every Tom, Dick and Nancy who crosses his path.

Secondly, I was really disappointed that two books in were still no closer to figuring out what happened. Since I expected Jesse to leave the city I was hoping he'd run across quarantines or at the very least checkpoints but sadly I guess this will be left for the last book. Not quite sure I'm pleased about the large information dump that is bound to be in store for the final book.

Lastly, I really hate how everything comes easy for the characters. Generators are lugged around the city with ease, food is found by the bagful and of course every survivor is a good guy. It's all very well and good that the author wants his book not to be too scary but neutering it to the point nothing bad happens makes for a very boring read.

Now I wouldn't call this book all bad. I did manage to read it in one sitting and it only took a few hours. I did like the new character Rachel. She is a survivor Jesse meets while trying to avoid Chasers. I find it very commendable that she'd do her best to help the animals stuck in the Zoo even while the city fell apart around it. It was also cool seeing where the random polar bears from the last book came from. Her explanation about having to release the Polar Bears in order to keep the other animals alive made sense.

Overall, Survivor was a decent read that still managed to keep me glued to the page despite its numerous faults.  If you're looking for a nice, fluffy, Zombie type read than this is for you. If you're wanting nonstop action, Zombie carnage or just any real sort of plot development than this series isn't for you. You've been warned. With that being said, I will be rating Survivor by James Phelan ★★★.

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