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On Day 56 of the pandemic called BluStar, sixteen-year-old Nadia's mother dies, leaving her responsible for her younger brother Rabbit. They secretly received antivirus vaccines from their uncle, but most people weren't as lucky. Their deceased father taught them to adapt and survive whatever comes their way. That's their plan as they trek from Seattle to their grandfather...more
Hardcover, 276 pages
Published June 11th 2013 by Delacorte Press
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Evie
Thoroughly entertaining to read and deeply bone-chilling to experience, A Matter Of Days is a book that you'll read once but will never forget. It's a survival story like no other: meaningful, emotional, at times sentimental, but most of all crafted with skill and conviction that makes this tale terrifyingly real and uncomfortably plausible.

In her newest book, the bestselling author of Fenestra series, Amber Kizer, tackles the aftermath of a deadly pandemic that took down 98% of world's populati...more
Suzanne
3.5

This one has a decent chance of attracting the same sorts of readers, even some reluctant ones, who enjoyed Ashfall (Ashfall, #1) by Mike Mullin or Life As We Knew It (Last Survivors, #1) by Susan Beth Pfeffer. Really any survival tale featuring young adults or kids. Instead of zombies or the explosion of a super-volcano, here we have a global pandemic, a hemorrhagic virus called BluStar that takes out about 98% of the population. Nadia and her eleven-year-old brother nicknamed Rabbit might have been among the dead, but some months before all hell breaks loose, their Uncle Bean, twin t...more
Rez
I started A Matter of Days with little to no expectations thinking this would be yet another quick read post-apocalyptic novel….and I was right.

This book centers on how 16 year old Nadia and her 11-year-old brother nicknamed Rabbit (I know) survive in the aftermath of a global pandemic when a deadly virus called BluStar takes out about 98% of the population.

Their survival instincts are driven by the mantra: Be the Cockroach, which made the fiction seems all the more real as the siblings tackle...more
Kim
Yay! Finally, a dystopian novel that tells what happened to our world! A believable story of survival and I don't think there has to be a sequel!!
Sophia
Disclaimer: I was given an advanced copy of this book to read and review and give my honest opinion about said book.

It’s been 56 days since the outbreak of the Bluestar plague when sixteen year old Nadia’s mother dies. Leaving her to take care of her eleven year old brother Rabbit in a town where they are the only survivors, due to special shots given to them by their Uncle Bean to protect them from the virus.
Alone in this new, lawless world their only hope of survival is to travel east acro
...more
Juhina
So good!! Read it in one day. I wish there is a sequel

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I went into A Matter of Days without any expectations whatsoever. I received this book in a surprise package and when I found out it was a survival novel I immediately picked it up. If you know me, then you know I devour every survival book that reaches my doorstop. So far I have loved every single survival book I've read, including A Matter of Days.
The book starts on day 56 after the epidemic began. almost 98% of the world is dead but...more
Robin Kirk
Very well done and realistic. I really liked the main character, Nadia, a teen who acts like a teen (and makes mistakes like a teen), but takes control of the situation, devises a quirky fix and moves on. She cares for her younger brother, Rabbit. The book reminded me of the fantastic Z for Zachariah, which managed to evoke desolation, terror and a plucky teen heroine with careful, measured language. There's also a lightness to this book that is welcome -- everything is not so serious and lugubr...more
Mary Ann
The Bluestar pandemic has devastated the earth, killing most but not all of the inhabitants. Why did some survive? Sixteen year old Nadia and her little brother have lost their family, but they were given a vaccination by their uncle who works in the military. He told them that when the worst beggins to happen, if they survive, they should do everything they can to get to him in Virginia. So begins their harrowing cross country journey through areas controlled by lawless desperadoes, to an occas...more
Brooke
Great standalone! That's right, this one is not part of a series. I liked the audiobook and thought the narrator did a great job.

The story follows Nadia, a 15 year old girl, and Rabbit, her 11 year old brother, as they travel from Seattle to West Virginia to get to their grandpa's after a pandemic has wiped out 98% of the world's population. There are definitely some depressing parts of the story, but there is also lots of humor and uplifting parts. I appreciated that the author didn't focus on...more
Aguywhoreadamatterofdays
In an apocalyptic world, would you muster the strength to leave what's left of your home and travel coast to coast to your last piece of family, assuming they are still alive? this is the situation being dealt with in A Matter of days, a thrilling book perfect for any reader of almost any age. Nadia and rabbits extraordinary journey thrilled me because it nailed it on so many perspectives of a book. there are so many twists and turns, leaving you drooling for more. this books deserves to be a 20...more
Ian Wood
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Note that I don't really do stars. To me a novel is either worth reading or it isn't. I can't rate a nove...more
Liz
The story: Their parents are dead. In fact, everyone they know is dead--except possibly their grandfather, a survival expert they've never met. Now Nadia and Rabbit have to make a 3,000-mile journey to find their lost family--but on the way, it's impossible to know who'll help you out and who'll kill you for your food supplies. Impossible to know...until it's too late.

June Cleaver’s ratings: Language R (including one "F-bomb); Nudity PG; Sexual Content PG; Violence R (the heroine kills someone);...more
Wisteriouswoman
Great premise! There are plenty of diseases out there that could turn into an epidemic with no known treatment.

Loved the main characters. All the 'good' characters in the book had something to contribute to the survival of the group--from the street-wise Zack to the little girl Patty.

What I liked about the tale is that sometimes Nadia and Rabbit lose everything and still carry on heading toward a goal and figuring out the next step as the situation continues to change.

I liked the fact that th...more
Angela
A MATTER OF DAYS is the first book I've read for my Summer 2014 goal to read all of the Bluebonnet or Texas Lone Star books, as determined by Texas Librarians.

This was a great start and, if I may be frank, exactly what I needed.

A MATTER OF DAYS is the story of a brother-sister duo as they begin their trek across the country in a post-apocalyptic United States to try to find what remains of their family. The premise seems familiar, yes, but there are some key distinctions of this story that I f...more
Sherry
Jumping on the bandwagon of post-apocolyptic novels, A Matter of Days tells the story of Nadia and her brother Rabbit traveling from Seattle to West Virginia following the disappearance of their military father and the the death of their mother from a pandemic plague that has wiped out most of humanity.

I had a couple of problems with the book. First of all, for an action-thriller, there just wasn't enough action. The scenes where they were actually in danger were few and far between. My mind ke...more
S. K. Pentecost
A Matter of Days by Amber Kizer walks a fine line of kid friendly post apocalypse that is still an enjoyable diversion for a more mature crowd. I think she was able to do this by avoiding the Post Apocalypse Love Triangle. Nadia, the book's protagonist, has more important stuff on her plate than deciding which of the two hot guys falling at her feet are worthy of her attentions. Kizer keeps the story straight forward by adding only one hot guy into the mix.

Kizer stuck with a fair degree of reali...more
Melissa
A pandemic has killed 98% of the world's population. Nadia and her brother Rabbit have both survived thanks to a shot given to them by their uncle. Their uncle has also given them instructions to leave their Seattle home and get to their grandfather's hidden bunker in West Virginia. What follows is a tale of survival as they make their way across country, helped by a boy named Zack.
Mandy Laferriere
The Bluestar virus has wiped out the world as we know it. Nadia and her little brother Rabbit were given a super-secret vaccine by their Special Forces uncle, so they are the only people they know who survived. Their Uncle Bean gave them specific instructions to try to get their mom to take the vaccine (she was too stubborn to take it, and therefore croaked pretty quickly) and then try to get to West Virginia. He claims he'll be there waiting for them with their Pappy, whom they've never met. Si...more
Hannah
a matter of daysBluStar wiped out over 98% of the population.

Dia and her younger brother, Rabbit have survived the BluStar Plague only because their Uncle Bean came and gave them a shot with the antivirus before everyone knew what was happening. Having been trained by their father to "be the cockroach" they know what they need to do to survive and Uncle Bean has given them the supplies they need. He wasn't able to take them with him to safety before everything happened because their mom wouldn't...more
Kim McGee
Yes there are so many young adult end of the world scenarios out there but this one is written from the heart. Watching your mom die and finding yourself responsible for your younger brother is not something any teen should have to shoulder but that is exactly what Nadia must do when a strange virus wipes out everyone in America. Her Uncle Bean has prepared them for this and now they must make their way across country not knowing who to trust or what they will find out there. Survival is key but...more
Holly
Written in the 1st person with a 16 year old female voice. Not the kind that says "like" every 5 seconds, but a voice that knows she needs to cross the country in order to survive and worries about the implications of this in a post-plagued world. Nadia is definitely serious about her mission, but she has to try to keep things light and optimistic for her little brother, Rabbit.

Great survival fiction appropriate for a late tween to teen age (no sex, situational violence). I am well beyond this...more
Georgina Martin (Bookz and Bitz)
A Matter of Days by Amber Kizer

Published by Listening Library/Delacorte Press

4 out of 5 Stars

Format: Audiobook (available in hardcover too)

A Matter of Days is another YA post-virus/world ending disaster book, which reminds me some what of Life as We Know it and similar stories. The virus BluStar hit 56 days ago, Nadia’s left to care for her younger brother rabbit and has to chose whether to set off across country to find her grandfather and uncle or whether to stay put and wait. There is no choi...more
Kimberly
A three-star story brought down by poor narration.

Full review: http://www.stackedbooks.org/2013/08/a...
Heather
Nadia and her little brother Rabbit are the children of a special forces marine. Her uncle is also in the military as was her Pappie. When a deadly pandemic strikes, it is only this connection that gives them a chance to survive.

Given special shots by their uncle, Nadia and Rab stay healthy and tend to their worsening mother. Afterwards they begin a treacherous trek across the country to the safe house of Pappie, assuming he is still alive.

This is a realistic dystopian novel in that it stays t...more
Amy White Gilman
I really liked this story it moved along fast. The appocalypse survival felt real. More thoughts to come.
Jen Selinsky
Under the watchful eyes of her parents, Rory is back in Wexford after surviving a brutal attack by The Ripper. London’s ghost police force, The Shades, need her help. Since The Ripper has been caught, there are new strains of murders taking place in London. Rory has a special gift; she is a terminus, which means she can eliminate ghosts upon physical contact. The problem is that a mysterious woman named Jane wants to use Rory’s powers for her own purposes. Will Rory be able to help The Shades, o...more
Heather
I really enjoyed this book.
I think the cover needs to be changed...just a thought that kids aren't going to be drawn to it.
The Blue Star virus has swept the globe and survivors are few and far between.
Naudia and her brother, Rabbit, have survived...thanks to her uncle Bean who is a lab doctor for the military. Now she and her brother are trekking across the US headed for her Pappi's where he and uncle Bean should be waiting (if they aren't already dead). Will they make it, or will the dangers th...more
Marie
Another book which I was at first disappointed. Another end of society story with a twist on how everyone but the protagonists and a handful of others survive. It did show how different people react to difficult circumstances and the importance of attitude to survival. I am interested in reading the sequel, which means I liked it, or I would not waste the time.
This is another story from a middle school reading list, so I would recommend it for them. Adults will also like this, as it is a good qu...more
Paulette Garza
An epidemic has wiped out most of the population of the world. Luckily Nadia's uncle works for the US top secret military government working on an anti-virus. Before the pandemic reaches Seattle, their city, he manages to give her and her little brother "Rabbit", a shot that may or may not save their lives. Their mom was at work and Nadia is in charge of giving her mom the last shot left in the box. They are supposed to wait for a phone call from their uncle. His instructions were that they shou...more
The  SciFi Chick Muses
This book is a YA for younger audiences, 8~14, so it is not full gore or overly "romancey". It is however; a solid book with a strong female character and explores the ideas of over coming loss and fear. I read it because my year 12 old choose this book as her summer read and I enjoy reading books with my kids. She gave it five stars. It is a very quick read, below is a very brief summary of the book.

A horrible disease called BluStar becomes a pandemic. It takes 56 days to end the world in which...more
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