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A Matter of Days

3.84  ·  Rating Details ·  1,677 Ratings  ·  264 Reviews
“Gripping and poignant, A Matter of Days takes readers on a heart-stopping journey of love and survival.“ — New York Times bestselling author Carrie Jones

Their new reality begins in just a matter of days.

On Day 56 of the Blustar Pandemic, sixteen-year-old Nadia’s mother dies, leaving Nadia to fend for herself and her younger brother, Rabbit. Both have been immunized a
Hardcover, 276 pages
Published June 11th 2013 by Delacorte Press (first published January 1st 2013)
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Aug 30, 2013 Evie rated it it was amazing
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
Jul 08, 2013 Suzanne rated it liked it

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
Sep 16, 2013 Rez rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: yay-no-instalove
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
Jan 30, 2014 Kim rated it it was amazing
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!!
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
Eleanor D
Sep 26, 2016 Eleanor D rated it really liked it
Nadia is just like any other fifteen year old girl other than the fact that she and her brother, Rabbit, might be the only survivors after a horrific virus outbreak throughout the world. The only reason she and her brother survived was because her Uncle Bean, who worked for a very secretive part of the military, gave her antidote to the virus. For Nadia and Rabbit the antidote worked but by the time she gave it to her mom it was too late. Now Nadia and Rabbit had to travel cross country to get t ...more
Sep 05, 2013 Juhina rated it really liked it
So good!! Read it in one day. I wish there is a sequel

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
Jan 21, 2016 Joeyc rated it liked it
Joey Cockell
A Matter of Days
Can you imagine you surviving with just a younger brother? Yes, the rest of your family is dead. Amber Kizer, the author, introduces the novel by shocking her readers her as you learn that the protagonist's parents are deceased. They died of a virus called Bluestar which broke out around the world unexpectedly, which led Nadia the daughter, and Rabbit the younger brother by themselves. But this first chapter was not why I chose the book. It was hard for my eye
Jan 22, 2016 Madison rated it it was amazing
Be the cockroach, survive the affect. This is the mantra that Nadia, a sixteen-year-old girl, tells herself as she and her younger brother, Rabbit, try to survive in a post-apocalyptic world. I first picked up “A Matter of Days” by Amber Kizer, because apocalyptic stories always interested me but I’ve never read one. This book had been popping up everywhere in my school, so I took the opportunity to read one. Once I read the first page I couldn’t put it down!

In this story, Nadia and Rabbit tra
Jan 22, 2016 KieleH rated it really liked it
What if a deadly sickness wiped out the whole U.S. and you had to find a way out? That was the life for Nadia and Rabbit, in the book A Matter of Days by Amber Kizer. I read this book because a lot of my classmates told me it was really good and because it is a Truman Award Winning book so is had to be really good.
Nadia and Rabbit were living a normal teenage life when suddenly a disease called Blue Star wiped out almost the whole U.S. including their parents. They had to find a way out, so the
Ericha M.
The main characters are sixteen year old Nadia and her little brother Rabbit(11 year old). Than it splits into smaller roles,there father was a special force marine. The mother was a nurse. Their Uncle Bean is a medical researcher and their grandfather was a Doomsday prepper.
The type of book is a mystery and it took place in Washington and West Virginia. The feeling the book made you feel was a violent, scary and anxious. After Nadia and Rabbit’s mother die of a virus called Bluestar there gran
Jan 21, 2016 Ellie rated it really liked it
Image struggling to survive a disease that strikes the world and manages to kill 98% of the population. Nadia and her little brother Rabbit are traveling from the Seattle area, to West Virginia, where Bean their uncle has instructed to go when the disease strikes.
Nadia and her 11 year-old brother, Rabbit are injected with a secret military vaccine from the uncle Bean, months before Blue Star breaks through. Uncle Bean informed Nadia about the disease and instructed Nadia to take Rab to West Vir
Jul 02, 2014 Sherry rated it it was ok
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
Empress Reece (Hooked on Books)
Not Your Everyday Road Trip... A deadly virus called Blustar sweeps the world and leaves 98% of the population dead within a matter of weeks. Two young survivors, Nadia and Robert a.k.a. Rabbit are left to fend on their own so they pack up and hit the road to try to reach their only, hopefully surviving, Uncle in West Virginia.

The story takes you through the challenges they encounter along the way on their road trip and their struggle to survive as kids in the changed world. I thought it was a r
Robin Kirk
Jul 06, 2013 Robin Kirk rated it really liked it
Shelves: dystopia
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
May 14, 2014 Mary Ann rated it really liked it
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
Jul 03, 2016 Katja rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-english
I loved this! It's not fast paced but it's engaging, it's not an action piece but a journey of survival. What I liked in this, opposed to many post-apocalyptic stories, is that the main characters are actually somewhat prepared in the world that's fallen apart. They have a plan and means to succeed. Sure, at some points it felt a bit too easy but it was sort of refreshing that the preparation and information helped the characters.
I liked the characters, especially Zack. He seemed a number one ca
May 05, 2014 Brooke rated it really liked it
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
Aug 22, 2013 Beth rated it it was ok
A Matter of Days is a middle-grade story about surviving after a worldwide plague decimates the population. It's not poorly written, but reading this as an adult was lackluster. A lot of the interesting details were glossed over, and the past tense narrative lost any sense of tension or suspense. It's happy endings all around, with expected conflicts and one-dimensional explorations of emotion. Not bad, I suppose, if you're 12 and have never considered what it would be like to live in a post-apo ...more
Truman 15-16. Meh. Another post-apocalyptic survival story; reminiscent of The Eleventh Plague or Life as We Knew It. Except some details were painstakingly left in this one, while important ones were left out or glossed over. Exactly what is Pappi's story? How could Uncle Bean have saved Nadia and Rabbit but no one else? There are too many unanswered questions that would flesh this one out and make it more believable. The author did a good job of painting the day-to-day survival, but the backgr ...more
Drew p
Oct 05, 2016 Drew p rated it it was amazing
This book is for sure five stars it is about a sister and brother traveling across the world to get to there uncles. Simple right? Most of the worlds population is dead from a deathly virus called blu star. Before it hit there uncle gave them a medicine to treat it. On the way to there uncles house in Virginia they encounter other people good and bad. This book made me feel sad. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes survival books.
Jul 23, 2013 Melissa rated it really liked it
Shelves: dystopian, teen
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.
Sam Cate
Jan 11, 2016 Sam Cate rated it liked it
Shelves: 2016
I don't know. This book was pretty okay. I didn't really feel attached to the characters at all. I feel like it would have been better if I hadn't already read a book like this. It felt too similar to other survival stories.
Rachel Rooney
Apr 21, 2016 Rachel Rooney rated it liked it
I liked the characters in this one. I didn't really get a great sense of what they were like before the epidemic. Rabbit, yes. Nadia, not really. This isn't going to blow your mind, but it was an enjoyable read.
A 2015-2016 Truman Readers Award nominee.
A three-star story brought down by poor narration.

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Ian Wood
Aug 06, 2014 Ian Wood rated it it was amazing
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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
Oct 22, 2016 Ariel rated it liked it
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Oct 30, 2016 Carole rated it it was amazing
This was one of the most interesting books I have read. It's really great because I stepped in the shoes of the character and could see myself doing what she was doing, lurking empty streets and taking countless things. It was like reading/living a dream of getting anything you ever wanted. There were only a few survivors left in the world of this book, and those who weren't kind at all leaving out the rare exceptions that did end up coming with them. It made me very angry throughout the book wh ...more
Jan 05, 2017 Anita rated it really liked it
A real page turner as two teens survive a pandemic and try to survive long enough to reach relatives across the country that they hope are also still alive. 4.5/5 stars.
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