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A Matter of Days

3.8 of 5 stars 3.80  ·  rating details  ·  1,043 ratings  ·  177 reviews
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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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

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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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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
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
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
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
Maddalyn Powers
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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
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
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
4.5 stars

"Yeah but there are always more, right? And he'd tell us we didn't have to survive the cause of something, like the earthquake, but the effect. What came
after was more about our character then if we were lucky enough to live through something bad."

A Matter of Days showed a terrifying situation that could happen in the future. I loved how instead of just the US being affected it was everywhere, and it wasn't just one person that caused it but, instead a virus.

For once there weren't an
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
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
A three-star story brought down by poor narration.

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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
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
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
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Amber Kizer is not one of those authors who wrote complete books at the age of three and always knew she wanted to be a writer. When she faced a rare chronic pain disorder her freshman year of college, she knew she was going to have to learn to live outside the box. After one writing workshop, she fell in love with telling stores and she’s still going strong. Her characters tend to be opinionated, ...more
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