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“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
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Hardcover, 276 pages
Published June 11th 2013 by Delacorte Press (first published January 1st 2013)
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Hailey Youngblood Yes, there is a small amount of romance in this book. But it is by no means excessive and it does not distract from the theme or the plot.
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Evie
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
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Suzanne
Jul 08, 2013 Suzanne rated it liked it
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
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Rez
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
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Kim
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!!
Juhina
Sep 05, 2013 Juhina rated it really liked it
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
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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
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KieleH
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
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Joeyc
Jan 21, 2016 Joeyc rated it liked it
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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
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Madison
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
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Ellie
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
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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
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Sherry
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
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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
Kendall
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
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
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.
Brooke
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
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Brady L
Apr 27, 2016 Brady L rated it really liked it
Have you ever wondered what it would be like if there was a virus that has killed 98% of the people on earth. In A Matter of Days, by Amber Kizer, this is the case. I read this book because it was seemed very interesting.
In this book Nadia and her brother have to embark on journey to get from Washington to West Virginia where they will hopefully find their grandpa Pappi. While driving down the road they spot a giant plume of smoke in town called Zachville, here they find Zach who embarks on this
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Mitch R
Jan 25, 2016 Mitch R rated it liked it
A Mater of Days
By Amber,Kieser
If your a fan of biological epidemic story's or anything that has to do with the fallout after mass devastation you will enjoy this book. This book is about a brother and sister who have to travel from Seattle Washington to a Cole mine in West Virginia. After Nattia and Roger,s father died in Afghanistan their mother began to not trust Ben their uncle because she blames him for dragging his brother into the military, that distrust was her downfall as the blue star
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Aidan
Jan 08, 2016 Aidan rated it it was amazing
A Matter Of Days By Amber Kizer is a horror book that is captivating and has an amazing smooth flowing plot.
Nadia and Rabbit are placed right in the middle of a pandemic known as their blustar. It has already claimed her mother leaving them to fend for them selves and Nadia to take care of Rabbit. Nadia and Rabbit were lucky enough to receive a vaccine from their uncle.You get the chance to read along as these two siblings fight for survival.
I love that the book really was able to show the remot
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Casey McKeever
Nov 27, 2014 Casey McKeever rated it liked it
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Aguywhoreadamatterofdays
Sep 25, 2014 Aguywhoreadamatterofdays rated it it was amazing
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
Aug 06, 2014 Ian Wood rated it it was amazing
This is the complete review as it appears at my blog dedicated to reading, writing (no 'rithmatic!), movies, & TV. Blog reviews often contain links which are not reproduced here, nor will updates or modifications to the blog review be replicated here. Graphic and children's novels reviewed on the blog will generally have some images from the book's interior, which are not reproduced here.

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
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Wisteriouswoman
Feb 13, 2014 Wisteriouswoman rated it really liked it
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
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Amber Sheu
Oct 16, 2015 Amber Sheu rated it really liked it
I recently finished reading A Matter of Days and I wanted to do a book review on it because I had a lot to say about what I thought about this book.

A virus, called BluStar, has swept the nation, and it has killed many, including Nadia's (the main character) mother. Nadia and her brother, Rabbit, leave their home in Seattle and go on a trip across the country in order to meet their grandfather in West Virginia, who hopefully are able to help them out. Starting on Day 56, Nadia and Rabbit try to
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Angela
May 29, 2014 Angela rated it really liked it
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
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S. K. Pentecost
Feb 26, 2014 S. K. Pentecost rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Emry D
Oct 23, 2015 Emry D rated it it was amazing
A Matter of Days is a fiction book by Amber Kizer. Although the book is set in an apocalypse, it isn’t your average “Zombie Horror Novel”. Chalk full of twists and turns it’s no wonder why A Matter of Days was put onto the Lonestar Reading List for 2014.
After the Blustar virus outbreak causes a total global shutdown, it’s up to Nadia and her brother Rabbit to make it across the country. Armed only with what medical knowledge their mother taught them and their father’s vague advice to “Be the coc
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Melissa
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.
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