I now realize that although I seem to like zombies, I haven't read many zombie-type books. However, The Other Life is not completely about zombies, th...moreI now realize that although I seem to like zombies, I haven't read many zombie-type books. However, The Other Life is not completely about zombies, they are just part of the story. The part of the story that keeps Sherry and her family sealed in a bunker until the food runs out and the story begins.
As you know since reading The Hunger Games I am completely sucked into the dystopian young adult or post-apocalyptic genre, both are similar, yet different. I guess this falls more into post-apocalyptic, but both feature something bad happening and the world changing. Here it seems that there are zombie-type people who were infected roaming the streets and those that weren't infected want to avoid them at all costs. But Sherry and her father need food. Then things go very wrong and Sherry's life changes. While reading I was envisioning the life of the TV show Survivors from Britain. We watched it on Netflix and it was great. The book had that feeling, but Survivors didn't have zombies of course. I think it was the living arrangements of the people that Sherry meets that gave me that feeling and the fact that I read this not long after I finished watching that show.
I enjoyed the story and kept turning the pages to see what would happen next. I also felt invested in the characters. I liked Sherry and watching her develop and grow more brave in the outside world. I also liked Joshua and learning about him and look forward to learning more in the next book.
The plot moves along quickly. It kept me interested from beginning to end and I definitely want to read the next book. There are some interesting developments that make this really stand out to me even a couple of months after reading it. I love the conspiracy feeling and even though that part doesn't come up until later in the book, I was already reeled in so Ms. Winnacker had me in even deeper when she introduced these extra levels to the plot.
A very interesting post-apocalyptic read with fascinating characters and a well-paced plot. Lovers of the dystopian/post-apocalyptic genre will want to read this one and then be on the lookout for the next book in the series as well.(less)
I loved One Moment. It is one of those books that will stand out in my mind for months to come even in the blur of the many books I read each year. Th...moreI loved One Moment. It is one of those books that will stand out in my mind for months to come even in the blur of the many books I read each year. The story is tight, enthralling and never loses pace. The characters come to life, feel like people I know in situations I would know as well. It's just one of those books that grabs you and holds you from the first page until the last.
Maggie is the girl we all wanted to be. The girl with the gorgeous boyfriend, all the great friends, but as with any book, and with life, is everything what it seems? One afternoon everything changes when her boyfriend Joey jumps and all goes wrong out at the lake. And the worst thing, Maggie cannot remember what happened in that moment before Joey jumped. That's where the story takes off. That's where the suspense starts and the characters start to develop and build. This is where we get to know Maggie, Joey, Pete, Shannon, Adam and the others. A group of close-knit friends, but a group of close-knit friends with secrets. I liked Maggie, enjoyed watching the story through her eyes even though it was painful at times. Ms. McBride does a marvelous job telling this story. Weaving the story in and out through the characters. Weaving them together with secrets and lies and together through friendship. It's truly the tale of being a teenager with friends. I liked getting to know each of the main characters, I liked some more than others, but by the end I think Ms. McBride lets the reader know the inner intention of each character be known and I really like that. I felt each main character was really well fleshed out and I almost didn't want the story to end even though it came to it's natural conclusion.
The plot is masterful. The suspense of what happened in that one moment drives the whole book and while that doesn't sound exciting on the surface, trust me, Ms. McBride makes it very exciting. I think I read this in one sitting. I had to know what Maggie would remember. I had to know what the secrets were. I had to know what happened. I just had to know about that One Moment. And you will too. This is just one of those books that you cannot put down.
Definitely one of my top-five favorites so far this year. A masterful contemporary YA that has it all friendship, first love, and a gripping what happened type of plot in it. You won't be able to put One Moment down, I couldn't.(less)