This book was such a huge disappointment for me. I have been in the mood to dive into a good Dystopian story for a while and since I had heard good th...moreThis book was such a huge disappointment for me. I have been in the mood to dive into a good Dystopian story for a while and since I had heard good things about Dark Inside, I eagerly dove into this one with high expectations.
The book got off to a good start. The basic premise of the end of world arriving via earthquakes, explosions and mass hysteria is an intriguing one. It's told from the POV of 4 different characters, and I liked how we got to see the beginning of the end through differing viewpoints. However, the writing style felt very stilted and disjointed from the first chapter. I was hoping it was something I would get used to as the book went on, but I really couldn't. Also, the way some people were infected with a rage-inducing 'virus' reminded me too much of the origins of the zombie infections from 28 Days Later.
My biggest problem was that I just didn't care about the characters. They felt very two-dimensional to me. And for me, it's impossible to really enjoy a book if I can't at least connect with the characters on some level.(less)
Deuce is a teenage girl living in one of many self-contained Enclaves located in the sewer-system in a post-apocalyptic version of NYC. She has just b...moreDeuce is a teenage girl living in one of many self-contained Enclaves located in the sewer-system in a post-apocalyptic version of NYC. She has just become a Hunter (someone who patrols the tunnels, protecting their home from the zombie-like creatures they call Freaks) and has been teamed up with another Hunter named Fade. One day, Deuce pulls a Katniss and decides to sacrifice herself in place of one of her friends and is banished from her Enclave and forced to venture into the city above. This is basically considered a death sentence, since NYC is considered an uninhabitable wasteland. So Fade chooses to go with her having spent part of his childhood above-ground before making his way down into the tunnels.
This book felt a little like 2 seperate stories. There was Deuce's life at the Enclave, and then there was her life Top-Side. There were many dangers in the tunnels, but once she and Fade venture into the actual city above, they have even more things to worry about.
Enclave was an incredibly dark book. Especially after the story moves into the city. The people that Deuce and Fade encounter there are even more terrifying then the Freaks, which is saying a lot.
My one and only problem with this book was when the author felt the need to introduce a love triangle into the mix. Not only was it an unnecessary plot element, but it was also completely unbelievable considering the actions of the third party when the character was introduced to the reader. The idea that Deuce would be able to develop feelings for someone so cruel and barbaric was just completely ridiculous to me. The romantic angst towards the end of the book was a bit off-putting to be honest.
But, overall this was a terrific and original take on a dystopian world, and I look forward to reading book two Outpost.(less)
In A Nutshell: Sloane is at the end of her rope. Feeling betrayed by a sister who abandons her to a life alone with their abusive father, Sloane plans...moreIn A Nutshell: Sloane is at the end of her rope. Feeling betrayed by a sister who abandons her to a life alone with their abusive father, Sloane plans to end her life. Little does she know that the world outside her front door is spiraling out of control. The infected are taking over the living, and Sloane finds herself barricaded inside the local High School. A lone girl who wants to die, among 5 other teenagers who desperately want to live.
Thoughts: This had to be one of the most intense book reading experiences I have ever had. The feeling of both anxiety and claustrophobia was just overwhelming at times. But, not in a way that would make me want to stop reading. In fact, I couldn't put this book down. And when pesky things like work made me have to walk away from this story for a few hours, I could not stop thinking about the characters and where I thought the story was going.
The last third of this book was just unrelenting in it's intensity. The over-all feeling of dread by the final 25 pages was just insane. And the ending didn't not disappoint in the least.
And yes, this is a story about a zombie apocalypse. But it is SO much more than that.
I am in awe of the way this author was able to maintain both the creep factor, and the overwhelming tension through out this book. There was truly no slow parts...no filler. Just a nail-biting "oh-my-gawd-what's-going-to-happen-next?" kind of story.
Bottom Line: A relentless, completely brilliant book. With zombies.
*Synopsis* While taking his little sister Aubrey to a fair in a nearby town, 17 yr old Jackson finds himself lost. He stumbles into a town that...more5 stars
*Synopsis* While taking his little sister Aubrey to a fair in a nearby town, 17 yr old Jackson finds himself lost. He stumbles into a town that at first seems deserted, and then suddenly bristling with life. And the people of the strange town soon make it clear that leaving is not an option.
*Thoughts* After winning a copy of this book through LibraryThing.com, I had initially sat down to read the first chapter or two just to get a feel for the story. The next thing I knew, it was 2 hours later, and I hadn't moved or looked away from the book once in that time.
This book completely blew me away. The story line was fast paced, the characters were well developed and relateable. The entire book felt like a really awesome episode of The Twilight Zone...which in my world is a *very* good thing.
*Bottom Line* Hands down the best dystopian novel I have ever read. I can't wait to get my hands on the 2nd book in the series, Lost.