Place(s) Traveled To: Cortege, unknown // Fairfield
First Line(s): The little girl limps to our car.
Please Remain Calm is a followup novella to Courtney Summer's 2012 zombie novel, This is Not a Test (my review.) It picks up immediately where This is Not a Test leaves us and gives us all a hint on what happens to Sloane and Rhys. Unlike This is Not a Test, Please Remain Calm is told from the point of view of Rhys and I think I liked the story a bit better as a result. I liked being in Rhys's head and seeing things through his eyes. He's a little more hopeful than Sloane and even though the world around them is falling apart he still holds out hope for humanity and for life.
The journey that Sloane and Rhys take in this novella isn't an easy one. Life outside the school is rough and fraught with dangers similar to those that you see if you watch The Walking Dead. And like with the tv show its more other people that you have to worry about than the brainless zombies that infest the world. There is danger around ever corner and Courtney Summers excels at keeping the reader on the edge of ones seat. Nowhere is safe and the uninfected are far and few between and there is no telling who you can trust.
For a short novella, Please Remain Calm, feels longer and while I wished that there were more pages I was satisfied with how things played out. Even if I didn't always agree with the choices that Summers made. But that's what I like about a Courtney Summers book. You never know what she is going to do and she does often take the unexpected path. She could give everyone a happily ever after and tie everything up in a neat little bow but that isn't real life and that isn't what I expect from a book by Summers. I like that her books are raw and emotional. I like how they always make you feel something. If you liked This is Not a Test then you will have to read this book. Its not enough, its never enough, but its something more than what we had before.
First Line(s): I never took to fighting like the others.
To say that finding the words to write my review of Reborn by Jennifer Rush was a difficult thing is an understatement and I've been searching for them since I finished this book. Reborn takes us back to the world and story that was begun in Altered (my review) only this time we get Nick's point of view. Nick, oh the amazingly taciturn soul of few words and who I've been longing to know more about since his first grunt in Altered. And let me tell you, it may have taken 3 books and 2 novellas but Jennifer Rush does not disappoint when it comes to Nick's story. It was everything that I hoped for and more. Reborn was a book that made me smile, it broke my heart, and it also gave me all those happy heart achy feels that I love in books. There was action and romance and just so many things that it really is hard to find the words without spoiling this story.
I really love the Altered series and I think that it gets better and better as it goes on. The first two books are told from Anna's point of view and focus more on her and Sam. Reborn changes things up by not just focusing on Nick but also becoming an alternating POV with him and Elizabeth. I loved this style and now kind of wish that Alteredand Erased had done the same as I'd love to be able to see into Sam's head. Elizabeth is a new character to the series and she adds in a nice balance to Nick. They are very much a yin and yang to the other and give each other balance. Elizabeth helps to bring out Nick's softer side and Nick helps bring out Elizabeth's strength.
Reborn is a fast paced story and if I had the time I would have been able to read the whole thing in a day. There is a lot that goes on in this story but what I love about Jennifer Rush's writing style is that she is able to maintain the mystery and keeps the reader guessing as the story unfolds. It was filled with intrigue and questions and I couldn't turn the pages fast enough to see where it would all end up. Seriously, this series is one of my favorites and I really hope that there will be more books coming. After all Trev and Cass need to find their happily ever afters too. Plus there is still just so much to learn about the past of all of these boys and what the Branch will do next.
The differences between the show and the GN mess with my brain on occasion...like how we already have Tyrese in the picture and there is no Daryl. HowThe differences between the show and the GN mess with my brain on occasion...like how we already have Tyrese in the picture and there is no Daryl. How they call the zombies, zombies and not walkers. How the events at the farm didn't span more than one book...and glen and all the rest. Starting to get into a grove of it those and liked this one more than the first. ...more