Being a HUGE fan of (almost) anything "Dystopian/Post Apocalyptic" this was a treat for me to see on "NETGALLEY". I have only read a few graphic novel...moreBeing a HUGE fan of (almost) anything "Dystopian/Post Apocalyptic" this was a treat for me to see on "NETGALLEY". I have only read a few graphic novels in my time so I was a tiny,tiny, bit leery that this was one. As I began to read I quickly forgot about that apprehension. I was quickly drawn into 10 year old Lisa's new world, sans adults. I imagined myself at 10 trying to navigate a world with no one older than 14 in it.
While it is a really great and fascinating story, I think at times Lisa was abnormally mature for her age. Bad lot in life aside, no 10 year old I have EVER met, in my many moons on this earth could accomplish, alone, what she did. That pet peeve of mine aside, I was glad when the author showed her immaturity pop out in moments of stress. THAT was what re sold this book to me. It became more true to life. She had moments that were typical of a girl her age under stress. Moments of childish emotions, temper tantrums, grandiose thoughts, stubbornness,etc. made it more realistic to me a bit into the story, than it had in the beginning. Then again, I listed traits many adults have too! (me!me!) lolz.
A crazy virus killed everyone above the age of 14, turned them into "dust". Lisa and her younger brother Todd had been living in their family home and surviving while Lisa went out forging daily for food. Everything seemed good until other groups of kids got desperate and robbed Lisa's brother while she was gone on food trip. Deciding to up the safety factor she got the entire neighborhood to band together and all was well, until a larger group of kids trashed their sanctuary. Lisa found a much larger & more secure sanctuary and got ALL of the kids to work together in harmony to make it just perfect. Again, all seemed well until another larger, older, group of kids decided it was to be theirs and kidnapped Lisa in a attempt to overthrow the little "city".
I will stop there. Anything else will be a spoiler. Like I mentioned, those few small peeves side, this was a truly good story and I believe children, teens, adults, alike will enjoy it and get a positive message out of it. After I stopped seeing Lisa as a 10 year old, I was able to get into the groove of the story more. I have read a few similar tales & what makes this more kiddy friendly is the lack of violence,swearing, and disturbing chaos that happens when all adults die/the world ends.
I did a bit of research & found that this version is not the original from the 70's. I am curious to read that version. Also many schools use this book and make an entire session out of it. I wish I had read it in school *pouts* & am glad educators are using stories like this to get kids reading and to engage them in lively, thought provoking, debates.
This is one I will buy for my shelf & is my first official read for the "DYSTOPIA CHALLENGE" I am participating in. (less)
I am seriously kicking myself in the butt for NOT writing this when I finished the book. I finished this book over a month ago now. Please bare with me, and if you have read this book & I screw something up please tell me! lolz.. As a Zombie Fiend I was stoked to of received this ARC. The story began normally enough (as normal as these stories go) a family 3 years into self imposed isolation after a Rabies virus on crack infected the world.
Sherry and her small family have been living in relative comfort for the last 3 years. As their food begins to run out they must make a choice, stay underground and starve to death, or go above and risk death. Sherry and her Father leave their safe confines to find food and enter into a world very different than they last remembered.
So begins a tale that truly had me excited page after page! In fact I am THISCLOSE to trying to bribe Susanne for the follow up ARC to this book! There was true non stop excitement as far the zombie AKA: Weeper attacks go. The characters all played an integral role in the building of the story, and no matter how small the characters role was, they all played it to perfection.
Sherry's knitting granny tugged at my heartstrings. Her character was not "nuts", but it was obvious the sudden upheaval of all things normal in their day to day life affected her deeply and profoundly. When Joshua is introduced into the story you breath a sigh of relief, you know he is needed and will be a huge part of the story. In what way, good or bad- is unknown for awhile. He has his own past to deal with and has been above ground fighting to survive, so the ugliness he has seen has jaded him. Luckily Sherry has been hidden from the world, until now.
Together they set off on a mission to not only save Sherry's father, but to save her entire family. Getting food to them before they try to leave the safety of the bunker to find food for themselves is of the utmost importance.
A few bumps in the road aside the story begins unfolding at a nice even pace. Not once was I overwhelmed by too much action or too many characters coming into the mix. I like that the author took her time and it did not get dull while she did it. As the story goes along and new characters are introduced, the truth about the virus is revealed little by little.
Of course a bit of romance comes into play between our 2 main characters, Sherry & Joshua. I am grateful it was NOT love at first site. Learning everyone's story in these books always fascinates me to no end. Where they come from, how they changed from then to now, etc.
Overall I'd say it's a familiar story line, BUT Susanne has the creativity and talent to make it better than the stereotypical "virus changed humans into flesh eating mutants" tale. Her Weepers are a bit different than your average zombie too. I appreciate that in my monster. I liked that even though they lost all that makes them human, they retained a grain of intelligence. Enough to make them dangerous and cunning. Smarter than average zombies, a kidnapped Father, a boy who has seen too much ugliness for someone so young, a girl on a mission to save her loved ones, and their assorted friends and family members,equals a helluva tale about life after life ends.(less)