Solid post-apocalyptic zombie fiction with great action scenes and a kick ass heroine with an interesting entourage. Fast paced but a little bit prediSolid post-apocalyptic zombie fiction with great action scenes and a kick ass heroine with an interesting entourage. Fast paced but a little bit predictable. I did not like the what's-his-name-hot-but-not-so-smart-rockgod-guy. Seriously, a tough girl needs a tough guy on her side, especially when crossing a zombie infested wasteland. ...more
Although it did not touch me as deeply as Feed I was still very excited with this book. It's a great continuation of the story, super fast paced and iAlthough it did not touch me as deeply as Feed I was still very excited with this book. It's a great continuation of the story, super fast paced and it definitely left me wanting for more.
I really missed some of the characters of the first book and the banter between Shaun and his sister. But we get introduced to some interesting new characters. Mahir gets to play a big part in the story and he is great. And we get to know Rebecca (Becks) who is absolutely kickass. This time the story is told from the perspective of Shaun, so it's interesting to get to know him better although I did not connect with him as much as with George.
The story was super fast paced with lots of action and had a better flow than the first book. Although this technically is a zombie book there is hardly any face to face encounters with zombies, and there are no gore scenes. I think there is even less zombie face-time than in the first book. Instead we get another conspiracy theory and some major development of the virus.
And the ending... major cliffhanger alert! I can't recall a cliffhanger that big. There were still many pages left (it turned out to be acknowledgements and a preview for Blackout) so I did not expect it to end like that and at that moment. Annoying! But it definitely leaves me counting the days for Blackout to be released in June 2012.
I know a lot of people are turned of immediately when a book is about zombies, but I would highly recommend this series even if you are not a fan of zombie fiction. It reads more like a medical or science thriller where the deadly virus happens to turn humans into flesh eating beings. And again, the emphasis is so much more on the society and the development of the virus than the actual flesh eating part which is barely there.
When Cass wakes up covered in horrible scars she does not remember much, but she knows she needs to find her baby daughter Ruthie. What follows is a qWhen Cass wakes up covered in horrible scars she does not remember much, but she knows she needs to find her baby daughter Ruthie. What follows is a quest through a wasteland full of beaters aka zombies to get back to her daughter.
Cass is a complex character with a lot of baggage: she had a rough childhood, she has been around if you know what I mean and she is a recovering alcoholic. I found it difficult to connect with her character, but I was impressed with how determined she was to find her daughter. She would literally do everything to get her back. The person who helps her is Smoke. I did not really care about their relationship and I found it hard to understand why he was attracted to Cass. My favorite character in the book was Monica. She is the type of person who says exactly what she thinks even though she could get in serious trouble for it.
The beaters were pretty terrifying and disgusting. There are a few scenes that describe how they prey on their victims or on each other and it was horrifying. I literally had to stop eating because it was so vivid and gruesome. But it's not just the beaters who are responsible for some of the most horrible scenes in the story. The nuns in the convent are pretty wacky and I thought they were almost more scary than the zombies.
The 'what happened?' was well explained. I always like to know how society reacts to a post-apocalyptic event and I thought that was very interesting in this story with different groups of weirdos who all have their own ideas of survival.
It was nice to read an adult zombie novel after all the YA novels I recently read, and this story is not for the fainthearted! I had a little bit of a love-hate relationship with this book though. Some parts of the book were just amazing, shocking and horrifying, other parts were just boring and slow paced. Overall I did like the book and I will pick up the second book in the series (Rebirth) that will be available in July this year.
I loved the first part of the story and really felt for Mary. But more towards the end I could not understand her anymore and lost a bit of my love foI loved the first part of the story and really felt for Mary. But more towards the end I could not understand her anymore and lost a bit of my love for the story. Overall I loved it, but I expected more. So what started out as a solid four stars, ended up in an ok three stars.
Mary lives in a medieval style village surrounded by the forest of hands and teeth. The village and the forest are separated by a fence to keep out the unconsecrated aka zombies. I felt sorry for Mary who was sent to the Sisterhood because her brother did not want her around and the boy who initially asked her to marry her did not follow through. Then there was the whole complicated love triangle (or love rectangle might be a better term) which kind of made sense, but at the same time was very frustrating. It had such a dark and emotional feel to it. l really loved this part.
When Mary finds out that a stranger has entered the village from 'outside' it sets all the events in motion and the story really starts to pick up the pace. But the more we get into the story, the more it becomes clear how selfish Mary is and it really started to annoy me.
I did not think the story was scary, but it definitely had a good number of very suspenseful moments. There were also a few intense moments where some of the characters had to make heartbreaking decisions and see their loved ones fall victim to the unconsecrated.
I loved Mary's observations and how she kept digging to find out the truth about the village, the unconsecrated and the rest of the world. But no matter how hard Mary tried to uncover these mysteries she was not very successful, which left me with a lot of questions when the book finished. I will probably pick up the second book in the series to find out what will happen next, but I have a feeling that many of these questions will remain unanswered.
This book is right up my alley and I loved it. To me this was one of these rare books that you just can't put down but at the same time don't want theThis book is right up my alley and I loved it. To me this was one of these rare books that you just can't put down but at the same time don't want them to end and I finished it the same day I started reading it. The first part of the book describes the underground enclave where Deuce lives. The second part of the book describes her exile from the enclave and her survival in the ruins of New York City where she fights dangerous gangs and hungry monsters. The story is fast paced with great characters. The complex relationship between the main character Deuce and her hunting partner and co-exiled Fade is interesting and well developed. Enclave contained elements that slightly reminded me of Mockingjay and The Passage, two books that I love very much. http://www.fragmentsoffiction.com/201......more