Feb 01, 12
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Read from January 29 to 30, 2012 — I own a copy
I don't know what it is that makes me giddy when I hear the word zombie. Maybe it's the promise of the action, suspense, the running for your life, and trying to survive, that usually go along with any good zombie tale. This story has Weepers, which may not technically be zombies, as I'm not sure if they're actually dead or not. At any rate, to me they're in the same category so: me=giddy!
Fifteen-year old Sherry and her family have been in a safety bunker for the last three and a half years. The population Los Angeles has been overrun by a mutated version of the rabies virus. Any humans who were infected became something called Weepers. Any who were not infected were told to go into hiding for protection. Sherry's family planned for four years of food but somehow they miscalculated, and they've just run out. Sherry and her father make plans to go out and find food, there is no other option. Right away things go badly and Sherry loses her dad to one of the Weepers. Enter Joshua. He's a somehow immune the disease and has been surviving on the outside with a group of people at a place called Safe-haven. Joshua agrees to retrieve the rest of Sherry's family and bring them to their compound and then go after her father. It seems there's a chance he's still alive because sometimes these Weepers don't eat a person right away. They take them to one of their nests to save them for later. Ewww!! In the process of searching for Sherry's father, she and Joshua form a bond. I like the quote on the front of this book: "Danger isn't the only thing that makes your heart beat faster…" So, yes, there is a romance in here, and a very sweet one at that.
I really enjoyed this story. It had you on the edge of your seat from the beginning. Even at first, in the bunker, it's intense. Just reading about the grandma clickity-clacking those knitting needles while the rest of the family was imploding, made me want to take those needles and…..well, I don't know…..let's just say it wouldn't have been good. There are some pretty gruesome moments (as you would expect with a zombie book), so be warned if that kind of thing bothers you. I didn't think it was as bad as some though. I really admired both main characters. Sherry is a brave young girl who puts her family first. I love her relationship with her little sister Mia. Joshua, who's lost so much, is intent on helping others and ridding the world of these Weepers. While we’re not left on a horrible cliffhanger, this story seems like it has just begun when you get to the ending. We are left with unanswered questions, and the fate of one of the characters still hangs in the balance. I can't wait for the next book!