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Hitchers by Will McIntosh
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May 24, 2012

really liked it
Read from May 24 to 29, 2012

I picked this up while browsing through my local library for a new book. The cover art caught my attention; I wasn't familair with Will McIntosh, but the short synopsis on the dust jacket convinced me to give it a shot. Mass possessions after an Anthrax attack kills over half a million people in one city? OK, I'm game!

The first half seemed a little slow for me; I could read 50 or so pages and call it a night. As the events unfolded around the second half of the book, I was hooked and read almost the rest of it in one sitting. With only a couple of chapters left (and it being almost three in the morning), I forced myself to put it down and get some sleep. The next day, I eagerly picked it up again as soon as I had some free time and finished it.

I thought the characters were easy to absorb and understand. They were likable enough for me to become interested in their outcomes; or in the grandfather's case, unlikable enough for me to want to know how he got dealt with. Were some of the outcomes predictable? Sure, but not enough for me to discontinue reading.

I also liked McIntosh's ideas about the afterlife. His vivid descriptions definitely made me imagine what it looked like as I read, even feeling the fear and anxiety the characters were going through.

Overall, I'm glad I picked up this book. I found it quick and engrossing, especially around the halfway point.

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Reading Progress

05/26/2012 page 50
05/29/2012 page 248
94.0% "Pace picked up and I couldn't put down last night. (So close to the end!) Only when I noticed that my clock read 2:58 (AM) that I reluctantly closed it for the night."
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