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Seventeen-year-old Eva is a chosen one. Chosen to live, while others meet a swift and painful death from an incurable virus so lethal, a person is dead within days of symptoms emerging. In the POD system, a series of underground habitats built by the government, she waits with the other chosen for the deadly virus to claim those above. Separated from family and friends, it ...more
Paperback, 312 pages
Published June 4th 2013 by Spencer Hill Press
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Khanh, first of her name, mother of bunnies
Yet another YA sci-fi dystopian that fails to deliver on all fronts. The writing is juvenile, the characters are annoying and lacking depth, and I found one character to be particularly offensive, poorly written, and dare I say, racist? I will go into details later.

And look at the cover! LOOK AT THE COVER! Who the fuck emerges from an emergency shelter with PERFECTLY COIFFED AND SAUSAGE-CURLED HAIR LIKE THAT?!

Ok, back to seriousness. First off, the premise of a good dystopian novel are realistic
Emily Donnellan
Apr 18, 2013 rated it did not like it
Shelves: arc, did-not-finish

Reasons why I couldn't finish this novel

1. The world building made absolutely no sense. There is a deadly virus but the virus has no name. This is ridiculous. Our society can not stand to leave things unnamed; we name our pets, parks, buildings, and even different strains of the flu (e.g. Swine Flu, Spanish Influenza) there is no way that doctors or society at large would have been okay with leaving this unnamed, especially not when it is causing the end of the world!

2. The POD system is not
Jun 10, 2013 rated it did not like it
I am at a loss for words at describing how awful PODs is...
Jan 26, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc, i-own, read-in-2013
5 glowing, sparkling stars for this one!

I can't even fully explain how I feel about this book. I had been waiting for it for so long and then today it shows up at my door. I completely spent my ENTIRE Saturday devouring every...single....word!

I'm not sure if I've ever read a book that made me feel so many different emotions at once. Sadness, anxiety, excitement, helplessness, and so many more. From one page to the next I had no idea what would happen. The crazy part was imagining myself in a s
MeMe Belikova First lady Ivashkov
Recieved an ARC from publisher in exchange for an honest review

You guys.......I TOTALLY LOVED THIS BOOK!!!!! I really can't explain it, this was one of those kind of books that I will never forget! This book grabbed me from the first and did not let me go till the very last word and I loved every second of it!!! Michelle Pickett did her thing and is an author that other authors should be keeping an eye on because she is coming up strong. Yeah, she is awesome so she will be seeing quite a few of
Tee loves Kyle Jacobson
PODs is one of the most AMAZING books I have read. I normally don't read books in this genre but lately I have been very drawn to them and I have to say that I am so glad I read this book. I am glad I stepped out of my comfort zone because Michelle Pickett is amazing and her writing just captures you right from page one and keeps you till the very end. Just thinking about the world ending and having to get picked by the government as to whether or not you will live or die is creepy because you n ...more
Damaris (GoodChoiceReading)
I really, really, really enjoyed this book! I don't even know how to start this review. Here goes...

Eva is sent to live in the PODs for a year while they try to contain the virus above. While in the PODs, she gets to know her roommates well and even finds love.

There were parts of the book that made me feel nothing but pain for Eva and her friends. They were basically torn away from their family because of a lottery, and are left to survive on their own. Jumping into a POD full of strangers wasn
Aug 28, 2015 rated it it was ok

The starting chapters were good, I'll give the book its credit. But the rest was.. :( :(
The romance totally ruined the book for me. The author's focus was not on the main plot. Man, I really liked the synopsis.. but the book: not satisfied :/
The MC, Eva swooned over David like alot (and I hate such excessive swooning characters).
Jun 04, 2013 rated it really liked it
Four stars: A gripping dystopian that kept me turning the pages.

Eva senses something isn’t quite right when she comes home to find her parents whispering and hurriedly trying to shut off the television. They even order pizza on a Tuesday night and insist on a family game night. The next day, Eva learns the reason for their strange behavior. There is a world wide pandemic, a virus is spreading and killing and there is no known cure. This could be the end of civilization. The president informs t
I received PODs from the publisher Spencer Hill Press in return for an honest review. A deadly virus has broken out proving to be lethal causing death within five days, putting everyone into a panic. However the government has a backup plan a series of underground pods will be living quarters for the selected few for a year giving the deadly virus a chance to die out. The government is holding a raffle for the remaining open 50,000 spots few will be chose while the rest will be left to die. Eva ...more
Mlpmom (Book Reviewer)
Have I mentioned before that this seems to be the year for dystopians? Because it is. Very much so and Pickett's dive into the genre was a huge splash. Okay, that was a little cheesy but, you get the point.

I am so excited that I was able to be a part of this blog tour and get to read and review this story because I truly ate up every word and became completely immersed in the story and into Eva's life.
And while the main character is Eva, this isn't just her story. It is a story about survival a
Meradeth Houston
Sep 25, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I've been looking forward to this one for AGES and it was totally worth the wait! Michelle has written an incredibly believable and vivid portrayal of one of my worst nightmares: a raging infection that no one can stop. I completely felt for poor Eva having to face the horrors of her world falling apart, and then having to say goodbye to her family to enter the PODs. Honestly, I can hardly imagine having to do that. The things Eva goes thought are crazy, but just what I would expect to see happe ...more
Keren Hughes
Sep 29, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Taken from my original review and Signed ARC +SWAG giveaway at:

I have been dying for an ARC of PODs since I first discovered it's existence months ago on Spencer Hill Press' website. You wouldn't believe the volume at which I squealed when the mail man knocked on my door and handed me a parcel directly from Michelle Pickett. I tore the parcel open and discovered that not only was there one ARC but actually there were two signed copies. One for me and one t
 ♥ Rebecca ♥
Jul 08, 2012 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: fans of The Darkest Minds
This review can also be found on my blog: A Match Made in Heaven

I really enjoyed this book more than I expected to. It was a great combo of feel-good romance, mixed with the suspense of a zombie apocalypse, and just a hint of dystopia. The story went through several phases. It felt a lot longer than it actually was. Not because it was slow or drawn-out, but because so much happened in 300 pages!

In the beginning, we learn about the virus. The details are a bit vague, but its not the details, or t
Apr 29, 2013 rated it really liked it
PODS was much more than expected. A deadly virus has been released into the world and only some are chosen to live protected in the POD system. Eva has to leave everyone she knows behind for a chance to live. When the PODS open and the occupants are released lots of things have changed and Eva no longer wants to follow the path that is set out for her if it means she has to be without her POD mate David.

I don't love the cover for PODS but the book was pretty good. Eva is pretty smart and determi
June Stevens
Nov 04, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arcs
It is very rare these days for a YA book to suck me in so thoroughly that I lose all concept of time and place, I'm just too busy for that. But PODs did exactly that. I was pulled right into Eva's world and stayed there until the end. If I had to pick out a flaw, (and really, it's not one...), it would be about 50 or so pages through the middle. I THOUGHT as I was reading it that it was a little slow and I kept thinking "lets get a little action going... what's REALLY going on?" But later, after ...more
Jun 03, 2012 marked it as to-read
why r people rating this? nobody has read it!
Jessi (Novel Heartbeat)
Feb 08, 2012 rated it did not like it
Shelves: 1-star
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I very nearly DNF’ed this book in the first 20-30 pages. I managed to stick through it somehow – my masochistic nature? or morbid curiosity? who knows – and honestly, I wouldn’t have been missing much. I was really looking forward to reading this because of the idea, but the delivery was so lackluster that it all just fell flat for me.

My first problem happened very early when Eva is chosen to go to the PODs and she realized she has to leave her family and friends behind (to die,
Feb 11, 2012 marked it as to-read
I WANT TO READ THIS! But i still can't because the release date is june 1,2013. :( ...more
Kayleigh {K-Books}
Aug 26, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: dystopia
PODs Review on K-Books

"I love you, Eva. If anything happens to you I'll never be able to forgive myself."

Right from the first moment I heard about this book I could not wait to read it. I am such an enormous fan of dystopia novels. They are currently one of my favourite genres of all time and I seriously just can't get enough of them. From seeing the cover and the blurb I knew that this book would be perfect for me. And I wasn't wrong. I loved every single moment of this book. It is just in
Sep 08, 2012 rated it did not like it
Nose Graze — Young Adult book reviews

Before anything else, I have a warning for you about PODs . The synopsis you see on Goodreads/Amazon describes like 95% of the ENTIRE book (instead of maybe the 25-45% you usually get). It literally leaves nothing to be explored or discovered when actually reading the book. It kills any kind of surprise by telling you exactly where the plot is going every step of the way. If you want a chance to enjoy the book a bit more, do yourself a favour and do not re
Sandra "Jeanz"
Mar 25, 2012 rated it it was amazing
First of all let me start with thanking Spencer Hill Press for sending me a paperback of PODs to read and review.
I was immediately attracted to the cover when I saw it. The female pictured is Evangeline, or Eva as she prefers to be called. She is looking hesistantly out of a very metallic looking habitat. I like the worn effect on the title. the placement of the title and author name works well and of course there's the byline. The byline says "The end of the world is only the beginning
Jan 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing
POD’s was a super fantastical read. I thoroughly enjoyed it, as much as I expected I would and then some. I’ve known about this book now for quite some time, and I’ve been sooo excited to read it. As I was at BEA I had literally bumped into Michelle Pickett. I turned around to say I was sorry and I was like, ‘OMG You’re Michelle. I can’t wait to read your book!!’ As most of the authors that I’ve had the pleasure to meet – Michelle was amazing. Not only did she get a copy for me and signed it, bu ...more
Kristin (Blood,Sweat and Books)
Original review posted @Blood,Sweat and Books

The virus came swiftly. Young, Old, it didn't matter. Once infected you were dead. When a Virus of catastrophic proportions sweeps the country by storm the only thing Eva can do is watch and wait and hope. That is until the announcement that a National Raffle will be held. Fifty thousand lucky souls will be given a chance to wait out the virus in specially built Pods. Those chosen will live in them for a year in hopes that the virus dies out. Out of 3
Emily Blake
*A copy was provided by Spencer Hill Press for review purposes*

Coming into this book, I was extremely excited. It looked like such a scary, awesome story. Unfortunately, I had a love/hate relationship with this book. I absolutely loved the story line and the action, but I was not a fan of the writing or romance. The idea was very interesting, the execution was lacking. I loved the world that Pickett created, and it was a very well thought-out and explained situation. The story was kind of boring

So when I first heard about this book I just knew I had to have it so then the hunt began I went on quite a mission to find a ARC of PODs & just when I was about to give up when I came across the Spencer Hill Press web page offering us readers an amazing chance to read & review a ARC Of PODs. So of course I signed up with fingers crossed and waited... then waited some more & then finally I got the e-mail from Spencer Hill Pres letting me know I was approved It took me about oh a nano second! to
May 21, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: blog-tours, arc
Eva was a normal 17-year-old girl, attending high school, going to the mall, hanging out with friends. Suddenly, the world as everyone knows it changes forever. A virus, incurable and deadly, swiftly moves across the planet leaving havoc in its path. The government has an underground POD system set up in which they plan to house people for one year, to give the virus time to run its course. The only problem is there are only a limited amount of spaces available. A raffle is held where participan ...more
May 14, 2013 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Fans of young adult, dystopian, zombies, Divergent, Hunger Games, Twilight
Shelves: favourites
PODs is one of those books where I wish goodreads had a 'half star' rating system in place. Where I've given the rating of 4 stars, I wish I could give it 4 1/2 stars. While the book wasn't amazing, I still more than really liked it and I am very much looking forward to the next installment.

I have to admit, I wasn't sure what to expect with this young adult novel and was pleasantly surprised. I enjoy both the dystopian and apocalyptic genres and this book delivers on both fronts. The author
Kendall {Book Crazy}
Aug 26, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc, favorites
I had a hard time writing this review as I tried so hard not to give anything away, but this book blew my mind! I had been wanting to read it for months so when I heard that the Spencer Hill Press UK ARC Share Group were getting ARCs of it then I was so excited! I couldn't get through it fast enough! It was just amazing! There was so much suspense and action in it that it nearly had my biting my fingernails! I had my own ideas after reading the synopsis about what was going to happen in this boo ...more
Nicole/Books Complete Me
May 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Ok, so what would you do, if there was a drawing to see who would live and who would die?

There's a deadly virus that is wrecking havoc on the world. Each country is deciding how they will survive. We follow Eva, where in the USA, they have decided to randomly draw from the social security numbers. When she gets a call on her cell, her parents know that they weren't chosen, but that Eva would live on.

The year underground passes quickly, there are few who had the virus, and were "disposed" of. T
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“Will you, Eva? WIll you risk everything to see David? Because that's what you'll be doing"
"I'm not risking anything. Theres nothing here I want if I cant have him.”
“I wish I had your talent, David."
"I like that," he said with a small frown.
"What? That I think you're talented?"
"No. I like how my name sounds on your lips."

David and Eva”
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