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Mad World: Epidemic

(Mad World #1)

3.86  ·  Rating details ·  164 ratings  ·  64 reviews
The Black Plague is ancient history. It killed 100 million people nearly seven centuries ago, halfway around the world from the technologically advanced research center at Stanford University. Scientists there have recently begun examining samples of bone marrow from plague-infected corpses unearthed in Europe. All the necessary safeguards are in place. What could go wrong ...more
Paperback, 160 pages
Published July 28th 2012 by Amazon (first published July 26th 2012)
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S.K. Munt
3 Zombie stars

I've decided to start using a special Zombie rating system because quite frankly, Zombie books are too different to other kinds of books to be graded on the same scale. What matters to me personally in a novel is usually first and foremost how interesting it is, how it makes me feel (or how MUCH it makes me feel) how creative it is and how original the characters are. Oh and plot twists- I do not want to see plot twists coming unless I'm praying for a particular outcome, and usuall
Andrea M.
Aug 30, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I want to start out by saying that I am no wimp when it comes to horror. I laughed during The Exorcist, got ideas on how to torment my siblings from Carrie and just love the genre. Normally I don't do YA, to angsty, whiny, and the writers make the characters sound like animated text messages and valley girls. THIS story, is a remarkable exception to the rule. To say this story was unnerving is to put it mildly. To say it was both disturbing and frightening is a disservice to the author. If it we ...more
Jessica Figueroa
Feb 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc
This book was a real page turner from the start, it was so hard for me to stop reading once I got it. This is the type of book that you can be any age to really enjoy this. Lots of adventure. I found it refreshing that there wasn't a cheesy love at first sight thing going on, I mean its the beginning of the zombie apocalypse. Why in the world would people be thinking of love at at time like that? I loved how fast paced it was, kept things interesting. Another thing I liked was that they didn't c ...more
Stifyn Emrys
Aug 01, 2012 rated it it was amazing
As the editor for this work, I had the privilege of going over it with a fine-tooth comb and watching as it developed from the kernel of an idea into a full-fledged novel. If you like action, this novel is definitely for you. Readers won't have a chance to catch their breath as the characters face one harrowing challenge after another.

"Epidemic" introduces you to characters you'll care about, with distinct and engaging personalities: Alyssa, the ringleader; Jake, her resolute and somewhat myster
Aug 23, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Young and Old,
I was unsure of this book at first because it is not my normal reading genre! I am so glad that I went ahead and read it!
A cling to the edge of your seat tale that takes you for a ride you will not soon forget!
This book will grab your attention from the first few paragraphs and it won't let you go until it is finished!
This story has adventure, thrills, chills, imagination, drama, and suspense, a tale of courage, endurance, kindness, charity, caring for your fellow man, and yes, even the slow gr
Ashley Hultgren
Sep 04, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I wasn’t ready for this book to end. What would you do if you were faced with a highly infectious disease epidemic? For Alyssa, Jacob and their small group of friends that is exactly the reality they are faced with. After a school trip to New York gets cut short due to unforeseen events in their home state of California and unable to contact anyone from back home, they find themselves driving across the country for answers. The streets are deserted, their families, everyone, gone. Bits and piece ...more
Lauren Sharp
Dec 05, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Excellent debut novel. The story was compelling and I look forward to the future additions to the series. Provost is extremely successful in writing a gruesome novel in a classy way. I was very impressed with her spin on zombie fiction: the reason for the outbreak, the demeanor of the zombies, and the governmental response was creative, well thought out, and interesting to read. As an avid zombie lover, I was pleasantly surprised to come across a new story line in the genre.
All of that said, th
Oct 27, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I received a free copy of Epidemic for my honest review. I had never read a novel with Zombies before, and with this book, I was delightfully surprised. Book 1 of Mad World tells of how the Zombie epidemic came to be. Alyssa, has to grow up fast, be brave and strong when they try to find their families only to realize they may all be dead. The end leaves you hanging when the group notices something different with the little boy Luke. An awesome book, I read it in one sitting, it was quite an act ...more
Sep 04, 2012 marked it as to-read
I just loved, loved, loved, this book! It is a page turner right from the start. The suspense and sadness is heightened by the fact that this is set in the present. What indeed is lurking out there?

The characters are extraordinary. Mixed in with all the turmoil they go through, there is love, compassion, strength as well as the expected fear that gives them all such depth.

The ending - totally unexpected!
Jennifer Delgado
Aug 11, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone!!
Recommended to Jennifer by: Steve Provost
Personally, I loved this book! I'm not a fan of zombies whatsoever, but because I am a huge fan of the YA genre, I decided to give it a go. I'm so glad I did!

I bought this and couldn't put it down until it was finished.I absolutely HAVE to find out what happens next! So yeah, when does the next one come out?
Tracy Adkins
Aug 10, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: everyone
Recommended to Tracy by: Facebook
WOW!! What a RIDE!!
Non-stop action from START to FINISH!!
I can't WAIT to see what happens NEXT?
(When does the next one come out?)
Nanette Bradford
Sep 06, 2012 marked it as to-read
Wow! Let me just tell you that this was my first ever read of a Zombie book and i wasn't disappointed. I was a bit nervous at first but from the beginning it grabbed me in and wouldn't let go. A bunch of Scientists from Stanford University decided that they wanted to mess with a 14th century virus after finding some black plague bodies, on an expedition in Europe, that had bone marrow that was surprisingly still in tact. They brought the virus back home with them and attempted to wake it up. Of ...more
Lily at Bookluvrs Haven
Nov 12, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Review originally featured on Bookluvrs Haven

A group of teenagers and their coach hop on a bus and make their way home, as chaos breaks out throughout their country. Not being able to reach any loved ones by cell phone, they fear the worst but hang hopeful that their families are ok and not affected by whatever contamination/illness has certain cities quarantined.

Their hopes quickly turned to their worst nightmare when they arrive and realize that they did not beat the clock, and must now fight
Laura *Little Read Riding Hood*
Nov 25, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ebooks
Let me start by thanking the author for giving me a copy of this book to review for the upcoming book tour.

Now, let me really start with the only thing I didn't get ... the cover. What's with the lightening? It has nothing to do with the story. It is a cool picture ... but really?

Ok, now that that is out of the way, onto the important bit, the whole book! When I first started reading I was honestly a little nervous I wouldn't like it. It seems a bit ... silly? Too serious? I know that is a contr
Ruby Jo
Jan 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Wow! What a way to start this year! First, let me start by saying that this was the very first book I have ever read that is entirely filled with zombies and ONLY zombies. No other supernatural creatures. Go ahead, gasp in horror, I'll wait. :P *clears throat*

The first thing that I loved about this book is that the action starts right away. It doesn't run around in circles for ages before the story starts. It throws you right in the middle of everything and it takes you along for the ride. I lov
Samantha March
Dec 22, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I am excited to kick off Samaire Provost’s tour with CLP Blog Tours for Mad World: Epidemic, because I loved this book! You know you’re in for a treat when literally the first paragraph in the book has you hooked, and that is exactly what happened to me! I didn’t actually realize when I started that the book would be basically about zombies. I haven’t bought into the zombie craze yet – unlike my fiancé – but I never once got worried because I enjoyed the opening so much.

Scientist’s at Stanford
Ashlee Elizabeth
Nov 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Omg! 😯 I never cared for the topic of zombies til I gave this book a try!! Good thing I ordered two more of your books when I had the chance bc I am bout to read Sanctuary! That would have left me hanging and wondering bout a certain character! I definitely want to recommend this book to the zombie lovers! Great job, samaire!! 🤗 always good to read something new!! off to read book #2!! 😍
Chrissy (The Every Free Chance Reader)
Did I enjoy this book: Yes. I really got into this book.

When I first read the blurb for this book, I thought it sounded exciting. (And it is very exciting.) However, nowhere in that blurb are zombies mentioned. When I got to the zombies, I was not happy. I am not a zombie fan. I have not read any books prior to this that had zombies in them. Some scenes with said zombies were gross and stomach-turning. With that being said, I could not put this book down. I had to keep reading it despite my dis
Sara Palacios
Jan 14, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I received a copy of Mad World: Epidemic from CLP Blog Tours as an active blog participant.

Mad World: Epidemic by Samaire Provost begins with suspense and terror. Scientists at Stanford have begun doing exams on bone marrow samples from corpses that passed during the Black Plague in Europe. But, what begins as innocent research changes shape as the infection somehow breaks through their protocols and gets out, which leads to a massive infection of people and then turns into an epidemic. In a sce
Almost a novella in length, Mad World: Epidemic fits quite a story into its 160 pages - as the students make it home to find their families are gone and some seriously deranged people are wandering about their neighbourhood, they pick up a few stragglers and set off to the main evacuation point in Los Angeles.

I did have a few small issues with this book - firstly, one of the main characters picks up a gun and immediately takes four perfect head shots. It is mentioned that his family has an inter
Ashley Chen
Aug 28, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: must-review
** I received a paperback copy from the author. Thank you so much! :)**

I have to mention that when I first began the novel, the writing felt very amateur. But after a few chapters it really became fantastic. I felt the terror, lost, grieve and everything else in between. It was like Resident Evil, it made me scared of the dark. I did not
want to read this book at night.

But the thing is about the book was that the characters didn't really connect with me. I didn't feel that they were real. The zo
Athena Nagel
Oct 25, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviewed

Samaire's Epidemic reminds me very much of the events in The Passage by Justin Cronin. The Zombies are very much like the "smokes", "virals" or whatever you would like to call them. Epidemic takes place in 2012 and is about Stanford University uncovering details about the Black Plague from history and they end up bringing the plague back and worse than ever. People are infected by bites or any type of bodily fluid contact. In the midst of all the losses, a child is born - Luke - he is their only
Mar 21, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2013
Alyssa and Jake are excited to be on a senior acting class trip to Broadway. They love acting and the trip has been great. The great time soon ends when it seem trouble is breaking out back home. As they all rush to get back to find their families they only find horror. People are being evacuated to other places and now some of them have to find just were they are being sent. The class has many challenges along the way and some of them just may not make it. Seems scientist researching Black Plag ...more
Jon Latham
Sep 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
148 page “Mad World” paranormal fiction. A power packed page turner, with thrills and chills aplenty. No matter what goal you set for yourself about how far you will read that day, you will have a hard time stopping when you reach it. You can’t help but feel for the characters as they try to reunite with their families but at the same time avoid being infected.

Story line (Contains spoilers):

A group of advanced acting high school kids and their teacher/coach from California are performing in New
Step Into Fiction
Jan 16, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ashley
Have I mentioned before how obsessed I am with Zombies? Well, if I haven't or you haven't heard, I AM! Love Love Love them! So much, my brother bought me a shirt for Christmas that says "The hardest thing about a Zombie Apocalypse is pretending I'm not excited". So, yeah, I'm pretty obsessed! With that said, onto my review!

Actually, when I first got introduced to this book, I had no idea it was about Zombies. Maybe I am niave but I read black plague and that's what I thought, massive death, but
David haberman
Nov 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Wow, what an awesome book. I love zombie books, TV shows, and movies. I have read A LOT of zombie books. Most I will read and can put them down but Mad World: Epidemic by Samaire Provost. I couldn't put the book down, I finished it in a day and a half. I even went to bed and read for awhile and I hadn't done that in years. The book is about scientists find some still viable bone barrow in a mass grave of some Black plague victims and start experimenting on it, and that is when things go wrong. W ...more
Elizabeth Gorham
Nov 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I read ever zombie book I can find and this one fits up there with better ones. I love the fact there is a strong female lead character!! If there is a YA in your life who enjoys thrillers/horror, highly recommend it. I'm 47 and am really looking forward to the next book. The ending on this one hooks you for the next in the series.

I especially enjoyed the new twist on how zombies start roaming the planet. Great thought process!

This is a great book for all ages. I wouldn't hesitate to allow my
Aug 10, 2012 rated it really liked it
I'm going to be more verbose in this review than I was on Amazon. I am giving the book the same rating as I did there, my opinion has not changed.

I did enjoy reading this story. Though I am not sure it counts as a novel, as a novella it is truly worthy. Samaire definitely grabbed my attention with her story line and character descriptions. Would have preferred a longer story with more time to get to know the characters. But it does appear that this is the first in a series. Perhaps as she contin
Angela Mitchell
Jan 02, 2013 rated it did not like it
Mess, complete mess. "Meticulously edited" by the author's husband. No, it was proofread. There's a difference. There are no typos, sure, but there are a ton of issues.

Repetitive: load up on junk food, Red Bulls, a few injured passengers, check the ever-charged iPad, go to the hospital, fight zombies, repeat.

Contextual and grammatical errors: a black kid who turns white with horror, the kid who is the oldest even though he is a year behind the rest in school, the cop who empties his gun into a
Imogen Paradise
Jan 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I could not put this book down from the moment I picked it up. Incredibly tense, it is visual & visceral; almost like watching a film. I found the premise intriguing, & not implausible. The characters seemed a bit one-dimensional in places, but one still felt the pain & despair of the others when each one died. I felt occasionally that too much detail went into the fuel & rest stop breaks, although that did give a momentary break from the relentless horror. There were a couple of odd sections th ...more
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Samaire Wynne grew up in a lot of different places, and now happily resides on the
East Coast of America, laboring away at writing stories every day. She is an animal lover with far too many pets, yet she still muses how she’d like to add even more. A lover of all things night and gothic, she also loves to read and reread her favorite books. Owned by a cat named Tyrion, she can be found haunting th

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