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Mad World: Sanctuary

(Mad World #2)

4.10  ·  Rating details ·  86 ratings  ·  31 reviews
The year is 2017, and the Black Plague infection has swept across most of the United States, leaving death and chaos in its wake. Martial law is the rule rather than the exception, with outbreaks cropping up when they're least expected. Alyssa and her friends must not only battle outbreaks of the disease, but also find themselves pursued by government agents – men and wome ...more
Paperback, 354 pages
Published August 30th 2012 by Creatspace (first published August 28th 2012)
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Andrea M.
Aug 30, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Absolutely Amazing!

Samaire has done it again. Sanctuary is a fast paced non-stop adventure. I couldn't stop until the final page was turned. I loved the characters in the first book, in the second she pulls you in even deeper and you wind up caring for them even more. This isn't a feel good fairy tale fantasy. It is a dark often gritty urban fantasy in a nearly post apocalyptic world. Our rag tag family has grown, matured and is closer than ever. The author writes in such a way that you feel as
Sep 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Recently I reviewed a book by a brand new author, Samaire Provost, Titled "Epidemic", I was impressed by this first effort of Ms Provost to say the least. It is her latest work, "Sanctuary" That caught me completely off guard! I read this book overnight, I NEVER stay up until 3 AM reading, I generally fall asleep or just get tire and put this book down. This time however, I did. I read most of the night and picked it up to finish early this AM. As I drank my morning coffee I completed this book! ...more
Ashley Hultgren
Sep 28, 2012 rated it it was amazing

Wow. Samaire Provost has out done herself with this gripping sequel to Mad World: Epidemic. Behind every zombie lays a family still holding on to the hope that a cure may be found or they can somehow manage to help their loved one maintain control, if only that were truly the case. Sanctuary takes off running five years after the cliffhanger of an ending for Epidemic and doesn’t slow down. We find our makeshift family of survivors moving from town to town not only trying to escape from Zombies
Stifyn Emrys
Dec 10, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Like the first book in the series, this is a thrill-a-minute roller-coaster ride. But whereas many authors in this genre are content to reproduce earlier work, this author expands on it by creating more nuanced relationships and a more varied story line in her second outing. I'm often put off by sequels that pick up several years after the first installment left off, but it works here. The characters matured just as you'd expect them to in real life. While the setting is definitely NOT our every ...more
Nov 04, 2012 rated it really liked it
I received a complimentary copy of this book as a part of a book tour in exchange for a fair and honest review.

The second book in the Mad World series, Sanctuary takes place five years after the events of Epidemic. As Samaire Provost takes us back into the Dystopian world she's created with a resurgence of the Black Plague, we find the characters struggling to survive in a world full of zombies. At the end of Epidemic the characters who survived were 4 teenagers, 1 young child and a newborn, who
Nanette Bradford
Sep 16, 2012 marked it as to-read

Its been 5 and a half years since the Yersinia Pestis bacterium had gotten out from the Stanford University Lab and things have gotten worse.
Not only has the virus spread into connecting states and out of the country, it has also mutated into a bunch of different strands of the virus and the
Scientists can't keep up to try and find a cure. The military can't even keep the virus contained and people have taken to dealing with the strange
"zombies" on their own. Some are hiding out in their homes b
Gordon Anderson
Nov 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing
If you haven't read the first book (Epidemic), it's advisable although not necessary. The novel finds Alyssa and her friends five years after the outbreak of the epidemic that transforms humans into flesh eating zombies. They must travel to Canada to find sanctuary from a mad world populated by zombies who can ambush them at any time. The book is very exciting and full of suspense. There are many fast moving scenes and close calls. There are several surprises along the way. I can't wait to read ...more
Chelsea Johnson
Jan 16, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Just finished reading Sanctuary, and it was incredible. I love the theory of Zombies possibly being able to communicate with one another. The whole water tower part in this book had me floored. I was scared for them! (Sorry if I'm spoiling anyone's future read but I haven't given that much details)This book was awesome, and I absolutely loved it, It isn't like every traditional zombie story, it has alot of creative ideas and insane swerves. Just like Epidemic, this story has kept me on the edge ...more
Tracy Adkins
Aug 30, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This is the continuing story of Alyssa, Jake, Caitlyn, Risa, DeAndre, and Luke. It is just as fast-paced as the first book EPIDEMIC. The best scene was the scene where everyone is trying to find Luke, in the forest and the two farms. Then they find him while they are fighting a zombie, and it is a very tense scene.
This book ends sad again, like the first. But I hope the next book will be out soon so I can find out WHAT HAPPENS NEXT!!!!!
Oct 27, 2012 rated it it was amazing
In Book 2, we're five years in the future. The group of kids who were just friends, have now become a family. The CDC wants little Luke because they've found out he's a hybrid human and if they dissect him they may find a cure for this epidemic. Because of this they must stay on the run and hope to find the santuary that they heard about located in Canada. Once again, a great page turner with a cliffhanger ending, a must read for all Apocalyptic/Zombie fans! ...more
Sep 30, 2012 marked it as to-read
Recommends it for: This is an intriguing book for anyone!
Samaire Provost does it again! It is five years later and the epidemic still rages on. How these characters keep their sanity in the crazy, frightening world is beyond me. The ending, of course, was unexpected. Looking forward to book #3.
Ashlee Elizabeth
Dec 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Omg. This was such a great book! It definitely was at the edge of your seat reading!! It was scarier and has a lot more action! But still as good as EPIDEMIC!! I can't wait and look forward to reading DESPERATION! Great job, Samaire!! Keep up the good work!! 😍 ...more
Feb 13, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: read-in-2013
After finishing off the first book in this series, Mad World: Epidemic, I was excited to see the story continued, especially since I don’t usually read books from a series right after another. Even though the story took place several years later, Mad World: Sanctuary turned out to be disappointing, enough that I am not sure if I want to continue the series after all.

At the beginning, we are tossed back into the story, with a few reminders here and there about the previous book that I felt were m
Laura *Little Read Riding Hood*
Nov 25, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ebooks
I loved, ​LOVED​ Epidemic. It was fantastic, emotional, terrifying, exhilarating, nauseating, and horrifying.

Sanctuary was ... good. I have this thing against series that jump ahead years in each book. Sanctuary takes place several years after Epidemic. I understand, because then Luke can be a character, and not just a baby. And since he becomes pretty important ... I mean it makes sense. I guess I just really feel like I missed out on the developing relationships, meeting new people, and the st
Sara Palacios
Feb 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I received a copy of Mad World: Sanctuary by Samaire Provost in exchange for an honest review by CLP BLOG TOURS.

Mad World: Sanctuary begins in the year 2017, and the Black Plague infection has now swept across most of the US, leaving countless deaths and chaos in its wake. Outbreaks continue to crop up .. and more often in areas where they are least expected. Several years after the first installment in this series, the same characters find themselves grown up facing adult realities, while at th
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
Oct 20, 2012 rated it really liked it
This was book two of the Mad World series. Book one was Epidemic and while it is not necessary to read it first, as you do get some back story, I was glad that I did. (Here is my review) Sanctuary starts out five years after the epidemic started. Alyssa and friends - now family - have not stayed in one place for long. They continue to move because they are afraid for Luke - he was born as his mother was turning because of the plague. So he is somewhat of a hybrid. They have discovered that the C ...more
Jon Latham
Oct 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
195 page Mad World novel.

Cover to cover excitement highlights this second book of the Mad World trilogy. As in the first novel, Provost leaves you anxious to grab the third.

Alyssa, Jacob and their small group of survivors continue their journeys in an attempt to find a peaceful existence. Getting as far away from the chaos of the infected they experienced in California, is only part of the problem. They also have to hide from the CDC because of a secret they carry with them.

Continuing to move fr
Samantha March
Jan 24, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Samaire Provost is now on tour with CLP Blog Tours and Mad World: Sanctuary. This book is the follow-up to Mad World: Epidemic, a book I surprisingly loved. I say surprisingly because I’m not a big fan of zombies and that is the focus of this series, but I was hooked from the beginning. Sanctuary picks up a couple years after the Black Plague infection swept through the United States and the gang - Alyssa, Jacob, DeAndre, Caitlyn, Risa and new addition Luke – are still just trying to survive. Wh ...more
David haberman
Dec 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing
The second book of this oh so awesome trilogy was almost as good as the first book, I say almost because the central valley of California is only mentioned and not actually there and talking about spots I see all the time, but that is expected since there is no possible way at all that anybody could stay around here lol. It is a few years later and they are in Canada. I loved reading about how the west coast has crumbled and how the rest of the country is doing with zombie outbreaks. The writing ...more
Step Into Fiction
Feb 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ashley
I was extremely anxious to start this book after reading Mad World: Epidemic. Any zombie story sucks me in, and it is even better when you don't at first realize it'll be a zombie story. Which is why I had fallen in love with the first book in this series. In the second installment of Mad World, we are brought into a world five years after the epidemic has occurred. I was a little surprised at the big time gap, but in all honesty, it made sense. If none of the main characters die, why do you nee ...more
Oct 02, 2012 marked it as to-read
Shelves: wish-list-book
Thrill ride of a series that I feel I would love to experience!
Jennifer Delgado
Apr 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Awesome book!! Just as great as the first one!
Laura Smith
May 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing
wow. what a fantastic second book and just a brilliant as the first one. and again the author leaves you you on one hell of a cliff hanger!
Chrissy (The Every Free Chance Reader)
3.5 stars - not as excellent as the first but a good read

Did I enjoy this book: I did enjoy this book but not quite as much as the first book, Mad World: Epidemic. (See my review of Epidemic here.) I read this book every free chance I had and I could not put it down.

We are back with Jacob, Alyssa, Luke, and the rest of their little "family" about five years after Epidemic ended. Jacob and Alyssa have grown up more out of necessity than anything else. At some points, though, they seemed to lack m
Beth Cutwright
Nov 17, 2012 rated it really liked it
Book two was fast action and continued the travels of Alyssa, Jake, and their "family". The family would grow as others were allowed in and found refuge with this group. They learned to trust their sixth sense in a country overtaken by zombies. The strength of the characters grew as time progressed and they became a tightly woven cohesive team and family and their love and respect for one another sustained them against every evil they encountered. There was always a threat; always a need to pay ...more
K.S. Thompson
Feb 14, 2014 rated it liked it
Whether or not you could survive a zombie apocalypse seems to be a hot topic on social media. But it’s all fantasy. When the discussion is over, we go back to our safe, rather uneventful lives. Imagine there was no escape. That the Zombies were overtaking the entire world. Your survival instinct would soon kick in and you would seek sanctuary.

It’s easy to forget that the main characters in this trilogy are a group of kids who are forced to grow up very quickly. Their lives depend on it. To be h
Jennifer Langer
Sep 05, 2012 rated it liked it
A good follow up to Epidemic, by the same author. The story picks up 5 years after Epidemic ends. It has an intriguing storyline with a gripping hunt scene, which makes this a book that's hard to put down (and easy to pick up again, whilst forgetting all about the dinner that's burning or the chores that need to be done). I enjoyed the book. It will be interesting to see how the author wraps it all up in the coming finale. I recommend this book with the first in the series as a MUST READ! ...more
This book took me a little longer to get through. It wasn't my favorite but it wasn't bad either. I'm happy that the author has another book as I'm excited to read what happens next. I'm happy that they found a sanctuary as I was starting to feel tired for them and I'm glad that they were able to last 15 years. hopefully they are able to find a cure for this and life can go back, which does it go back to the way it was before, or something really different. ...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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