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A Matter of Days

3.85  ·  Rating details ·  2,041 ratings  ·  299 reviews
“Gripping and poignant, A Matter of Days takes readers on a heart-stopping journey of love and survival.“ — New York Times bestselling author Carrie Jones
Their new reality begins in just a matter of days.
On Day 56 of the Blustar Pandemic, sixteen-year-old Nadia’s mother dies, leaving Nadia to fend for herself and her younger brother, Rabbit. Both have been immunized
Hardcover, 276 pages
Published June 11th 2013 by Delacorte Press (first published January 1st 2013)
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Hailey Youngblood Yes, there is a small amount of romance in this book. But it is by no means excessive and it does not distract from the theme or the plot.
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Oct 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
Although a bit predictable, still a strong YA book of survival. As noted by the author, this story is very reminiscent of The Stand. Great, strong characters and a fast-paced plot. A lot could be added to the story and I would definitely be interested in reading more!

I appreciated the closing where Kizer reassured younger readers that this was fiction and gave several resources for more information of viruses and pandemics. Well written!
Murf the Surf
Jul 05, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Blue Star epidemic turned pandemic killer!

A rather simple plot whereby a couple of siblings go to find their Uncle up in the hills of West Virginia. The trip through the mall was a real treat and I'd surely enjoyed their stopovers in small towns. The horror and gore factor was toned way down, with a far better experience in creativity instead. Amber knows how to pull you into a well read book without all the schlock and glock that is so prevalent in today's apocalyptic novels. I think really any
If I were to describe this book in one word it would be this one: anticlimactic. Review to come.
Aug 30, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Thoroughly entertaining to read and deeply bone-chilling to experience, A Matter Of Days is a book that you'll read once but will never forget. It's a survival story like no other: meaningful, emotional, at times sentimental, but most of all crafted with skill and conviction that makes this tale terrifyingly real and uncomfortably plausible.

In her newest book, the bestselling author of Fenestra series, Amber Kizer, tackles the aftermath of a deadly pandemic that took down 98% of world's populati
Jul 08, 2013 rated it liked it

This one has a decent chance of attracting the same sorts of readers, even some reluctant ones, who enjoyed Ashfall (Ashfall, #1) by Mike Mullin or Life As We Knew It (Last Survivors, #1) by Susan Beth Pfeffer. Really any survival tale featuring young adults or kids. Instead of zombies or the explosion of a super-volcano, here we have a global pandemic, a hemorrhagic virus called BluStar that takes out about 98% of the population. Nadia and her eleven-year-old brother nicknamed Rabbit might have been among the dead, but some months before all hell breaks loose, their Uncle Bean, twin t
Sep 15, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: yay-no-instalove
I started A Matter of Days with little to no expectations thinking this would be yet another quick read post-apocalyptic novel….and I was right.

This book centers on how 16 year old Nadia and her 11-year-old brother nicknamed Rabbit (I know) survive in the aftermath of a global pandemic when a deadly virus called BluStar takes out about 98% of the population.

Their survival instincts are driven by the mantra: Be the Cockroach, which made the fiction seems all the more real as the siblings tackle
Jen | Jen Talks Audiobooks
This is a pretty average YA post-apocalyptic book, although I think it reads more like middle grade. The author's notes at the end really do address the reader as a very young person.

The plot is good but somewhat unbelievable - again, appropriate for a middle grade audience but not really anything older than that. There are parts that are quasi-suspenseful, but nothing very dramatic. The worst thing that happens is the potential kidnapping of a child. Even at that, it isn't very believable. It's
Jan 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Yay! Finally, a dystopian novel that tells what happened to our world! A believable story of survival and I don't think there has to be a sequel!!
Disclaimer: I was given an advanced copy of this book to read and review and give my honest opinion about said book.

It’s been 56 days since the outbreak of the Bluestar plague when sixteen year old Nadia’s mother dies. Leaving her to take care of her eleven year old brother Rabbit in a town where they are the only survivors, due to special shots given to them by their Uncle Bean to protect them from the virus.
Alone in this new, lawless world their only hope of survival is to travel east acro
Jul 16, 2013 rated it really liked it
So good!! Read it in one day. I wish there is a sequel

I went into A Matter of Days without any expectations whatsoever. I received this book in a surprise package and when I found out it was a survival novel I immediately picked it up. If you know me, then you know I devour every survival book that reaches my doorstop. So far I have loved every single survival book I've read, including A Matter of Days.
The book starts on day 56 after the epidemic began. almost 98% of the world is dead but
Eleanor D
Sep 25, 2016 rated it really liked it
Nadia is just like any other fifteen year old girl other than the fact that she and her brother, Rabbit, might be the only survivors after a horrific virus outbreak throughout the world. The only reason she and her brother survived was because her Uncle Bean, who worked for a very secretive part of the military, gave her antidote to the virus. For Nadia and Rabbit the antidote worked but by the time she gave it to her mom it was too late. Now Nadia and Rabbit had to travel cross country to get t ...more
Lyle D
Sep 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This book is about a girl and a boy who overcome a big virus that almost kills everyone and they're uncle is a medic for the army so he gave them a virus killer and before they give it to their mom, she dies as well as their dad. Now, they are all alone, traveling towards their uncle who lives in West Virginia. The come across a lot of problems and it's a mystery if they make its safely to the safe haven of their uncles house.....
I loved this book because it has a realistically factor that you
Nov 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
3.5. Not much happens but a journey. Enjoyable. Good choice for younger YA readers. Little violence. The author’s end note with reassurance and suggested reads was an added bonus for the book.
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Jan 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I went into this book totally blind, like didn't know a thing about it. My husband had wanted to buy me books for Christmas but didn't know what to get me and didn't want me to know what I was getting. So I bought a bunch judging them by their covers....I know I know that is horrible but I am so happy I did and may continue to in the future because this isn't something I would normally pick up and I LOVED it!! Like finished it within a day and a half loved it. That for me is extremely difficult ...more
May 29, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: dystopian
This is the typical YA dystopian, coming of age story. There were somethings that were fairly plausible and other parts that were likely a bit unbelievable and just a little bit contrived. Yet I recognize this was written for a YA audience and I appreciated the author's note at the end of the book addressed to younger readers.
Sara (A Gingerly Review)
That was surprisingly good! A dystopia with a backstory! GASP! I am glad Overdrive recommend this one.
Jun 21, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: young-adult, audio
This was ok, a bit predictable, but ok.
Jan 21, 2016 rated it liked it
Joey Cockell
A Matter of Days
Can you imagine you surviving with just a younger brother? Yes, the rest of your family is dead. Amber Kizer, the author, introduces the novel by shocking her readers her as you learn that the protagonist's parents are deceased. They died of a virus called Bluestar which broke out around the world unexpectedly, which led Nadia the daughter, and Rabbit the younger brother by themselves. But this first chapter was not why I chose the book. It was hard for my eye
Nov 07, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
There were times that we went the tiniest (or not) bit unrealistic in this story of survival, but the rest of it was so good, I decided to forgive & get over it. And that's saying something!
Jan 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Be the cockroach, survive the affect. This is the mantra that Nadia, a sixteen-year-old girl, tells herself as she and her younger brother, Rabbit, try to survive in a post-apocalyptic world. I first picked up “A Matter of Days” by Amber Kizer, because apocalyptic stories always interested me but I’ve never read one. This book had been popping up everywhere in my school, so I took the opportunity to read one. Once I read the first page I couldn’t put it down!

In this story, Nadia and Rabbit tra
Jan 21, 2016 rated it really liked it
What if a deadly sickness wiped out the whole U.S. and you had to find a way out? That was the life for Nadia and Rabbit, in the book A Matter of Days by Amber Kizer. I read this book because a lot of my classmates told me it was really good and because it is a Truman Award Winning book so is had to be really good.
Nadia and Rabbit were living a normal teenage life when suddenly a disease called Blue Star wiped out almost the whole U.S. including their parents. They had to find a way out, so the
Ericha M.
The main characters are sixteen year old Nadia and her little brother Rabbit(11 year old). Than it splits into smaller roles,there father was a special force marine. The mother was a nurse. Their Uncle Bean is a medical researcher and their grandfather was a Doomsday prepper.
The type of book is a mystery and it took place in Washington and West Virginia. The feeling the book made you feel was a violent, scary and anxious. After Nadia and Rabbit’s mother die of a virus called Bluestar there gran
Jan 08, 2016 rated it really liked it
Image struggling to survive a disease that strikes the world and manages to kill 98% of the population. Nadia and her little brother Rabbit are traveling from the Seattle area, to West Virginia, where Bean their uncle has instructed to go when the disease strikes.
Nadia and her 11 year-old brother, Rabbit are injected with a secret military vaccine from the uncle Bean, months before Blue Star breaks through. Uncle Bean informed Nadia about the disease and instructed Nadia to take Rab to West Vir
Empress Reece (Hooked on Books)
Not Your Everyday Road Trip... A deadly virus called Blustar sweeps the world and leaves 98% of the population dead within a matter of weeks. Two young survivors, Nadia and Robert a.k.a. Rabbit are left to fend on their own so they pack up and hit the road to try to reach their only, hopefully surviving, Uncle in West Virginia.
The story takes you through the challenges they encounter along the way on their road trip and their struggle to survive as kids in the changed world. I thought it was a
Stephanie A.
Probably the best post-apocalyptic survival story I've ever read. I felt as claustrophobic as if I were cooped up in their possession-packed car, felt the tension in my body every time they encountered signs of other people, and genuinely felt the left-behind horror of surviving a world where an estimated 98% of the population has died from an incurable, weaponized virus.

I loved the relationship between the siblings, I LOVED that they picked up a big dog to take along, and I loved that there wa
Robin Kirk
Jul 06, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: dystopia
Very well done and realistic. I really liked the main character, Nadia, a teen who acts like a teen (and makes mistakes like a teen), but takes control of the situation, devises a quirky fix and moves on. She cares for her younger brother, Rabbit. The book reminded me of the fantastic Z for Zachariah, which managed to evoke desolation, terror and a plucky teen heroine with careful, measured language. There's also a lightness to this book that is welcome -- everything is not so serious and lugubr ...more
Mary Ann
Apr 16, 2014 rated it really liked it
The Bluestar pandemic has devastated the earth, killing most but not all of the inhabitants. Why did some survive? Sixteen year old Nadia and her little brother have lost their family, but they were given a vaccination by their uncle who works in the military. He told them that when the worst beggins to happen, if they survive, they should do everything they can to get to him in Virginia. So begins their harrowing cross country journey through areas controlled by lawless desperadoes, to an occas ...more
Jul 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-english
I loved this! It's not fast paced but it's engaging, it's not an action piece but a journey of survival. What I liked in this, opposed to many post-apocalyptic stories, is that the main characters are actually somewhat prepared in the world that's fallen apart. They have a plan and means to succeed. Sure, at some points it felt a bit too easy but it was sort of refreshing that the preparation and information helped the characters.
I liked the characters, especially Zack. He seemed a number one ca
Jan 20, 2014 rated it really liked it
Great standalone! That's right, this one is not part of a series. I liked the audiobook and thought the narrator did a great job.

The story follows Nadia, a 15 year old girl, and Rabbit, her 11 year old brother, as they travel from Seattle to West Virginia to get to their grandpa's after a pandemic has wiped out 98% of the world's population. There are definitely some depressing parts of the story, but there is also lots of humor and uplifting parts. I appreciated that the author didn't focus on
Jun 19, 2013 rated it it was ok
A Matter of Days is a middle-grade story about surviving after a worldwide plague decimates the population. It's not poorly written, but reading this as an adult was lackluster. A lot of the interesting details were glossed over, and the past tense narrative lost any sense of tension or suspense. It's happy endings all around, with expected conflicts and one-dimensional explorations of emotion. Not bad, I suppose, if you're 12 and have never considered what it would be like to live in a post-apo ...more
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Amber Kizer is not one of those authors who wrote complete books at the age of three and always knew she wanted to be a writer. When she faced a rare chronic pain disorder her freshman year of college, she knew she was going to have to learn to live outside the box. After one writing workshop, she fell in love with telling stores and she’s still going strong. Her characters tend to be opinionated, ...more
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