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(The Hitchhiker Strain #1)

3.83  ·  Rating details ·  535 ratings  ·  150 reviews
After surviving a deadly plague outbreak, sixteen-year-old Savannah thought she had lived through the very worst of human history. There was no way to know that the miracle vaccine would put everyone at risk for a fate worse than un-death.

Now, two very different kinds of infected walk the Earth, intent on nothing but feeding and destroying what little remains of civilizat
Paperback, 271 pages
Published March 19th 2013 by Patchwork Press
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3.5 stars

Zombies. Gotta love 'em. Or I do, anyway.
Now if zombies are your thing too, then Mortality isn't a bad choice for a rainy afternoon of reading.
Is is groundbreaking? No. There's nothing super-duper different about the walking dead in this one, but it's fast paced and well written enough to keep you flipping the pages. Besides, can you really say no to that cover? Yeah, I didn't think so.

It's told from the POV's of two different girls, Savannah and Zarah. Savannah is the main character, b
Apr 13, 2013 rated it really liked it
Mortality by Kellie Sheridan

I’ve never read a zombie book and since watch Walking Dead I thought I might try one. I have nothing to compare this to but I will say that Kellie Sheridan has written a really good book. Her writing flows extremely well, character development is written well and you get to learn a bit of the background on each of the main characters. Mortality is like reading two books in one, it quite interesting.

You first get swept into Savannah’s story, right from the start I rea
Apr 13, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Zombies are probably the only creatures which sort of freak me out. Yet I can't help but feel drawn to them. But that's not what first called my attention to this book. It was the cover. I loved it and I think it's very representative of the stories in the book.

The story is told from two point of views, teenagers Savannah and Zarah. I have to say really I liked the way this was done. You could say one point of view was told from the perspective of a Zombie slayer/hunter and the other... Well, f
Laura Thomas
Apr 14, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The zombie apocalypse has already happened. People are now living in small groups, struggling to survive. They have not one, but two kinds of zombies to fear.

You have your typical, shambling, mindless, rotting dead and then you have the living ones. Victims of a supposed vaccine, the Hitchhiker Strain.

If you’ve been given the vaccine, it’s supposed to protect you if bitten. Instead, once bitten you don’t die, but you do develop an uncontrollable urge to munch on anyone near you.

One town has g
Summer Lane
Mar 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing
***I received an ARC of this book in exchange for a fair an honest review***

This book is a good old fashioned zombie adventure novel with a kick of romance. The synopsis is posted above, so let me sum it up for you: zombies take over the world. Girl is trying to survive in said world. Girl meets boy. People get killed. Things are epically messed up, as evidenced by the fact that zombies are roaming around everywhere.

I absolutely LOVED the fact that this book had so much action! It's YA, so the
Nicole M. Hewitt
Apr 18, 2013 rated it really liked it
This review and many others can be found on my blog - Feed Your Fiction Addiction

Mortality follows two teenage girls through the zombie apocalypse. Savannah and Zarah have both found themselves orphaned after the virus takes over, but their circumstances and attitudes about what’s happening around them are quite different. Savannah teams up with a group of survivors and trains to kill the zombies, while Zarah bonds with a guy who ends up helping her through the worst of times.


Mar 12, 2013 rated it really liked it
Thank you, Ms. Sheridan for providing me a copy in exchange for a review.

I love zombie books and after a couple of days to digest what I've just read, I can finally start this review. Very unique indeed even though majority of it follows a bit of the clichéd view on zombies. Yes, to become a zombie you need to be bitten (not sure about scratched). But, the creative twist here is that there are two types of zombies. There are your typical undead ones and then there are the people being eaten aliv
Actual rating between 3.5 and 4 stars.

Disclaimer: I received an ARC through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

I am not one for zombie novels, but that cover! I couldn't take my eyes off Zarah (the girl on the right). I know that's not the way to go about this whole "selecting books" business, but eh. So I started reading the first few chapters, which are told from Savannah's POV, and immediately, there's this boy she likes but he already has a girlfriend and this girl doesn't get along
The zombies are killing of the world! Their disease is wiping out the world, one person at a time and survival is paramount. The sought after vaccine brings on a second wave of mutated zombies! Is survival even possible? Okay, before you say, ‘been there, read that,’ hang on and take a chance on this YA take on a post-apocalyptic world! The action is well-paced, the angst is minimal, the teen love triangle is non-existent! Mortality by Kellie Sheridan is refreshing, told from two POVs, that do n ...more
Cheyenne Teska
Mar 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing
With beautiful writing and a plot that pulls you in, I have to say that Mortality is one of the best zombie books I've ever read. The world has seemingly come to an end, and those who have survived have no choice but to live in fear. Savannah is just a normal teenager, or at least she was before the infection took over. Now she lives with nearly two hundred other people in the local high school, but when the zombies force them out, they must find a new safe haven...except no where is safe. Throu ...more
Marjolein (UrlPhantomhive)
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If there's one thing I've learned from zombie books, is the following: Never-ever use a vaccine that's not properly been tested. If you do not believe me, why not read Mortality (Kellie Sheridan), The Passage (Justin Cronin) or ARV-3 (Cameo Renae) although that last one has the most ridiculous vaccine ever: against RADIATION!

First rule of not properly tested vaccines: It will go horribly wrong and people will turn into zombies.

After a f
Historical Fiction
May 22, 2013 rated it liked it
One could argue that zombie lit has been around longer, it didn't officially emerge as its own subgenre until the 1990s. That's kind of hard for me to wrap my head around, mainly because it coincides with my first independent adventures into Barnes and Noble, but that's neither here nor there. Point is the genre has been around nearly as long as I have and though I am familiar enough with the idea on film, I can honestly say Kellie Sheridan's Mortality marks my first encounter with the undead in ...more
E. C. McRoy
Feb 12, 2016 rated it really liked it
Also posted on my YA Book Blog.

Okay, so, I really wanted to give thus five stars, but there were a lot of little mistakes throughout that really just needed another set of eyes to fix. All the same, I can't completely ignore it, so this is actually a 4.5 star review!

So, this was an engrossing tale of the zombie apocalypse that has torn apart society. In the wreckage, people have tried to rebuild, but it's like the wild west, lawless and dangerous and not always for the reasons you expect.

At firs
Olivia (Bookcomet)
I really, really liked this book. It was so action packed and an awesome new take on zombies.

I thought it was really great how we got the point of view of two very different characters. One was Savannah, whose side of the story took place after the outbreak and the other was Zarah, whose side of the story took place during the outbreak. I really liked this because the author had done this very well, I never got confused about the switching. Although I did tend to favour Zarah's point of view bec
Full review on the blog!

I received a copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

This poor innocent book was received from NetGalley a little over a year ago. Due to it’s past release date it kept getting set aside in order to read and review books that were not yet released. I’m sorry to the author AND to myself, because this book was great!

Short review: If you’re into zombies and teen fiction, read this book. It’s a fast paced enjoyable read.
Mar 07, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: zombies
I’d like to imagine that I’m above being influenced by a pretty, pretty, oh-so-pretty cover, but the truth is, I’m not. I’m susceptible to awesome, and that’s nothing to be ashamed of. Truthfully, upon spying this cover in my inbox for a cover reveal this past December, I just knew I had to read it based on the cover alone. (Because that always ends well, right? But…) What does the cover mean? Are these two separate girls? The same girl? Is it a literal representation of a character(s) or is fig ...more
Jun 22, 2021 rated it it was ok
A mysterious virus is changing people into undead zombies. The scientists develop a vaccine quickly. Unfortunately this vaccine makes one a living zombie - a faster, more intelligent zombie who won't decay. I found this somewhat interesting (especially the concern over the quickly-developed vaccine) but the characters did not compel my sympathy. Savannah was too impulsive and Zarah was too needy. I also got sidetracked by the spelling errors, questionable word choice, and poor proofreading. ...more
After a man made virus created an epidemic of undead, flesh eating monsters the whole world was thrown into chaos. Things just got even worse when a vaccine supposed to stop the spread of the infection created a new breed of zombies, ones who are faster, stronger and much more intelligent but still just as desperate for a taste of human flesh. Survivors have banded together but supplies are hard to come by and the risk of attack is constant. The new world isn't an easy one and only the smartest ...more
Alicia Batista (Addicted Readers)
This book has been a long time coming for me! I have been eagerly awaiting this book and trust me it was well worth the wait!!! The author has done something very interesting and original here in "Mortality"!

We have two stories in one in this book. It's about two different girls living through the zombie apocalypse and how survival is the number one goal they have in common. But towards the end we get to see the purpose of the separate stories and how their worlds collide. I have never read a
Sandra "Jeanz"
Jul 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I received an e-copy of this book directly from the Author, Kellie Sheridan in exchange for my honest review.
I was definitely attracted to the cover of this one, I think the two females on it represent Savannah and Zara. Which are the two points of view that the book is told from. I love the font style and placement of the book title, book series and author name, they do enhance the cover image rather than detract from it. The cover is quite dark, which also suits the book as the charac
Apr 08, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Zombie fans!!
TL;DR - If you like zombies+survival drama, I would recommend getting your hands on it NOW.

Disclaimer: I received a free copy from the author in exchange for an honest review.
Rating: 3.75/5
First Lines: Alex had me beat and I knew it, but I couldn't bring myself to care.
I'll confess. I. Love. Zombies. Gory braineating mangled half-corpses and a bunch of people trying to survive them?

I liked the story. The setting, with the Militia taking over in place of the government and scientist
Unabridged Bookshelf
Mar 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Mortality starts with the basic zombie storyline, deadly outbreak reanimating corpses trying eat everything in sight, but very quickly, I realized that this was not going to be a typical zombie story. As time went on, the story continued to surprise me, and with every new development I felt more connected to the characters. Mortality has a uniqueness that cannot be replicated, not without feeling like a black and white copy of a beautiful painting.

In Mortality, there is the first deadly viral o
Dec 03, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The cover drew me in, and the synopsis had be enticed. There was no way I was passing up the chance to read this. No matter how many zombie books I read, I find myself always wanting more! Mortality keeps up with the best of them. Savannah finds herself struggling not just with zombies, but also with the troubles of a collapsed society; starvation, lack of medical care, outlaws, and a shortage of relationship choices. Luckily, she meets Cole. It's hard to trust anyone in the Zombie Apocalypse wo ...more
Teresa Mary Rose
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From the moment I heard about this book, I knew I wanted to read it simply for the zombie aspect. While you may think zombies have been done before, this book manages to put its own spin on those lovable flesh eating buggers. I absolutely loved this book and it is a must read for all zombie fans.

Our heroine Savannah is truly awesome. She is a very kickass and ask questions later kind of character and I love that about her. She has adapted well to t
Mlpmom (Book Reviewer)
I don't read very many books about zombies, I just don't. For whatever reason they usually don't appeal to me (with few exceptions of course) but this one drew me in. I admit, the cover whore in me came out and I had to pick it up after seeing it. So I guess all in all, the cover did its job well. It caught my interest and drew me in.

Thankfully this was more than just a pretty cover.

I really loved how this was broken down, we didn't just get Savannah's story but also a girl named Zarah.

Both a
Michele at A Belle's Tales
Jul 18, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Michele at A Belle's Tales by: Teresa Mary Rose
“So close. Too close. Turn! Turn, dammit. I want to see who it will be that ends me.”

I’ve been in the throes of major Walking Dead withdrawal, so I was ecstatic to receive Mortality for review. This book was exactly what I needed! The story is exciting, the plot is riveting, and the characters are amazing. While I initially was enjoying the story because it felt reminiscent to one of my favorite reads, Kellie Sheridan took her story to a new and unique level, making me quickly drop any compa
Dec 09, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Posted in my blog:

It seems zombie is the next big thing. After reading and watching Warm Bodies starring handsome Nicholas Hoult and learning that World War Z will make it to the big screen, I found myself introduced to many zombie-themed novels sprouting in bookstores like mushroom. It is challenging to pick which are edible and good for the palate.
Mortality by Kellie Sheridan offers nothing much different than post-apocalyptic Z novels. Many zombies are
Jul 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: to-review, netgalley
Free copy provided on Netgalley in exchange for a honest review.
I'm not usually one for Zombie books and there are only a couple I have read and even at that if they are in a series I don't usually bother with the next book as they just don't interest me enough BUT when I seen this book on Netgalley I thought it looked good plus I liked the cover (yes I know I shouldn't judge by the cover but we all do it).
This is by far the best Zombie book I have ever read.
It starts off 6 months after the sec
Jul 24, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya, buddy-read, 013, arc

Mortality was a good read. There's an alternating viewpoint between our two main characters, Savannah and Zarah. I was really curious whether these two characters are related to one another, and that made me keep on reading. They're both teenagers trying to survive the zombie craze, and finding out more about the cure being made. They were an "okay" characters. Savannah made some bad decisions, but I love how she actually wants to correct them. She doesn't just s
Mar 18, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This was probably one of the most unique stories I've ever read. It's actually two stories in one featuring Savannah and Zarah. While reading it, I knew there had to be a reason that we were reading the two girls' individual stories but I wasn't expecting the way in which they collided!

I have never read a zombie book before but when I read the blurb a few weeks ago, I knew that if there was going to be a story that would make me a zombie fanatic (like everyone else seems to be these days) this
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Kellie has been in love with stories in all of their forms for as long as she can remember. Admittedly, sometimes that means falling into places like Stars Hollow and Sunnydale, but books have always been her true love.

Kellie spent part of her twenties living in Galway, Ireland and swooning after various lilting accents but is now back home in Ontario, Canada.

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