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Silver

3.7  ·  Rating details ·  1,596 Ratings  ·  346 Reviews
When a boy is bitten by a strange silver beetle, he becomes the first victim of a mysterious infection. But this is no ordinary virus. It turns flesh into metal, and people into machines. There is no escape. As the virus spreads, and more terrifying, bloodthirsty machines appear, the remaining survivors are losing hope. Who will turn silver next? Is help ever coming? Will ...more
Paperback, 374 pages
Published 2013 by Scholastic Children's Books
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Red_Queen_Lover
May 04, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not at all what I expected this to be! (In a good way) RTC
Emily Kidd
May 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
I have always loved Chris Wooding's books and this one did not disappoint. Thrilling and unexpected from beginning to end. I would like to see this book turned into a movie. Or a sequel book!
Lisa
May 28, 2014 rated it did not like it
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Miss_Nelson
Jun 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow! I read this in a day and could hardly put it down! Super fast-paced but with enough character development and internal conflict to make you root for the characters and goes a little deeper than your average action flick. Think of a cross between The Host, Alien, 28 Days Later...and Dead Poet's Society meets Lord of the Flies?

Set in an English boarding school out in the country--read that completely and utterly isolated, Paul kind of keeps to himself. He's got a crush on a girl that doesn't
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Jeff Raymond
I don't really know what to say about a book that is literally a horror movie that puts aside much of the way of character development and setting in favor of dropping a bunch of kids into a major scientific disaster. I have plenty of respect for books or movies that do this skillfully - after all, there is plenty of room in the literary/theatrical diet for candy.

Silver succeeds at being a fast-paced big-budget horror piece, but doesn't do much else. The plot involves nanotechnology and infecti
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FinlayClark (The Scottish Flapjack)
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Alicia
Jan 31, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I could neither connect with the characters or get behind the introduction of a silver beetle creating silver zombies of animals and people in this middle grade science fiction title.

The cover will be enough to grab readers but I wonder what they'll think of the book. It seemed slow-- I waited about fifty pages before realizing that the bites I were taking were unappetizing. The standard "you're not living up to your expectations here are our boarding school" was so cliche that I already gave u
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Joel
May 09, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Chris Wooding has become a reliable author for me. I haven't been disappointed yet by any of his books. Some works have been better than others, but he's creative and has always entertained. In Silver, he gives a unique take on the zombie which was fun along with decent characters and a fast pace.
Kerri
Mar 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow. This book really had me on the edge of my seat! Think zombies who are not dead. Instead they are being transformed into metal, mechanical monsters whose only instinct is to infect others. I loved the different perspectives throughout this horror story - including that of one of the monsters who was being transformed. I can't wait to book talk this one to my students and get a copy of it into the hands of one of the boys looking for something different. There are so many dystopian books out ...more
Destiny Martinez
May 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Paul is a pre-teen and is new to Mortingham Boarding Academy in the first few months he got in a fight and had to stay indoors on a rainy day he was going to until something silver out side caught his eye. If you like suspense and drama this is definetely your kind of book that everybody should read. Im upset its over though hoping that Chris Wooding will carry on with the story.
Melvin Rodríguez-Rodríguez
As far as teenage horror pulps go, "Silver" is not metal enough.

Paul is the new kid with a tragic past at a residential so-far-off-the-country-no-cellphone-works school. Adam is the resident bully, Mark is the nerd trying to be a cool kid (and failing), Erika is having a hard time being pretty and rich, and talented at everything becuase her parents force her to, and finally Caitlyn, much like some famous person with that name, wants to step from the shadow of her clique and be cool, but always
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Val
I don't like terror and suspense, but this book had plenty! My 13 yr old son read this and told me to read it bc it was interesting. I couldn't put it down until right before the end when there was a moment of calm before the climax. The ending was satisfying and though there's room for a sequel, it works as a stand alone.

The idea of a nanomachine plague is a realistic twist on the Zombie apocalypse. I liked how the author was able to take the main characters and have them grow and develop in s
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Rakie Keig
May 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
Fast paced and gory, this is much more of a horror story than I was expecting. The biomech zombies were terrifying. And, really, that's why I've given this four stars instead of five - because tonally it felt a bit weird to me. It starts out definitely as a children's book (the main character is 15; most of the supporting cast is younger) but then people (including young kids) start getting killed in pretty horrendous ways, and the tone abruptly shifts to something way darker. It's kinda like if ...more
Maggie
Apr 17, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya-and-kidlit
Super fast-paced and exciting sci-fi/dystopian/horror book, which is what so many of my middle school students are looking for. Not terribly deep or thought provoking, but not every book has to be. I appreciate that this is something that will keep my reluctant (and not-so-reluctant!) readers turning pages. This book was recommended (enthusiastically) to me by a student, and I always love when that happens!
Ben Rotko
Jun 06, 2017 rated it liked it
Like any horror story, Silver is filled with tension and fright. However, it does fall into the problem of killing off characters needlessly in my opinion. Personally, I don't think you need to kill off characters in a horror story. However, I do think if you like the kind of horror where the protagonists lock themselves up and have to wait out a zombie horde, then Silver might be for you.
Haydee Jasso
Mar 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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Hai Lu
Nov 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I first saw the book Silver by Chris Wooding in the classroom library when I got a recommendation from one of my classmate to read this book while I was looking for a book to borrow. The book seemed very attractive, so i decided to give this book a try.
The plotline of this book is what captivates me the most. It all begins with a fight in a normal boarding school, Mortingham Boarding Academy. It turns out to be Adam, the bully, and Paul, the new student in the school and has a crush on Erika. Er
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Allyson Bogie
Jun 29, 2016 rated it really liked it
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Rebecca Blackwell Read
I debated about buying Silver for quite a while. Despite Chris Wooding being one of my favourite writers, I wasn't sure I would like it. I'm very interested in YA fiction involving androids and cyborgs (I'm writing a novel along those themes myself), but since this is written more along the lines of a 'zombie invasion' style story, which I don't generally like, I was unsure.

The students at the remote Mortingham Boarding Academy discover some mysterious silver beetles crawling around the grounds,
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Nikki
Apr 01, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
My copy was provided by Netgalley.

Five teens live at a boarding school and all five are connected in some way. Adam wants to beat up Paul. Caitlyn loves Paul and resents Erika who is in love with Paul. And Mark wants some new friends and he has his eyes on Paul. None of these teens would hang out with each other unless they were forced to. Yet when strange things start going on at the Academy, including silver beetles and a contagious virus, these five teens must team up with each other to save
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Annette
Mar 12, 2014 rated it liked it
If you're into exciting survival books, Silver will fit the bill.

Paul is the new kid at an exclusive boarding school in the middle of nowhere. He's trying to fit in and has and admirer in Caitlyn, but he's not feeling it. Caitlyn is tired of playing second fiddle to perfect Erika. No one likes Adam. He's mean. And Mark is invisible.

It's typical high school stuff. Until weird creatures start appearing. First the students discover huge beetles that are silver and appear to be metallic. Things rapi
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Ziying
Feb 15, 2015 rated it really liked it
Paul just transferred,but he saw it all how this horrifying disease is spreading in his school.It started with these boy's that found a silver beetle and a couple of them ends up getting scratched.Next the principal gets attacked by an unknown silver creature that looks like a dog and he becomes one of them too.This disease is deadly just by a scratched from a an "infected" it'll start spreading and eating your flesh and in the end you'll be cover in silver metal.Everyone is trying to survived i ...more
Ray
Dec 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing
After fifteen-year old Paul's parents were killed, he was sent to the remote Mortingham Boarding Academy. There, the only dangers he ever encountered were risk of low grades and the school bully, Adam. But one night, Paul encounters a terrifying silver dog, just hours after a young student was bitten by a strange silver beetle. Anyone scratched or bitten by these mysterious silver animals develop a strange infection, turning them into zombie-like metal creatures. Soon, Paul and many other studen ...more
Haley
Sep 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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Emily
Mar 12, 2014 rated it liked it
Advance copy from NetGalley. 2.5 stars

I have loved everything I've read by Chris Wooding until this book. It wasn't horrible, but I never really got on board with the premise, and didn't ever feel invested in the characters.

Instead of this one, I would recommend picking up his Ketty Jay series or his graphic novel Pandemonium. I still plan to read his other books. The Haunting of Alaizabel Cray will probably be the next one I try, as it's been repeatedly recommended to me.

Didn't put me off Chris
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Gabe Albert
Oct 30, 2015 rated it really liked it
This book is all about this group of kids that have to survive all the odds against a newly formed batch of zombies, but they're not the normal type of zombie they have sort of a metal brain so they are sort of techno zombies. It all starts when a kid from the school finds a bug and gets bitten by it and then turns into one of the zombies. Then all of the kids from the school try to survive but most of them get turned except for a group of kids that barricade themselves in the science block of t ...more
Amy S
Apr 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Page-313 I gave this book a 5 because its a little creepy and at some parts it leaves you wondering. and it was weird that one of the main Characters got turned but could manage to see out of one eye as she was slowly turning and she helped her friends.So she was Part silver but she still had some human left in her. The Main Character in this book is Paul I don't think i relate to him at all. This is one of my favoret booksi have read this year.
Cheney
Aug 09, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a pretty good read. A fast-paced story with danger lurking around every corner and a tad creepy... I read this book to my 7th grade classes and it kept them intrigued for most of the novel. Close to the end, though, I think we were all ready to get through it and be done with it. I can say that if I had read this one on my own, straight through, I probably would have enjoyed it even better. I'm also glad to have read a story that's not part of a series.
Nikeria Nike
This book is all about this group of kids that have to survive from zombies.But they're not the normal type of zombie they have sort of a metal brain so they are sort of techno zombies. It all starts when a kid from the school finds a bug and gets bitten by it and then turns into one of the zombies. Then all of the kids from the school try to survive but most of them get turned except for a group of kids that barricade themselves in the science block of the school.
LeeAnn
Mar 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Argggh!!

Ok, now that I've gotten that off my chest, I can say, "Great book!" The author brilliantly led me on a non-stop horrific chase through a nightmare. Besides just the tension, Wooding is great a weaving foreshadowing into every step of the way. And, hello, I'm still screaming, "Boiler room!" Enough said.
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Chris Wooding grew up in a small town in Leicestershire, where not much of anything happened. So he started to write novels. He was sixteen when he completed his first. He had an agent by eighteen. By nineteen he had signed his first book deal. When he left university he began to write full-time, and he has been doing it professionally all his adult life.

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