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Mad World: Desperation

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“Forget what you thought you knew about this story, because everything is about to change.
With Alyssa near death, Luke, Jacob and their companions make a desperate attempt to reach Boston with the final ingredient needed for the plague antidote. They must travel through the Canadian wilderness, some of the roughest country in North America. Along the way they are joined by new friends and old as they fight to reach their destination and save Alyssa. What they don’t know is that something is hunting them.
Something evil is lurking, waiting to strike when they least expect it.
After years of fighting courageously against the living plague, they’d thought they knew their enemy. They’d believed their wits, bravery and strength would be enough to win this fight against the threat that had overrun so much of the world they once knew. But they were wrong.
Now Luke, Risa, Jacob, DeAndre and Jonathan face their most dangerous trials yet as they battle the ever-present zombie threat, along with a new challenge they never saw coming. How many ways can this plague try to kill them? Find out, in the latest installment of the Mad World series.”

212 pages, Paperback

First published October 4, 2013

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Samaire Wynne

41 books171 followers
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 the shadows and mists that hang low over the hills of southern Virginia.

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925 reviews97 followers
December 6, 2013
An amazing follow up in the nail biting zombie series,this book promises excitement and thrill and delivers over and over again. Non stop danger follow the sanctuary team as they battle one of the most difficult wars of their life. It is a race to save a loved one and a race to save the world. Will they complete their journey or will the destruction of the world continue? Pick up this read and find out.
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14 reviews1 follower
January 15, 2019
Oh my god!!!! 😲😨😱 Definitely a nail biting, the edge of your seat (not just a whole book ... But...) by every page that's been turned!!! I definitely chewed the crap out of my nails!!! Got to get them growing again!!! I enjoyed the zombie apocalypse trilogy ride!!! Great job, Samaire!!!! So damn proud of your work!!!! 💜💜💜
December 11, 2013
Did I enjoy this book: I did enjoy this book. I have been waiting for its release for months and I couldn’t wait to see how this series ended. I was not disappointed.

This final installment of Mad World is narrated by Luke. You can tell it is narrated by a young man. It took a while to get into that groove/mindset of a twenty-something male but once I did, this book moved and was every bit as exciting as the first two books. I couldn’t put it down until I was finished with it. And there wasn’t a down moment in this action-packed book.

There were quite a few surprises throughout this book. I want to spill every detail, but I will not. I don’t want to spoil this book. Let me tell you, I do not like zombies. Not one bit. As I said in my review of Mad World: Epidemic, I would never have picked up this book. I am so glad that I did and I am so glad that I finished this series. It was so good and so exciting and so worth the read. Read it. Trust me.

Would I recommend it: Absolutely, but you must read the first two books.

Will I read it again: You know what? I probably will read this series again.

(I received a copy of this book for review purposes.)

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1,102 reviews285 followers
November 30, 2013
Samaire Provost is now on tour with CLP Blog Tours and Mad World: Desperation

I have been following this series from book one, and I was actually surprised by how much I liked these reads. I’m not a huge fan of zombies or apocalyptic books, but I found myself very much looking forward to the second and the third books. The third is different from the first two as we hear the story from Luke’s POV instead of Alyssa’s. Alyssa is actually near death after a battle with zombies, and her family, including son Luke who is half-zombie half-human, are on a mission to help get what could be the antidote to help cure her – and everyone else. The book has the same fast-paced action as the others, with a lot of graphic scenes and thrilling situations. While I enjoyed this book very much, I don’t think the writing was quite as tight as the first two. Some of the scenes felt rushed or forced. I still very much liked this book and the series as a whole, and I’ll be eager to read the fourth and final novel.
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564 reviews152 followers
July 12, 2016
This story is told from Luke's POV. I was surprised to be honest, bu I'm not sure why. The first two books were from Alyssa's POV but it makes sense with her being put into a medical induced coma and everything. I really enjoyed seeing this world through Luke's eyes though. It gave you a different perspective on everyone and everything.

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8 reviews1 follower
February 5, 2014
I must say I loved this book. I had been waiting for a while for the final book in the Mad World series to come out. The wait was definitely worth it. I am truly not a zombie fan, but this series had me hooked. The ending of Desperation was awesome. Even if you're not a zombie fan, read this and you definitely will be!
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November 23, 2013
Another wonderful page turning zombie romp! As the third book in the Mad World series, Desperation takes us on a journey to save Allyssa. The zombies are evolving and getting to where the team needs to be takes new twists and turns as they fight ever smarter zombies on their race to get there in time. I have had a blast reading this series. Thank you Samaire for writing such fun books.
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63 reviews4 followers
October 7, 2014
besides it taking a little while for me to finish reading this book, it was really good. I would agree that this was probably the best in the series. I'm really happy how the book went and ended. If Samaire does decide to make another book, I can't wait for it and would be happy to read it!
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Author 11 books5 followers
January 20, 2019
A 204 page Mad World novel. Unlike the first two novels of the series, Epidemic and Sanctuary which were told through the eyes of Alyssa, this novel is told through the eyes of Luke.

Alyssa, Luke’s adopted mother, was infected at the end of Sanctuary and lies unconscious at the sanctuary in Winnipeg. Luke sets out with his remaining adopted family, dad Jake, Uncle DeAndre, sister Risa and her husband Jonathan, in an effort to reach Boston to get the cure for his mother.

As you would expect from this action-packed thrill ride of a series, things don’t always go according to plan. The Sanctuary Team is met with heavy resistance, which eats up valuable time. Time they don’t have. From panicked residents killing newly infected, to a new and different threat separating the team, the family knows time is running out on Alyssa.

This is not a stand alone novel. For maximum enjoyment, read these novels in sequence. Epidemic -> Sanctuary -> Desperation. All preceded by the words “Mad World”.
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103 reviews2 followers
March 17, 2015
I have not read the other books of the series yet, but i received this one for having participated to it's creation as french translator, for the french Canadian slang in it.

What is great about this book is that as everything is about to change, you do not need to have read the first book to understand. All you need to know as you jump into it, if it's the first book of the series you read, is that there is a plague happening where people turn into zombies if bitten.

A family and other survivors travel through the trans-Canadian highway up to Quebec so they can go to Boston, USA to find a cure to save the mother of their family, where time is running out. It is quite an adventure, not always knowing if they should trust those they come across.

Will they achieve their goal or the zombie plague will have the best of them? who will survive in the end and who won't? to know you will need to read the book.
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