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3.76  ·  Rating details ·  17 ratings  ·  11 reviews
Kalei hates touching. Especially if it is a hug. After all, her mother was killed by one.

Kalei was born and raised in Celan, the first city to have an Estranged problem. It was seventeen years ago when they appeared, and the citizens learned the hard truth: that it only takes a bit of skin-on-skin contact to turn their loved ones into corpses, or Estranged. No one really k
Published September 12th 2015 by Alex Fedyr
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I really wanted to like this one more. The premise is fantastic — a different approach to zombie-mania. Estranged are effectively dead and mostly immortal, surviving on the high of a touch. Well, most of them. The virus that releases a darkness within each person separates the world into the Estranged and the Untouched. Of course, these things are never that simple. There is always a patient zero or a tinkering madman who brought the whole thing ab
Oct 17, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I liked Estranged, by Alex Fedyr.
Kalei is a great character. I loved that she strove head first into danger, much to her detriment, to save those around her, from running into the store to help the little boy hurt by falling store shelves to jumping out of her car to try to save her husband and nieces.

This is an unexpected view of the Estranged, or a new kind of zombie. They don't have to bite you. A touch is all it takes to turn someone into a curse, how scary. Kalei's parents are turned by a
Dec 26, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The book is somewhat difficult to characterize. It's described by some as a zombie book, but I think it's actually an "opposite zombie" book. I suppose I should explain.

A virus (or something) came to this city on this planet seventeen years ago. If a person with the virus touches another person, the second person either dies or becomes Estranged. Why Estranged? Because the people that survive are sent to live behind walls to keep them separate from the rest of the population. In regular zombie b
Sep 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow what a little gem. I really enjoyed this book. It has a different kind of spin on immorality. The story focuses on a cop Kalei, who is married to Fenn, that lives in a city that one day was overrun with people the refer to as Estranged. Kalei wants to be part of SWORDE, which is a type of police force that's sole purpose is to protect the citizens of Celan. Kalei soon gets more than she wished for and finds herself in the middle of chaos in her city. Even though there was not a single sex sc ...more
B.R. Sanders
Jul 09, 2015 rated it liked it
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Alex Fedyr’s debut novel, Estranged is a resilient and unexpected genre-bender of a book. It’s as much steeped in crime thrillers as it is paranormal horror. It’s half-zombie and half-vampire. Though Estranged suffers from a few problems that, I think, might be debut-author missteps, on the whole the book is a solid effort.

Kalei Distrad is a cop in Celan, where she works clean up on Estranged attack sites. The Estranged can kill Untouched people with a brush of skin-to-skin contact, and Kalei lo
Sarah-Jayne Briggs
(I received a free copy of this book in exchange for a review).

(This review may contain spoilers).

I thought this book was a really interesting idea. While I've seen a lot of zombies in popular culture, I thought that the Estranged were a unique take on the zombie theme. And it was especially interesting that it took the form of an addiction... but I didn't really see much evidence of Kalei's reluctance about physical contact.

I did feel that the start of the book was really strong. I found Kalei
Merissa (Archaeolibrarian)
Set in dystopian/post apocalyptic urban surroundings, Kalei is a police officer who keeps trying to gain entrance into SWORDE - a crack team who deal with Estranged. Kalei lost her parents and sister to the Estranged, and so she wants nothing more. This all changes one evening when her home is attacked and she becomes Estranged too. Now she not only has to deal with losing her family, but becoming the very person she has sworn to kill.

This is an enjoyable story that is full of action. It became
Angie ~aka Reading Machine~
Officer Kalei Dristrad in the city of Celan. She's tasked with protecting the citizens from Estranged. She's already been reprimanded for her behavior regarding the infected but she feels that it's her duty as human to help them any way. Despite that Kalei has always had an unreasoning hate of the Estranged since the murder of her parents and sister Jenna eighteen years ago. She's applied for SWORDE every quarter like clockwork only to be denied. When Kalei's family is attacked and her becoming ...more
Jamie (Books and Ladders)
Aug 15, 2015 marked it as did-not-finish
Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

DNF around 10%

This was another one I just couldn't get into. I thought the characters were hard to immediately relate to and we jumped into the story without much of an explanation about anything. The pacing was a tad abrupt for me as well.

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