This book couldn't come out fast enough. I know it's almost on everyone's to-read list and there won't be a shortage of reviews, and it's not that I'mThis book couldn't come out fast enough. I know it's almost on everyone's to-read list and there won't be a shortage of reviews, and it's not that I'm particularly eloquent, but I still have to write how much I loved this book.
Do I enjoy thrillers, post-apocalyptic scenarios and zombies? Yes, I do but you cannot hold it against me, because I also love dramas and romance and YA and Urban Fantasy and Forensic Thrillers :P
Still, when I heard that this book is about the end of the world and a zombie epidemic, I just had to read it.
The book is about the end of the world through the eyes of Sloane, a high school senior, whose mother has died, leaving her alone with an abusive father (smart enough not to leave bruises where it shows, though) and a sister, Lily, two years her senior that is her only comfort in life. Due to the constant beatings, she is not happy, but at least her sister Lily, encourages to tolerate it a little bit more till she is an adult and they can both leave him behind and make their escape. However, it doesn't go as planned, as Lily, flees ahead of plan, leaving Sloane alone to endure the misery and she sinks into depression and sorrow. It's been almost six months and Sloane thinks she has taken enough. She has decided to kill herself using Lily's pills, but they are gone and the next best option is slit her wrists, but something happens. Though inside her house, the silence is deafening and the coldness is unsettling, outside chaos ensues. People run around in panic, cars and houses are ruined and persons who should be dead are walking around, crazed with hunger for living flesh.
Somehow 7 days later, Sloane finds herself in the city school,along with 5 more teenagers. Cary who is their self-appointed leader (though no one initially objects to his leadership), Rhys, Trace and Grace the loving twins and Harrison, a fearful fourteen-year-old whom they found alone on their way to the school. They have barricaded themselves there, because it's safer than anywhere else, plus it has provisions, food, water, clothes and a semblance of normalcy, at least if you forget about life or un-life outside.
It wasn't like that from the start though. We learn that they have already lost two of their group, namely the twins' parents and Trace (Grace, too) blame Cary for their deaths because he was the one that told them it was safe to go through an alley, which was actually swarmed with the undead.
The tension is palpable because of that and a lot of the book and how it unfolds has to do with this blame and guilt all over. Sloane feels desolate and desperate and even though she is alive she can't feel it. As she says at some point: "I'm dead, I'm just waiting for the rest of me to catch up with it". So she observes the others and draws conclusions, calculating the best way to plan her own death, her own abandon without jeopardizing anyone else's life. Cary wants to make sure they are safe and barricaded adequately, Trace and Grace want to be safe but look for their parents as well or revenge against Cary, Rhys just wants to make it and Harrison thinks he is too young to die and it's too late to amount to anything.
Their lives and their personal traumas (trust me they all have them, even though it doesn't initially look like it)are all explored and the experience is haunting and intense and deeply frightening. It really makes you think about what choices you would make given the circumstances, if you were them.Can you fight for your survival and still be a good person, or do you really have to sacrifice your dignity and decency and morality or even your humanity, in order to ensure that you keep on breathing?
In the end, there are no easy answers. This is not a happy story. This is not a story about hope, about surviving, just for the sake of it. It's not a lesson you can learn. It is more a story about what life could be like when you have no hope, when you seek no hope, when you think hope doesnt even exist. This is not a love story, although you can feel love or what is left of it, what could be left of it if the world does indeed come to an end. But don't expect romance and friendship and bravery and nobility. It's brutal and raw and maybe that's what it would be like.... It really makes you wonder.... Is it all just a joke? Is the existence of hope something we tell ourselves in order to be brave, act brave? I don't know, but maybe, just maybe if you survive, if you keep breathing and thinking and feeling, maybe you will find out.
If you read this book, you will not regret it!...more
I liked this book, but I have to say that it turned out to be different than I thought. A lot different... Maybe it was the title or something, but II liked this book, but I have to say that it turned out to be different than I thought. A lot different... Maybe it was the title or something, but I honestly thought it would have something to do with - oh, I don't know - destruction, apocalyptic scenarios.. It is after all called " Wasteland" , which is quite confusing.
This is more YA with specks of sci-fi and it was enjoyable. It kept my interest and I kept reading, although I have to admit that even though it didn't necessarily drag at points, it did drag some points. I liked the explanation behind Becca's existence and abilities and her relationship with Luke and Patrice or even her parents and generally it flowed easily, but I think it didn't have to perpetuate so much the situation with Mona and what was happening with her, or even Patrice's secret which was pretty obvious to everyone but Becca (and she read minds!!)
I think I would read the next installments because it was left at a good point! :)...more
Loved the plot, the characters, the journey of Tris and everything. The book felt so overwhelming and complete... I wasn't sure what to expect near thLoved the plot, the characters, the journey of Tris and everything. The book felt so overwhelming and complete... I wasn't sure what to expect near the end. It read like a movie and now I can't wait to read the second book!...more