Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Review: The Weepers (The Other Life #1) by Susanne Winnacker

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  • Publisher: Cavendish, Marshall Corporation
  • Publication date: 5/15/2012
  • Pages: 272
  • Source: eARC from NetGalley/Marshall Cavendish for review
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Overview

 3 years, 1 month, 1 week and 6 days since I’d seen daylight. One-fifth of my life.

Sherry and her family have lived sealed in a bunker in the garden since things went wrong up above. Her grandfather has been in the freezer for the last three months, her parents are at each other’s throats and two minutes ago they ran out of food.

Sherry and her father leave the safety of the bunker and find a devastated and empty LA, smashed to pieces by bombs and haunted by ‘Weepers’ - rabid humans infected with a weaponized rabies virus.

While searching for food in a supermarket, Sherry’s father disappears and Sherry is saved by Joshua, a boy-hunter. He takes her to Safe-haven, a tumble-down vineyard in the hills outside LA, where a handful of other survivors are picking up the pieces of their ‘other lives’. As she falls in love for the first time, Sherry must save her father, stay alive and keep Joshua safe when his desire for vengeance threatens them all.


My Thoughts


Okay so most of you probably know that I love zombies, I love horror, and love anything that's creepy. Of course I needed to read this book. There aren't really zombies, it's just a super mutated rabies virus, but still. The infected eat people so they are close enough to zombies, right? And they are intelligent which is even creepier. They live in abandoned buildings and work together and stock up on humans. I really did enjoy this book, but it wasn't as awesome as I thought it would be. It had some great action and a little romance. The characters were likable enough, it just wasn't all that I thought it would be. I think my expectations going into it were a little too high. 

Shelly was not a great character for me. I mean her whole situation pretty much sucks, and she really does try to do what she has to do, but it wasn't really that convincing to me. I don't know why. It was just like ohhh a boy. And she's totally infatuated. I mean, I did like her, but I guess I just didn't connect with her. She wants very badly to rescue her father and get her family, which I totally understand, but she makes some stupid decisions that could really be bad for everyone. She seems to not really think about everyone as a whole until the end of the book. 


I liked most of the other characters. I really hope that we get to know more about Tyler. He seems like he will be an important and awesome character in later books. I liked Joshua too. He is really sweet and caring, but also tough and determined. He is out for revenge on the Weepers. It's dangerous, but he feels like he has to hunt them. 


There is of course some romance. It's not super heavy, but it's there throughout. Sherry is totally pining for Joshua even when she is trying to deny it to herself. I guess I can't really blame her. There isn't many people left who aren't Weeper's and she had been in her Bunker for like 3 years with her family until they ran out of food. That would make anyone crazy and need interactions with other people besides family. 


Overall it was a decent book. It wasn't quite what I was expecting. There is some action and some good Weeper killing, but not as much as I really expected. I don't really have much to say about this book. It was good, I think it was a good start to a series, and I am definitely looking forward to what is coming next. The end wasn't a cliffhanger or anything that will drive you nuts, but it's a great set up for the next book in the series. 3 out of 5 stars.

18 comments:

  1. This was a bit too short I think if it was longer it would have been worlds better. I gave it a 3 star too so I liked it but it didn't wow me.

    Now.. "I love zombies, I love horror, and love anything that's creepy. " THIS IS WHY I LOVE YOU!!! Haha

    I didn't really Shelly's situation was that convincing either especially that she seemed to be unaffected by having been cooped up for 3 years with the same people (and a dead grandpa!!). Dunno. But the zombies were pretty cool and gross! :D

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    1. Yes!! Exactly what you said about Shelly. I would be out of my mind freaking crazy if I had been in a small bunker with my family for 3 years!! She's just like "Oh, it's all good now, I'm out." There would definitely be lingering crazy feelings from that type of situation.

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  2. Oh wow, I was going to read this and still might, but now I can go into it knowing that I don't need to expect it to be just all I was expecting LOL. Maybe that will make it better for me :) Thanks girl great review!!

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    1. It's a pretty good book. As long as you don't have high expectations going into it you should like it just fine.

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  3. I liked this one, but like you said didn't love it. I am waiting to find a good zombie book I fall head over hills for. I really need to find a good creepy book to read. I haven't read one in quite sometime now.

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    1. Have you read the As The World Dies Series?!! Now those are kick ass zombie books. Totally one of my favorite series!!

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    2. No, I haven't but I'll have to look into that series if you say they are kick ass...love me some zombies...nom nom nom =)

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    3. OMG!! Seriously, you need to read them!!! It's an EPIC series!!

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  4. I've only seen 1 or 2 reviews for this book, and most people seem to think it was more of a meh book, so you're not alone! I totally understand about the high expectations, sometimes high expectations can really ruin a book. I'm glad that you still ended up liking this book, even though you didn't love it. Great review! =)

    -Aneeqah @ My Not So Real Life

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    1. It wasn't bad at all, just kind of rushed maybe. I don't really know. And like Shelly was just so okay with things after being cooped up for 3 years.

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  5. I only got as far as "super mutated rabies virus." I don't think this is for me!
    But I hope you love Dreamless!!

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    1. Lol!!! It's not scary at all actually. I don't really think you would enjoy it much though.

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  6. I did enjoy this one a lot more since I knew there would be a sequel!

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    1. yeah, I am really interested to see where it goes. I am anticipating the next one being better. I will definitely read it.

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  7. The general opinion I've been getting from this book is the same as yours. I'm not a zombie person, but I love that the virus is mutated from rabies. I've always been terrified of rabies. Glad you were able to mostly enjoy The Weepers. Nice review!

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    1. It's one of those books that isn't that great, but you think the next book will be better and make up for what the first one is lacking.

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  8. Aw, I really prefer the UK cover. It was so artsy!
    Anyway, I'm glad that you found The Weepers interesting! I've been curious about it for a while. I think I'll give it a try! :)

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    1. I liked the UK cover too. I think that this book was enjoyable, and I am looking forward to the next one.

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