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