Thursday, May 23, 2013

Review: PODs by Michelle Pickett

  • Publisher: Spencer Hill Press
  • Publication date: 6/4/2013
  • Pages: 288
  • Source: ARC provided by the publisher for review
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Seventeen-year-old Eva is a chosen one. Chosen to live, while others meet a swift and painful death from an incurable virus so lethal, a person is dead within days of symptoms emerging. In the POD system, a series of underground habitats built by the government, she waits with the other chosen for the deadly virus to claim those above. Separated from family and friends, it's in the PODs she meets David. And while true love might not conquer all, it's a balm for the broken soul.

After a year, scientists believe the population has died, and without living hosts, so has the virus. That's the theory, anyway. But when the PODs are opened, survivors find the surface holds a vicious secret. The virus mutated, infecting those left top-side and creating... monsters.

Eva and David hide from the infected in the abandoned PODs. Together they try to build a life--a new beginning. But the infected follow and are relentless in their attacks. Leaving Eva and David to fight for survival, and pray for a cure.

My Thoughts

End of the world by killer virus has been done plenty of times, but I loved the idea of people living in these PODs and emerging into a world that is so much worse than expected. The mutated virus has left any infected survivors violent, and hungry for human flesh. Zombies of a sort I guess if you want to think of it that way, except they aren't actual dead people reanimated. I loved the desperate feel of the story and I found it to be interesting and enjoyable.

Eva is one of the chosen people to live in the PODs while the virus kills itself off. Or so they think anyways. She was a character that took me a little while to warm up to, but I really did like her. I know that she didn't really have much of a choice, but it seemed like she got over losing her family pretty quick. She adapts to the POD pretty well also. I can't really say that I wouldn't do the same because I couldn't imagine being in that situation. Her "roomates" are quite a diverse bunch, and she gets along with them well. Most of them anyways. She is very smart, which is one of the reasons she was chosen for the POD. She discovers that this was no random lottery. All of them in the pods are within a certain age group and all super smart in a certain subject. She knows that they will be the start of the new world once they are out.

David is the love interest and I pretty much adored him. He was sweet and he would do anything for Eva. He does get a little of the male dominance thing, and the need to keep the women safe, but he doesn't do it to be a chauvinistic jerk, he just really cares and wants them to be safe. His devotion to Eva is amazing too. I loved the little things he would do for her that seem totally simple, but mean everything.

We meet a large cast of characters since she is stuck in the POD for a good portion of the story. I liked most of them, but one character made me want to throw things. I couldn't stand him. I get that he is pissed off at the world, but you would think after time he would kind of get over it or stop being such a tool, but he doesn't . I was not so secretly hoping he got eaten the second they are out in the real world. The others in the POD were great though, and they really became a family. The characterization was a big part of the story, and I am glad that I was able to care what happened to most of them.

The first half is slow, but not in a boring way. We are really getting to know the characters well and it's setting up for the investment we have in them once they are secluded anymore. The last third of the book is creepy and awesome. It's filled with plenty of action as they are constantly fighting for their lives against the people infected with the mutated virus. The romance is a huge part of this book too, but it is woven into the story well so it's not overshadowing the issues at hand. I think the creepiest thing about this book was I could actually imagine something like this happening. It had so much realism to it and I think that made it all the more chilling. This was fantastic.

*An advanced copy of this book was provided by the publisher for an honest review. I did not receive any compensation.


  1. Been wondering about this one. I think I'd have to be in the right mood for this one. Great review. Thanks

  2. I love a devoted love interest, not a puppy dog kind, but one who is 'in' the relationship and respects the girl and cares enough to make a girl feel safe. I think it's better to be infuriated by a character than be indifferent so at least he made you furious lol. Spencer Hills seems to be on the road up in publishing world. Lovely review, hon!

  3. I've been wanting to find another dystopian that can bring it up for me again. I need that umph in the a book. I think I might like this one. Nice review.

  4. This one sounds awesome! I like that the zombies aren't dead people, just people who have the virus. That's a pretty interesting twist on things. I like when people get gutsy with writing known lore!

  5. Great review and I really CAN'T WAIT for this book to come out. What am I going to do until June 4th?!!? From you description, it sounds a bit like a combination of The Immortal Rules, a series I just adore and Under The Never Sky, one of my favorite dystopians ever. I'm glad you liked Eva and David and I'm very happy to hear that the romance between them took a major part of the book.
    Great review!! Thanks for sharing your thoughts (:

    Sapir @ Diary of a Wimpy Teen Girl

  6. This sounds awesome!! And I'm liking the cover. :)

  7. Thank you so much for the kind words and for taking the time to read and review PODs. I'm so happy you enjoyed it! Your review made my day!

    Michelle :)
    Author, PODs available June 4th
    Milayna available March 11, 2014
    The Infected, a PODs novel available November 2014

  8. Whee I'm so happy that you enjoyed PODs it looks like a seriously fantastic book and I need to possibly read this one ASAP (if they have a copy at BEA I may or may not steal a copy :)) The love interest definitely sounds so adorable and even though the plot was kind of slow in the beginning I'm super happy it turned up by the end!

  9. I've been really curious about this one since I first heard of it. I'm glad that it was really good and that it had a good romance in it.

  10. I tend to like this type of book, when I ever actually pick one up. I'm glad the second half was better for you. PODS does sound like a really great story!

  11. I think Erin might be reviewing this one. Not sure. Glad you liked it!

  12. Ooo, I hadn't heard of this book at all, but it sounds intriguing! I like zombie/survivalist type stories, even if it's not exactly a zombie. thanks for the heads up on this, Amy!

    Wendy @ The Midnight Garden

  13. Great review Amy! I'm really looking forward to this one. It definitely sounds creepy and that is even more creepy that it's realistic. I really like a book that takes the time to let the reader get to know the characters.


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