It's the end of the world. Six students have taken cover in Cortege High but shelter is little comfort when the dead outside won't stop pounding on the doors. One bite is all it takes to kill a person and bring them back as a monstrous version of their former self.
To Sloane Price, that doesn't sound so bad. Six months ago, her world collapsed and she's failed to find a reason to keep going. Now seems like the perfect time to give up. As Sloane eagerly waits for the barricades to fall, she's forced to witness the apocalypse through the eyes of five people who actually want to live. But as the days crawl by, everyone's motivations to survive begin to change in startling ways....
©2012 Courtney Summers (P)2014 Audible, Inc.
If you want to listen to a book about teenagers trying to survive and the main character being suicidal then great read this. If you want a zombie book then look elsewhere.
No I would not read another book by Courtney Summers.
Dour it the best word I can think of to describe this book. This is not your traditional zombie book, the zombies are more a backdrop for a survival story of a group of teenagers, but that is not my problem with this book. The main character wants to kill herself throughout the entire book with no character development whatsoever, this I found just a bit boring and not really what I would choose to read a book about.
The performance is ok but a bit lacking in enthusiasm, although I am aware that this is probably because the narrator was trying to embody the depressed wanting to kill herself teenager, so I don’t think the narration was awful, it just fuelled my dislike.
Some people may like this book, but I can't get over my dislike for the story itself and no character development.
Did not like
I expected this story to be more... Scary. That's what I wanted it to be, a book that truly scares me, but it mostly left me shocked and detached. While I thought the story telling was kind of bland, I was still engrossed enough to stay awake the entire night to finish the book. I thought the reader on the audio version did a wonderful job with the different characters, even though I couldn't like all of their voices. (Rhys.) I love how she read Grace!
Anyway, I guess the only part of this book that scared me was Sloane's own trauma and her distrust and disbelief at everything that's happened. That, and how easily something can go wrong, how quickly one can go in the midst of surviving for so long.
"Too YA for me"
This book was a little too young adult for me. The book really played on the tensions and interactions of the teen group during the zombie apocalypse rather than the actual apocalypse itself. As a result I didn’t really connect or like the characters, although the author does do a good job of making you feel sorry for/know where, Sloan, the main character is coming from. It was an interesting but didn’t have the normal action you would see in a normal zombie book.
The Performance was good, not great.
"I am so depressed now."
No. I kept waiting for Sloane to have some sort of life altering moment of clarity and get off of her suicide mission. If I would have known she'd never snap out of it, I would have stopped listening earlier.
For God's sake, a little bit of joy! Even though she and Rhys connected, she still couldn't find a little happiness. In my opinion, the most effective stories are those that have more balance. A little light amongst the dark. If there were a few of those moments in the story, I think it would have been much more powerful and enjoyable.
She did a good job for the most part.
No. It left me numb and depressed. Not good.
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