ABOUT THE BOOK:
To live through the zombie apocalypse they have to survive each other first.
College freshman Parker Osborne is having the worst day ever. He humiliated himself trying to pick up a cute guy, he hasn’t made any friends at school, and his stupidly hot jerk of a TA gave him a crappy grade on his paper. He’s going to drop Adam Hawkins’ film class and start fresh tomorrow after he’s had a good sulk.
But Parker’s about to find out what a bad day really looks like—if he can survive the night.
A virus is unleashed, transforming infected people into zombie-like killers. After these quick and deadly creepers swarm campus, Parker only escapes thanks to Adam swooping him onto the back of his trusty motorcycle. Now they’re on the run—and stuck with each other.
When they’re not bickering, they’re fighting off the infected in a bloody battle for survival. Their only hope is to head east to Parker’s family, but orphaned Adam has a secret he’s not sure Parker will accept: he’s a werewolf. Can they trust each other enough to find some light in these dark days?
Thank you, Keira Andrews, for a kickass zombie apocalypse book! This story is what I imagine The Walking Dead would be if Rick and Shane – yeah, I know, I’d rather it’s Daryl but it’d be Shane – had fallen in love and set off on their own. Well, if Shane wasn’t such a jerk anyway, but maybe if Lori wasn’t around things would have gone differently? (Sorry, if you’re not a fan of the AMC series, you might be a little lost, but it happens to be one of the few shows I watch religiously so thanks for indulging me. ) So if you take the apocalypse/survival element of the story and really crank it up by adding in even more paranormal elements, you might come close to understanding how awesome this story is. To top it all off, Andrews throws in a bit of romance to really make Adam and Parker’s story complete.
Okay, so you might be thinking, “Zombies? Really? That’s so trendy.” I know most readers are often hyper aware of trends, and it’s smart for writers to try to capitalize on that popularity. I promise you, Andrews’ contribution to the current zombie craze is anything but trendy. These are not your typical zombies! For one thing, they’re alive. For another, they’re the product of religious zealots (or so we’re told – I’m waiting for confirmation). Andrews builds a world that’s familiar and before our eyes transforms it into a disease-ravaged shell of itself. She expertly demonstrates the changes in not only the physical landscape of the country, but also the sociological state associated with such a catastrophe. I find it fascinating the way different people react in the face of danger, and Andrews definitely gives us a variety of responses.
What I feel is truly remarkable about this story is that in the middle of all the death and destruction, there’s love. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, I love when authors create something beautiful against a backdrop of horror. Andrews does a spectacular job of foreshadowing the significance of Adam and Parker’s acquaintance, but you don’t realize just how important it will be until they’re side by side fighting for their lives. I think readers will sense their connection become something more before they realize it themselves. The bond between them is strong, and it needs to be if it’s going to withstand all the obstacles in their way.
If I had one complaint about this book it’s that when I was about 90% done, I wasn’t sure the story would be wrapped up in time. I believed this to be a standalone story, and I just kept yelling at these guys to hurry up and fix everything! Because that’s what crazed, sleep-deprived, engaged readers do. Since finishing I’ve seen several reports that there might be a sequel, so I’m going to cross all my fingers and toes that’s the case. I can’t get enough of Andrews’ expert storytelling or crazy apocalyptic madness.