Thursday, 12 June 2014

Book Review: Sundered by Shannon Mayer

They were promised weight loss, the cure for Cancer, Parkinson’s Disease and infertility; they were promised hope.

The side effects were anything but hopeful.

Mara and Sebastian are young, in love and newlyweds. Far too soon, they will face tests to their love that most others won’t survive. Their bond strengthens with each loss, destruction and unbearable race against time. In each other, they find the will and hope to endure. Hand in hand, they will face the darkening of humanity with strength and integrity and an undeniable spirit to survive; together.

My Review: 
The first thing you need to do is ignore the somewhat pretentious blurb that really doesn't give you an idea what the book is really about.

Mara wants a baby and this new all purpose drug offers fertility treatment as well as healing but she is unable to receive it for health reasons. 90% of the population take the drug which turns them into blood crazed maniacs. Now Mara and her husband Seb have to survive against a hungry enemy at their door wearing the faces of people they know.

This book is a really good story. We have the human side of things with Mara wanting a baby and her devastation at finding out she is unable to take the wonder drug because she is allergic to its main ingredient. She has to deal with friends and neighbours taking this drug for a variety of reasons and feeling life is very unfair. You feel bad for this young couple who just want to start a family as they are both really good characters. We also have the friendly neighbours and the eccentric survivalist who tries to advise them on what to do when hell erupts.

The plot shifts then into the wonder drug causing everyone who takes it to start changing into mindless zombies within a week of taking the drug. Maya and Seb have to start protecting their home, stockpiling food and thinking how to survive the crisis in a rural area far from government help. They have to deal with the loss of friends and neighbours and worry what will happen when supplies run low. I like this kind of story because you can imagine yourself in these situations and wonder what you would do or how you would survive.

And it isn't just a straight zombie book. The 'zombies' still look like people, can understand the words and actions of survivors and can in some ways interact with them, which I found intriguing. You see a gradual deterioration of these functions as time goes by but it was an interesting concept. The zombies can also tell the difference between survivors and those who are infected but have not yet turned. There is also a twist to the story which I really liked but I can't talk about it or I'll spoil it for you guys!

My only complaint about the book is that about ten pages from the end, the author TELLS us what is going to happen before she shows it to us in the following pages. WHY WOULD YOU SPOIL THE STORY LIKE THAT???!!! I was really mad because it takes the element of surprise away and reduces the impact of the last ten pages which was actually a very good piece of plot! Darn it, readers like to find out what is happening as it unfolds not getting a great big spoiler!

I'm very keen however to see what happens next!
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