Tuesday, 19 January 2016

Book Review: Until the End by Tracey Ward

An outbreak of The Fever has taken hold of Portland, Oregon, bringing the population to its knees. The Fever spreads and kills quickly, but the dead aren't staying dead.

When her neighbor, Jordan, saves her from one of the infected, Alissa joins him in his plan to escape the city, the disease and the threat of a quarantine that will lock the living in with the undead. What she doesn't tell him is that she has an illness of her own, one that plays tricks with her mind and makes her a dangerous companion. But Jordan has a secret as well, one that compels him to keep Alissa, a veritable stranger, safe at all costs.

As they fight for their lives and race for their freedom, they'll discover that what they truly need in order to survive is to stay together until the end.  

My Review:
The book opens with an uninspiring full therapy session where Alissa refuses to answer any of the reasonable questions from the therapist that she has been seeing for four years. She has been refusing to cooperate and pretending not to care about the suicide of her mother, which means she is being kept in therapy. If the dumb cow had cooperated in the beginning and let the woman help her, she wouldn't still be going to the sessions that she keeps moaning about! I fail to see why we needed this boring info dump to introduce our MC.

Alissa is rude and mean to everyone she comes into contact with. Why the zombie boy wanted to take her on a date is a mystery to me when she is so anti-social and unpleasant. Yes I get that she has medical reasons for being this way and I do applaud the author using a main character with mental health issues, but do you need to make her so nasty? Poor Jordan risks his life for a stranger and gets a mouthful of abuse and lack of gratitude from her. She is always putting him down, slagging off his escape plans (so where is yours then Alissa, hmm?) and behaving like a general bitch towards him. She steriotypes him as a nerd gamer who talks about superheroes all the time when she knows nothing about the poor guy. I really didn't like her attitude.

Despite really liking Jordan, I could not be bothered with Alissa and didn't care if she got to safety or not. I lost interest in the book quickly and decided to move on to something else. Wouldn't rush to read anything else by the author.
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