Courtney Colvin was nearing the end of her teenage years when the undead apocalypse began. She survived, forsaking her youth and innocence, and five years later she continues to exist--albeit lonely--in the fortified town of Eastpointe. Nightmares and the unwelcome advances of Leon Wolfe are the worst things she's dealing with now in her otherwise mundane life. But when a newcomer arrives in town and claims to know the location of the antidote to the zombie plague, it sends Eastpointe into an uproar. To retrieve this cure, she and a group of other survivors must venture outside the relative safety of the compound's walls and into a world ruled and dominated by the flesh-eating undead.
I had such high hopes for this one but the main two characters in it were obnoxious idiots and it ruined what potential the book had.
Courtney is a rude, childish, whiny, self obsessed, lazy moron with the personality of a plank of wood. She moans about being lonely and isolated in the community-but she is anti-social, avoids everyone and seems to hate everyone. Her attitude is really obnoxious and if someone is nice to her or tries to help, she goes into full bitch mode as if this person is making her look weak or useless or has some agenda of some kind. She really does think that everyone's action are all about her and that everyone is watching her all the time. Actually, I don't think anyone spares her much thought as she is a total cow.
Courtney has always hated Leon, who humiliated her when she first arrived at the safe haven she lives in now, and has never forgiven him. Last week she decided to seduce and sleep with him to see if it would keep her nightmares away-which didn't work, and now she is annoyed about Leon hanging around her like a bad smell. Well, it's your own fault for sleeping with him, dumbass! Leon is a cocky, arrogant guy who used to play mean tricks on people, and now won't take the hint when Courtney wants him to get lost. His attempts to analyse her behaviour and explain to her why she does things would get anyone's back up and he just doesn't know when to quit. What a perfect couple. The problem is, all this relationship angst takes up way too much time at the start of the book, leaving it slow and dull.
The timeline is all over the place. We get the dull, plodding story of Courtney's current woes and her whining while Leon annoys her. She hides in her house, she gets drunk, she complains more. In between chapters we get random emails, radio transcripts, reports that add nothing to the story and seem a bit pointless. Then we jump back five years to what happened when Courtney lost her family. It's a bit all over the place as far as a cohesive story goes and I don't much like the way it is all set out.
Getting Courtney's story should have made her a more sympathetic character when you see what she has been through but I still didn't like her much. The man hating gets a bit much. A soldier rescues her from the zombies who attack her convoy but of course, he must have done it because he wants sex with her. Now we get nothing else in the story about harrassment but Courtney says the men all look at her and want sex with her and think they deserve it for keeping the base safe for her. Right, coz everyone must love Courtney. When the military instructor arrives to offer to train everyone how to fight, only Courtney wants to learn-y'know, they're all potential rapists, remember? She decides to have sex with Gordon, the instructor and then makes it sound like she didn't really want to but it was expected of her. Oh please, get over yourself you useless idiot!
I got to about page 100 when the idea of a mission for her team is talked about but by then I was bored rigid, and meeting more obnoxious asshats who are going on the mission was enough for me. I hope all of them are eaten.