Thursday, March 8, 2012

The Weepers by Susanne Winnacker

Title: The Weepers: The Other Life
Author: Susanne Winnacker
Publisher: Cavendish, Marshall Corporation
Acquired: Received free for an honest review
Age Group: Young Adult
Grade: 85% or B
Buy It: Amazon
Sherry has lived with her family in a bunker for more than three years. Her grandfather's body has been in the freezer for the last six months, her parents are at each other's throats and two minutes ago, they ran out of food. Sherry and her father must leave the safety of the bunker. What they find is an empty Los Angeles, destroyed by bombs and haunted by Weepers, savage humans infected with a rabies virus. While searching for food, Sherry's father disappears and Sherry is saved by Joshua, a hunter. He takes her to Safe-haven, a vineyard where a handful of survivors are picking up the pieces of their other lives, before the virus changed everything. Sherry must find a way to help her family, stay alive, and decide whether Joshua is their savior or greatest danger as his desire for vengeance threatens them all. This debut novel is a page-turner that is not easy to forget.
My Thoughts::
I've been into zombies and the zombie survival thing for years now. I am very thankful that zombies and the like seem to be the current trend, even in books. So when I saw this book on netgalley, I just had to request it. And man was I glad when my request was approved! I just can not get enough of survival type books like this one.

Though I would have loved to see how all of this started out right from the beginning, I like how this book started where other books like it would have had its halfway point. And it's not as if we are totally in the dark about what happened, it is being revealed to us slowly and naturally instead of giving us pages and pages of "let me, the main character, tell you what happened here". Sure, I would know what was going on 100%, but the mystery would be gone and the character wouldn't seem right.

Speaking of the characters, we got a variety of them. It is hard to find YA books where you are able to get to know adult characters pretty well, adults that aren't their parents of course. In this book we got to meet a very interesting cast of characters and it will be very captivating to see them interact and develop as the series continues. I am interested in all of the characters, which is a bit strange because there are quite a few. I can't wait to learn their stories and see what happens.

Overall I think The Weepers was a strong first book in a series. Not only did it keep me interested, but it also got me thinking about all aspects of the book, not just about what was currently going on.

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