Author: Mari Mancusi
Publisher: NLA Digital Liaison Platform LLC
Acquired: Received free for an honest review
Age Group: Young Adult
Grade: 76% or C
Buy It: Amazon
Imagine finding your first love, only to be ripped apart by the apocalypse. Peyton Anderson will never forget the day she was forced to make a choice--between her family--and Chris Parker, the boy she'd given her heart. Now, four years later, as she steps from the fallout shelter and into a dead and broken world, he's the only thing on her mind.My Thoughts::
All Chris "Chase" Parker wanted was to take Peyton away and keep her safe from harm. But he waited for hours in the rain on judgment day and she never showed--breaking his heart without ever telling him why.
Now the two of them have been thrown together once again, reluctant chaperones to a group of orphan children in a post-apocalyptic world where the dead still walk...and feed. As they begin their pilgrimage to the last human outpost on Earth, can they find a way to let go of old hurts and find the love they lost--all while attempting to save what's left of the human race?
This book caught my interest right away because I rarely see apocalypses that are obviously set in the future. I love both of those things so much, so mashing them together seemed like perfection. The cover is less than desirable, but I didn't let that stop me, as covers usually don't.
It was really interesting to read about the character's past from four years ago. The world was so much different. I loved reading about the crazy awesome technology, but I also liked reading and thinking about the consequences that the technology had on society and how it even played a part in the whole apocalypse thing.
I usually enjoy it when books switch character point of views, and I also enjoy when books go back and forth from past to present. But mixing the two together? There was some confusion, but you can easily get used to the pattern. You are wondering the majority of the book why she left him in the rain, and slowly with the flashbacks you find out why. This might sound tedious and slow going, but to me it felt much more like an anticipated reveal.
The characters weren't very steady. Whenever I thought I had them figured out, they would do something that seemed out of character. But I suppose this made them more interesting and unpredictable. They were both so frustrating at times though. I hate all of the "self sacrifice without informing the person who I love" stuff. Ugh! When they weren't annoying me, I really liked them. Especially Chase. The flashback nerdiness was awesome!
Overall I think this was exciting story with pretty good world building and decent characters.