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Review: ‘Chasers’ by James Phelan

I received this book for free from requested from publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Review: ‘Chasers’ by James PhelanChasers by James Phelan
Series: Alone #1
Published by K-Teen on October 30th, 2012
Genres: Action & Adventure, Science Fiction, Young Adult
Pages: 256
Format: eARC
Source: requested from publisher
three-stars
Four Teenagers.
One Destroyed City.
Thousands of
Infected Predators.

Jesse is on a UN Youth Ambassadors camp in New York when his subway carriage is rocked by an explosion. Jesse and his three friends, Dave, Mini and Anna, crawl out from the wreckage to discover a city in chaos.

Streets are deserted. Buildings are in ruins. Worse, the only other survivors seem to be infected with a virus that turns them into horrifying predators…

Outnumbered. No sign of life. Just them. And you… ALONE.

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review

While Jesse is on a field trip to the UN with his new found friends, American Dave, Taiwanese Mini, and British Anna, the subway he was riding explodes. They all survive and decide to head out of the subway tunnels to get help. What they find is a world in utter chaos. Bodies burning everywhere, and the ones who are alive seem to be…thirsty. Thirsty for any liquid drink but most of all the desire for human blood.

Now, the plot for this book isn’t trying to find out how the virus happened and stopping it. It’s about survival in its most simplest form. It’s an every day recount of how Jesse and his friends try to survive and if it wasn’t for that massive twist in the end, I would have rated this 2 out of 5. I get how incredibly mundane a world would be without technology, food or even normal people going about their daily lives, but what I wanted was action. The title alone is a verb AND a noun so why couldn’t there be more of both? sighs This book had a lot of potential. It was an interesting take on the zombie-apocalypse, yet it fell flat and downright boring. I was so bored, I almost stopped reading it. Alas, I have a stubborn personally and kept plowing through, even though it bored me to tears.

That ending was definitely new. I did not see that coming. What a twist! At least I was satisfied with the ending and I didn’t feel it was a waste of time.

Characters
Good, but I wanted to know more.

Pacing
Stop and go at times, but it was pretty good enough to keep going.

Cover/Design
Good and completely targets the target audience which is boys.

Plot
Great plot, but I wanted more..

Overall, I suggest skipping this one, but if you like twist endings, then go for it!


quotes

What’s the difference between you and a Canadian? (9)
Evil does exist, Anna said. I know it. (68)
I’d had nightmares and terrifying thoughts, but nothing had prepared me for that terrible moment. A trigger being pulled. A life taken. (97)
We need the gas, the petrol. And…We can’t burn books. (101)
It’s like the planet has reset, she explained, to create a new earth full of hope. Those of us who are left will become the adults of a works that’s changed, a memory… It’s like the torch has been passed to a new generation. (132)

rating

3/5

three-stars

7 Comments

  1. Diana Grace

    August 31, 2013 at 9:00 PM

    First time I heard of the book… blurb sounds good though. Great review! 🙂

  2. Lisa Richards

    January 27, 2013 at 10:09 PM

    Totally new book for me. Even though it sounds boring, I may still give it a shot.

  3. Grace Lo

    January 15, 2013 at 6:19 AM

    Aww, I’m sorry that you didn’t enjoy it! I have this book on my shelf and am contemplating whether to read it sooner or later, but I am interested in the twist ending!

  4. Sandra

    December 29, 2012 at 6:14 PM

    Such a shame! I also thought by the title that there would be action or at least character-driven plot somehow. But if it’s just a day to day kind of thing, that gets boring. I don’t want a twist at the end when nothing else really came before it. 🙁

    Thanks for the honest review though!

  5. Jaime Lester

    December 22, 2012 at 11:33 PM

    The cover stinks, if I am being honest. Which I am obviously. It looks like dude is wearing a diaper. Anyway, I think I will save myself some boredom and pass this one up. I need more action than right at the very end. Thanks for the great review!

  6. Samantha

    December 22, 2012 at 6:24 PM

    I love post apocalyptic books! I was thinking of reading this one but since you found it boring throughout I probably won’t. Thanks for the review. I agree with Anne C about the Best of 2012 post apocalyptic list.

  7. Anne C

    December 22, 2012 at 1:30 AM

    I’m sorry you ha to finish a book that bored you. You must really be stubborn to do that. 🙂

    Anyway, maybe you can do a ‘Best of 2012’ post apocalyptic books you’ve read. I love the post apocalyptic genre and would very much want to read those you think are good.

    Thanks!

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