Published by St. Martin's Griffin on June 19th, 2012
Genres: Horror, Post Apocalyptic, Young Adult, Zombies
Source: bought online
It’s the end of the world. Six students have taken cover in Cortege High but shelter is little comfort when the dead outside won’t stop pounding on the doors. One bite is all it takes to kill a person and bring them back as a monstrous version of their former self. To Sloane Price, that doesn’t sound so bad. Six months ago, her world collapsed and since then, she’s failed to find a reason to keep going. Now seems like the perfect time to give up. As Sloane eagerly waits for the barricades to fall, she’s forced to witness the apocalypse through the eyes of five people who actually wantto live. But as the days crawl by, the motivations for survival change in startling ways and soon the group’s fate is determined less and less by what’s happening outside and more and more by the unpredictable and violent bids for life—and death—inside. When everything is gone, what do you hold on to?
I haven’t had a lot of experience reading zombie themed novels, but I’m glad I picked this one up because it was written so well. The gore that is supposed to be splashed all over zombie novels are gone, and the writing is written with more character development and back story than actual action and violence.
Told from the viewpoint of Sloane, she’s not your average character who wants to survive. She is such a different character in a way that she doesn’t know if she wants to survive. Her suicidal plans have already failed and what she wants most can be easily met if she just let it. And that point is why I believe she’s so much more vulnerable to the zombie attacks. Because she would let them take her and not fight. She’d give up.
I love Courtney Summers’ writing style. It’s fluid and dynamic and it makes me feel like I’m an observer dropped into Sloane’s world full of chaos, murder and even sadness. She is a wonderful writer and I look forward to reading more from this fellow Canadian in the future. I believe she has a couple of books already published so I’m hoping to pick them up soon!