April 23, 2013

Mortality by Kellie Sheridan

Mortality by Kellie Sheridan
Release Date: March 19, 2013
Publisher: Snarky Books
Pages: 271
Series: The Hitchhiker Strain
Review Source: eBook from author for review

Synopsis: (from Goodreads)
After surviving a deadly plague outbreak, sixteen-year-old Savannah thought she had lived through the very worst of human history. There was no way to know that the miracle vaccine would put everyone at risk for a fate worse than un-death.

Now, two very different kinds of infected walk the Earth, intent on nothing but feeding and destroying what little remains of civilization. When the inoculated are bitten, infection means watching on in silent horror as self-control disappears and the idea of feasting on loved ones becomes increasingly hard to ignore.

Starving and forced to live inside of the abandoned high school, all Savannah wants is the chance to fight back. When a strange boy arrives with a plan to set everything right, she gets her chance. Meeting Cole changes everything. Mere survival will never be enough.
My Thoughts:
Are you in withdrawal from 'The Walking Dead' and looking for your next zombie fix? If so, 'Mortality' may be the book for you. It features awesome action and two heroines who are incredibly strong and capable. I love how the reader is brought into the action almost right away, and I really enjoyed the dual narration from Savannah and Zarah. It was interesting to see from two very different perspectives, and from different times (Zarah’s narration starts back when the infection first hit, whereas Savannah’s is the present).

I did have a couple of questions about the book. I wasn’t sure why Savannah’s group hadn’t been targeted by the militia if getting able bodied fighters was such a huge goal, or why Savannah and her people were so out of the loop with the current state of the world. That being said, these questions didn’t stop me from enjoying the book. I loved the action and excitement from dodging Zs and militia groups, and I enjoyed the quieter moments as well.

Where Kellie Sheridan really excels is character building. I felt she did an excellent job with this, where even the minor characters felt real. This contributes to how powerful the ending of ‘Mortality’ is. It actually broke my heart a little. It takes a lot for me to be moved to tears, but I definitely was in this case.

If you’re a fan of zombie novels, or if you’re looking to break into the genre, ‘Mortality’ is not a book to miss.

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Find Mortality by Kellie Sheridan on Goodreads, Amazon, Amazon.ca, & Barnes & Noble.

P.S. Kellie is a fellow Canadian (and Ontarian) blogger. You can find her at Snarky Books (formerly reawrite.com). You may also know her as Joan of ARCs for Spencer Hill Press. =)

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