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Alone #1

Something horrible has destroyed New York. Sixteen-year-olds Jesse, Dave, Anna and Mini are just a few “human” survivors left after they escape a blown up subway car and find themselves surrounded by carnage. Not only are the buildings destroyed, ash left in their wake, but the thousands of people they encounter just aren’t right. They’re drinking non-stop…whether it be slushy puddles off the ground, directly from the Hudson River, even blood straight from the source of dying bodies. On the run for their lives and hoping rescue will be arriving soon, these young adults soon discover the only thing they can depend on is there selves. Will all of them make it out alive or will the “Chasers,” (the name they dubbed the crazy people) soon make a meal out of them all?

James Phelan definitely started the Alone series off with a bang. Chasers was riveting from beginning to end and I was completely captivated…both with the storyline and the characters themselves. This isn’t just another Armageddon story. Jesse and his friends really made me sit back and think…if I was sixteen and stuff like this happened to me, would I have been able to be as strong and mature as them? Would I have survived at all? Each of the main characters comes from a different background/country/race, etc. which makes them even more enigmatic. I can’t pinpoint one simple moment or thing that had me so drawn to this story; it truly was the overall effect. The monsters are regular humans who have somehow been infected but they’re not zombies eating brains or vampires even. They’re just so unquenchably thirst and will drink anything to survive. It’s rare that I read a book that I can’t put down and find myself scrambling to find the next but the Alone trilogy is definitely on my favorites list for the year. If you’re a young adult or even an adult, I think you’ll truly love Mr. Phelan’s unique ability to yank you into his story and the story’s refusal to let you go!

Book Blurb for Chasers

The trip of a lifetime just turned into the end of the world.

When Jesse crawls out of the wreckage of a subway car and emerges into daylight, he’s greeted by a living nightmare. An unexplained force has destroyed New York City, turning skyscrapers into ash, cutting off all power and communication. Jesse and his new friends, Dave, Anna and Mini are dazed but unhurt. The other survivors are not so lucky. Every human being they encounter is infected, gripped by an unquenchable thirst that drives them to monstrous acts of violence.

Somehow, Jesse has to escape. But first, he has to stay alive.

Night Owl Reviews Jan, 2013 4.50