I didn't read the first book, Chasers, so I came in after the Alone series was already well on its way. I suggest you read Chasers first before reading Survivor.
SURVIVOR takes up where CHASERS left off. The main character, Jesse is alone and has been the whole time. He thought there was someone with him but that was not the case. What is he going to do against the Chasers? They will drink anything they can find.
Can things get any worse? Yes, they can. The Chasers are beginning to hunt their prey. Jesse thinks there are survivors in New York City and that the military has come in. Jesse tries to find survivors and save them from the post-apocalyptic world they are in. Can Jesse survive this world?
I just couldn't relate to Jesse. I just couldn't put a face on him. I think maybe if Jesse was a little more caring and real, the story would have been so much more interesting. Now, this could come from not reading the first book. I became a little disinterested because one minute the action is so fierce and the next, nothing. The action is really exciting. It puts you on the edge of your seat and turning the pages, but then the non-action scenes come in and the excitement goes out the door.
The zombies were creatures that needed their thirst quenched. That was not quite what I thought zombies were. I thought they were the living dead that fed on the living. I just didn't quite get the jest of things. Another reason maybe I didn't quite relate is I'm in the category of the young at heart. I do believe the book would be received well by young people, 8-10 years old. The book doesn't have really graphic, gross scenes in it.
The author wrote a good young teen book. I believe this book would make a good read for zombie lovers and the "new" world. I recommend that the first book CHASERS is read first. That's where I went wrong. This is definitely a series book, not a standalone.
I give this book 3 STARS.
I was given a complimentary copy of SURVIVOR, ALONE Book 2 by James Phelan from Night Owl Reviews for my honest review.
At the end of the world, it's hard to trust anyone--even yourself.
Jesse and a ragged band of survivors crawl through the wreckage of New York City. They escaped the Chasers--for now. But the infected zombie freaks are getting bolder, stronger. So when they begin to see signs of human life, they can't believe their luck. Now they're the chasers, looking for someone to tell them the worst vacation ever is over. Of course, luck can be good and bad. And the enemy could be closer than your reflection in the mirror. . .