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Alone #3

A Short-Lived Apocalypse…

Sixteen year old Jesse came to New York via Australia to attend a United Nations teen ambassador conference. What he got was a zombie apocalypse. Avoiding “Chasers” and “the Infected”, Jesse must convince a group of fellow survivors to risk everything by leaving their comfortable, fortified shelter to trek into the unknown northern regions towards possible sanctuary. Additionally, he must deal with survivor’s guilt, slightly unwanted attention from beautiful girls, and convincing the military that there may indeed be a cure to this outbreak.

Unfortunately, when I picked up the book I didn’t realize it was the third in a trilogy. That probably explains why I felt that the characters were underdeveloped and certain aspects of the story weren’t explained well; I’m hoping they were covered in the previous two. But there are aspects limited to this book that I still wasn’t happy with. The instant, needy attraction of Paige seemed too contrived and unbelievable while the ending just seemed too rushed and wasn’t explained well. Who was behind the attack? At times it seemed as if an internal conspiracy was hinted at yet this was never pursued. And the last scene of the book was dissatisfying, reducing the friendships Jesse clung to throughout the book as just a metaphor for his self-discovery.

At times the writing was descriptive and vivid but I felt the dialogue occasionally lacked flow. Many of the secondary conflicts seemed to be resolved either too quickly or not at all. The use of flashbacks periodically distracted from the action of the plot and seemed unnecessary, especially the prolonged basketball episode.

Overall, this book had plenty of action to keep a teen’s attention and reads quick enough that I can easily see this as a good recommendation for reluctant readers especially with the current dystopian genre craze. However, emphasize that this is a trilogy that needs to be read in its chronological entirety or the reader could feel lost.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from NetGalley in return for an honest review.

Book Blurb for Quarantine

In a dangerous, devastated New York, one 16-year-old Australian boy finds himself alone…

It's now or maybe never sixteen year old Jesse has spent eighteen days in post-apocalyse New York, waiting for help that never comes. He owes it to his new friends, Rachel and Felicity, to go beyond their temporary refuge to find other survivors who may hold the key to escape. Could the collective at Chelsea Piers have the answers or prove to be just another distraction in his quest? Meanwhile, Jesse is burdened with guilt and sadness at the fate of his other friend, Caleb, who has fallen prey to the virus and become a Chaser. So when it emerges that a cure-all serum may be available, Jesse determines to secure it to save his friend. At any cost perhaps even his own future.

Night Owl Reviews Sep, 2013 3.00