This novel was disturbing. The descriptions of the disgustingly oozing grownups were so unpleasantly painted that I had to put the book down at times to avoid feeling sick to my stomach. Similarly, the scenes of violence and sheer animalistic survival were so vividly drawn that I was horrified over and over again. As disturbing as it was, however, I couldn’t stop reading. At times, it reminded me of Lord of the Flies; other times, it reminded me of The Hunger Games. Zombies and dystopian novels are not normally what I prefer, but I was drawn to the characters and was rooting for them from the first page. Told in the voices of various characters, nobody is safe, including leaders, strong fighters, and young cute ones, which makes the story a real page-turner. The ending is either a cliffhanger in preparation for a sequel or a very sick way to destroy readers’ hopes that everything these kids went through was for a reason. I’m hoping it’s the former and not the latter.
Recommended for grades 9-12.