Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Review: The Weepers: The Other Life by Susanne Winnacker

Title: The Weepers: The Other Life
Author: Susanne Winnacker
Series: The Other Life, #1
Publisher: Marshall Cavendish
Publication Date: May 15, 2012

Synopsis: 3 years, 1 month, 1 week and 6 days since I’d seen daylight. One-fifth of my life.

Sherry and her family have lived sealed in a bunker in the garden since things went wrong up above. Her grandfather has been in the freezer for the last three months, her parents are at each other’s throats and two minutes ago they ran out of food.

Sherry and her father leave the safety of the bunker and find a devastated and empty LA, smashed to pieces by bombs and haunted by ‘Weepers’ - rabid humans infected with a weaponized rabies virus.

While searching for food in a supermarket, Sherry’s father disappears and Sherry is saved by Joshua, a boy-hunter. He takes her to Safe-haven, a tumble-down vineyard in the hills outside LA, where a handful of other survivors are picking up the pieces of their ‘other lives’. As she falls in love for the first time, Sherry must save her father, stay alive and keep Joshua safe when his desire for vengeance threatens them all.

Verdict: I really, really, really, really, really liked this book. But I didn't love it. It seemed to be lacking that big spark that makes me obsess over a book even when I'm not reading it. Now, don't get me wrong, I was very interested in the book and will definitely be reading the sequel because I want to know what happens to the characters that I've become attached to. I loved the main character, Sherry, and her little brother, Bobby, and little sister, Mia. And I totally have a crush on Joshua, the hot and troubled hero. This book takes places sometime in the future when the government has been experimenting with rabies. But it got out of control and has turned people into man-eating monsters called weepers. The government sent out a warning telling people that they would need to hide out in bunkers for a while till it was safe to come out. Sherry and her family have been in their bunker a very long time- longer than expected. And they have run out of food and lost communication with everyone. So, Sherry and her dad decide to venture out of their bunker to look for food and to find out what has happened to their neighbors. But once outside they discover the horror of the weepers and things don't go exactly as planned. This book was fast-paced, action-packed and it flew by. I really, really liked it. And I definitely recommend it to lovers of dystopian, hot gun-wielding hunks, and fans of the movie I Am Legend. :))

An ARC was provided by the publisher via Netgalley.

Rating: 4/5 Stars

-Kristen ♥

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