Author: Susanne Winnacker.
Published: May 15th 2012 / February 1st 2012.
Publisher: Marshall Cavendish / Usborne.
ISBN: 0761462759 (ISBN13: 9780761462750) / 1409536084 (ISBN13: 9781409536086)
Sort: Part one of 'The other life.'
Source: Netgalley & the publisher.
3 years, 1 month, 1 week and 6 days since I’d seen daylight. One-fifth of my life. 98,409,602 seconds since the heavy, steel door had fallen shut and sealed us off from the world. Sherry has lived with her family in a sealed bunker since things went wrong up above. But when they run out of food, Sherry and her dad must venture outside. There they find a world of devastation, desolation...and the Weepers: savage, mutant killers. When Sherry's dad is snatched, she joins forces with gorgeous but troubled Joshua - an Avenger, determined to destroy the Weepers. But can Sherry keep her family and Joshua safe, when his desire for vengeance threatens them all?
Rating: 4.5 out of 5.
These are the conditions Sherry lives in together with her family.
“1,139 days since I’d seen daylight.
Only 2 minutes since we’d run out of food.”
That’s when her father decides it’s enough. They are locked, because of the rabies. It should not take so long, the government promised to deal with the problem within a couple of weeks. They also promised to tell them when it was safe. There is still no news, so her father wants to go and find food. Sherry wants to join him.
The world outside is not a pretty picture. The city looks horrible and there is not a soul on the street. Almost every bunker they find is empty. What happened while they were in their bunker? It seemed like there were bombs, but why would the government do such a thing? No time to wonder for answers. They must find food and they come across a store. That’s when the story really begin.
They are attacked by two rabies and Sherry can escape, but when she returns, there is no sight of her father and she is saved by a boy called Joshua. He takes her to a special place where he survives with other people, like Geoffrey the scientist. He tells her something shocking, something she’d never suspected, but there is no time to stand still by these new facts. Sherry must safe her father from ‘The weepers’ and she must return to get her other family members. Will she make it in time or is everything lost?
I really like the story and the way it went towards the end. Perhaps it’s just me, but I never saw that coming! I was stunned by the climax of this story and that made this book very powerful.
Things I liked.
-The fact that the story reveals itself piece by piece. The story builds up towards the end and you don’t get disappointed when you finally find out what’s going on. The climax was amazing.
-Sherry, I really liked this girl. She is determined to find and safe her father. She doesn't develops a lot in the story, but she was a nice character.
-The writing style was easy, flowing and fast-paced. I liked the constant tension of the rabies. Especially the part when they breach into their Safe Haven.
-The Rabies or, as they call them, The weepers. The fact that they are intelligent is so scary! They aren’t just craving for flesh, they still use their mind.
Things I disliked.
-The little lines saying how many days she didn’t see this or didn’t ate that. In the beginning, I felt like it was effective to show how many days she was locked under the ground. After that, it became a bit annoying.
-The love interest. I couldn’t understand Sherry’s feelings toward the guy. He never showed the same interest in her. Better yet, he was rude sometimes. And suddenly, they had some kind of relationship.
I think that this book is highly recommendable. I enjoyed myself during the reading and some parts were really tense and scary. Yes, this story is not perfect. There are a couple of flaws, but it was good enough to help me forget those little mistakes. And that is what reading is all about, isn't it :); simply enjoying a story.