Title: Mortality (The Hitchhiker Strain #1)
Author: Kellie Sheridan
Published: March 19, 2013 by Snarky Books
Pages: 271 (Paperback)
Mortality on Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/16149748-mortality
After surviving a deadly plague outbreak, sixteen-year-old Savannah thought she had lived through the very worst of human history. There was no way to know that the miracle vaccine would put everyone at risk for a fate worse than un-death.
Now, two very different kinds of infected walk the Earth, intent on nothing but feeding and destroying what little remains of civilization. When the inoculated are bitten, infection means watching on in silent horror as self-control disappears and the idea of feasting on loved ones becomes increasingly hard to ignore.
Starving and forced to live inside of the abandoned high school, all Savannah wants is the chance to fight back. When a strange boy arrives with a plan to set everything right, she gets her chance. Meeting Cole changes everything. Mere survival will never be enough.
It seems zombie is the next big thing. After reading and watching Warm Bodies starring handsome Nicholas Hoult and learning that World War Z will make it to the big screen, I found myself introduced to many zombie-themed novels sprouting in bookstores like mushroom. It is challenging to pick which are edible and good for the palate.
Mortality by Kellie Sheridan offers nothing much different than post-apocalyptic Z novels. Many zombies are lurking in the neighborhood, people were forced to evacuate to a safer place, some courageous teenagers wanting to play heroes, etc. I can read all of these in other Z novels. So what makes reading this book bearable?
First, the author has an excellent way of writing. The words flow effortlessly like being narrated by someone. No big words or deep idioms to impress. I like the simplicity of it – to express. The scene transitions are also good – not abruptly cut or overly described. The POVs shifting is something that I looked forward to instead of being annoyed at. She wrote few “chapters” or scene shifts before changing POV which made me less confused in reading.
Second, the characters are teenagers and I like that the author personified them appropriately. They acted in their age. Maturity can be achieved in a younger age, I know, but I feel uncomfortable when I read younger characters acting all grown up. It makes the story unrealistic. In Mortality, the author created the characters with flaws. And when I used the plural form, I meant it. Sheridan created a lot of faults in personalities and errors in decisions and I like it. Teenagers are susceptible having and doing just that, right?
Finally, what I like best in this book is the fresh idea the author introduced. It is not new that being a zombie could be caused by a virus, but what about having two kinds of zombies? The first one infected with the virus, and the second one vaccinated with the miracle drug. The latter will also be infected, but will still preserve the person’s instincts and strengths. Imagine smart and running zombies!
*I received a complimentary copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review.
About the Author:
I have been in love with stories in all of their forms for as long as I can remember. Admittedly, sometimes that means falling into places like Stars Hollow and Sunnydale, but books have always been my true love. In early 2011 I began writing a book blog in order to share my favorite reads with book lovers. From there, the bookish community encouraged me to stop sitting on my own stories and share them instead. Since then I’ve been madly devouring everything I can about digital publishing.
For the past two years I have been mainly obsessed with young adult books, but my favorite stories still come from the adult fantasy genre. As far as I’m concerned, Briggs, Bishop, Vincent and Vaughn are all must reads.
I spent part of my twenties living in Galway, Ireland and swooning after various lilting accents but am now back home in Ontario, Canada. My family includes two Glen of Imaal Terriers and a Green Cheek Conure.
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The author is offering one of you guys an e-copy of Mortality’s prequel, End Dayz. To know more about this book, kindly click here to be directed to its Goodreads page. This is open for international participants. The ebook will be available in the winner’s choice of format. Giveaway ends on April 5. The winner will have 48 hours to respond to my email to claim her book. To join, please click the link below.