Imagine finding your
first love, only to be ripped apart by the apocalypse. Peyton Anderson
will never forget the day she was forced to make a choice--between her
family--and Chris Parker, the boy she'd given her heart. Now, four years
later, as she steps from the fallout shelter and into a dead and broken
world, he's the only thing on her mind.
All Chris "Chase" Parker
wanted was to take Peyton away and keep her safe from harm. But he
waited for hours in the rain on judgment day and she never
showed - breaking his heart without ever telling him why.
two of them have been thrown together once again, reluctant chaperones
to a group of orphan children in a post-apocalyptic world where the dead
still walk...and feed. As they begin their pilgrimage to the last human
outpost on Earth, can they find a way to let go of old hurts and find
the love they lost - all while attempting to save what's left of the
Overall, this book was a lot of fun! I'm a big fan of post-apocalyptic books, especially a zombie apocalypse! It switches between past and present every chapter, which I found confusing at first, but in the end I liked it. I enjoyed knowing something would happen, but being able to see the events leading up to it. The novel was quick and fun and I would definitely read more of Mari Mancusi's work in the future!
There were a few things I didn't love so much though. First of all, I wish Mari Mancusi had put more depth into her secondary characters. They all feel a little one dimensional, except maybe Tank, but even he is lacking. Second, I don't like the title at all. It sounds like a cheesy science fiction book and also reminds me of the cryogenics guy from Futurama when he says "Welcome to the World of Tomorrow"! As well, I felt like it was unrealistic how quickly Peyton adjusted to going from living in a tiny fallout shelter for 4 years to living in a post-apocalypse world. I would have been seriously messed-up, but she was just fine. One other thing was that the plot didn't feel super original. Not bad, but nothing novel. And for me the book didn't feel as edgy as I think it was trying to be. Finally, and I'm pretty sure this is just a weird personal thing, but it drove me nuts when Chris would continually call Peyton his "goddess". Probably because I equate goddesses with power, not beauty.
While I may have had a few issues with this book, I still really enjoyed it and would recommend it to anyone who enjoys young love and zombie apocalypses!
On the Cover:
I really like this cover. It's eye-catching and I think it fits the story.
Rating: 3.5 hearts
Source: I received a copy via netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
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