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By: Rachel E Fisher
Published by: CreateSpace
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Format of Review Copy: paperback
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Synopsis (from Amazon):
It is 2033, and the world hovers on the edge of explosion as unexplained crop deaths lead to severe global food shortages. In the United States, the Sickness is taking lives slowly, creeping its way into every family. Thirteen year old Fi Kelly has already faced the Sickness in her own family, toughening her at a young age. But when her dying father makes a shocking confession, Fi realizes that her toughness will be pushed to its absolute limits. Saddled with an impossible secret and the mission of saving her little sister, Fi sets out to transform herself into the warrior that she must become to survive the coming collapse. Along the way, she will discover that evil can be accidental…and that love can be intentional
Man this book. This book makes me shake my fist angrily at it, while I say “Youuuu…” Why is it giving me drama? Well, because it’s fantastic. And it’s not. This story has so much going for it, and then the one thing that is probably not so good. I’m going to tell you ALL the goods first, because if I tell you the bads first – you’ll just stop reading the review. lol.
World building – Scary. Ass. REAL. There is no other way to explain it. The stuff that goes down in this book, feels REAL. It’s actually POSSIBLE. The world in this story goes to shit because we, people, tampered with food. We DO tamper with food. Hybrids, growth hormones, it’s not a “made up” thing. We do DO those things! Who knows what will happen 50 years from now, after all the changes are changed again and again? How these changes are affecting us? Holy CRAP – this book could be the start of the zombie apocalypse! The author should contact Robert Kirkman RIGHT NOW. excuse me a minute… I just blew my own mind! omgosh!
Plot wise – AMAZING! I am not a big dystopian post-apocalyptic fan. I should say that right up front. I keep trying to like them because that seemed to be all that was coming out for a while, but man. I don’t think I have liked one, to date. Until now! This story goes apocalyptic DURING the story. So, everything is fine. In the beginning. We get to meet Fi, her folks, her friends, and then her dad gets sick. Then, all hell breaks loose. Throughout the story, we follow Fi as the entire world goes in the crapper. She has to accept, adapt, overcome. A girl doing that. Kind of awesome. *Side note: I love strong female characters. No *batting doe eyelashes* begging for love here. Which leads me to…
Characters – These people are so well fleshed out. All of the important ones are, anyway. They just “feel” like real people. The littler ones act – as you would think a littler one would in that situation. Nothing feels off about them. The parents do parenty things, the kids do kid type things, and those in the middle have to “nut up” to protect and save everyone around them who can’t do it for themselves.
Everything in this story is perfect except… the bad thing I was going to tell you about. Remember that?
Listen, I have always been really polite, I thought, when it comes to reviewing. I really try not to mention the editing or typos in general. I always thought if I started talking about the actual “writing” in the book, it would cause this big drama. I’m no english major, so who am I to criticize, you know? The thing is, I’m just a blogger. No one is paying their hard earned cash to read this blog. Who cares if I make a typo? This is you and me chatting it up, you know? In a book, typos are something totally different. Last week, I had a friend actually kind of rip me a new one. She had bought a book because I said it was great. I said it was great, but I didn’t mention the typos. My friend was so put off by them she couldn’t finish the book. I understand, I usually don’t finish badly edited books either. She felt like she’d wasted her $12. She’d wasted it because I had misled her. *ouch* With that being said, and now that you know I am not trying to attack this author in any way – I am only trying to tell you about the story, I have to tell you this…
The bad – the only negative that I have to say about this book is it needs an editor. REALLY needs an editor. As in, the typos are so bad…I turned it into a game to see how many pages I could get before I saw the next typo. If I were a drinker – this book’s typo game would make an excellent drinking game. I’m not saying that to be mean, either. See. I started marking the pages with the typos. That’s a lot.
To be totally honest, I kind of knew there would be a few typos before I started reading it. The day I received it, I noticed a typo on the title page. So I knew. I just didn’t think there would be that many.
Even with all its faults, I LOVED this story. This is so good, I could see it as a long running tv series. It would be way better than 99% of the crap on network tv right now. They could make it last how ever long they wanted, and when they decided to end the series – just use the last 5 or 6 chapters of the book for the 2 night big finale. It’s almost PERFECT. Well, except for the afore mentioned issues. If those issues wouldn’t bother you, then I say READ THIS BOOK. It’s actually kind of awesome, typos and all.
Does contain: cussing, violence (even a rape – though it’s not graphic), and a lot of death.
*Editing to add: I was contacted by this author after I posted my review. She said that the book has had a re-edit since I received my copy.