The beginning of the end. The Apocalypse.
A nuclear fallout wiped out every living thing on the planet, except for a few thousand of us who took shelter in underground bunkers across the globe. Now, after thirteen long years, we were finally able to return to the topside to begin to rebuild.
We thought we were alone. We were never more wrong.
Before the fallout, scientists had worked on creating an anti-radiation vaccine (ARV). The first two attempts failed, but despite the incomplete tests and results, the government approved and distributed the third serum to the masses in an effort to aid those who had no shelter.
It worked, keeping those who remained on the topside alive, but it also altered and mutated them. This new and infectious threat had completely outnumbered us. Now, we not only had to rebuild our planet. We would have to fight for it.
My name is Abigail Park. I’m seventeen, and this is my story.
This is the latest book by one of the best Young Adult authors that I have ever read. When I read that it was dystopian, I wasn’t sure if I would enjoy it but knowing that Cameo Renae wrote it completely sold me on buying and reviewing the book
There was so much to enjoy about this story. The big thing for me was the characters, Abi and Finn in particular. As the main characters of this book, Finn and Abi were very well written by the author. Abi is independent and feisty and Finn is smart and sweet and totally alpha male.They are young and in love, and faced with unbelievable problems that would cause anyone to give up, but they persevere and trudge on. And survive.
I also really enjoyed the setting in the first part of the story. I know in a dystopian world that is kind of crazy to say. The use of an underground silo to escape the radiation that kills off most of the people on the planet was pretty genius. After thirteen years in the silo, the people are more then ready to get out. There is two years left on the food inside and I kind of wondered why they chose to go out early, especially when they find out about the dangerous creatures on the outside. But then I guess we wouldn’t have this fascinating story!
I actually thought the premise of the story was pretty unusual. The use of actual mutated humans as monsters made for an interesting villian- or thousands of villains in this case. How they got to be this way was really different. They aren’t the only villains in this story. Give someone absolute power and things can go so very wrong in the life of people under this someone. That’s all I am saying about that.
There’s lots of action in this story as well. For people that like that, I promise you that you will not be disappointed. The trek to the safety area a thousand miles away is fraught with danger and a multitude of problems for these characters.
The author is very accomplished at writing for young adults and actually for adults as well. I always get really wrapped up in her books and they are always a very fast page turner read for me.
What didn’t I like about this book? I honestly can’t think of anything. It was a well written, exciting story and I loved it.
Who would I recommend this to? There are no sex scenes, only a few swear words but nothing that anyone over the age of 15 couldn’t read. I picked 15 because there is violence. It’s not just for young adults, I am way over that time of my life, so I believe there are a lot of adults out there that would enjoy it too.