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Product Details

  • Paperback: 166 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (July 28, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 147831737X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1478317371
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (92 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,507,613 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Samaire Provost lives in California with her husband and son. Her love of paranormal stories, odd plots, and unique tales as well as the works of Neil Gaiman, Terry Pratchett, Susan Cooper, Madeleine L’Engle and Stephen King has deeply influenced her writing. This is her first novel.

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Samaire Provost lives in California with her husband and son.
Her love of paranormal stories, odd plots, and unique tales as well as the works of Neil Gaiman, Terry Pratchett, Susan Cooper, Madeleine L'Engle and Stephen King has deeply influenced her writing.

Customer Reviews

The only bad part about the story was - that it ended!
Patricia Juszak
I was hooked from the first page - and when I reached the end, I knew I would go crazy waiting for the next book in the series.
Deborah J. White
This book was well written, the characters strong and very human.
Beth Cutwright

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on February 5, 2013
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I have read a number of Zombie books and really enjoyed this one. The books premise is about what can happen when research scientists experiment on a deadly disease. The book begins with a group of West Coast teenagers on a school trip to NYC with their Drama Coach. The rest of the book focuses on the trip across country as they try to get home to their families following the unintentional release of the original strain of the Black Plague. While the book has plenty of horrific and graphic scenes in it I like how the author focused on realistically developing the characters in this trilogy. The author shows how this group of kids learn to adapt and grow up quickly in order to survive a world in which those infected become Zombies. As the book goes along you see them becoming smarter, stronger, and closer as a group without losing their humanity and compassion for others. As this first book is based in the present I liked how she shows how technologically focused kids would realistically try to gain information during their trip. She is also able to show how most people and the government react when faced with a crisis they soon lose control of. Think Hurricane Katrina and it's aftermath. While this book was aimed at young adults I would strongly recommend it for older kids and adults who enjoy the Zombie Genre.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Samantha J on December 30, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
I am excited to kick off Samaire Provost's tour with CLP Blog Tours for Mad World: Epidemic, because I loved this book! You know you're in for a treat when literally the first paragraph in the book has you hooked, and that is exactly what happened to me! I didn't actually realize when I started that the book would be basically about zombies. I haven't bought into the zombie craze yet - unlike my fiancé - but I never once got worried because I enjoyed the opening so much.

Scientist's at Stanford University in California have begun examining samples of bone marrow from plague-infected corpses unearthed in Europe - victims from the Black Plague. Somehow the infection gets out and people start getting infected, which leads to an epidemic. Families are evacuated, riots are occurring, and the state of California is in complete panic mode. The main character is seventeen year old Alyssa, who is returning to California from a school trip when they run into the epidemic. After their teacher is infected, the students are left to fend for themselves in a harrowing adventure to try to find their families - and a safe place.

This was a quick read for me even over the busy holidays. I was drawn into the fascinating plot and didn't want to put the book down. I have the second in the series, Mad World: Sanctuary on my Kindle and am eager to read it and jump back into the story. There are gory parts in the story since it does revolve around zombies, but I didn't think there was too much or that there were any unnecessary parts. I enjoyed that this was a very high-paced book, always with action going on and never a dull moment. I recommend this and look forward to more!
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Jessica on February 8, 2013
Format: Paperback
This book was a real page turner from the start, it was so hard for me to stop reading once I got it. This is the type of book that you can be any age to really enjoy this. Lots of adventure. I found it refreshing that there wasn't a cheesy love at first sight thing going on, I mean its the beginning of the zombie apocalypse. Why in the world would people be thinking of love at at time like that? I loved how fast paced it was, kept things interesting. Another thing I liked was that they didn't call the zombies other then what they were... Zombies. Like The Walking Dead, Its based in current time and yet they don't know what to call zombies and end up calling them roamers or walkers. Didn't they have T.V movies with zombies in them? I liked that the book kept up to time I mean if the zombie Apocalypse happened down its how I would see it happening. In most movies or books the only info people get are from tv's and radios (Do people even have stereos any more) this one they talk getting their information on their iPad and getting quick into on twitter and such. Its more or less how I would see it happening if there was a zombie Apocalypse gong on. The book can be really tense and I love how descriptive it is, I can almost see it happening (In my head of course).

I would highly recommend to anyone.

Thank you Samaire Provost for the free copy of the book to review. Your such an amazing writer and I'm glad to have a chance to read this book.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Step Into Fiction on January 16, 2013
Format: Paperback
Have I mentioned before how obsessed I am with Zombies? Well, if I haven't or you haven't heard, I AM! Love Love Love them! So much, my brother bought me a shirt for Christmas that says "The hardest thing about a Zombie Apocalypse is pretending I'm not excited". So, yeah, I'm pretty obsessed! With that said, onto my review!

Actually, when I first got introduced to this book, I had no idea it was about Zombies. Maybe I am niave but I read black plague and that's what I thought, massive death, but in what form, I didn't really think too much about it, all I knew is I wanted to read this book. To my happy surprise it was about zombies, and they are zombies because of a very interesting twist involving the black plague, which I will let you all read the book to find out!

I love how things int his book start out normal when all this craziness goes down. A lot of movies/books do start this way, but sometimes it happens so fast you are jus tlike BAM hit int he face with an apocalyptic event. Not the case here. This book explores what can go through ones mind when dealing with something life threading can happen. The story doesn't just focus around one person, but a group of students and even though most of the perspective is from Alyssa's POV, you really get a sense of what it is like for everyone. I love that in this book, just out of natural instinct, Alyssa seems to become the leader of the group, and no one seems to object. I am also very interested to see how the relationship between Alyssa and JAcob develops, it is hinted here and there, little sweet moments that happen, but I'm curious to see how a love story can blossom out of such chaos.
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