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PODs [Kindle Edition]

Michelle K. Pickett
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Book Description

Seventeen-year-old Eva is a chosen one. Chosen to live, while others meet a swift and painful death from an incurable virus so lethal, a person is dead within days of symptoms emerging. In the POD system, a series of underground habitats built by the government, she waits with the other chosen for the deadly virus to claim those above. Separated from family and friends, its in the PODs she meets David. And while true love might not conquer all, its a balm for the broken soul.After a year, scientists believe the population has died, and without living hosts, so has the virus. Thats the theory, anyway. But when the PODs are opened, survivors find the surface holds a vicious secret. The virus mutated, infecting those left top-side and creating... monsters.Eva and David hide from the infected in the abandoned PODs. Together they try to build a life--a new beginning. But the infected follow and are relentless in their attacks. Leaving Eva and David to fight for survival, and pray for a cure.


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Praise for the Amazon Bestselling PODs:
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"5 Stars! I loved this book. I have been kind of bogged down with dystopias lately, but this was amazing. It was so cool to see life before the 'event', to see Eva wrestle with her choices and then, to watch her change as she lived inside the PODs...Yes, there are zombies. Yes, there's a little romance. But I think, at it's heart, PODs is a coming of age story about Eva and how she grows from a girl into a strong, decisive woman during this period of absolute destruction. And Pickett writes it beautifully." ~ Sherry Ficklin, author of "Extracted"
 
"I was blown away by this debut novel from Michelle Pickett! Rather then feeling like I was reading a book, I actually sometimes felt like I was actually watching the characters' lives progress; it was kind of weird! The emotions that Eva felt were so raw and real, and I think Michelle really captured the emotions that one would be feeling in a post apocalyptic world...PODs may very well be one of the next big things in YA, so I am very happy to have been one of the ones that was part of the beginning of it all! Congrats Michelle on your YA debut and I am looking forward to more by you!  I gave PODs a well deserved 5/5 stars!  " ~Phil book reviewer at Stack of Hardbacks
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"5 Stars. Pickett captures the raw emotions of a teenager ripped from her family, trying to find normalcy, and falling in love. You feel her grief and root for her until the end. I was pleasantly surprised that the book was not set entirely within the PODs. You get to learn what the world is like after a devastating virus, and how people rebuild. It was very fast moving and well thought out." ~Tyler Jolley, author of "Extracted"

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Additional praise for the Amazon Bestselling PODs:
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5 Stars! In my honest opinion, Michelle Pickett is best-selling author material. She has a talent beyond anything I had imagined upon starting this book. She writes with such emotion, such passion and tenacity. Her writing style speaks of someone who has been writing and publishing books for years. " ~Keren Hughes, author of "Stolen." 
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"All in all, I give it my rare 5 out of 5 stars with a warning: Do not pick this book up unless you've cleared your schedule for several hours!" ~D.J. book reviewer at The CurvyWriter Blog 
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"I give this book 4.5 out of 5 stars! It's easy to follow and reads at a great pace. The awesome characters in it made it super fun to read, and it has plenty of suspense and mystery. It's also unpredictable, and once you're pulled into the story it's unputdownable!" ~Damaris book reviewer at Good Choice Reading

Product Details

  • File Size: 714 KB
  • Print Length: 331 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1937053288
  • Publisher: Spencer Hill Press; 1 edition (June 4, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00CXWC7IG
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #178,894 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars PODS was much more than expected. June 4, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
PODS was much more than expected. A deadly virus has been released into the world and only some are chosen to live protected in the POD system. Eva has to leave everyone she knows behind for a chance to live. When the PODS open and the occupants are released lots of things have changed and Eva no longer wants to follow the path that is set out for her if it means she has to be without her POD mate David.

I don't love the cover for PODS but the book was pretty good. Eva is pretty smart and determined. She is chosen to live in the POD system but her parents can not come with, therefore are expected to die. She has to endure a lot of blood tests and quarantine before she can get into the PODS and the test continue once she is there. She is put with a group of strangers about the same age as her and for the most part everyone gets along besides one. It was a tad bit boring during some of the PODS time but it went by quickly and picked up once Eva was released.

The characters were great. Each one brought their own personality and background to the story. The situations these 'kids' are put into are pretty nuts. They weather the storm pretty well though. Eva and David butt heads a lot but quickly develop feelings for each other. I enjoyed following their romance. I loved the reveal of the mutated virus. I was not expecting that and it was a great addition to the story.

I didn't realize that PODS was part of a series until I saw that there was a sequel coming from the authors website. I would have been fine with the ending being just that but I am glad we will get more.
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50 of 65 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars unsure June 16, 2013
By Julie B
Format:Paperback
NB: I received an ARC of this title in exchange for my honest review. This review is a replica of the one posted on my blog, and my review on there is unrated, due to being unsure. However, Amazon doesn't let you post a review without a rating, so I'm still unsure if what I've rated it is my final opinion.

**WARNING: Contains some spoilers**

PODs was an unusual read for me, to the point I'm left floundering and completely at a loss for how to rate it. After finishing reading the book this morning, I'm actually still not 100% sure as to my thoughts about it, and I'm having trouble putting it into words how it made me feel.

Did I enjoy the book? Well, I really just ... don't know.

I mean, it had some issues that made this a less than fluid read for me, and I'm not sure if those are the factors driving this uncertainty, or if it's something else.

As you can see by my nonsensical waffle, I truly am at a loss.

So, maybe I can make some sense if I simply write what I did or didn't like about the book.

To begin, I kinda thought YES! The writing seemed smooth, and quite fast-paced, and the conflict had been identified so I knew where the story was going and who and what to root for.

But then, that opening pace seemed to vanish into the stratosphere, leaving the rest of the book to drag along the ground like animal-savaged victim--who's lost both his legs.

To begin with, I kinda liked Eva. I felt for her, and dreaded what I knew she headed toward, and what we know she's leaving behind. Yet, for reasons I simply cannot fathom, I just didn't connect with her.
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A Dystopian Thrill ride! July 4, 2013
Format:Paperback
A big thank you to Spencer Hill Press for sending me a copy of this book to read and give an honest review. I have been in love with this cover and waiting to read this book for what seems like forever. Receiving this book for free has in no way influenced my opinion or review.

Blurb from Goodreads:
Seventeen-year-old Eva is a chosen one. Chosen to live, while others meet a swift and painful death from an incurable virus so lethal, a person is dead within days of symptoms emerging. In the POD system, a series of underground habitats built by the government, she waits with the other chosen for the deadly virus to claim those above. Separated from family and friends, it's in the PODs she meets David. And while true love might not conquer all, it's a balm for the broken soul.
After a year, scientists believe the population has died, and without living hosts, so has the virus. That's the theory, anyway. But when the PODs are opened, survivors find the surface holds a vicious secret. The virus mutated, infecting those left top-side and creating... monsters.
Eva and David hide from the infected in the abandoned PODs. Together they try to build a life--a new beginning. But the infected follow and are relentless in their attacks. Leaving Eva and David to fight for survival, and pray for a cure.

First I must say a big thank you for Spencer Hill Press for trusting me with this book. When I first saw the cover, I was totally intrigued. Then I read the blurb (something I do not often do) and I just had to have it. I love a good dystopian for sure and the premise of this one was awesome: virus attacks, people hole up in pods, then they get released and basically restart society. It's a total pull me in for sure. And I love the way things are depicted on the cover.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars To pod or not to pod
It was a good start for a possible. End to mankind good sci fi ideas however the point of view from the main character was a 14 yr old who wanted to kiss her boyfriend after... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Marlen L. Rich
2.0 out of 5 stars Girly romance
I think this book would be ok for a 13 year old girl interested in romance. There was almost no believable science or even human intrigue. Too much kissy/feely and not much else. Read more
Published 4 months ago by marshall
5.0 out of 5 stars I love this book
I love this book
Published 4 months ago by colt
3.0 out of 5 stars meh
Its a generic love conquers all story. Only with a disease that kills people, then turned them into zombies. The love story was unbelievable and the plot was just ok. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Y
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting Story
I enjoyed this book quite a bit and am looking forward to the sequel. A lot happened and it almost felt like 2 books.
Published 4 months ago by denise
3.0 out of 5 stars Seems to be geared towards teenage girls. Every other ...
Seems to be geared towards teenage girls. Every other page has a major kissing passage. SPOILER!!!! They live together for years but never get beyond the kissing stage.
Published 5 months ago by Mike B
3.0 out of 5 stars Too Much Romance Need More Zombie
This is more of a romance that never was instead of a zombie apocalypse book. The infected don’t appear until you are more than half way through the book. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Ray Long
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
I was looking for something to fill the void after finishing the Ashfall trilogy and landed on the PODS. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Lu Jackson
5.0 out of 5 stars PODs
It is entertaining. Really keeps your attention till the very end. There is always hope even when one thing there is none left.
Published 8 months ago by Diana
3.0 out of 5 stars predictable
Predictable and a little sappy. Wrapped up the ending quickly and no real emotions conveyed. Most characters were flat and distant
Published 8 months ago by Carol Perillo
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More About the Author

Like most people I don't enjoy talking about myself. In fact,although I received an 'A' in my Public Speaking course in college, I'm convinced my professor took pity on me. So to keep myself out of the public eye, and my mouth firmly closed as it should be, I stay behind my computer and live in my imaginary world filled with imaginary people who all think I'm cool. It gives me an ego boost for when my son tells me I'm so not.

There are three things people need to know about me. If you know those, you know me. I'm a relatively easy person to figure out, I think.

First, and most importantly, I love my family. Everything that is in me is theirs. I cherish them and nothing comes before them in life. Nothing. There isn't anything left to say other than this: in all the words in all the known languages, there isn't a word strong enough to describe my love for my family.

A distant second, I love my work. Writing is my dream. I love everything about it. From the first spark of an idea, to sketching an outline, meeting my characters, and finally writing their story. Even editing, which most people think authors dread, I love. What do I love most? The readers, of course. Although, when someone reads my work, it's a very personal and vulnerable experience. I get nauseous when the first reviews start coming in.

And third, I love to read. Actually, it was very hard to decide on numbers two and three because they could easily be switched. Reading is sometimes my second love. After all, the love of reading instilled in me the love of words, which ultimately led to my love of writing.

Okay, so that's the serious stuff that I'm supposed to tell you so I sound like a grown up, mature author. Here's the scoop and the totally screwed up portion of me, well, at least what I could fit in the little box I had to write in:

I can't write without a hoodie. Yeah, I live it Texas. I didn't say I'd make sense.

I do all my writing in men's pajama pants. I even wear them to the corner store if I need milk or whatever. This totally embarrasses my kids and makes me incredibly happy. I strive to embarrass my kids at least once a day. It's my God given right after going through labor.

I'm a horrible speller. Spell check and I are good buddies.

I majored in accounting in college. I was required to declare a major, but I had no clue what I wanted to do, so I picked accounting because it was the first thing listed in the booklet the counselor gave me. I did carry a 4.0 GPA, though. Go figure.

Forget coffee. Hand over the Red Bull or Monster Khaos and no one gets hurt. Seriously, just set it down and step away. I will morph into a normal human after I guzzle my can of caffeine.

I hate to cook, but love to watch cooking shows on television.

I paint my nails weird colors just to see my husband roll his eyes and make my 9 year-old twin girls giggle, and, of course, mortify my 13 year-old son. This fits in the embarrassing them at least once a day category, too.

I'm a hopeful romantic and love swoon-worthy endings that keep the butterflies going for days, but I don't believe a HEA always ends with the boy getting the girl. Sometimes a HEA is an ending we don't see coming, but is still best for the characters.

I write across genres in the young adult and new adult age groups while eating way too many peanut butter M&Ms (but we'll keep that second part just between us).

I was born and raised in Flint, Michigan, but now live in a suburb of Houston, TX with my very supportive family, a 125lb rescue "puppy" and a 12lb attack cat, also a rescued pet.

And last, but never least, I'd love to hear from you. So drop me an email! Let's chat. You tell me what you like in books, what you'd like to see happen in the writing community, what type of books you'd like to see more of... less of... I want to hear it all.

So tell me. Because the one thing I wish I could put on my list, but I still haven't figured it out yet, is mind reading. But don't tell my kids. I still have them fooled.

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