3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Okay, not great,
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This was a bit underwhelming for me, especially after reading all the 5-star reviews. The premise is pretty interesting (biowarfare kills off everyone except the very young and the very old, and then instead of helping the orphaned youngsters out the old folks sort of turn on them - most notably by taking over their bodies), and I liked the story okay, but I wasn't ever able to connect with the characters. They all seemed a bit one-dimensional to me. The main character's best friend, Michael, was especially disappointing. I can't tell you a single thing about him, except that he used to live down the street from Callie.
My biggest complaint is that there's basically no world-building whatsoever. I have tons of unanswered questions, like how did the spores manage to kill off every single middle-aged person, without exception? When the first cities were hit, why weren't the middle-aged people everywhere else vaccinated, or at least quarantined/confined/protected until they could be? And why do old people now live to be like 200 years old? How did that happen? And if people live to be 200 now, how was the planet able to sustain that sort of population (before most everyone was killed off, anyway)? And how are 70-year-olds considered old when people live to be 200 (i.e. why were the 70-year-olds vaccinated along with all the other "old" folks? wouldn't 70 be the new 27)?
So, the concept is neat, but the execution is pretty terrible. I won't continue with this series - not when there's a new series coming out every week, one of which might be spectacular!