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- Print Length: 454 pages
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- Publication Date: March 7, 2014
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B00IVPOBT2
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Anywhere But Here (The Starborn Ascension Book 1) Kindle Edition
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What sets this apart from other Resident Evil knockoffs is the character development in Waverly and Remi. They are very well constructed and believable. this is also a strong area for supporting characters. Writing is overall pretty decent.
I also like the special abilities stuff that is introduced in both Remi, and Waverly- the Starborn tie-in. This adds a little zing to the story and elevates it above other zombie fare in my view.
All in all a respectable effort and fairly decent reading. I plan to buy the other books in the series.
We begin with Waverly who is taking cover from some raiders along with her partners Lucas, Ethan and Gilbert. When the raiders have spotted them and there seems to be no way out Waverly grabs Lucas' hand and is jolted into a vision of the near future. Throughout the book she must decide if these visions can be altered or if they are an unchanging horror that she (and the reader) must live through twice. The common theme of the story seems to be a town called Crestwood. It is said that an old man told the group that it is a community where you are given safety room and board in exchange for work and participating in the good of the community.
We move on to Remi, who has already fought her way through the violence to reach Crestwood three months prior. She is waiting to be questioned by the community leader Paxton. She is now safe from the constant dangers of the grayskins and raiders but has been changed so much over the years that when she is given a safe place to stay she still doesn't feel safe because her weapons were confiscated at the gate. Most of what we learn about Remi is current day but you know she has seen many horrors in this new way of life.
She has also acquired a special talent to hear nearly anything she concentrates on. This is what has kept her alive when so many others have been killed or infected. She befriends a guard named Gabe and is told about a secret that will change everything.
We learn that young Waverly is from a very affluent family in Oakridge. Her mother and father spend most of their time working leaving the 14 year old to be raised by the housekeeper Hattie. I really enjoyed the dynamics of having Waverly so closely connected to Hattie, so that she actually sees her more as a mother figure than her actual mother.
I also like the fact that the stories details are limited to the information you would typically get if this happened in real life. There is no all knowing sense that some books give you. Waverly only knows there is a problem when her father calls and tells them to take cover in the basement. She turns on the news and we are given the details that the reporters have discovered in the short time since the outbreak. The next 3 years people have either banded in small groups to share abilities and resources. They gather in smaller groups to constantly be on the move scavenging for food, supplies or weapons. Or they gather in groups of raiders who hunt the scavenger groups to take what they have found. All of these groups are hiding from the ever increasing number of grayskins.
The other thing unique in this book are the grayskins. They are not your typical zombie in the sense that they rise from the grave. Instead they are normal people "infected" by a virus. There is never a resolution on how this began only that it did. Once someone is attacked they have about 24 hours before they "die" and are reanimated as walking rotting beings with a craving for flesh. You can be infected by a bite or scratch from another infected person. The grayskins hunt in packs and are smarter than the average zombies in that they are attracted to the sound of gunshots. They also hang out mostly in places where people would look for supplies.
This all leads up to an action packed adventure and intrigue.. It also makes me wonder what-if. What-if I were in a populated area when this happened? What-if I suddenly had to fight for my own survival? What-if the love of my life were infected and I knew in one day they would try to eat me if I didn't kill them first? Who do you trust? How would civilization change?
All this along with a shocking revelation at the end will keep you engaged and guessing right up to the very last sentence. I would recommend this to anyone who enjoys a good 'monster could be your best friend' thriller in a modern real world setting. Once you get into the first chapter it's hard to put down so start reading early and watch your back. The monster could be your own mother or your first grade teacher!
At first, I struggled to get into this, because the story felt disjointed. It wasn't till I was a ways in that I realised it was being told from 2 different peoples POV! Then it fell into place. The audio never specified who was talking and both characters were similar which is why I had a hard time realising who was talking! That's why it's a 4 star instead of a 5 star review, because other than this, I thoroughly enjoyed it.
The plot was relatively fast paced and entertaining. It held my attention throughout and I loved that the author added in an extra something to the Zombie apocalypse. I loved the powers the people had!!
In all, this was a great read that could have been brilliant if the characters were expanded more. Despite that niggle, this is a unique and captivating read and I'm really looking forward to the next one.
Sophie Amoss did a good job with this, though the main problem I had with her was that she didn't give Waverly and Remi distinct enough voices to not be confused. If they were more distinct, then I think I would of enjoyed it more.
*I received a copy of this for review. This in no way affected my thoughts.*
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Just had to finish it, thou I wish I could read this first before Starborn saga.
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