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I always hate reviews when people describe the story and like to tell you what everything is about, so for the sake of this review, I'm about to hate myself...
This story takes place after a zombie outbreak. Don't roll your eyes, zombies are annoyingly overused these days, yes, but it's not all guts and blood. They actually take the back seat in this one. Really, the outbreak just allows for the setting we have here. So, tangent aside, this takes place in a world after a zombie outbreak. Society is back on it's feet, not to where it was before or anywhere close, but it's functioning. This virus is not like your typical zombie virus where you have an affected and they bite someone and they become infected and so on. It's a virus that lays dormant in the bloodstream of children. Yep, children. Kids don't just go around biting people and that's how it spreads. Instead, once the kids hit puberty and all those fun changes start to happen in their body, 10% of kids will mutate. The virus will take over and completely change the child - into a Beast. These are not the shambling humans with rotting flesh and a hunger for meat. No sir. Those are the Bitten. Those are what are created by Beasts. Beasts are horrific monsters that cannot be described... well, by me. I could describe word for word what the book does, but why spoil it? You read it, and then decide what's scarier - a shambling corpse, or even a quick one, or Beasts. I'll take a slow or fast corpse any day. So, the Beasts spread the active virus around. They create Bitten out of adults and they are the typical zombie you see.Read more ›
And while the reading itself is easy, the world the author creates is a hard, cruel place filled with compromise and fear. The world and the events of the story require time to digest. I am sure I will revisit certain scenes again and again - and I am sure I will find new things in each with every re-reading.
I especially enjoyed how flashbacks are woven into the overall story in a way that does not interfere with the current action. The flashbacks themselves are fascinating vignettes into how this world came to be and they could easily overwhelm the story rather than enhance it. Each flashback could be the basis for its own book, the way they are handled is really masterful.
Overall, I really enjoyed this book and plowed through it in a single sitting. Again, I think it is a combination of a compelling story and an easy to read writing style. Kudos to the author for crafting such a great story.
As a reader being introduced to this new world, what struck me was how teens treated Quarantine - not with fear (they are, afterall being locked up with fellow kids, any of whom have the potential of becoming flesh-ripping, bone crunching Beasts) but more as a right of passage. This is Sam's time to discover whether he is man or Beast, good or bad, reliable solider or student rebel. The setting - basically a child-prison - is perfect in creating a tension-filled no-hope-for-escape feeling, and the gory descriptions of Beasts and the Bitten are fantastic, but the real story is Sam's and the choices he makes. And Sam's final choice, revealed on the last page, left me screaming at the author: WHAT HAPPENS NEXT?! Luckily, Book 2 is in progress...
I had no such problem with 'Cages' - I finished it in a few short days. I am looking forward to #2!
I enjoy zombie books, and most post-apocalyptic books, this was a great read because it wasn't the a-typical zombie book, with a protagonist that must triumph over zombies, and he does of course in the end. Instead, I feel like this book is a mash-up of a zombie book, an alien/monster sort of book, and an adolescent facing the trials of high school..except the high school is a lot worse than anything a normal kid would have to face!
Now I see the price is $2.99 - well worth it in my opinion, give it a try! I hope the sequel is equally priced.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
All in all, it was a fun read. The only major issues I had was editing, double printed words or phrases, things of that nature. Read morePublished 8 months ago by JennRose
the book was great! the story was very unique and it was told flawlessly can't wait to read the next one!Published 23 months ago by jesse
this book started out having promise for being original and a good plot. too many characters with little known background and a lack of story flow had me bored
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Fabulous book the only regret I have is that at the time I post this article the author has not written book 2. If he has, it isn't for sale yet. Read morePublished on January 29, 2014 by Amazon Customer
Love this quite a bit. It definitely has kept both myself and a few of my nieces entertained for at least an hour or so until we finished it.Published on January 13, 2014 by Amazon Customer
I definitely enjoyed this book! The premise is interesting and while teenagers surviving in a zombie-ridden post-apocalyptic universe is not a new premise, this is certainly a... Read morePublished on January 4, 2014 by Katey
This was a really cool, and totally new approach to zombies and beasts, and something that I give the author huge props for. Read morePublished on December 2, 2013 by LITTLE RED
Numerous misspellings, and what feels like forced dialog keeps this book from five stars. BUT!! It's a pretty awesome book nonetheless!! Can't wait for the second one!!Published on November 27, 2013 by AB
Recently I haven't had much luck with Young Adult novels. I've stopped reading several of them because they just didn't hold my interest. Read morePublished on November 26, 2013 by Jeffrey Harvey