INFECTED (Flash Series Book 1) Kindle Edition
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There is a good story in here. There are solid, workable storylines in here for number of full-length books. However, the author has compressed them into one book, and in doing so, glossed over things that would make for compelling reading (Lillie going from foster child to new mother: what she learned, how she coped, giving birth by herself, etc.) Ms. Gomez plans a series with "Infected" as the first book. I would like to see her 1) "apply the brakes" and develop one story (with foreshadowing and hints at what's to come in the future books) rather than compress something that could be Harry Potter series length into one book, and 2) go back to Lillie's origin and write that out as a full-length book. I'd look forward to reading that.
This book is from a newer author, and the blurb caught my attention. I was so excited to be offered a copy of this to read. It has everything you could possibly want in a book. Action, adventure, romance and gore. It was very well written, and the errors were minuscule, which is rare in a self published book these days. I thought it flowed very well, and everything seemed to make sense so far.
I am very happy to be a new fan of Jessica Gomez and cannot wait to read what happens next!
What I liked about this book was the concept – an apocalyptic event with the main character attempting to survive the harsh conditions left afterwards. However there wasn’t enough in the way of details about the actual apocalyptic event and I didn’t understand how a chemical weapon could have a flash and kill most of the population while turning some into zombie-like beings and others remained immune. It also didn’t seem to have any effect on the flora and fauna, other than a brief mention in the book that animals were starving and looking for food.
What I didn’t like about this book were a lot of things. Most noticeably, the writing in this book felt hurried. To me, it came across as if it was a first draft instead of a published novel. There were far more grammatical errors in this book than I felt was acceptable, with words being left out of sentences, and this quickly became very annoying. I also felt the characters were not developed, the dialogue between characters was not realistic and not appropriate for their personalities, and there were no real twists and turns in the storyline and no surprises because it was way too predictable.
The writing itself was difficult to read because it seemed very juvenile. At first I thought maybe it was geared toward a much younger audience, perhaps very young teenagers, but with the main characters being a mid-teen boy and others in their twenties, plus the adult concepts involved in the story, it could only be written for older teenagers. If there was a reason for deliberately writing this book in that way, I seemed to have missed it. The writing style in this book surprised me because I have read After The Before by the same author which was well written and is in stark contrast to the style used in this book. In fact, if I had not known who the author was of both books, I would have said they were written by two different people.
Even though this is a story about the aftermath of an apocalyptic event and you need to allow some room for creativity for this type of genre, the story was largely unbelievable and unrealistic. It felt as though the author had not conducted any research into how things worked, or didn’t work, in a post-apocalyptic world and wasn’t aware of survival skills. For instance, when Lillian and James decided to travel to another place, some years after the apocalypse happened, they get a car from the local dealership which just happens to start after a few attempts, and they find plenty of fuel at gas stations along the way and fill up their jerry cans as well. And there wasn’t much in the way of explaining where all the food came from either. The story just had too many conveniences for me to overlook.
In regard to the characters in the book, I was unable to like or even connect with any of them in this story on any level, even when bad things happened to them. There just wasn’t any real depth or emotion coming through the writing. Even the conversations between characters seemed awkward and just not right.
This book didn’t hold my interest from early on and it was a real struggle to read it right through to the end. I would not be interested in continuing with any more books in this series but I would certainly read another book by this author considering her other book After The Before was well written and was an enjoyable read.
I wouldn’t recommend this book and those who love post apocalyptic stories would be sure to be the most disappointed by this book.
i cant wait to read book 2.
Review by Untold thoughts book Blog.