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Lockdown (AM13 Outbreak Series) (Volume 1) Paperback – April 21, 2016
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Woa, what a seriously cool storyline this book had; it was so different! I loved the idea and story so much, but the main female, Leah, was quite annoying which is probably kept me from giving the book 5 stars… I really was not a fan of hers. However, I did like how the heroine was not your typical bada** you see in most of these books. She was a regular girl. The book began with the pre-zombie apocalypse which was awesome, so you got a bit of an insight into the world before it all came crashing down.
Leah's co-worker Jake (who she was crushing on majorly) always sent around joke e-mails, so she thought it would be funny to send him one back…about a zombie virus. But she accidentally included her boss in the e-mail. Certain she was about to be fired, she was shocked to the core when her boss took the story seriously and began broadcasting it all over their news station. She was sure she was going to be the laughing stock of….well…everyone when her name was brought into it as the girl that discovered the video about the AM13 virus. But then the government announces there is going to be a mandatory lockdown, to rid the streets of anyone infected with the virus. Sounds like a good plan to contain things quickly….right? WRONG! Things begin quickly spiraling out of control. Many do not take it serious at first, and even Leah is not believing there is any truth to this story. Until her and her co-workers witness first hand the virus in action.
When Leah, her best friend Michelle, and Jake decide to break out from the lockdown, no one was prepared for what they would be faced with on the outside.
The entire book was not a lot of in your face zombie gore (although there def was some), and the beginning was a totally unique idea. The further you got into the book, the more the intensity picked up until you hit the end. THE END. Seriously, it was such a WTF moment that I did not expect. I want to rave on and on about the genius of having her POV the way the author did, but I can't without giving anything away. I was confused for a bit. Then I was just downright shocked and disgusted (in the best way possible). For me, the ending alone should be given 7 stars! I am so glad I was recommended this book. It def did not let me down.
The other portions of the book were not lacking, either. The first person narration seemed very realistic in its portrayal of the main character, a somewhat shy, young woman with very little real world experience (since she just graduated university). The plot was enjoyable, and would have been fine, even without the twist ending (which made it much, much better). The pacing was also done very well, alternating, at parts, from light humor, to the horror that this genre is known for. If I have one complaint, it would be that, on maybe one or two occasions, slightly too much time is spent listening to the main character's thoughts on the subject at hand. However, that wasn't near prevalent enough to draw away from the better parts.
The book becomes better and better as it progresses, ultimately, getting to the best part at the end. At first, it's a slower read, but the pacing speeds up as it goes along. I would recommend this book to anyone that likes a twist ending or a story that leaves you thinking.
Sorry if I have droned on, it's my first time leaving a review.
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