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PODs by [Michelle K. Pickett]
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Length: 331 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
Page Flip: Enabled Age Level: 12 - 14 Grade Level: 7 - 9

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Praise for the Amazon Bestselling PODs:
"5 Stars! I loved this book. I have been kind of bogged down with dystopias lately, but this was amazing. It was so cool to see life before the 'event', to see Eva wrestle with her choices and then, to watch her change as she lived inside the PODs...Yes, there are zombies. Yes, there's a little romance. But I think, at it's heart, PODs is a coming of age story about Eva and how she grows from a girl into a strong, decisive woman during this period of absolute destruction. And Pickett writes it beautifully." ~ Sherry Ficklin, author of "Extracted"
"I was blown away by this debut novel from Michelle Pickett! Rather then feeling like I was reading a book, I actually sometimes felt like I was actually watching the characters' lives progress; it was kind of weird! The emotions that Eva felt were so raw and real, and I think Michelle really captured the emotions that one would be feeling in a post apocalyptic world...PODs may very well be one of the next big things in YA, so I am very happy to have been one of the ones that was part of the beginning of it all! Congrats Michelle on your YA debut and I am looking forward to more by you!  I gave PODs a well deserved 5/5 stars!  " ~Phil book reviewer at Stack of Hardbacks
"5 Stars. Pickett captures the raw emotions of a teenager ripped from her family, trying to find normalcy, and falling in love. You feel her grief and root for her until the end. I was pleasantly surprised that the book was not set entirely within the PODs. You get to learn what the world is like after a devastating virus, and how people rebuild. It was very fast moving and well thought out." ~Tyler Jolley, author of "Extracted"

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Additional praise for the Amazon Bestselling PODs:
5 Stars! In my honest opinion, Michelle Pickett is best-selling author material. She has a talent beyond anything I had imagined upon starting this book. She writes with such emotion, such passion and tenacity. Her writing style speaks of someone who has been writing and publishing books for years. " ~Keren Hughes, author of "Stolen." 
"All in all, I give it my rare 5 out of 5 stars with a warning: Do not pick this book up unless you've cleared your schedule for several hours!" ~D.J. book reviewer at The CurvyWriter Blog 
"I give this book 4.5 out of 5 stars! It's easy to follow and reads at a great pace. The awesome characters in it made it super fun to read, and it has plenty of suspense and mystery. It's also unpredictable, and once you're pulled into the story it's unputdownable!" ~Damaris book reviewer at Good Choice Reading

Product Details

  • File Size: 1211 KB
  • Print Length: 331 pages
  • Publisher: Spencer Hill Press; 1 edition (June 4, 2013)
  • Publication Date: June 4, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #460,373 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Format: Kindle Edition
PODS was much more than expected. A deadly virus has been released into the world and only some are chosen to live protected in the POD system. Eva has to leave everyone she knows behind for a chance to live. When the PODS open and the occupants are released lots of things have changed and Eva no longer wants to follow the path that is set out for her if it means she has to be without her POD mate David.

I don't love the cover for PODS but the book was pretty good. Eva is pretty smart and determined. She is chosen to live in the POD system but her parents can not come with, therefore are expected to die. She has to endure a lot of blood tests and quarantine before she can get into the PODS and the test continue once she is there. She is put with a group of strangers about the same age as her and for the most part everyone gets along besides one. It was a tad bit boring during some of the PODS time but it went by quickly and picked up once Eva was released.

The characters were great. Each one brought their own personality and background to the story. The situations these 'kids' are put into are pretty nuts. They weather the storm pretty well though. Eva and David butt heads a lot but quickly develop feelings for each other. I enjoyed following their romance. I loved the reveal of the mutated virus. I was not expecting that and it was a great addition to the story.

I didn't realize that PODS was part of a series until I saw that there was a sequel coming from the authors website. I would have been fine with the ending being just that but I am glad we will get more.
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I've been looking forward to this one for AGES and it was totally worth the wait! Michelle has written an incredibly believable and vivid portrayal of one of my worst nightmares: a raging infection that no one can stop. I completely felt for poor Eva having to face the horrors of her world falling apart, and then having to say goodbye to her family to enter the PODs. Honestly, I can hardly imagine having to do that. The things Eva goes thought are crazy, but just what I would expect to see happen if this situation were really going on--I love a believable plot :)

Eva and David are just, well, wow. Loved them. Loved their relationship, the way Eva handled herself, David's devotion, and their clear love for one another. I rooted for them the whole way through, even when I had no friggin' clue how on earth they were going to get out of a situation. Seriously, a few places I was sitting there reading, practically tearing my hair out to read faster, just so I'd know what happened :) This was definitely a keep-me-up-til-the-middle-of-the-night book. I loved it!!
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By Julie B on June 16, 2013
Format: Paperback
NB: I received an ARC of this title in exchange for my honest review. This review is a replica of the one posted on my blog, and my review on there is unrated, due to being unsure. However, Amazon doesn't let you post a review without a rating, so I'm still unsure if what I've rated it is my final opinion.

**WARNING: Contains some spoilers**

PODs was an unusual read for me, to the point I'm left floundering and completely at a loss for how to rate it. After finishing reading the book this morning, I'm actually still not 100% sure as to my thoughts about it, and I'm having trouble putting it into words how it made me feel.

Did I enjoy the book? Well, I really just ... don't know.

I mean, it had some issues that made this a less than fluid read for me, and I'm not sure if those are the factors driving this uncertainty, or if it's something else.

As you can see by my nonsensical waffle, I truly am at a loss.

So, maybe I can make some sense if I simply write what I did or didn't like about the book.

To begin, I kinda thought YES! The writing seemed smooth, and quite fast-paced, and the conflict had been identified so I knew where the story was going and who and what to root for.

But then, that opening pace seemed to vanish into the stratosphere, leaving the rest of the book to drag along the ground like animal-savaged victim--who's lost both his legs.

To begin with, I kinda liked Eva. I felt for her, and dreaded what I knew she headed toward, and what we know she's leaving behind. Yet, for reasons I simply cannot fathom, I just didn't connect with her.
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A big thank you to Spencer Hill Press for sending me a copy of this book to read and give an honest review. I have been in love with this cover and waiting to read this book for what seems like forever. Receiving this book for free has in no way influenced my opinion or review.

Blurb from Goodreads:
Seventeen-year-old Eva is a chosen one. Chosen to live, while others meet a swift and painful death from an incurable virus so lethal, a person is dead within days of symptoms emerging. In the POD system, a series of underground habitats built by the government, she waits with the other chosen for the deadly virus to claim those above. Separated from family and friends, it's in the PODs she meets David. And while true love might not conquer all, it's a balm for the broken soul.
After a year, scientists believe the population has died, and without living hosts, so has the virus. That's the theory, anyway. But when the PODs are opened, survivors find the surface holds a vicious secret. The virus mutated, infecting those left top-side and creating... monsters.
Eva and David hide from the infected in the abandoned PODs. Together they try to build a life--a new beginning. But the infected follow and are relentless in their attacks. Leaving Eva and David to fight for survival, and pray for a cure.

First I must say a big thank you for Spencer Hill Press for trusting me with this book. When I first saw the cover, I was totally intrigued. Then I read the blurb (something I do not often do) and I just had to have it. I love a good dystopian for sure and the premise of this one was awesome: virus attacks, people hole up in pods, then they get released and basically restart society. It's a total pull me in for sure. And I love the way things are depicted on the cover.
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