Author: Amy Bartelloni
Published: May 6th 2014
Publisher: Limitless Publishing
Genre: Young Adult, Dystopian
Length: 250 pages
I purchased a copy of this book from Amazon.
Book Blurb (via Goodreads):
Ten years after a pandemic swept the globe, survivors were forced into factions and camps in order to survive.
Jade and Sera are two orphans who have found refuge in a government camp. It’s there where Jade falls in love with a young soldier, Anyon. But Anyon has his own secrets, carefully guarding a past that involves Sera. Before Jade and Anyon admit their feelings to each other the camp is attacked and they’re separated.
Jade knows to lead Sera to Albany, the last free camp in the east, but the road is dangerous.
Not only must they dodge pockets of infection, but they’re threatened by drifters and gangs. When they arrive in Albany, they find it deserted.
Anyon and his friend Malachi are close on their heels, but not close enough. The Provisional Government is on a mission, and no one is quite prepared for what lies ahead.
Wow. There were so many things about this book that just hooked me completely. The relationship between the characters, the post-zombie virus world, the cold, dictator. It was intense in a good way.
I was preparing myself to read a zombie book when I first read the blurb, but it was a refreshing change of pace to have the ‘zombies’ be a secondary point to the plot. I loved the villain set up – President Vise was just pure evil! Even after everything that humanity had gone through, to behave the way he does… I was just astonished by how low he went.
The relationship between Jade and Sera is such a great bond of friendship. You can see that even though they’re two different personalities, they really complement each other and work well within their survival mode. I also liked that Jade and Anyon’s relationship wasn’t a huge focal point for the plot. It was nice to see that develop as the story progressed.
The ending was a bit of a surprise to me, I wasn’t expecting it at all. I was on the edge of my seat, powering through the final chapters just so I could find out what happened. I was completely hooked!
This book is available here.
About the Author
Amy Bartelloni is a reader, writer, & coffee addict who lives with her husband, 3 children, and various animals in the northeast US. When she’s not playing mom-taxi, you can find her with her nose in a book or her head in the clouds. A people watcher and science fiction junkie, she still believes dreams can come true. Some of her favorite authors include Neil Gaiman, Jasper Fforde, Paulo Coelho, and Stephen King.