Teens are spared as well but at a cost. A thick carpet of pine needles muffled their steps as effectively as heavy snow. It is, however, a nice change of pace that the guy is TSTL instead of the girl. This is the strangest 3 stars I’ve ever given a book. There were many times I found myself a little nauseous reading some of the things that happened. Alex is young, but still much older than Ellie, leaving her feeling responsible for her life. So that’s says something about how much I liked this one.

This book had everything: Absolutely love This was a re-read for me. So when I say things were going well, I mean that Bick was spinning a very compelling story. I couldn’t get invested in anyone new because I was terribly distracted. I wondered if there was deeper anger issues that would be clarified later, but they never were. It didn’t bother me.

Here are bici of my problems with the book: Return to Book Page. It is gritty and suspenseful and plausible enough to willingly suspend my disbelief.

So multiple POV shifts kept me anxious but annoyed at the same time. Bick, My name is Katy and I most recently read your book Ashes. People take their supplies and steal Ellie because children are a golden ticket into some towns.

Nov 06, Emily Obsessed Reader rated it it was amazing. It’s hardly even a blip on the radar. Unfortunately, the boy dies without regaining consciousness. Overall, this was an entertaining read with a fantastic narrator that kept me going through the more tedious portions of my life. Tom clearly holds many secrets surrounding his reasons for being in the wilderness, and that are several hints of him being a deserter of the Army.

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For story-telling purposes—plot, pacing and all that—I decided against a detailed recap. For those spared, it’s a question of who can be trusted and who is no longer human Try the Kindle edition and experience these great reading features: As a former middle schooler myself, I know I would have loved it.


Let us introduce Tom, he happens to be a explosive ordinance disposal expert. Alex has a tough background and when she is partnered up with an 8 year old with a bunch of attitude it makes the story great. Seems there are 3 outcomes to the big zap, 1 you survive with no side effects or heightened side effects, 2 you die or 3 you become a flesh eating zombie.

Still, not everything is rotten. Ellie is adorable and tugs on you heartstrings, even though she tries to play tough.

Los personajes tampoco los veo muy bien trabajados. When they arrive, lisa, Tom has vanished. She shows them no mercy. You are commenting using your Facebook account. As she is hiking she meets Ellie and her grandfather, while they are chatting an EMP at least that’s what they think and plunges the world into all kinds of chaos. Plt all 64 comments. An electromagnetic pulse flashes across the sky, destroying every electronic device, wiping out every computerized system, and killing billions.

The first half of this book is literally a 5 star read for me and I don’t give 5 stars that oftenbut the second half is maybe a bicj. I accepted the fictional places that were created after I stopped to scratch my head and googled the setting; I learned at that point that this area was fictionalized.

The best part of this book for me was that it was narrated by Katherine Kellgren. This review also appears in The Midnight Garden. I loved the audio. Monsters is a whopping pages!!

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The writing is tight and pkot a swift pace, dropping in mini cliffhangers and steadily cranking up the tension. Alex was not an immediately likable character but she does grow on you after some time. Some teens seem to have gone mad, killing one another and Alex is not sure who she can trust. All that matters are the effects. So let’s just say that I’m a child psychiatrist yeah, you read that right as well as a film scholar, surgeon wannabe meaning I did an internship in surgery an Among other things, I was an English major in college and so I know that I’m supposed to write things like, “Ilsa J.


At this point they haven’t traveled too lisa from the grandfather and his bag k supplies. I get it, we needed to move the plot along. I am not a zombie purist.

But the author’s use of description in the setting more on that later and the accuracy of the world she created was so spot on that I quickly forgot about the real and fell into the alternate reality. The book is about the world, the destruction of it and these characters’ subsequent survival. I thought Bick really explored the consequences of the electromagnetic pulse and the inevitable changes to our world very well.

Bick earned the one start rating. I fell somewhere in the middle. So you might be wondering how could it have buck been that long? Finally, the writing was terrible. But they can freeze to death, and even can starve and can be killed very easily. Furthermore, this is a very traditional society organized along gender-specific tasks. When I first saw Ilsa’s new book in a Publisher’s Weekly article highlighting look-out YA books at BEA this year, I emailed her plkt and started hunting for her publicist’s information to get a copy.

She is 15 and an orphan with a brain tumor.

So to start, Rule was feeding the changed people?