Oceans apart, a young musician and a “special” soldier embark on a perilous journey for home fueled by the unyielding pursuit of freedom from the Authority.
Sixteen-year-old prodigy, Liza Randusky, waits imprisoned, blamed for the undead plague that’s slowly destroying the planet. Banished to an island where she’ll never play her beloved piano again, Liza’s steadfast sense of justice and passion for music may have the power to change her destiny. But will it be enough…
To strike back at the new world order, the troubled son of a preacher, Thomas Ripley-Hatter, suffers unspeakable alterations by the Underground to join a secret Army. Tommy knows that all hope lies in human-weapons like himself, and that somehow he must cling to his sanity…while letting loose the monster to win.
My review for this book won’t be typical to the ones you see listed for it on the sites. I am not a fan of YA or Dystopia genre books but I have wanted to give one a try to see what the hype was about. After reading the synopsis for this book, it felt like this would be a great first experience book for me and I believe I was right.
I can’t go into the details of this story as it is long and complicated and I still don’t feel I am up to speed with this genre to do it justice. What I can talk about is the talent and writing style of Logan Keys. The first half of the book did drag a bit for me and while that is normally a curse for a reviewer, in this case it was much appreciated. It gave me a slower chance to learn about the characters and the situation they have found themselves in. I was also able to absorb the new information regarding zombies and the end of the world as they knew it. I found that with the slowness and description that Logan gave us, the purpose for the kids to escape the “prison” they were in and advance to a new land, along with where they had come from and the lives they had happily lived before this devastation, was much more intense when the story picked up half way through.
The writing in this book was next to flawless with the smooth reading, the suspense and mystery. Included was an abundance of action, abuse, torture both mentally and physically and the emotional angst was off the charts. The way the scenes were described and the detail paid to every room, battle field and event made the story come to life, which was also another benefit for me as a new reader to this genre.
I was very impressed with how Logan was able to keep my attention and interest growing, even though at many points I was very lost as to what was happening, but that was due to my inexperience not the writing and I found I was emotionally distraught in the end. The character development used established a foundation for me to connect and care about Liza, Tommy, Jeremy and a host of other characters from beginning to end. The final page will leave you gasping with the shock that no one expected to come. While I can’t say I am now a fan of this genre, I can say I was invested enough in the characters to want to know what happens next.