I stumbled across this book by accident, but I found myself curious after reading the blurb. Young Adult + Dystopian + Zombies = a must read for me!
Title: Death’s Awakening (Eternal Sorrows Book 1)
Author: Sarra Cannon
Genre: YA Dystopian
Publisher: Dead River Books via NetGalley
Release date: January 2014
For sixteen-year-old Parrish Sorrows, life is about to become a nightmare.
This is the night she’ll wake up to her mother’s convulsions. The night she’ll lose contact with her father and sister in New York. The night 911 will stop answering the phone.
This is the night a mysterious supernatural virus begins its deadly rampage across the globe, killing billions in a matter of days. And just when things can’t get worse, the dead begin to rise.
Parrish must embark on a perilous journey to find what’s left of her family. Along the way, she’ll team up with the gorgeous boy next door she’s always been drawn to, the snobby ex-bff she’s hated for years, a genius computer nerd, and a young boy who never says a word but is somehow a kindred spirit.
I’ll start off saying that the opening really threw me. I had to read the blurb again to make sure I had the right story. Nothing made sense (until I read further into the book). So I’m going to start my review where the book begins for me. . .Parrish. She’s the school loner and likes it that way. She sees the world without the tint of trying to conform to peer pressure, and I thoroughly enjoyed her character. Not to mention she has some kick-ass moves when dealing with school bullies!
When the world around her breaks down, she panics, but manages to pull herself together. She forms a bond with a few other survivors, which happens to be the hot kid at school she’s been crushing on for weeks. Together, they work out a plan to find a safe haven. Only, things don’t go right from the start. As their newly discovered powers develop, they must learn to trust one another or become fodder for the zombies.
I enjoyed the interactions between the characters. Each chapter switched off to another character, giving us a little peek into their lives. And for me, it worked. I’m not saying I liked all the characters, but each remained true to themselves. All but the witch. I wasn’t able to connect with her at all. Why did she act evil when she hated herself for it? Then we have the story itself. . .I loved it! The only gripe I had was the span of time seemed to stretch a bit where nothing happened but them trying to survive. I’m not sure I would’ve noticed if it hadn’t been for the ending. . .or should I say the lack of ending. This was not a complete book. It ended on a cliffhanger where we don’t discover what happens to the characters or if they save the world. So very disappointing. While I enjoyed the writing and the story, I won’t be picking up the second book unless I know it will be a complete story. Bummer. . .