Author: Kellie Sheridan
Genre: Young Adult, Paranormal, Post Apocalyptic
Series: The Hitchhiker Strain, #1
Publisher: Patchwork Press
Publication Date: March 19th 2013
Source: Provided by Publisher via Netgalley
After surviving a deadly plague outbreak, sixteen-year-old Savannah thought she had lived through the very worst of human history. There was no way to know that the miracle vaccine would put everyone at risk for a fate worse than un-death.
Now, two very different kinds of infected walk the Earth, intent on nothing but feeding and destroying what little remains of civilization. When the inoculated are bitten, infection means watching on in silent horror as self-control disappears and the idea of feasting on loved ones becomes increasingly hard to ignore.
Starving and forced to live inside of the abandoned high school, all Savannah wants is the chance to fight back. When a strange boy arrives with a plan to set everything right, she gets her chance. Meeting Cole changes everything. Mere survival will never be enough.
I couldn’t bring myself to like this book. I almost didn’t finish it because I couldn’t connect to the story at all.
Mortality is a story about the zombie apocalypse. It’s told in two different POV’s; Savannah’s and Zarah’s. Savannah’s POV focuses on the events that happen AFTER the big zombie breakthrough, while Zarah’s POV focuses on the events that lead up to this phenomenon.
As much as I wanted to, I couldn’t stand any of these characters. Savannah had this huge hero-complex that I really didn’t enjoy. She felt this incredible compulsion to be the “hero” and this led to rash decisions that really screwed everything up. Also, for a girl that saw her parents die at the hands of zombies (this isn’t really a spoiler, since it’s basically told at the beginning of the story), she was way too calm about everything. Her parents weren’t mentioned much, and frankly, we don’t know about any of the lives of the characters before the apocalypse, except the small tidbits Savannah gives us at the beginning of the story.
Zarah was a whole other story. I think her POV was completely unnecessary. Every piece of information of the “disease” that Zarah gave us, Savannah had already given it in the previous chapter, OR Savannah would explain it better in the following chapters. The only good part of Zarah’s POV begun after the motel scene (which I won’t go into because I’d be spoiling). That’s where we see real character development.
The story was unoriginal (for me, at least). I felt like I was watching season 1 of The Walking Dead all over again. The similarities were all over the place, from the way that the zombies acted, to the way they were supposed to be killed. I didn’t feel like I was learning anything new.
“Don’t let them grab hold of you, and aim for the brain”
What I did like of the story, was the description. The zombies felt “real” in the sense that they were genuinely creepy and disgusting.
However, I would’ve wanted more explanation on how the zombies came to be. Just “a virus came and created a lot of zombies” wasn’t enough for me. I wanted to know HOW the virus interacted in the body of the zombie and HOW the genes and cells of the body reacted to the virus. ( I guess this is the science nerd inside of me).
“The virus gets into your body, but it doesn’t kill you…”
“… in the end, the virus wins.”
I saw a lot of great promise for the book, but it didn’t do it for me. I can’t say I’ll read the rest of the books.
Rating: 2 stars.
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