On Day 56 of the pandemic called BluStar, 16-year-old Nadia's mother dies, leaving her responsible for her younger brother, Rabbit. They secretly received antivirus vaccines from their uncle, but most people weren't as lucky. Their deceased father taught them to adapt and survive whatever comes their way.
That's their plan as they trek from Seattle to their grandfather's survivalist compound in West Virginia. Using practical survival techniques, they make their way through a world of death and destruction until they encounter an injured dog; Zack, a street kid from Los Angeles; and other survivors who are seldom what they seem. Illness, infections, fatigue, and meager supplies have become a way of life. Still, it will be worth it once they arrive at the designated place on the map they have memorized. But what if no one is there to meet them?
©2013 Amber Kizer (P)2013 Listening Library
I found this to be one of the best dystopia narrations I've read or listened lately. It reminded me to the Stand, minus the fantastic elements. You get to care for the characters, and the situations are realistic to the degree that you feel immersed into the reality they're living. There were only a few times when I found myself saying to the main character "why would you want to go there???" but other than that, the whole story gets your attention and doesn't let it go. Worth the credit for sure!
EOD wife and loving mother!!!
I found the first half of the book to have potential, but then things went down hill. Some of the "scenarios" completely lacked logic. If more then 99% of the population was wiped out by a virus then there would be plenty of supplies and fuel to go around. With so few survivors it doesn't make sense that anyone would need to steal anyone else's or that just about everyone they come across is "evil". Like I said there were several things that just didn't add up.
Great narration and very well laid out story line for a younger (tween) reader who shows interest in dystopian future stories, but isn't old enough or ready to digest some of the more hard-core scenarios of what a post-apocalyptic world could have in store.
"A great fun read, worth a look for a summer day."
The honesty of the story, there is nothing spectacular about the plot, but Rabbit makes the book.
Life as we Knew it - another post-disaster type book with a teen survivor with some balls.
Anything with Rabbit in, but in particular the scene where they were trying to save the dog.
Perhaps, I did look forward to what was next and it ended too quickly.
The narration was good, and I'm looking forward to reading/listening to more from both Amber and Alex.
"Good story not so sure about the narrator"
I really enjoyed this, nice to have a post apocalyptic story without zombies. I like the characterisation and the protagonists are on the whole believable, though Rabbit is often not a typical 12 year old boy. The thing that let it down for me was the narration and in particular the voice the narrator used for Rabbit. It grated on me the whole way through and at times made me want to scream.
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