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5.0 out of 5 starsJames is an amazing 15 yr old and will do whatever it takes to find his family.
Reviewed in the United States on September 25, 2020
This entire series is action packed from the time the Neanderthal is found and then one doctor breaths in something while slowly thawing him out enough to be sure how old he is. 40,000 yrs old. What the doctor breaths in turns into what throughout the series they call chasers. If you git bit by one you turn into one. The only way they can be killed I’d for their head to be crushed or shot. The researcher that was asked to join the party stumbles on one. Just about everyone there are turned into chasers are killed. A pilot and 2 other including the researcher that is asked to come up there fly off one the chopper that came for them. The piolet straps both ladies to their stretcher. The one that was already at the center had been bitten and turned. The helicopter crashes over Portland. The chaser survives and starts creating havoc all over the place. This is in Book 0.5. In the next 5 books is mainly about a 15 yr old boy named James who goes hunting with his Dad. His Dad gets bitten so James has to kill him. He gets to the cabin where his mother has left a note that she and Cindy were heading into a safe zone in Portland. The rest of the book is about what all James and his.dog, Duke have to go to to find his family. I am not real fond of the chasers but the plot is good, you have to pull for James and Duke and everything they come through. This is probably the most action-packed, suspenseful series of the post-Apocalypse that doesn’t start out like most that I have ever read.
I am in the first book of this collection. Will come back and update my review once I have finished the whole set. I did not realize this was a YA, or I would not have bought it, but here I am reading it, and so far nothing about the writing makes me think of it as aimed at young adults.
What does bother me is poor editing/proofreading. Multiple uses of "mam" instead of "ma'am" and multiple uses of "peaked" instead of "piqued". I don't know how such errors get through, but maybe they can be corrected in future revisions (assuming that happens).
I am early in the first book, and the story is entertaining so far. I hope that continues.
I really like the Zombie Apocalyptic subject, however, this kid Jame would have died in the first chapter. No one is this dam stupid. The story had a lot of potential and many possibilities however this dumb kid who is the main character was just too stupid. Made it a very hard read because the kid was an idiot.
Only recommendations: primary character is a normal 15 year old boy with the stilted, wordy phrasing of a middle-aged professor. Story would flow and be more readable if written in appropriate conversational form for the various characters ages/genders, etc. As it is, everyone sounds the same.
Secondly...either lose the thesaurus or learn how to make sure the 5-syllable word is used in the correct context.
I figure the author had good intentions. But the only characters I liked were not the hero. Written first person it was like wading through a pool ofunrelenting bad decisions that lead to the deaths of his comrades. I disliked him more and more as the books went on. repetitive, felt like it was written by an emo teenager that spends too much time on video games. Many grammar and spelling errors. Two stars for the dog. Best character
Great series, edge of your seat, nonstop action, and great characters. I did not want it to end and want to know more! What happens next? Good vs evil, zombies, and lots of them. Danger everywhere and children thrust into adult roles. Stay awake all night reading. The characters evolve throughout and altogether a good read.
A lot of soelling and grammatical errors throughout, hence the 4 stars. Also contradictions - being weak and wimpy one minute, then talking about how toned this journey made him, then weak and ‘meagre’ muscles the next. The same with his shooting ability - says how proficient he’s become with a range of weapons but then is unable to shoot the chasers in the head. Overdoes the ‘internal dialogue’ too much. However, story idea is good and I did buy the series.
Tried to read this all the way through but failed. In various places throughout the book, invariably when there is fast action, it would appear that the author doesn't think it's exciting enough, so nearly all the words are changed by thesaurus to the extent that it no longer makes sense. Sometimes whole paragraphs are unreadable due to nonsensical replacement of descriptive words that no longer fit the context.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on December 9, 2020
I would of give more than 5 stars if i could. Amazing series. It gets better and better all the way through. Gutted im finished. Well worth the money! I would recommend to anyone who likes post apocalyptic storys. Best book I've ever read!