By: Pauline Creeden
Publication Date: September 30th, 2013
by AltWit Press
In a heart-racing thriller described as Falling Skies meets The Walking Dead, Jennie struggles to find a safe place for what’s left of her family. But it seems as though there is no place sacred, no place secure. First the aliens attacked the sun, making it dimmer, weaker, and half what it used to be. Then they attacked the water supply, killing one-third of Earth’s population with a bitter contaminate. And when they unleash a new terror on humankind, the victims will wish for death, but will not find it…When the world shatters to pieces around her, will Jennie find the strength she needs to keep going?
I love dystopian novels, and I love zombie novels, and when I read that this book seemed to have a way with both styles, I was excited to start reading my ARC! Pauline Creeden has written a wonderfully imaginative book that pulls readers into the story, and keeps them running to keep up. It’s perfect, realistic, and griping. I’d suggest it to anyone.
There are 3 characters which we really get to know, Hugh, a teacher, Jennie the main girl, and Brad the brother that stole Hugh’s girlfriend. These three weave the tale for us, and it works so well. I thought they were all realistic characters, with logical thoughts and actions. Nothing seemed contrived or forced at all, though Brad didn’t seem to serve a big point in this book, but maybe that’s for a reason.
The story was a great read. It had a great level of suspense; it keeps you on the edge of your seat. This is a YA book, so the zombie gore factor isn’t as bad as something you’d see of walking dead, or the like, it’s toned down a bit, but still present. There’s also a bit of religion in this book, but no it’s not a book that only religious people can read, and it’s not preachy or over the top, it’s barely noticeable, and it’s mentioned in the same way other authors use religion to help them weave a story, and it works, in a weird perfect way.
This book has zombies, it also holds aliens, and it’s the end of days, Revelations time has come and brought zombies and aliens. You’d think you need to suspend disbelief a lot in order for this story to work but you’d be surprised, you don’t have to, you just read and you get pulled in.
I loved this story, it’s a great YA read, and it doesn’t pander to anyone! Check it out!
**I was given an ARC in return for an honest review
In simple language, Pauline Creeden breaks down Biblical stories and applies them to real life in new ways. Her methods of teaching have brought new light to old scriptures. In her fiction, she creates worlds that are both familiar and strange, often pulling the veil between dimensions. She becomes the main character in each of her stories, and because she has ADD, she will get bored if she pretends to be one person for too long.
Pauline is horse trainer from Virginia, but writing is her therapy.
She is the Admin for Spirit Filled Kindle and an administrator for Readers’ Realm. Her articles, reviews, and devotionals have been featured in RUBY FOR WOMEN Magazine,Devotionals for Bloggers, Faith Filled Family Magazine, and Christian Fiction Book Reviews.
One of Pauline’s short stories has won the CCW Short Story contest. Other short stories have been published in Fear & Trembling Magazine, Obsidian River and Avenir Eclectia. An urban fantasy short will appear in The Book of Sylvari: An Anthology of Elves from Port Yonder Press, and a vampire short will appear in Monsters! from Diminished Media Group. She is currently editing and drafting several novels at various stages.
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