Imagine a world where no one dies from cancer. Imagine a world where the common cold no longer exists. Sounds great, right?
Now imagine a world overrun by zombies.
In the year 2014, the experimental cure for the common cold, invented by Dr. Alexander Kellis, and a cancer-killing virus, known as “Marburg-Amberlee” were released into the world. Cancer was wiped out. No one got a cold. But when these two got together, they raised the dead.
Twenty years after “The Rising,” Georgia and Shaun Mason find themselves living in this world. Gone is the mainstream media of before. Now the world gets its news from internet blogs. Internet blogs that rose up during “The Rising” and helped people fend off the risen dead. Internet blogs like the one run by the Mason’s.
When Georgia and Shaun, along with their friend, Buffy, are chosen by Senator Peter Ryman to cover his presidential campaign on their blog, After the End Times, they find themselves wrapped up in a world of danger, lies and betrayal.
Let me start by saying this, I loved this book! I know its not all that surprising since it’s a zombie book, but it really isn’t. Yes, there are zombies in this book, but what this book mainly focuses on is freedom of the press. It focuses on the right that these bloggers have to get their stories out there without the government shutting them down or filtering what they want to say.
I will be honest with you, it took me a little bit to get into this book. The beginning was bogged down with political talk that I’m not really a big fan of. But I pushed through because I heard such great things about this book. I am so glad I did.
Grant does a brilliant job with her character development. You find yourself pulling for these characters and feeling what they do. Shaun was the character I fell for the most, even though Georgia is more dominant in this book.
The way Grant describes the blood tests that the characters must go through each time they go into a new place has you at the edge of your seats. As the lights flash from red to yellow and hopefully to green, I found myself biting my nails and wondering if the character was in fact safe to enter the building or if they had indeed been contaminated.
The only thing I must say negative about this book was that there wasn’t enough zombie action for me. But I can’t really put this book down just because of that one thing, because it is definitely worth the read despite that.