Mad World: Epidemic
written by Samaire Provost
published by Samaire Provost
Why did I pick this book: I participated in the blog tour hosted by CLP Blog Tours. (I received a copy of this book for review purposes.)
Did I enjoy this book: Yes. I really got into this book.
When I first read the blurb for this book, I thought it sounded exciting. (And it is very exciting.) However, nowhere in that blurb are zombies mentioned. When I got to the zombies, I was not happy. I am not a zombie fan. I have not read any books prior to this that had zombies in them. Some scenes with said zombies were gross and stomach-turning. With that being said, I could not put this book down. I had to keep reading it despite my dislike for zombies. I read every free chance I had. I didn’t even fall asleep during the 3 a.m. feeding of my 6 week old. I was glued to my Nook. I had to finish this book. That says a lot about a book when I don’t like the subject matter – in this case, zombies.
As I said, this book was very exciting. Mad World: Epidemic is a quick read that is fast-paced and has you hooked from the very beginning. Mad World: Epidemic did not let go of me until the very end…and even then, I’m still hooked and cannot wait to read the next book, Mad World: Sanctuary. (Look for that review in February.)
I really felt for the teens in this book. They were on their own trying to help others and find their families. These teens went through so very much and lost so much. I felt the emotions and exhaustion that the teens were experiencing as I was reading. I was confused. I was afraid. I was worried. I was petrified. I was sad. I was angry. I saw some glimmers of hope. I was tired. I was relieved. I felt it all. I was so happy that they had each other. Alyssa and Jacob were my favorites. These two are natural-born leaders and so strong. They were there for all of the others, even strangers. You root for them and you want everything to work out for them.
As for the ending…YOU HAVE GOT TO BE KIDDING ME!!! You just can’t do that to a person. I can’t wait to read Mad World: Sanctuary, despite the fact that it will also contain zombies.
Would I recommend it: I would recommend this book. It grabs you and doesn’t let you go until the very end. Read it.
Will I read it again: I will not. But I will read Mad World: Sanctuary.
About the book – from Goodreads: The Black Plague is ancient history. It killed 100 million people nearly seven centuries ago, halfway around the world from the technologically advanced research center at Stanford University. Scientists there have recently begun examining samples of bone marrow from plague-infected corpses unearthed in Europe. All the necessary safeguards are in place. What could go wrong? Alyssa and Jake are away with their class on a highly anticipated year-end trip to Broadway with their senior acting class when all hell breaks loose at home. Traveling back, and trying to find their families, they encounter deadly results. Riots are breaking out. People are being evacuated. And they have no idea what’s happening to their families. Horrific ordeals, heart-pounding tragedy, and chance encounters harden them for what lies ahead. Faced with tormenting decisions, they’re forced to follow their instinct for survival at any cost – even when the cost is a heart-wrenching decision of life or death. A harrowing adventure of frightening discoveries, horrifying confrontations and narrow escapes in Epidemic, the first installment of the Mad World series. Find out what’s got everyone so terrified.
About the author: Born naked. Clothed and fed shortly thereafter by adoring parents who looked on in bemusement as their daughter became a reading, writing, free-spirited, feral, animal loving, bleeding-heart chocolate lover who laughs easily. Samaire Provost is a California writer of Young Adult novels. Her love of paranormal stories, odd plots, and unique tales as well as C.S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien, E.A.Poe, Neil Gaiman, Terry Pratchett, and Stephen King has deeply influenced her writing.