Author: Michelle K. Pickett
Series: Book One
Published By: Spencer Hill (June 24, 2013)
Genre: YA Dystopian
Source: ARC Copy Provided by the Publisher in exchange for an honest review.
Seventeen-year-old Eva is a chosen one. Chosen to live, while others meet a swift and painful death from an incurable virus so lethal, a person is dead within days of symptoms emerging. In the POD system, a series of underground habitats built by the government, she waits with the other chosen for the deadly virus to claim those above. Separated from family and friends, it's in the PODs she meets David. And while true love might not conquer all, it's a balm for the broken soul.
After a year, scientists believe the population has died, and without living hosts, so has the virus. That's the theory, anyway. But when the PODs are opened, survivors find the surface holds a vicious secret. The virus mutated, infecting those left top-side and creating... monsters.
Eva and David hide from the infected in the abandoned PODs. Together they try to build a life--a new beginning. But the infected follow and are relentless in their attacks. Leaving Eva and David to fight for survival, and pray for a cure.
About the Author:
I'm a wife, mother, author, reader, although not always in that order. I've been an avid reader since a young child. I began writing for personal enjoyment in college, where I graduated Summa Cum Laude with a degree in accounting. Why I chose a degree that didn't encourage creativity is a mystery to me.
I'm addicted to Reese's peanut butter cups and eat way too many while I write. I have a weird obsession with hoodies and can't write without wearing one. I hate to cook, but love to watch cooking shows.
I'm an unabashed romantic and love swoon-worthy happy endings that give me butterflies for days.
Born and raised in Flint, Michigan, I now reside in a small community outside Houston, Texas with my incredibly supportive, not to mention gorgeous, husband, three amazing school-aged children, a 125-pound lap dog, and a cat that thinks she's queen.
I write adult and young adult Sci/Fi, urban fantasy and paranormal romances.
My Thoughts and Review:
Have I mentioned before that this seems to be the year for dystopians? Because it is. Very much so and Pickett's dive into the genre was a huge splash. Okay, that was a little cheesy but, you get the point.
I am so excited that I was able to be a part of this blog tour and get to read and review this story because I truly ate up every word and became completely immersed in the story and into Eva's life.
And while the main character is Eva, this isn't just her story. It is a story about survival and a story about love and friendship and how with a little faith and a whole lot of determinations, love really can conquer all.
This book has a whole cast of amazing characters that over the course of the book I came to care about just as much as I did about Eva and David. Pickett certainly knows how to write one tough heroine and one swoon worthy male. I feel in love with David in the PODs and even more outside of them.
This was a fast paced read that I really didn't expect to love as much as I did. So many twists and turns, betrayals and heartaches, sweet tender moments and rough and tough moments. I don't want to go into too many details but I will say that this took me by surprise with how much I loved it and how quickly I consumed it.
I will definitely pick up anything this author writes in the future because I was completely enraptured by this read, the writing, the characters and the fast paced plot line. I am really hoping there will be a sequel because I will be standing in line waiting to read it.
*All Opinions are my own and I was in no way compensated for my review*