Sunday, May 6, 2012

Review: The Weepers: The Other Life by Susanne Winnacker

Thank you to NetGalley, the author, and publisher for the opportunity to read this book

The Weepers: The Other Life

YA Post-Apocalypse

Publication Date
May 15th, 2012

Marshall Cavendish

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3 years, 1 month, 1 week and 6 days since I’d seen daylight. One-fifth of my life.

Sherry and her family have lived sealed in a bunker in the garden since things went wrong up above. Her grandfather has been in the freezer for the last three months, her parents are at each other’s throats and two minutes ago they ran out of food.

Sherry and her father leave the safety of the bunker and find a devastated and empty LA, smashed to pieces by bombs and haunted by ‘Weepers’ - rabid humans infected with a weaponized rabies virus.

While searching for food in a supermarket, Sherry’s father disappears and Sherry is saved by Joshua, a boy-hunter. He takes her to Safe-haven, a tumble-down vineyard in the hills outside LA, where a handful of other survivors are picking up the pieces of their ‘other lives’. As she falls in love for the first time, Sherry must save her father, stay alive and keep Joshua safe when his desire for vengeance threatens them all.

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

A great book, but at the same time there was just something holding me back from completely loving it. There are definitely great moments and aspects, though.

Zombies, yes! But these aren't your regular zombies, they are different which brought a uniqueness to the story that kept it interesting. Also, Sherry was a different yet great character. She is a brave and determined individual that most readers will appreciate, but at the same time she isn't completely bad-ass, she can't really even shoot a gun to save herself. But that works for her, she had me captivated and to be honest, it's a little more realistic than automatically becoming a fighting guru in the blink of an eye. Sherry also has a quirky counting habit that just adds to her character as it becomes her coping mechanism. Susanne Winnacker adds in little snippets of Sherry's 'other life' at the end of each chapter. It was a great way to reveal Sherry in a way that highlighted the slight yet significant changes that took place due to witnessing the aftermath of the rabies virus.

I wish there was a little bit more romance, but that doesn't hinder the reading experience at all. Sherry is only 15, so it makes sense. And also, it came off as more realistic as a hesitant friendship that kept growing into something more. Joshua was by far my favorite character. He has such depth that he's easy to like. Also, another favorite is Tyler, but he isn't in many scenes, but it's those scenes and the story of his past that just made me want to know all about him. I hope he gets a bigger part in the books to come. One thing that bothered me was the fact that I never knew Mia's age (Sherry's little sister), I knew that she was was a lot younger, but there was never any indication until about three-quarters of the way through. It wasn't a huge negative, but it did interrupt slightly because I felt that I wasn't accurately picturing her in my head.

The Weepers wasn't lacking in action, or mystery, that's for sure. The plot took unexpected turns that I didn't see coming, but it just needed a little more 'oomph', in my opinion. Still a great read that I recommend to any and all zombie lovers. I'm eager to know what direction the story will go since the ending hints at something without making it definitive.

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