Saturday, February 15, 2014

[Review] Undying [Zombies, YA, Romance] + Giveaway

*Paranormal, Young Adult, Zombies*

Undying #1 | Goodreads | Amazon
This is a story of love . . . and zombies.

When eighteen-year-old college freshman Christian discovers his dormitory is crawling with the living dead, he knows he has a problem. But once he learns the whole country is overrun by the flesh-eating horde, he must race to protect what matters to him most.

Sixteen-year-old Iris, the girl he loves, is stranded eighty miles away, alone and completely unaware of the gruesome threat surrounding her.

Christian’s plan is to evade the zombies, drive the distance to rescue Iris, and get them both to his family farm—where there are guns, fuel, and everything else they’ll need to survive. His mission seems simple: Get the girl, get to the farm, and stay alive.

Things get complicated when Christian is forced to make an unthinkable choice between Iris and his family. Someone he loves must die, and he must decide.

Let's here it for another zombie book! I find that I am entirely too fond of the Post- apocalyptic genre- particularly zombies. I was incredibly excited to try a zombie book solely from a male's POV. 

Christian is an 18 year old college freshmen who is planning to tell his best friend back home how he feels about her. That is.. until horrible things start happening to people. And although Christian is reluctant to say it, there is no denying what is happening. People are becoming mindless flesh-eaters. And no, it is not a bad batch of bath salt causing people to start turning on each other. There is only one explanation for what Christian witnesses as his fellow students and dorm mates attempt to eat his face. Zombies. And as terrifying as it is, he has to find a way to survive, even if it means killing the people who were once his friends. He has to get to Iris back home and save her.

 Christian faces a lot of tough decisions in a short amount of time. The book is fairly fast- paced since the world is quickly deteriorating. A virus is spread by the water supply or other contaminated materials and now by biting or scratching from the infected. Christian is miles away from both his family farm and the girl of his dreams and has to fight his way through the infected to save both. The plot was pretty straightforward and tame, but the zombies were of the vicious variety. *fist pump* Ruuuuun, boy, ruuuun! muahaha. 
I liked Christian as a character. I felt like maybe Iris did not quite grasp the whole "The world is dangerous and mess"  concept since she complained about a few silly things, but I forgive her. I suppose those were pretty confusing times for her. *shrug* But I enjoyed Christian far more than Iris. I am looking forward to the next book. I want to see where the author is going with the "virus" plot. (: Where will they go next? What will they do? 

[Also if you can't handle death in your books, this book is not for you. In fact, you probably shouldn't be reading zombie books at all.]

All in all? A fast paced take on the old virus outbreak theme with a level- headed main character who wades through zombies to be with his lurve. (: I can dig it. 


Valerie Grosjean
Valerie Grosjean is the author of the young adult novel UNDYING. She grew up on a Nebraska farm. After college, she married and moved to Northern California, where she lives with her husband and their two young children. Her obsession with zombie movies inspired UNDYING, her first novel and the beginning of the Undying series.

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