[515]: The Fearless by Emma Pass

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GOODREADS SUMMARY | Delacorte Books for Young Readears | ARC paperback, 351 pp. | April 14th, 2015 | Young Adult Fiction | Post Apocalyptic ThrrRating : 3 out of 5 Stars


The Side Effects of the Cure

In an effort to aid war-weary soldiers afflicted with PTSD,  scientists have developed a serum to curtail, and eliminate this psychological disorder. But like every other miracle drug that’s ever been invented, the cure brought on a different kind of disease. The soldiers lost their abilities to feel. They became stronger; they healed faster. They became harder to kill. When the serum was sold to the highest bidder, the drug was reinvented; ushering a new breed of soldiers who lost all sense of right and wrong. Everyone became their enemy. Like a rabid pack of zombies, they invaded countries and bludgeoned the population into submission.

Hope Island

A small pocket of survivors managed to have a semblance of life in Hope Island. They have their own government and security. They live on goods bartered or traded by salvagers from the mainland. But all that security crumbled when a boy snuck in one night under the pretence of getting help for his friend’s baby.

Cass’s brother, and the only family she has, was taken by Fearless. The trespasser claimed he could help her find him, if she could help him get back to the mainland. Cass didn’t have any choice, because once you leave Hope Island, you can never go back. And since no one would help her get her brother back, he’s the only ally she could turn to.

The Goods

This book is pretty much everything you would expect from a dystopian thriller. It has a frenetic beginning where you’ll witness the beginning of the end of civilization. Then it hurtles on its steady pace right through the end. The world building is almost non-existent. I think it’s one of those things when a reader already knows what they’re in for even before they crack the spine. It’s there on the cover, and in the synopsis. In other words, the author left everything to the reader’s imagination. She didn’t have to hold my hand, or tell me how I should feel. Because her characters were very affective – except for the romance bit (more on that later).

Cass, for the most part, was a character full of moxie. When the world ended, she witnessed her dad get killed by the Fearless. Her mother was pregnant at the time. Unable to handle losing her husband, and the state of the world as she knew it, Cass’ mother killed herself. Ever since then, she was left playing the mother to her younger brother. He was all that was left of her world. She was fierce and courageous.

The Not-So

The only thing that didn’t work for me here is the romance. It wasn’t a case of instant love, but more the relationship didn’t progress in a realistic fashion. There was no basis for the attraction, no foundation. I supposed there wasn’t a spark between them either.

I was under the impression that this was a stand alone. But after that ending, it would be cruel not to continue. There’s so much to look forward to after this book, and I, for one, am really hoping a companion is already in the works.

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On the Night Table [13]: Housekeeping

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Another work week is upon us! I wish I can say that I’m excited about this, but any week that I’m forced to work rather than read is not a good week at all.  Sigh. Unfortunately, I have to play the adult role and fulfill obligations and such. Yep. It sucks being a responsible adult.

This week, I thought I’d try and finish some books that I’ve started a couple of weeks ago. Sort of a housekeeping before I can move on to my  pile of ARCs for May. I’ve started reading The Shadows a couple of weeks ago, and because this book is massive (576 pages), I used my Audible credit to download a copy on audio. I’ve been listening to it at work, and have been reading it simultaneously from time to time. I wish I can say something positive about this book, but unfortunately, this was a non-consequential instalment (relative to the series, that is).  The good news is, I’ve got about a quarter left. Yay.

The Fearless by Emma Pass is a stand-alone post apocalyptic novel set in UK. Basically, it’s what happens when a serum used to treat soldiers with PTSD becomes an unforeseen nightmare. I say, if you’ve read a zombie novel in the past, then you will have an idea on what this story is about. It is sort of similar. Only, there’s a semblance of intelligence left to those who were afflicted. I’m liking what I’m reading so far (I’m about halfway).

If I were really thinking ahead of this post, I should’ve had A Darker Shade of Magic instead of Simon Vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda pictured here. Can you believe that I can’t find my copy? I did some Spring cleaning over the weekend and have packed up some books to take to the cabin. I have a feeling my copy got lost in the shuffle. Now I have to wait until the weekend to dig it out.

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laurel heights summerhill

For the last two weeks, I’ve been ensconced in Kate Perry’s world. I managed to finish off her Summerhill series, and currently working my way through Laurel Heights. Her books are fun, sweet, romantic and with very little angst to speak of. I really enjoy being a curious bystander to her stories, not to mention they’re fast reads. One of these days, I’m going to sit down and write an actual review for these books. They need more love!

This is my plan for the week. What’s yours?

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