by Claire Vale
Source: Xpresso Book Tours
Scientists predicted it would take seventy years for the Arctic Shelf to completely melt. In the end, it took less than five. We lost thirty percent of our land to the oceans and a big chunk of our structure to panic and anarchy. The Melt crippled us.
But it was the Arctic Virus at the bottom of The Melt, trapped for millennia in the darkest depths of ice strata, that broke us. The real flood was the Living Corpses. A population of billions turned to soulless, rabid shells within months. That’s what washed away the human race as we know it.
Born into a post-apocalyptic world, Lake has grown up in the last city standing. Governed by what used to be the Queen’s Cold Stream Guard, vaccinated against the threat, life in Windsor City is both harsh and fair. The rules are designed to strengthen the city and ensure survival.
Lake’s future is planned out with opportunities and unfair advantages and then there’s Ash—her best friend and hopefully more. Things could be worse, considering she’s living past the end of days. And, sometimes, she could definitely do with being a better person, which was what drafting into the Guard for two years of service was supposed to be about. But she has no idea what she’s signed up for. The city is more vulnerable than she’d ever imagined, on its knees at the mercy of a megalomaniac organisation, and she’s just been chosen to pay the price.
3.5 of 5 Stars
While this book took a little while to get me interested, once it did I had trouble putting it down. The biggest pull for me is how realistic I felt the ‘zombie’ aspect was. I’m able to appreciate the zombie genre in it’s many forms. I often find that many of the methods of becoming a zombie aren’t all that plausible. While it may not be scientifically sound (I’ve no clue) in my mind this method seemed the most likely to happen. I was also curious about the caste system in which Lack lives and wished there had been more information about this. It felt at best glossed over without much detail. I loved the story line but felt I ran into some contradictions in it as well. While Lake is often scared she’s also just as often nonchalant about the real danger going on around her. This may have been defense mechanism on her part but it put me off a bit. I also couldn’t quite wrap my head around the repetitiveness of how ‘safe’ and ‘well meaning’ the government was. I had trouble computing a wonderful government in with the other world building going on. I enjoyed the characters but also had trouble understanding and connecting to them at times. The love triangle that begins to unfold perplexed me because I ended up not being able to like either of the males involved. There were certain aspects of this romantic aspect to the story that just felt unnecessary to me. I am curious to see how it unfolds in the next book of the series because the ending did leave me with a bunch of questions. I do recommend this for fans of the zombie trend going on right now – it’s an interesting take on the genre and worth checking out.
This eGalley was provided free from the author through Xpresso Book Tours in exchange for an honest review. This in no way affected my opinion and I was compensated in no other manner.