I really really really want to give this book 5 stars. It was so good. I had a zombie nightmare for the first time in years after I finished it.
I really liked Melanie and Tomas's story. I wasn't so hot on Stu and Tana. I was cheering for Tomas and Mel from the beginning. They seemed to have more to live for and didn't just hide in a store the whole time. Their part of the story had the most action aspects of the story and really seemed to fly by. Stu et al had the most horror moments. When they did leave the store they encountered the zombies at an alarming rates. The zombies said some of their most freighting lines when they encountered Stu, Tana and the students. And the scenes with Tana and her children were heartbreaking. I can't talk to much about the story without giving things away.
The writing was good. She kept my attention throughout the book. I connected with Melanie way more than any of the other characters. Which is probably why I liked that part of the story better.
This is story is depressing. Yes, there are some happy parts but for the most part it is a dark novel. The whole Solstice caused/created the zombies was a little weak and confusing. It wasn't very well explained. That's the main reason I couldn't give this book a full rocking five stars. Although, let's be honest...zombies. So realistic. Not really. At least I hope not.
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