Review: The Enemy Within by Scott Burn (spoiler free)

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The Enemy Within by Scott Burn

Series: Standalone

Published July 24th, 2016

Genres: Sci-fi, YA

Pages: 215

Format: ebook

Buy: Amazon

* Received this copy from the author in exchange for an honest review. Thank you very much! This doesn’t affect the review in any way. My opinions are, as always, my own.*

Seventeen-year-old Max has always felt like an outsider. When the agonizing apocalyptic visions begin, he decides suicide is his only escape. He soon finds himself in an institution under the guidance of a therapist who sees something exceptional in him. Just as he begins to leave the hallucinations behind, Max discovers the visions weren’t just in his head.

There are three others who have shared those same thoughts and they’ve been searching for Max. Like him, they are something more than human. Each of them possesses certain abilities, which they’re going to need when a covert military group begins hunting them down.

As the danger escalates, Max doesn’t know which side to trust. But in the end, his choice will decide the fate of both species.

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Review: All That Remains by Al Barrera

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All That Remains by Al Barrera

Series: Standalone

Published by Al Barrera

Genres: Young Adult, Horror, Fantasy

Pages: 353

Format: E-book

Buy: Amazon

* Received this copy from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you very much! This doesn’t affect the review in any way. My opinions, are as always, my own.*

The old world is dead, and humanity struggles to survive in the shadows of the new one. Kyle, Sara, and Tim are scavengers, hiding in the remains of human civilization from the hungry things that destroyed it. Living on the few items that haven’t rotted in the thirteen years since civilization was wiped out.

But something has shown itself: A terrible creature that betrays an intelligence in the madness of the creatures that rule the planet.

When the group finds Kaylee, a little girl who claims to know of a safe haven somewhere in Tennessee, they embark on a desperate journey to find it. Memory and loss, depravity and salvation— their last run will put them face to face with horrors of both man and monsters the likes of which they’ve never seen.

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Review: The Storm by Virginia Bergin (no spoilers)

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The Storm 

Author: Virginia Bergin

Publisher: Macmillan Children’s Books

Genres: Young Adult, Teen, Science Fiction, Dystopia, Apocalyptic, Horror.

Pages: 371

Format: Paperback

Buy: Book Depository | Amazon

“I’ll tell you a weird thing about apocalypses – a thing I didn’t even know until I was in one: they seem pretty bad, don’t they? Well, take it from me: they can always get worse.”

Three months after the killer rain first fell, Ruby is beginning to realise her father might be dead . . . and that she cannot survive alone. When a chance encounter lands her back in the army camp, Ruby thinks she is safe – at a price. Being forced to live with Darius Spratt is bad enough, but if Ruby wants to stay she must keep her eyes – and her mouth – shut. It’s not going to happen. When she realizes what is going on – the army is trying to find a cure by experimenting on human subjects – Ruby flips out . . . and makes an even more shocking discovery: she’s not useless at all. The Storm begins . . .

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Guys,this book was sooooooo much better than the first one!!! And it answers to a lot of the questions that you may have from the previous book! So I totally encourage you to GO GET IT if you liked The Rain! 😛

So, if you read my review on The Rain, you see that the only annoying thing is the main character’s lack of self-preservation and her sense of priorities, well that changed. Ruby, is now much more aware of the risk, she studied the clouds, and even other stuff that might help her, but of course she is still Ruby, and you will see that is the best part! She had to grow fast by herself to survive, but like everyone she has her down moments. 

There is a lot of “scary” moments in this book, not just the fact that people die from the rain, no that’s not enough. People are different from each other. People think different, they want different things and like always, some have power some don’t! In my way of thinking the way the author describes the scenes it seems very believable in our world, and that’s what is most sad. That people often are not what they seem. 

In this book you have the chance to know Ruby a lot more, and actually like her and care a lot about her! (I just couldn’t put this book down!)

This book makes you come up with a lot of feelings, like anger, fear, hope, hate and love. 

 

The only thing I have to point out, is that I wasn’t much of a fan of the end, not because it was not good, but because it was a bit rushed, okay, a lot rushed! Maybe they should have done a third book…

Anyway, I loved this book, and you totally should give this books a try! Especially this one is amazing!

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What do you like more about apocalyptic books?

Review: The Rain by Virginia Bergin (no spoilers)

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The Rain 

Author: Virginia Bergin

Publisher: Macmillan Children’s Books

Genres: Young Adult, Teen, Science Fiction, Dystopia, Apocalyptic, Horror.

Pages: 384

Format: Paperback

Buy: Book Depository | Amazon

It’s in the rain…and just one drop will kill you.

They don’t believe it at first. Crowded in Zach’s kitchen, Ruby and the rest of the partygoers laugh at Zach’s parents’ frenzied push to get them all inside as it starts to drizzle. But then the radio comes on with the warning, “It’s in the rain! It’s fatal, it’s contagious, and there’s no cure.”

Two weeks later, Ruby is alone. Anyone who’s been touched by rain or washed their hands with tap water is dead. The only drinkable water is quickly running out. Ruby’s only chance for survival is a treacherous hike across the country to find her father-if he’s even still alive.

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AHH I was super excited to start reading this book!

So, The Rain or H2O is an apocalyptic thriller centering around the premise of deadly rain.

But… When I started reading, I guess I was not expecting “Ruby”… She just.. Argh! … She is a mean girl, popular in her high school, selfish and childish, which causes her to just miss what is actually important …she has no self preservation whatsoever! But, she is realistic. She just turned 15 and for sure she is not mature and the rain didn’t suddenly make her smarter, more likable, or brave. She does have some very good qualities in her (and she can be a nice person in her own way), and she also realizes some mistakes she has made along the way. It’s definitely a love/hate situation with her.

I loved the concept of the killer rain, and I got immersed in the world. The panic and the lack of information passed to the society made it seem very realistic. I always get drawn to kind of apocalyptic books, but this one is, is just wow for me. Rain that kills you, is just… creepy and genius.

(There was one thing that I just didn’t make sense for me… Why does the rain only affect people? Not animals? Doesn’t make much sense to me…)

Also, I should point out, that the writing at first was a bit difficult to get into in the first 50 pages, but you get used to that fast!

But in the end I really liked this book and I am for sure picking up the last book! This book provokes a rollercoaster of emotions, sadness, anger, thirst, panic, stress and hope.

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Do you like Apocalyptic books?

If you do what’s your favorite?