Reading Level: Young Adult
Length: 320 pages
Publisher: MTV Books
Release Date: October 21, 2008
Stand Alone or Series: Stand Alone
Source: Swapped through Paperbackswap.com
Rating: 4/5 stars
“Times Square, New York City: The first ever mass séance is broadcasting live on the Sunrise morning show. If it works, the spirits of the departed on the other side will have a brief window — just a few minutes — to send a final message to their grieving loved ones.
Clasping hands in an impenetrable grip, three mediums call to their spirit guides as the audience looks on in breathless anticipation. The mediums slump over, slackjawed — catatonic. And in cemeteries surrounding Manhattan, fragments of old corpses dig themselves out of the ground….
The spirits have returned. The dead are walking. They will seek out those who loved them in life, those they left behind…but they are savage and they are hungry. They are no longer your mother or father, your brother or sister, your best friend or lover.
The horror spreads quickly, droves of the ravenous dead seeking out the living — shredding flesh from bone, feeding. But a disparate group of unlikely heroes — two headstrong college rivals, a troubled gang member, a teenage pop star and her bodyguard — is making its way to the center of the nightmare, fighting to protect their loved ones, fighting for their lives, and fighting to end the madness.”
This book was an interesting blend of supernatural horror and good ole’ zombie apocalypse. This was well written and hard to put down, I read it in two sittings. The story really explores the question of what people will do to survive. It also looks at the value of saving one person’s life who you know against saving thousands that you don’t know.
The book jumps between a lot of different POVs and it was a little hard to keep track of everyone at first. However, this ended up working well for the book. All the different POVs ended up coming together nicely into one cohesive story.
Overall this was a well done and engaging read. I would recommend to those who enjoy post-apocalyptic/survival types of stories.