Thursday, January 29, 2015

Wither by Amy Miles [SBM Review]

(The Withered Series #1)

The world went to hell two weeks ago and twenty-one-year-old, Avery Whitlock, just watched it happen. 

After an epidemic swept across America like a biblical plague, the government leapt into the fray with the release of the MONE vaccine. What was meant to bring salvation to the remaining survivors instead brought damnation. Human mutations began within days of the drug’s release and the Withered Ones were born. People not alive but not entirely dead either. They walked the streets, unblinking and unaware. A zombie, for all intents and purposes, but nothing like anyone anticipated. 

Growing up on the streets taught Avery how to care for herself, but no amount of self defense classes at the Y could have prepared her for the outbreak of deadly gangs, a corrupt government bent on using her blood for experiments and the depths to which desperate people would go to survive. She soon discovered that it was not the Withered Ones that she needed to fear, but those still human. The ones who knew how to put a gun to her head when they wanted something from her. 

Avery was forced to decide how far would she be willing to go to survive just one more day. 

Wither is a psychological thriller that poses the question...what if the zombies aren't the ones we should fear? What if it's human nature instead? 

This is not your typical zombie story. A young woman has to find a way to navigate a new world and try to survive. By the end of the story I didn't feel like I knew any of the characters. I understand having to keep moving to survive however I didn't feel like there was any long term goal they were heading toward. The battle scenes were intense and so suspenseful. Miles did an amazing job with her imagery and at times I actually felt a little sick to my stomach. I will read the next book, because I am curious to discover what adventure Miles will take me on next.

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