First Lines: Are you ready for this? The romance and sizzle…the betrayal…loss…pain…The end?
Dude, is this the best first line ever or what? (Though, to be totally honest with you, I’ve heard whispers that this is not the last book in the series, as has been previously stated. No, Gena Showalter didn’t feel like the series was finished with this book, so she’s writing another.)
*Potential Series Spoilers Ahead*
Alice “Ali” Bell thinks that the worst is behind her, but she couldn’t be more wrong. Anima Industries, the company that can control the zombies, will stop at nothing to take out Ali and her friends. After a sneak attack that kills four of her friends, Ali realizes that sometimes human can be more monstrous than actual monsters. As the slayers prepare for all-out war, Ali discovers that she can also control zombies…and that she isn’t the girl she thought she was. She’s connected to the woman who killed Cole’s mother. How can their relationship last? As the danger increases, Ali will fight harder than ever to save her friends–and maybe even sacrifice herself to do it.
In the words of Ali’s best friend Kat, this book is so cake. (Seriously, can we make this a thing? It’s already so much cooler than fetch.)
I really like the characters in this book. They all feel unique and new. I mean, sure, it isn’t often I’m reading about characters who are tattooed, emancipated (or close to it), and constantly give off this dangerous air. But underneath that, they just feel different. They all have a unique voice, from Ali’s sarcasm to Kat’s overenthusiastic…enthusiasm. Truly, the characters are fantastic. I think the strongest voices come from Ali, Kat, Cole (Ali’s boyfriend), and Gavin (another slayer). I always looked forward to scenes when Ali was with these three other characters.
There was a lot of action in the story, which I expected. A zombie war is coming to a head, after all. Sure, some of it got repetitive and a touch boring just because it was the same action over and over, but fight scenes still kind of rock. And there were plenty of plot twists to keep me on my toes. I figured a few out ahead of time, but it didn’t take away from my enjoyment.
Ok, some of the plot lines/twists did seem a bit soap opera-esque. A little far fetched, a little unnatural, a little excessive…and I’m saying this about a series in which slayers separate their spirits from their bodies in order to fight zombies. The irony is palpable.
Overall, the characters are great and the character voices are strong (which means the writing is good), but the plot could’ve been a little less cliche. Still, if there’s a 4th book, I’m there!