Sunday, December 8, 2013

Haven, by Laury Falter

Kennedy goes to school, like she would on any normal weekday.  Today, however, is anything but normal.  A global epidemic has struck, and Kennedy, along with several classmates, has found a haven inside the high school.  Outside, The Infected wander around seeking victims.  What has happened to the world, and how are they going to survive this mess?

There is so much about this novel that I really loved.  First off, yes, this is essentially a zombie story; however, just like the original Night of the Living Dead, the "z word" is never uttered.  Instead we are given a somewhat clinical explanation as to what is infecting people.  I like that, I felt like it stayed true to the history of the zombie genre.  The book struck me as The Walking Dead for the high school set; again, I think this is a good thing.  

I really liked the characters of Kennedy and Harrison.  I thought they were well developed and had a rich, dimensional role in the story.  I liked that Kennedy was a strong female character, in many ways equal, if not superior to, Harrison.  I also liked the romantic storyline between the two characters.  Even in a world full of chaos, love can bloom.

The story seems to be marketed to young adults; however, there is enough of a storyline to also engage adult readers.  The book ends a little abruptly, mostly to hook the reader for the next installment of the series.  All in all, I thought this was a good book, proving that there is still life (reanimated life at least) in the zombie genre.

I received a review copy courtesy of TLC Book Tours in exchange for my honest review.  See the rest of the tour here.



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