(I received this book for free as part of Goodreads First Reads giveaways).
(This review may contain spoilers).
As zombie stories go, this one was actually quite an intriguing storyline. It was interesting to see the scientists working towards the cure and how people all worked together to try and have as normal a society as possible.
It was good to see the relationships that the characters formed together. I particularly liked Evie and Nathan’s relationship and I found myself growing particularly fond of Tom and Holly. I thought that Tom seemed as emotionally developed as my niece, who’s the same age as him.
There were parts of the book I found more difficult to read, I have to say. I did notice quite a few errors; one in particular was the use of the word Leftenant. Although the British do use that pronunciation, in writing, it is still ‘Lieutenant’. I also found the formatting a bit difficult. There were scene changes indicated where there shouldn’t be and paragraphs not where they should be.
I did like a lot of the characters in this book, though I did get confused with some of the names every now and then. I also found learning about how the virus worked quite interesting, though there were a few parts that were repeated, such as an explanation about how the virus worked that was then repeated almost word-for-word by one of the characters later on.
I didn’t feel that the urgency in finding a cure was really felt until later on in the book. Also, although the person who had created the virus originally was meant to be one of the ‘good guys’, I didn’t see a whole lot of remorse for what had happened. I also felt there was very little to no foreshadowing a lot of the time.
The idea about the ‘red room’ was a pretty interesting one and I felt that was fairly intriguing, especially seeing how it worked with the virus taking over a particular person. It was nice to see a couple of the other characters pairing off, too, like Brian and Meriam, a relationship I particularly enjoyed reading about. I also felt that the book was set up well for a follow-on. I would probably read a sequel to this book, but I did feel this book would have benefited from a proof-reader.