From Goodreads: Imagine finding your first love, only to be ripped apart by the apocalypse. Peyton Anderson will never forget the day she was forced to make a choice–between her family–and Chris Parker, the boy she’d given her heart. Now, four years later, as she steps from the fallout shelter and into a dead and broken world, he’s the only thing on her mind.
All Chris “Chase” Parker wanted was to take Peyton away and keep her safe from harm. But he waited for hours in the rain on judgment day and she never showed–breaking his heart without ever telling him why.
Now the two of them have been thrown together once again, reluctant chaperones to a group of orphan children in a post-apocalyptic world where the dead still walk…and feed. As they begin their pilgrimage to the last human outpost on Earth, can they find a way to let go of old hurts and find the love they lost–all while attempting to save what’s left of the human race?
I was blown away by this novel. While initially confused by the back and forth nature of the story, each chapter alternating between the past and present, by chapter four I had figured out this writing technique and found myself quickly falling in love with it. Instead of giving the reader all the information up front, or glossing over the past in order to write the present, Marcusi alternates between the past and present to divulge this beautiful story of the zombie apocalypse. This technique also helped build suspense as Peyton and Chase touched upon certain elements in the present that weren’t yet fully explained in the past, allowing the reader to begin piecing facts together and come to his/her own conclusions before Marcusi hands them the truth. I really enjoyed this, and found that Marcusi did a phenomenal job stringing the reader along, giving him/her just enough information to fit the puzzle pieces together correctly, while also keeping the reader’s interest as this tale of love and survival unfolds. And I loved every minute of it.
What I really liked about this novel, more than anything else, was being able to watch Peyton and Chase fall in love twice, four years apart. Through our glimpses into the past, and our knowledge of the present, Marcusi gives the reader a true love story chalked full of mystery, suspense, and intrigue as the characters strive to make it to the rendezvous point and, ultimately, save mankind.
Peyton’s ex-scientist father is “crazy,” and his non-stop talk of the end of the world, along with his strict training of Peyton set the tone for this amazing novel. Having the ability to equip his daughter with the technology and parts she’ll need to survive, including retractable razor blades in her fingertips, GPS, and permanent contact lenses allowing her to see in all light and pick up heat sensations around her, this novel is sure to be a hit with all readers, young and old. I wasn’t expecting this kick-butt addition to the novel, but found it ultimately amazing and am eager to read this wonderful novel again. Five stars.
NLA Digital Liaison Platform LLC has been extremely gracious in allowing me to read a copy of this novel, via Netgalley, in exchange for an honest review.