Sunday, December 23, 2012

Review of Epidemic, by Samaire Provost - a Supagurl Blog Tour

Welcome to our stop of the Mad World Blog Tour. I was very excited to read 'Epidemic', the first in the series. It most certainly did not disappoint. Check out my review and don't forget to enter the giveaway at the end of the post for your chance to win some goodies!

Book Blurb: “The Black Plague is ancient history. It killed 100 million people nearly seven centuries ago, halfway around the world from the technologically advanced research center at Stanford University. Scientists there have recently begun examining samples of bone marrow from plague-infected corpses unearthed in Europe. All the necessary safeguards are in place. What could go wrong?
Alyssa and Jake are away with their class on a highly anticipated year-end trip to Broadway with their senior acting class when all hell breaks loose at home. Traveling back, and trying to find their families, they encounter deadly results. Riots are breaking out. People are being evacuated. And they have no idea what's happening to their families. 

Horrific ordeals, heart-pounding tragedy, and chance encounters harden them for what lies ahead. Faced with tormenting decisions, they're forced to follow their instinct for survival at any cost - even when the cost is a heart-wrenching decision of life or death.

A harrowing adventure of frightening discoveries, horrifying confrontations and narrow escapes in Epidemic, the first installment of the Mad World series. 

Find out what's got everyone so terrified.”
Published July 28th 2012 by Amazon 
Lily's Rating:
A group of teenagers and their coach hop on a bus and make their way home, as chaos breaks out throughout their country. Not being able to reach any loved ones by cell phone, they fear the worst but hang hopeful that their families are ok and not affected by whatever contamination/illness has certain cities quarantined.  

Their hopes quickly turned to their worst nightmare when they arrive and realize that they did not beat the clock, and must now fight for their lives and do whatever they must to survive.

I've said it before, and I will say it again. What intrigues me about this genre is usually the outbreak and how it comes about. Introducing the Black Plague as the origin for this virus is something I have not come across before and it worked beautifully in this novel. In fact, the fear factor was heightened by it, because this explanation and how it was presented was so plausible and believable to me as a reader.  This novel was definitely not a disappointment in making my heart palpitate with fear as these teenagers battled it out for their lives.

With them being so young, you would think they wouldn't have a prayer in heaven of making it. Boy, are you in for a hell of a surprise. They are as resilient as they come, with gut instincts that I would most certainly hope I would have myself in such a horrid situation.

This novel was frightening, exhilirating, and glorious in all it's zombie splendor. Lots of the zombie gore you would expect as a zombie genre fan. But if you'd like some touching moments and shed a tear... this book is also for you. I shed a tear. Won't tell you why. You will have to find out for yourself, and shed your own.
This novel was more than I anticipated and hoped for, with an ending that left me slightly stunned and eager to begin the next installment of the series immediately.  

*I received a eBook copy of this book for free to review from the author; this in no way influenced my review, all opinions are 100% honest and my own.*

About the Author:

Samaire Provost lives in California with her husband and son.

Her love of paranormal stories, odd plots, and unique tales as well as the works of Neil Gaiman, Terry Pratchett, Susan Cooper, Madeleine L'Engle and Stephen King has deeply influenced her writing.

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