“Leon and his younger sister Grace have just moved to London from New York when news of an unidentified plague begins to fill the news.
Within a week the virus hits London. People in the streets turn to liquid before their eyes, and what follows is a frantic hunt for a safety which may no longer exist. “
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When I started with this book, I did not know what to expect, but I loved it! I had a really hard time putting it down. I really enjoyed the multiple POVs and getting into the head of the characters trying to survive an extremely contagious disease. What stars as a random incident, it quickly spreads in the whole world.
I really liked our main character, he was funny and strong, trying to be there for his mum and his sister since his parents divorced, moving back to England and being bullied at school. Leon’s inner monologue was clever and insightful of their situation, whilst also acknowledge his limitations and not knowing if he had it in him to continue with the journey.
His sister is is sharp-witted little girl who was tons of fun to be around and helped ease the tension more often than not. Grace had the ability to make you laugh and for a child, she was not annoying! I repeat, she was not annoying! Usually children in books and movies are annoying, but Grace added quality and wit to the story. The relationship between her and Leon was well explored, adding definition to character and the plot.
The supporting characters were interesting and quite individualised that when something happened, I could not stop feeling heartbroken from them.
I really enjoyed the way the story was structured once I got used to it and it was incredibly gripping as I was at the edge of my sear more often than not as I struggled to see how they would make it out alive.
What I found most intriguing though, was the nature of the virus, how uniquely it developed and the violence with which attacked its hosts. I really enjoyed the concept and I thought it was well written and towards the end I was wondering how he was going to wrap-it all up, and although the ending did leave me wanting some more, it made perfect sense. I really enjoyed the last scene.
I totally recommend it if you are a fan of the genre! I am really excited for the sequel as I just figured out it is the first book in a series!
What is your favourite virus/zombie book? I am open to suggestions with this genre as it is one of my favourites!