I just finished this book last night, it took me awhile to read due to the buisness in my life and the fact that the description in this book was enormous. I do have to mention that I do like the cover of this book, it really helps verify the picture I had of their world in my head. It was a ugly yet beautiful world they lived in.
The attention to detail in this book was amazing, every little last detail was described to tip-top shape. At times it got so detailed that I cringed at the sight of it (I mean who wants to know how to kill a turtle...in detail? Not me) But I also believe the description was what saved this book; what made it really good. I wouldn't say its a favorite of mine due to the graphic nature but it has become a series I want to keep in touch with. (Well I hope its a series?) The characters themseleves are lively, there was minimal transformation and some didn't change at all but if this book is indeed part of a series it would make sense but I worry it isn't due to the fact in it's title it doesn't say it's one of anything. But the characters were fun to read about and get to know but to be honest there were a few characters that fell flat to me, like Sammy, I thought the author could have done so much more with him, allow us to see more of him and give him a little bit more life but perhaps he was just really meant to be a minor character. The dystopian style to this book is definately more realistic, something I'd imagine could happen, there isn't any paranormal to it and could be suited for people who enjoy realistic books. But I have to say if this ends up just being a one book series it would make my view of it lower, the ending just isn't satisfying there are a lot of questions left unasnwered and the characters themselves are unsettled, I don't believe them to be completed. And so in hoping this is a three book series I will agree to say it was a really good book. It was fast paced around the hundred page mark and it came to the point where it was hard to not think about. The plot itself was laid out just right and it created a storyline that would keep an active reader happy. There aren't any of those teetering on the edge moments but thre were some times that it had you on the edge of the seat egging on the main character to overcome the current hurtle.
A thrilling tale of adventure, romance, and one girl's unyielding courage through the darkest of nightmares.
Epidemics, floods, droughts--for sixteen-year-old Lucy, the end of the world came and went, taking 99% of the population with it. As the weather continues to rage out of control, and Sweepers clean the streets of plague victims, Lucy survives alone in the wilds of Central Park. But when she's rescued from a pack of hunting dogs by a mysterious boy named Aidan, she reluctantly realizes she can't continue on her own. She joins his band of survivors, yet, a new danger awaits her: the Sweepers are looking for her. There's something special about Lucy, and they will stop at nothing to have her.
In the end I was satisfied with the story itself, I liked the fact that it wasn't something I've read about in a plot, I really thought the romance was unique and more realistic. I wouldn't recommend this to people who have a weak stomach or to those of you that are not fans of realistic stories. I would recommend this if you love great writing, because the writing itself is outstanding; I loved it. Though I did have a problem getting past the first hundred pages, it was a little slow going on the count the main character was by herself and there was just so much description and gruesome pitcutes. But if you can get past that one part it's so worth it, it is definately faster paced and would satisfy any thrill seeker (well almost any of them). But I hope this is just a first for the series and author and I can't wait to see what else she has in store for us. For now I give this 4 stars, perhaps when I discover if its a series or not I'll change it's rating. But overall it was a enjoyable and eye-opening read and I'd say give it a chance, perhaps you'll enjoy it a bit more then me.