Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Sadie Walker is Stranded by Madeleine Roux

Sadie Walker is Stranded by Madeleine Roux
2012, St. Martin's Griffin
Series: Book 2 of Zombie


…when an unknown virus spread throughout North America and then the world, killing millions of people. However, that is where the horror only started. The dead began to rise and when they rose they had an insatiable appetite for the living. A new hell had been unleashed on earth and the fight for survival had just begun.

Sadie Walker is one of the survivors in this new world. Living in north Seattle behind barrier that keep the living in and the dead out, she trying to get back to a normal life, while raising her eight-year-old nephew, if anyone even knows what “normal” is anymore. Then everything goes sideways when Shane is kidnapped by a group of black market thieves and they bring down a crucial barrier in the city while trying to escape, and flood the city with the walking dead. After rescuing her nephew, Sadie and Shane escape Seattle on the last remaining boat, along with other survivors. However, now they must face the complete chaos of a world filled with flesh eating zombies and humans who are playing with a whole new rule book when it comes to survival in their journey to find a new place that they can call home.

Why read: Received for review

What impressed me: I loved Allison Hewitt is Trapped and was ecstatic to hear there was going to be a sequel. I really liked that Sadie Walker is Stranded didn't follow the aftermath of Allison's story, but rather was a wholly separate story of a survivor who had heard of Allison's fight against the zombies. I liked that when things got tough for Sadie, she asked herself "What would Allison Hewitt do?" It sort of solidified Allison as the source of hope for other survivors that she seemed through her blog in her own book. I also liked the will they or won't they vibe of the romance between Sadie and Whelan. There was an interesting mystery in Stranded, but I actually found the entire living situation leading up to the resolution to be completely fascinating.

What disappointed me: The two major settings, at sea and on a secluded island, didn't quite work for me. I tend to lean more towards zombies in civilization. And I didn't completely love the resolution of the mystery. It was surprising and sort of shocking, but I guess I had a hard time believing it was plausible.

Recommended: Definitely. Roux has a gift for writing the human experience during a zombie apocalypse.

Continue series: If there are more, I'll definitely be reading them.

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