Mortality (The Hitchhiker Strain #1)
by Kellie Sheridan
What is it about:
After surviving a deadly plague outbreak, sixteen-year-old Savannah thought she had lived through the very worst of human history. There was no way to know that the miracle vaccine would put everyone at risk for a fate worse than un-death.
Now, two very different kinds of infected walk the Earth, intent on nothing but feeding and destroying what little remains of civilization. When the inoculated are bitten, infection means watching on in silent horror as self-control disappears and the idea of feasting on loved ones becomes increasingly hard to ignore.
Starving and forced to live inside of the abandoned high school, all Savannah wants is the chance to fight back. When a strange boy arrives with a plan to set everything right, she gets her chance. Meeting Cole changes everything. Mere survival will never be enough.
What did I think of it:
This is a really great read.
It alternates bwtween telling the story of Savannah and that of Zarah, both teenagers who see their whole world change by the plague.
Savannah's story is told in past tense, but Zarah's story is in present tense. Usually I don't like present tense, but Sheridan writes so engaging that in this case I didn't mind. Once I got into the story I barely noticed the present tense and I couldn't put this book down until I finished it.
Both girls get caught up in events that lead them into danger. There's plenty of action: zombie attacks, encounters with people who have evil intentions and much more. I really like how Sheridan made two kinds of zombies and has a solid background story to make them believable.
I liked both Savannah and Zarah, although I have to confess I wanted to kick Zarah a couple of times, she really didn't think at times. Savannah frustrated me on ocassion as well. She really needed to learn how to stand up for herself in my opinion. But overall I could really relate to both girls and I cheered them on from the start.
The ending was really something and left me wondering what will happen next. I can tell you I will most certainly read the next book in this series.
Why should you read it:
It's a cool YA with zombies