Published by Orbit
Published on June 19th 2014
Genres: Survival Stories, Suspense, Thriller, Young Adult, Zombies
Melanie is a very special girl. Dr. Caldwell calls her "our little genius."
Every morning, Melanie waits in her cell to be collected for class. When they come for her, Sergeant Parks keeps his gun pointing at her while two of his people strap her into the wheelchair. She thinks they don't like her. She jokes that she won't bite, but they don't laugh.
Melanie loves school. She loves learning about spelling and sums and the world outside the classroom and the children's cells. She tells her favorite teacher all the things she'll do when she grows up. Melanie doesn't know why this makes Miss Justineau look sad.
It took a lot of time to actually finish this book, but after my long reading slump, I decided to cash in at least 30-minutes of reading time a day. That’s exactly what I did with this book. I usually read it during my down times, like when I am traveling to and from work, or when I am having a hard time sleeping at night. It does the trick, I find myself sleepy. But I am not saying that this book was a bore, well, at some point the book felt repetitive to me, or somewhat a bit of a lackluster compared to other zombie books. It was definitely unlike Horde by Ann Aguirre.
To be honest, I expected to be excited and scared for the characters in the book. The girl, Melanie, was the one with the “gift” because she’s not your average zombie! Definitely not. She’s a zombie that isn’t aware that she’s a hungry. She can talk and speak her mind. She loves to learn from the classes that she takes everyday alongside other children that are like her, a hungry.
The story went all too philosophical at times, and there’s a doctor, Dr. Caldwell, that would go out of her way to get the cure. But her monologues and dialogues that were filled with information of science here and there bored me to death. I did skip most of her parts.
I did enjoy the relationship between Miss Justineau, a teacher, and Melanie. Miss Justineau has a soft spot for Melanie. I am unsure if it was somehow connected to what happened to her in the past, but it’s something to think about. There’s also the stereotypical military guy named, Sergeant Parks, that was emotionless and had to do what was expected of a military man in order to get them through the rough times.
In the end, it was all rainbows and butterflies, but it wasn’t after a lot of casualties. Well, it wasn’t really a happy ending, but it’s an ending that should be expected. I would have enjoyed it more if not for the info dumps here and there, and if there were more excitement because the hungries are coming! #