Saturday, 5 March 2016

Waking Up Alive by Emma Shortt

Title: Waking Up Alive
Series: End of Days Love (#2)
Author: Emma Shortt
From: Netgalley
Genre: Zombie Apocalypse, Romance
Release Date: 18th January 2016
Challenges: Winter COYER 2015-2016, 2016 New Release Challenge, 2016 Netgalley & Edelweiss Challenge
Links: Goodreads - Amazon

Two years ago the World fell apart and the zombies came. For two years Tye has been trying to make his way south to a settlement and safety. When he gets split up from his best friend, Jackson, he finds himself face to face with another surviver; Polly Parker. Before the end of the world Polly was a Scientist, and her mind has never stopped making calculations and observing the zombies that she calls Wakers. But the wakers are getting smarter and the two of them have decisions to make.

I was slightly hesitant to read Waking Up Alive because of my last experience with a zombie book (A Single Girl's Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse). However I was really happy to find myself enjoying this book, it was entertaining and mixed zombies, science and romance.

The romance wasn't the rip-each-other's-clothes-off type, which the author could easily have gone with. Instead she had a slow burning romance. Polly had some issues from the past and it took her time to get over it, but Tye was patient and loving with her. They both realised how they felt about each other before they acted on it, but instead of being frustrating it was actually endearing!

The zombies themselves were interesting too, I liked the idea that they could evolve and become more cunning and capable of hunting. It seemed like a more realistic view of Zombies. I also liked that though the characters killed to survive there was more of an ethical conundrum about it. None of them were completely okay with killing which definitely made them more likeable as characters.

I also liked that there was a small focus on what people did after the apocalypse. I don't mean what happened would be good, but some people have the capacity for evil deeds and Shortt didn't ignore this. It even played a role in Polly's character development. Though none of it happened on page.

This was a good read, with strong character development and several twists and turns that took me by surprise!