Book Review: The Weepers: The Other Life
by Susanne Winnacker
Genre: Young Adult / Post-apocalyptic / Zombies / Science Fiction
Ages: 14 and up
I received an advance e-copy through NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.
Sherry has lived with her family in a bunker for more than three years.
Her grandfather's body has been in the freezer for the last six months,
her parents are at each other's throats and two minutes ago, they ran
out of food. Sherry and her father must leave the safety of the bunker.
What they find is an empty Los Angeles, destroyed by bombs and haunted
by Weepers - savage humans infected with a rabies virus. While searching
for food, Sherry's father disappears and Sherry is saved by Joshua, a
hunter. He takes her to Safe-haven, a vineyard where a handful of
survivors are picking up the pieces of their other lives, before the
virus changed everything. Sherry must find a way to help her family,
stay alive, and decide whether Joshua is their savior or greatest danger
as his desire for vengeance threatens them all.
This debut novel is a
page-turner that is not easy to forget.
This book was...okay. It's pretty much a classic zombie survival novel; the main characters spend most of their time fleeing from or fighting the zombie-like 'Weepers', who are people infected with a particularly violent form of rabies. The world has gone to heck in a hand-basket to say the least.
The main characters are pretty good; Sherry is the sheltered (she lived in a bomb shelter for over three years) but tough heroine and Joshua is a fighter, a survivor used to taking care of himself and others. The minor characters are decent, but they don't grab you.
Much of the story was very predictable, you could see what was coming around every corner and it never made you jump with surprise. A good zombie story ought to make you jump. It was kind of a cross between the movies Blast from the Past and I am Legend. Not particularly original.
There was nothing I really disliked about this book, just nothing that made me love it, either. It's pretty short, so it's okay for a rainy day if you like the genre, but other than that I wouldn't really recommend it.
Rating System: Profanity, Sexuality and Violence
1 (mild) through 10 (extreme).
I rate it a 4.10 for mid-level swearing.
I give it a 1.10 for very mild hints, some kissing and a past crush.
I give it a 6.10 for death and some goriness.