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September 11, 2013

SURVIVOR by James Phelan

 Survivor (Alone, #2)


Alone Book 2
by James Phelan

 Published April 30th 2013 by K-Teen
(first published August 1st 2011)

OVERVIEW (from Goodreads)
 Jesse is alone. His friends are gone. His supplies are gone. And the chasers, the zombies, are getting bolder. So when he starts to see signs of life, of other humans, he can't believe his luck. But in post-incident New York, the only thing more dangerous than the chasers, are the survivors

(from Booklist)
An Australian teen visiting New York City, Jesse is one of the few people remaining after a mysterious attack that destroyed buildings, killed most inhabitants, and transformed many survivors into bloodsucking zombies known as Chasers. Two weeks later, moment-to-moment survival is at the top of Jesse’s agenda, but he manages to befriend a few other young people and tries to convince them to escape. The sequel to Chasers (2010), this novel leaves many nagging questions still unanswered, perhaps leading up to a grand reveal in the concluding volume of the Alone trilogy. An Australian writer of thrillers for adults, Phelan knows how to keep readers turning the pages. But with the exception of Jesse, who narrates the story, the characters seem to embody traits and perspectives without really coming alive in the novel. Recommended for libraries where the series has a following. Grades 8-10. --Carolyn Phelan 

I didn't read the first book CHASERS I so I came in after the story already was well on it's way.  I suggest you read the first book before reading SURVIVOR  ALONE Book 1. SURVIVOR takes up where CHASERS left off. The main character, Jesse is alone and has been the whole time. He thought there was someone with him but that was not the  case.  What is he going to do against the Chasers? They will drink anything they can find.
Can things get any worse ? Yes, they can. The Chasers are beginning to hunt their prey. Jesse thinks there are survivors in New York City and that the military has come in. Jesse tries to find a survivor and save them from the post apocalyptic world they are in. Can Jesse survive this world  I just couldn't relate to Jesse.  I just couldn't put a face on him.  I think maybe if Jesse was  a little more  caring and real, the story would have been so much more interesting.  Now, this could come from not reading the first book. I became a little disinterested because one minute the action is so fierce and the next, nothing. The action is really exciting.  It puts you on the edge of your seat and turning the pages, but then the non-action scenes come in and the excitement goes out the door. The zombies were creatures that needed their thirst quenched.  That was not quite what I thought zombies were.  I thought they were the living dead that fed on the living. I just didn't quite get the jest of things. Another reason maybe I didn't quite relate is I'm in the category of the young at heart.  I do believe the book would be received well by young people, 8-10 years old.  The book doesn't have really graphic, gross scenes in it.  The author wrote a good young teen bookI  believe this book would make a good  read for zombie lovers and  the "new" world. I would recommend that the first book CHASERS is read first.  That's where I went wrong.  This is definitely a series book, not a stand alone.

I would give this book 3 STARS.

I was given a complimentary copy of  SURVIVOR ALONE Book 2 by James Phelan from Night Owl Reviews for my honest review.

AUTHOR  (from Goodreads)
James Phelan was born on the 21st of May, 1979, in Melbourne, Australia. His creative spirit was nurtured from a young age, and he credits his overactive imagination to being exposed to authors such as Roald Dahl and Paul Jennings, as well as such works as The Hobbit, Treasure Island, The Jungle Book, Tales of the Punjab, Siddhartha, and The Little Prince.
As a teenager James discovered a love of geo-political thrillers, of being entertained and informed on topical global events. James cites influences on the Fox series from reading such authors as Alistair MacLean, Clive Cussler, Jeffery Archer, Ken Follett, Tom Clancy, Jack Higgins, Robert Ludlum, John le Carre, Ian Fleming, and Jeffery Deaver.
In 1995, aged fifteen, James started his first novel, which he went on to develop as part of his major VCE English assignment in 1996. A thriller involving a terrorist attack on the 2000 Sydney Olympics, James eventually abandoned the storyline when Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six was published in 1998. While this story idea died, the lead protagonists of Lachlan Fox and Alister Gammaldi lived on as James went in search of another introductory tale for these series characters.
After high school James went on to study in Architecture, and then English Literature, eventually graduating with a PhD in Writing. It was during his masters degree and while working at The Age newspaper James developed the idea that would become his first published book, and would lead to seeing his novels in print.
Literati: Australian Contemporary Literary Figure Discuss Fear, Frustrations and Fame was published to critical acclaim in August 2005, by John Wiley & Sons. Comprising 21 candid interviews with key Australian authors and publishing figures, Literati answered many questions for would-be writers, those in the industry, and readers with a keen interest in the writing and publishing process.
FOX HUNT (Hachette, 2006) would prove to be the story to propel Lachlan Fox and Alister Gammaldi into the world stage of successful international thriller characters. FOX HUNT is a bridging novel between the aftermath of the Cold War and the new era of globalisation and War on Terror. It is a book that pays homage to the greats who have defined the genre and reflects the times we now find ourselves in. From Chechnya to New York, Venice to Washington, the storyline looks at the dangers of the Star Wars Missile Shield (aka Missile Defence), and the fragile reality of the remnants of the Cold War: political, military, and personal. Fox and Gammaldi must race against time before an ex-Soviet weapon is used by terrorists against the US.
PATRIOT ACT (Hachette, 2007) is the sequel to FOX HUNT and the second book in the Fox series, where we meet Lachlan Fox and Alister Gammaldi living in New York, working for the Global Syndicate of Reporters. This storyline involves rogue French agents attempting to hack into the NSA’s computers and Echelon system. It looks at the inherent dangers of communications and signals intelligence if it falls into the wrong hands, and centers around the “USA Partiot Act” introduced after the September 11th terrorist attacks. Ultimately, it is a story of love and betrayal, on both a personal and nationalistic front. This story introduced a love interest for Fox, as well as a CIA conspiracy that leads into the next novel.
BLOOD OIL (Hachette, 2008) introduces a 3 book arc of antagonists in the form of UMBRA, a tale of friendship and redemption set in the chaotic scene of Nigeria. This is a dark tale for Fox as he battles his personal demons and what it means to seek out the truth at any cost.
LIQUID GOLD (Hachette, 2009) sees Fox and Gammaldi uncovering a water crisis between India and Pakistan that has repercussions to the highest levels, all the while with the key characters questioning relationships, brotherhood, and faith against an intense deadline.
RED ICE (Hachette 2010) is the first Fox novel to be set within a 24-hour time frame

Chasers (Alone, #1) 


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