Alone Book 2
by James Phelan
Published April 30th 2013 by K-Teen
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
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 book. I 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.
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