By: Nazarea Andrews
Published: December 1, 2013 by A&A Literary
Source: Personal Kindle Library
(Goodreads / Amazon)
Genre: New Adult, Zombie, Romance, Post-Apocalyptic
She was born the day the world ended…MY REVIEW:
Nurrin has lived her entire life with zombies—trapped behind walls meant to keep them safe. She’s mostly happy there. But when a zombie horde breach the walls of her Haven, she has to trust her brother, Collin, and his best friend to keep her alive.
He just wants his past to die…
Finn O’Malley has given up on voicing warnings that are ignored. No one cares that the zombies are changing. Now all that matters is keeping Collin and Nurrin safe from what’s outside the walls of a Haven. But when Nurrin’s best friend picks up a contact infection, he agrees to get the medicine needed to save his life. Forced together, relying on each other in a strange Haven, zombies aren’t the most dangerous thing they’re facing.
In their world, only one thing remains true: everything ends in blood.
In the wake of the latest series ending to one of my personal favorite TV shows, The Walking Dead, I was on a bit of a reading slump I get in from time to time, tired of the contemporary romances and the seemingly too similar themes in the books I had been reading and needing a bit more grit. This was a perfect read, especially if you love zombies! It is New Adult so it's mature in language and content.
I enjoyed the unique take on Nazarea's world setting post-zombie-apocalypse. There are "safe" cities known as Havens: #1, #8, #18, etc... These are fortified cities with walls and razor wire and wall walkers - those whose job it is to walk the walls watching for a breach. The "wide-open" is just that - all the land in between the Haven's that are overrun by zombies.
Nurrin and her brother, Collin, live in Haven 8 and for the last 20 years have survived and been comfortably safe. He is a wall walker and she works in the orchards. Everyone has a job to keep the city functioning. But as safe as it appears, they know a breach can happen at any moment and you always have to be prepared. Never leave home without weapons and always have a backup plan.
When a horde breaks through their walls, it's Collin's best friend that comes to their rescue to get them to safety. Leaving the only place Nurrin's ever known, her brother Collin, his best friend Finn, and Dustin - her best friend and boyfriend drive as fast as they can to safety. But now, they are faced with separating as Dustin has a contact infection - meaning he was scratched by a zombie and he needs medicine to stop the infection from spreading. Not wanting Nurrin alone with him should he turn, Collin and Finn agree for her to go find medicine with Finn - someone she can't stand to be around for any length of time, what with his cocky, arrogant attitude, not to mention his lack of interest in answering any questions, ever.
In order to get the medicine they need they have to take a lot of dangerous risks. It's not just zombies they have to survive from. There are those in power who hunt all of those born the first day someone turned, a day known as Day One. Nurrin is a First born.
The story is fast paced - as these zombies are definitely not the slow walking kind. And it appears that the zombies are evolving. Havens are falling all over the U.S. and it's quickly becoming where your choice is to hide or run - but humans can only run so far.
Even with the zombies, this story has a serious hotness factor. The tension between Finn and Nurrin is through the roof - but seeing as how Finn won't answer questions about his past, we don't learn much about him. He is one giant ball of mystery. Why is he so loyal to her brother Collin, and what is it about Nurrin that he vows he will protect her? I can't wait to read book 2!!
Can I get some more of Finn O'Malley? Please and thank you.
If ERI-Milan was the beginning, the horde colliding with the army outside of Atlanta - that was the end.
The only civil right a zombie cares about is the right to eat anyone's brain.
The most extraordinary thing about humans is we can overlook anything.
Final Rating - 4.5 stars