Book Chat: Devour
Death & Decay) (Volume 1)
A zombie novel that takes you on a scary journey with a young mom & her baby.
St. Louis is falling to pieces. In the midst of rioting, a dangerous new disease has sprung pushing an already dire situation over the edge. Those who are infected suddenly become extremely aggressive, attacking and even eating those around them. And Olivia “Liv” Bennett is caught right in the middle of it. Liv’s hectic life of school, work, and motherhood grind to a halt as the city around her begins to devour itself. Forced to flee from her car with nothing but a diaper bag and her eighteen-month-old daughter, Elli. Liv must trek forty miles on foot across the feral infested suburbs of St. Louis to a safe haven that may not even be safe. What other hope does she have?
Liv is in the middle of a traffic jam when the worst nightmare you could dream of happens: a zombie outbreak and the crazed infected are headed her way. She escapes with her 18 month baby, barely avoiding being eaten alive many times. I admired the efficient way Liv went about collecting what she needed for her journey to a safe haven, a farm where she hopes all her family have made it to.
The shell she creates out of a snow sled to cover and protect her little girl was genius. I wondered how Liv was going to make it across so many miles with a baby on her back. But she does make new friends who help her along the way and unfortunately sacrifice themselves in order for her small family to survive.
When Liv finally makes it to the farm, it was realistically portrayed how all the survivors had to work together in order to remain alive. It was cool that Liv played a very important part in the community. The ending was very sad, but not unexpected in this world.
I did have to suspend my belief that an ordinary woman could walk and run for miles and miles, especially with a child on their back. I’d call Liv a super woman, because not many women could do what she did. A very enjoyable read.
NOTE: All my reviews are published in Uncaged Book Reviews emag. This review will be in the May issue.