Apr 23, 2012

Review of The Other Life by Susanne Winnacker

Publisher: Marshall Cavendish
Release Date: May 15th, 2012
Pages: 352
Genre: Young Adult, Horror-Post Apocalyptic
Source: NetGalley via the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

The Weepers: The Other Life
Blurb: 3 years, 1 month, 1 week and 6 days since I’d seen daylight. One-fifth of my life.

Sherry and her family have lived sealed in a bunker in the garden since things went wrong up above. Her grandfather has been in the freezer for the last three months, her parents are at each other’s throats and two minutes ago they ran out of food.

Sherry and her father leave the safety of the bunker and find a devastated and empty LA, smashed to pieces by bombs and haunted by ‘Weepers’ - rabid humans infected with a weaponized rabies virus.

While searching for food in a supermarket, Sherry’s father disappears and Sherry is saved by Joshua, a boy-hunter. He takes her to Safe-haven, a tumble-down vineyard in the hills outside LA, where a handful of other survivors are picking up the pieces of their ‘other lives’. As she falls in love for the first time, Sherry must save her father, stay alive and keep Joshua safe when his desire for vengeance threatens them all.


Review: The Weepers was a pretty intense, fast ride. It wasn't perfect, but it was really fun to read. It wasn't all that original either, but it was a decent, solid attempt at a YA zombie novel. When I started reading it, that was exactly what I was looking for. After reading quite a few books that put me into a reading funk, this was just the reading experience I needed to get out of it.

The creatures in this book are not actually zombies but humans that have evolved to a degenerative state because of a biologically mutated rabies virus. Or at least that's the impression I got. Some of the creatures still look human, but the rabies has devolved them into human flesh-eating machines. And some of the creatures have taken on animal characteristics-fur and they walk on all fours. Either way, they are scary as hell because they are fast and work in teams to take down humans. If that weren't disgusting enough, they stockpile their humans--injured and alive--by taking them back to their nests for safekeeping and eating later. 

So rather than summarize the plot for you, I'll just say I thought this book was pretty scary. There were some memorable scenes and moments that had me holding my breath. The despair that the protagonist feels for her situation bleeds from the pages and you really feel it. As far as zombie fare goes, it doesn't take much to scare me, but I did think this one was well-written with some pretty good imagery. It was also pretty bloody and gory, which is why I gave it a horror label as well. 

So why did it only get 3 stars? Well, it ended too soon. It was also too short! I really wanted more from this book. Just when it was starting to really pull me in and get interesting, it ended!!  I was a little pissed! And then there was the number thing. Every time Sherry was reminded of something from her life before the rabies, she would say something like,"1,139 days since I had felt raindrops on my face." Okay, so if she had only said this a couple of times, I maybe would have felt the significance. Problem was, I think she said this at least 30 times, maybe more. And it became annoying. And eye-rolling. I just wanted it to stop. 

The characterizations could have used some work. They were a little flat. I liked them, but I could have liked them a lot more if I had felt more for them. I also don't think the romance between Joshua and Sherry added anything to the story. I think they would have been better off as friends. Why does every SINGLE young adult book have to have a romance? Can't we just have a good zombie plot without the kissing? It almost felt tacked on. Like someone told the author, "This will sell better if there is a romance. Add a romance." No. NO. That's ridiculous. And I hope that isn't what happened. I hope that NEVER happens. Anyway, I liked this one. Didn't love it, but I will most likely be continuing with the series. It pulled me in enough and scared me enough to make me want to read more. And I kind of had a thing for the tattooed guy who wouldn't speak. Sounds like my kind of man. LOL.

Memorable quote:

"The six-story building in front of us looked even shabbier than the rest. Most of the white paint had peeled off, leaving a dirty gray. Even before the rabies, this building must have been vacant. It looked like it had been an office building for a shipping company. A trail of blood led inside. Fresh."

Oh, and in case you didn't know, I kind of have an unnatural fear of rabies. I wouldn't say it's a phobia, but it does freak me out. I'm always on the lookout for wild animals acting strangely. This book only helped to amplify my fear. 


To pre-order a copy of The Weepers from Amazon.com, click here: 
The Weepers: The Other Life.


Other Reviews:


Wendy Darling 3/5 stars
Joyous Reads 4/5 stars
The Book Geek 2/5 stars

9 comments:

  1. I don't get scared easily either, so now I'm intrigued. And unfortunately, that kind of thing does happen...to tack on romance. But I agree let's get a YA book with NO romance.

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    1. See? I thought this was a pretty awesome zombie book. If you liked Enclave by Ann Aguirre, you will probably like this one.

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  2. I really liked this one. yes I would have liked more. And I cannot wait for book #2 to get more!
    Great review!

    (New follower) =)

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    1. Thanks, Loretta! Glad you liked it. I've been stalking your blog for awhile now. I just suck at commenting. More of a lurker I guess. I'll try to do better. :)

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  3. This book sounds like it would give me the creeps. Although I am a fan of zombies and such this book may be a little too intense for me. Thanks for sharing it with us. If you get a chance come and check out my blog I am new to the book blogging world! Hope to see ya soon!

    Chelsey@Charming Chelsey's

    (New Follower)!!

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  4. I could tell this was going to be intense as soon as I started reading your review, Kara! Agh, imagine being stuck in a bunker for THREE years and having a dead body in the freezer, ick! I will definitely grab a copy if I see it locally!

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    1. Definitely. Do you get most of our YA books in Australia? Or just a few?

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  5. This sounds a bit like Tomorrow Land by Mari Mancusi. Does it compare?

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  6. Sounds awesome @vampirella1981

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