Posts Categorized: Post-Apocalyptic

Jun 06
Review: The Testing by Joelle Charbonneau

Review: The Testing by Joelle Charbonneau

The title is certainly descriptive.  A big chunk of the book is all about test-taking.  If this sounds compelling to you, then the first third of the book will be right up your alley.  If not, you will likely find that it dragged, as I did.  I could easily see some people electing to not finish this book, but I pushed on.  Fortunately, the action picked up, but there were numerous other problems with the book that make it difficult… Read more »


May 19
Review: Monument 14 by Emmy Laybourne

Review: Monument 14 by Emmy Laybourne

Monument 14 is a decent entry in the glut of YA post-apocalyptic novels.  It starts off with a monster of a hailstorm that results in the quite graphic deaths of a number of kids on a school bus.  The survivors – 14 kids and one adult – seek cover at a Wal-Mart-esque superstore.  That last adult is quickly removed from the equation when she heads out for help.  The kids learn from newscasts in the store that the world is… Read more »


May 09
Review: The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey

Review: The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey

The 5th Wave starts off at an incredible pace.  I read the 70 page preview a couple of days before publication date (I didn’t want to read it any earlier than that, because I didn’t want to wait too long to read the rest), and it was amazing.  I’ve realized that in the post-apocalyptic genre, it’s the actual apocalypse that hooks me, more so than the after-effects.  In these initial pages, we relive, via Cassie’s narration, the events that occurred… Read more »


Apr 28
Review: Zom-B by Darren Shan

Review: Zom-B by Darren Shan

This is one zombie book that doesn’t hold back.  When the apocalypse hits, it hits hard, and the majority of the brain-gorging happens to kids trapped in a high school.  They die in a variety of gruesome ways, occasionally with limbs their ripped off.  B attempts to lead a group of kids to freedom, and the group is slowly getting picked off. But before we get to the good stuff in this short (180 page) book, we’re first introduced to… Read more »


Apr 23
Review : The End Games by T. Michael Martin

Review : The End Games by T. Michael Martin

I’ve read through the current reviews on Goodreads, and one common thread is that everyone loved the relationship between brothers Michael, seventeen, and Patrick, five.  I’ll be the lone wolf who says I did not like it.  At all.  This child seemed straight out of 80’s sitcom land: way too cutesy and overly precocious in a way that made me (and I can’t believe I’m writing this about a young child) dislike him.  I suppose I can understand why readers… Read more »


Apr 22
Review: The Eternity Cure by Julie Kagawa

Review: The Eternity Cure by Julie Kagawa

If you haven’t yet read the first book in the Blood of Eden series, The Immortal Rules, you can get by with just this second book, The Eternity Cure.  But why would you want to???  The Immortal Rules was freakin’ amazing.  Events from the first book are summarized in the first couple of chapters here, so you won’t feel lost.  But again, you will be missing out on an awesome book! I’ve made no secret of the fact that Julie… Read more »


Mar 27
Review: Stung by Bethany Wiggins

Review: Stung by Bethany Wiggins

The opening of Stung is very similar to the recent Pretty Girl-13; a young girl suddenly finds herself at her home, seeking her parents, with a memory loss of several years.  Both girls believe themselves to be thirteen and are surprised to see their “new” bodies.  But whereas Angie from Pretty Girl-13 falls into the shocked and loving arms of her parents, Fiona falls out of a bathroom window as she struggles to escape a crazed, animalistic man who attempts… Read more »


Mar 25
Review: Partials by Dan Wells

Review: Partials by Dan Wells

No babies have lived more than a few hours after birth in more than a decade.  Only a small percentage of the population is alive, and they are headed rapidly towards extinction if someone can’t figure out how to save the babies.  The morally questionable, yet necessary (as some believe) solution to the low population is to force girls to begin getting pregnant at 18.  The government is on the verge of lowering the age to 16.  All women must… Read more »