Series: AM13 Outbreak Series Book #1
Author: Samie Sands
Publisher: Limitless Publishing
Publication Date: April 21, 2016
Genres: Science Fiction
From the publisher—
Leah Watton’s practical joke has spiralled way out of control—all to impress a crush…
With a prank online video, Leah hopes to catch the attention of Jake Colton, a cute, blond-haired, blue-eyed co-worker she’s had a crush on for months. But instead of sending it to Jake, she manages to forward the clip to her boss—who buys every gory second.
When mass panic ensues, Leah learns the video is more than a staged act…
The government is calling the virus AM13. As the outbreak spreads, citizens are forced to stay indoors while they assess the gravity of the illness. Most people are quarantined in their homes, but Leah, Jake, and Leah’s best friend Michelle are some of the unlucky few who are stuck at work when the Lockdown occurs.
That’s where she first encounters one of the infected…
Aside from a contaminated woman devouring one of her co-workers, Leah has another problem. Does she do as she’s ordered and stay at work? Or should she disobey government orders and break free to reunite with her family?
She can’t go it alone—after all, Leah has none of the skills needed to survive—but with Michelle and Jake by her side, not even a contagious virus and a sea of the dead can keep her from…
Breaking out of the Lockdown…
This is one of those times when, unfortunately, the publisher’s description of a book says too much. It’s not that critical plot points are given away because there really aren’t a lot of differences from one zombie book to another but this one pretty much outlines the whole story. So, I’ll confine myself to my reactions.
First, I liked the way this story begins with everyday goings-on before the crisis hits plus the initial disbelief before the truth begins to sink in. Surely, that’s how such a thing would really happen, with nearly everyone thinking this is “fake news”, right? If you heard about this virus and its consequences online or on a TV broadcast, on radio or in the newspaper, would you believe it? I know I wouldn’t.
As for Leah, she has moments of idiocy but, for the most part, I liked her. Yes, she has some really dimwitted ideas but, let’s face it, I think very few of us would react to this scenario in rational, strictly self-preserving ways. Jake, on the other hand, is a larger than life hero, the kind that makes you smile when he swashes buckles 😉
And then there’s the government that becomes progressively more despotic, again not really unexpected, and also not entirely…or even mostly…benevolent. Can’t you just see our own government making colossal blunders?
One last comment—the ending is truly a WTH moment and I’ll say no more about that. You’re just going to have to check it out for yourself.
Reviewed by Lelia Taylor, September 2017.
About the Author
She has a degree in Media Studies and PR and has already had articles published in a number of e-zines, including one of the most popular pieces at Zombie Guide Magazine. She has also had short stories included in a number of successful projects.
She lives in a small seaside town in the UK, but loves to travel to gain inspiration from new places and different cultures.
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