Saturday 3 September 2011

Book Review: The Other Life By Susanne Winnacker

Name: The Other Life
Author: Susanne Winnacker
Publisher: Usborne
UK Release date: Febuary 1st 2012
US Release date: May 1st 2012
Susannes Blog and Website

Summary: 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: Imagen being stuck stuck in a bunker for 3 years 1 month, 1 week and 6 days in a deserted ghost town LA. Hiding from a deadly virus. Something that isn't so nice and could drive you crazy. Its not somewhere I would love to be but Susanne has made this story so insanely good I never wanted to leave. There are a lot of Dystopian novels coming out lately. Some I Like some I don't like and some I absolutely love like this one.

As soon as I opened this novel it pulls you in. So much is going on is just the first few pages. From the beginning till the end I was on edge turning each page. Its was like a time bomb waiting to happen it was so fantastic. Susanne has been able to describe deserted L.A in such a spine chilling way that had my heart racing. It was so descriptive that I could literally feel like I was there with them.

The flash backs are really beautiful in this novel. Even though they are so small its nice to see some of the life of Sherry before this horrible ordeal happened. It gives the book some sense of normality even if its a small amount. Their really effective and defiantly add to the ambiance in this novel.The story is beautiful yet horrifying in so many ways. A plot that can be that scary but yet romantic is amazing. I love the use of numbers in this book. "3 years 1 month, 1 week and 6 days since I'd seen daylight" I think it made the story a lot more suspenseful in the way the numbers were used.

The characters are fascinating in this book. Joshua, Sherry's night in shining armour and love interest. He's a really brave character that I am sure people will fall in love with him and his antics. Then there's Sherry the brave kick ass girl I think a lot of girls with relate to her. I would be here all day if I talked about the characters but I will say this. If you like heroic, nice, challenging, attractive witty characters then this is the book for you.

The plot was so amazing memorable and gory. And with shocking twist at the end that had my jaw hanging open as well as praying I had the sequel in my hands, The Other Life is a Spine Chilling, gory entrancing Dystopian novel that I didn't want to end. Bring on The Life beyond. Don't close your eyes. Watch out for the Weepers!


roro said...

cicoo so wanna read it

Good Choice Reading said...

Ahhhhhhhhh ahhhhhh i am so jealous you got the chance to read this. I am dying to read this! Great review!!!!!

Savannah said...

I loved the review! I want to read it!!

Unknown said...

I read this ages ago and forgot the authors name so I couldn't find the sequel, I found this post and I was so happy but I looked for the sequel and i was so upset they only stock it in ebooks, does anyone please know if there is an available actual book around ??

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