Author: Susanne Winnacker
Release date: May 15th 2012
Publisher: Marshall Cavendish
Series: The Other Life # 1
Age Group: Young Adult
I received an e-copy of this from Marshall Cavendish through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
This book lies in between post-apocalyptic and sci-fi. From the start, I thought it was purely post-apocalyptic but after knowing what happened, I realized it's more of sci-fi. So really, it's in between.
The over-all atmosphere of the story was really frightening. Living in a bunker without knowing what have happened outside was a bit overwhelming. I'd go crazy if I was Sherry. I won't know if my friends were okay. Or if the country is still alive. Maybe the worst that I can think of will be if our family will be the only living human beings by then. Utterly unthinkable and scary. Add to that the thought that you do not really know what you're up against at!
The outbreak of the rabies forced them to stay there. You think it's the usual rabies? Hell, no. It's different. I'd say that I'll be happy with zombies at least I know how to kill them easily. But with those mutated creatures, I can't even imagine how to kill them. It was scary to even see them. You'll see a glimpse of the person they once were but you'll also see the monster they have become. The process of how humans get to be those monsters pretty much is the same with how-to-become-a-zombie. You'd get bitten and that's it. Or that's how much I understood it anyway. The reason for the growth of the rabies was a little hypocrital for me. Some scientists think that they're the best and they can't get enough of inventing new things. They won't stop till they discover something deadly. And how they act upon their mistake was unforgivable. That was their fault, right? Why do they have to do that. Evilness at its best.
I can say that despite how helpless Sherry and Joshua were, they still found that light ahead of them. They're both stubborn and I think they suit each other well. They'll be great partners for the sequel! I can't wait to know what's gonna happen next. Though they were already in chaos, they found love. Rihanna's song, We Found Love In A Hopeless Place can be their theme song. I actually love how their relationship grew from strangers to lovers even if they don't have the most normal environment.
I love the premise. I enjoyed reading it. But Sherry counting years, months, weeks, days and hours was a little out of normalcy. Maybe she was able to count that much because of desperation. Though I swear it was really bothersome for me. Sherry kept on counting. And I didn't even know how can she count hours when it wasn't obviously stated that she had a watch! Or did she? I don't know. But still, she was already in a lost world and all she did was count. Seriously bothering. And out of place for me.
Nevertheless, I enjoyed The Weepers just as much. It had a realistic feel of how will it be if you were in such a dire situation. Survival instincts were tested. Trust and loyalty were formed in such a hopeless world. And rights as human beings were put in fire. More killings will surely be present in the sequel as Sherry and the others will hunt down their real enemy.