April 19, 2012

The Other Life

The Other Life by Susan Winnacker
Release Date ~ 5/1/12
Format ~ ARC
Publisher ~  Marshall Cavendish
Source ~ Around the World Tours
Purchase: The Book Depository
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.
I didn't expect The Other Life to be amazing. I didn't expect it to be one of the best dystopian books I've ever read. But it was.
  The Other Life was different then the typical books in this genre. It wasn't about a corrupted society, but about a world where there are only a handful of people left... at least in the LA area. The survivors are trying to survive, despite the 'weepers', beastly humans infected by a virus like the rabies, but worse. It is in this bleak setting that one of the most heart-pounding stories takes place.
   I thought the world created by Winnacker was PERFECT. It seemed so hopeless, even more so then The Hunger Games. I can't wait to read about what else happens.
  The action was so fast-paced, because you never knew when someone was going to die. It felt like the weepers were hunting the humans, even though Joshua calls himself the hunter
   I really don't know what else to say about this book, because it's pretty hard to describe. You really need to read it to appreciate just how good it is. Needless to say, I can't wait for book two!

Cover Comments: I like this cover! It's bleak , just like the book. And who's that person in the background?
This book counts in the following reading challenges:
Dystopian Reading Challenge: 7
Debut Author Challenge: 7
ARC Reading Challenge: 11
1st in a Series Reading Challenge: 7


  1. I just put this one on my want list the other day, it sounds fantastic ... and that cover really IS awesome!!! Plus I have a *weakness* for zombeeez lol

  2. I'm currently reading this one! Glad to hear that you liked it. Now I can't wait to finish it. :)

    The Book Galaxy

  3. It sounds great! I have to buy this one! :)

  4. Wow, I've this book on my TBR and after your review I want to read it now!

  5. Seems like a complicated family but then, it's still interesting! Thanks for sharing your review!

  6. This has been getting great buzz, and since you've enjoyed it I'm sure both the plot and world and characters really live up to the hype;)

  7. I'm usually not into those "end of the world" kind of books - but for some reason this sounds more appealing. I think I will check it out!

  8. Great review! I´ve read The Weepers and I love it! I´m also waiting for the second book.

  9. I'm looking forward to this one! It sounds like a really exciting dystopian.

  10. This is a book i can read from cover to cover in a day lol.
    Thanks for the reveiw.

  11. Thanks for the review. I was debating on whether to read it or not but i would like to read it now.

  12. When I clicked on the link to this review, I'd thought it was a review for The Other Life by Ellen Meister (a novel that came highly recommended to me and found it's way on to my book shelf but has not been picked up yet). However, I'm glad to have stumbled upon your review as this book of the same title seems equally intriguing. Thanks for the review:)


  13. Sounds creepy, but cool. Dystopian in a way. :D I think the virus infected people is what is the most interesting.


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