In Waypoint, twin brothers trek across the country to fix the country’s power outage. In Anna and the Apocalypse, high-schoolers battle zombies on Christmas. In The Rains, all the adults get infected by a zombie-like virus, and a boy tries to save his brother who will be turning eighteen soon. Enjoy my mini reviews for these three post-apocalyptic books!
Waypoint by Deborah Adams, Kimberly Perkins
*I received an ecopy of this book from the authors. This has not influenced my review.*
This book was kind of a YA thriller/action & adventure story about a cross-country trek with a vaguely post-apocalyptic feel, due to the premise of the power grid being down. Not quite as SFF as what I usually read, but I enjoyed it! There was danger, secrets, survival, romance, bad guys, twins---a little bit of something for everyone.
All four POV characters were ones you could root for, but I especially loved Alex---she was endearingly awkward, but she thought on her feet and fought her way out of bad situations instead of giving up, and she always wanted to pull her own weight. She was very down-to-earth and relatable. I thought the romance between Alex and West was cute, although I wasn't as big a fan of the blossoming romance between Simon and Riya because it felt a little forced. Another thing I liked though was the anxiety rep and how the book touched upon online friendships and how a lot of people don't understand them and believe they're not real friendships even though they very much can be.
Overall, I think this is something that fans of twisty YA books might really enjoy.
Anna and the Apocalypse by Katharine Turner
This Christmas zombie apocalypse story was a great idea, but the execution was a letdown for me. This was adapted into a book from a movie musical, from what I understand, but I don't think it translated very well into this medium. And maybe that's not even the author's fault; there are certain elements and types of humor that work better in movies than in books, and vice versa. But since this is a book review... The POV was omniscient, but I was constantly being thrown out of the story while trying to figure out who's thoughts I was getting. Some of the characters were TSTL, and their actions/reactions were not believable. None of the characters were particularly developed and it felt like not much happened because the book was such a quick read; it kind of just skimmed the surface of everything. And in the end, it was a real downer. As a movie musical, I think this could be fun. As a book though, this wasn't right for my taste as I prefer more depth to my stories. But if you just want a quick read about some high schoolers slaughtering zombies on Christmas, you may enjoy this more than I did.
The Rains by Gregg Hurwitz
*I won a copy of this book in a giveaway. This has not influenced my review.*
I really liked the touching family aspect in this book since the main character really looked up to his brother, and his brother was the one who was there for him. The whole brotherly love thing even added a bit of emotion to the story. I also thought the author chose a good setting and used it well; if ever there were a group of kids and teens who would be able to survive an alien invasion apocalypse, it would probably be kids from a small farming town. And I liked Chance as a protagonist. But the main issue I had was that there were too many action scenes that went on for too long, at least for my taste, since a lot of them were just the same thing---the character running from and fighting off Hosts. And just a warning for anyone who doesn't like cliffhangers, there was a complete story in the sense that the main goal of this book was addressed, but there was a cliffhanger ending that will lead into the next book. So this wasn't quite for me, but it might work better for anyone who likes action-packed books with lots of zombie-esque fight scenes.