by Valerie Grosjean
Series: Undying #1
Publication Date: September 29th 2013
Genre: YA, Romance, Zombies
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Synopsis: This is a story of love . . . and zombies.
When eighteen-year-old college freshman Christian discovers his dormitory is crawling with the living dead, he knows he has a problem. But once he learns the whole country is overrun by the flesh-eating horde, he must race to protect what matters to him most.
Sixteen-year-old Iris, the girl he loves, is stranded eighty miles away, alone and completely unaware of the gruesome threat surrounding her.
Christian’s plan is to evade the zombies, drive the distance to rescue Iris, and get them both to his family farm—where there are guns, fuel, and everything else they’ll need to survive. His mission seems simple: Get the girl, get to the farm, and stay alive.
Things get complicated when Christian is forced to make an unthinkable choice between Iris and his family. Someone he loves must die, and he must decide.
My Rating: 4/5 stars
My Review: Undying is a fantastic first book to a perfect new series. If you're a fan of The Walking Dead then you will absolutely love this book and you need to read it right now.
When Christian wakes up a discovers that there is a crazy girl running down his dorm room biting people he and his roommate decide to investigate. Finding a dead body in one of the rooms and seeing it come back to life, they know that this is the beginning of a zombie apocalypse. It becomes Christians mission to find and help his best friend Iris whom hes just happened to love since they met. Can he get there in time, before its too late.
This story is absolutely fantastic. I love The Walking Dead so this was a definite read for me. And I must say that I was not dissapointed with the amount of zombies. This book was perfect in the sense where it had romance, adventure and zombies. There was a perfect balance to everything.
We defintiely see a lot of world-building. We go from seeing Christian in his dorm room, to him racing back home and breaking into houses. I feel like the amount of detail the author put into the descriptions and details on the world were just the right amount for the length of the book.
Christian was definitely a great character, I loved seeing the world from his point of view. I love how hes so caring, you can definitely tell just how much he cares about Iris and his family, and you do get a feel of how much he has suffered due to his mother's passing. I loved reading about him just talking about how he met Iris and how he decided to be friends. Even though I admired him for his love and passion, he definitely seemed a little strange, there were times where he would say things that didn't really belong to the context, they were just kind of random, most of the time it was when he said I love you. This made him seem a little less realistic.
The beginning of this book was absolutely perfect, but closer to the end I felt like the book was being rushed a little too fast. I would have loved to get more detail with what happens with certain characters which I feel like we didn't get enough time with.
Either way, I really enjoyed this book, and I can't wait to read the next book in the series to find out what happens to Christian next.
About the Author
Valerie Grosjean is the author of the young adult novel UNDYING. She grew up on a Nebraska farm. After college, she married and moved to Northern California, where she lives with her husband and their two young children. Her obsession with zombie movies inspired UNDYING, her first novel and the beginning of the Undying series.
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