ABOUT THE BOOK
Author: Kellie Sheridan
Series: The Hitchhiker Strain #1
Publication Date: March 19, 2013
After surviving a deadly plague outbreak, sixteen-year-old Savannah thought she had lived through the very worst of human history. There was no way to know that the miracle vaccine would put everyone at risk for a fate worse than un-death.
Now, two very different kinds of infected walk the Earth, intent on nothing but feeding and destroying what little remains of civilization. When the inoculated are bitten, infection means watching on in silent horror as self-control disappears and the idea of feasting on loved ones becomes increasingly hard to ignore.
Starving and forced to live inside of the abandoned high school, all Savannah wants is the chance to fight back. When a strange boy arrives with a plan to set everything right, she gets her chance. Meeting Cole changes everything. Mere survival will never be enough.
Mortality starts with the basic zombie storyline, deadly outbreak reanimating corpses trying eat everything in sight, but very quickly, I realized that this was not going to be a typical zombie story. As time went on, the story continued to surprise me, and with every new development I felt more connected to the characters. Mortality has a uniqueness that cannot be replicated, not without feeling like a black and white copy of a beautiful painting.
In Mortality, there is the first deadly viral outbreak that sweeps the world in a matter of days causing people to reanimate and try to eat their friends and neighbors. Everyone just tries to survive, while the power goes out, and the world begins to look like it is over. Then the governments fight back, the CDC develops a vaccination against the deadly virus. The world goes back to functioning, for a little while. While not a whole lot of people are inoculated against the virus compared to world population, enough are to cause the second outbreak. With the need to get the vaccine out there, the proper testing was not completed. Those who are vaccinated still succumb to the virus, it just takes longer, and it does not kill them. They are living breathing zombies, who have the strength and smarts to start wiping the human population off the face of the earth.
Savannah is not the typical zombie survival character; she is not just trying to survive and being happy to be alive for one more day. She wants to fight back, and take back the world from the infected that have stolen everything from her. So much so, that she is willing to leave everyone she knows to have the chance to make a difference. While this is mostly Savannah’s story, we are introduced to a second viewpoint from Zarah. While Savannah’s story picks up six months after the second outbreak, Zarah’s starts the day of the first outbreak. Zarah story is not related to Savannah’s but offers a viewpoint of the whole zombie apocalypse that Savannah’s does not, and it really makes the story the unique story that will forever be one of my favorites.
As this is only the first book in The Hitchhiker Strain, I love the fact that I will get to experience the characters again. I have hopes that things may start looking up for them, but I am wary because it is the zombie apocalypse. Mortality is a book that any fan of zombies needs to read, I think it is a game changer in that genre. I do not know where Kellie Sheridan is going to take this story next, but I cannot wait to find out.
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