Author: Vanessa Garden
Publisher: Escape Publishing
Source: Netgalley for honest review
Release Date: March 1 2014
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For fans of The Walking Dead and The Hunger Games comes a YA novel about freedom, choice and family — and the terrifying disease that makes them mutually exclusive.
From the day she was born, Lena has viewed the world through the jagged window of a razor-wired fence. The hundred-acre property she shares with her mother in the Australian outback may keep her safe from the Y-Carrier disease, but it is no longer enough to hold Lena’s interest, and her mother’s increasingly tight grip on her free will is stifling.
Just as her curiosity blooms and her courage rises, she meets a boy through the fence — the first boy she has ever laid eyes on. His name is Patrick and he comes with a dangerous yet irresistible invitation of adventure beyond the fence, an invitation to which Lena cannot say no.
But Lena’s newfound freedom is short-lived and she soon discovers that the Y-Carrier disease is not the only enemy she faces on the outside. Her new enemies want something Lena has, and they are willing to do anything to get it..
A great new twist to the Zombie Novel, Instead of Zombies the world was over run with a disease that made males a carrier and women would get infected and die horribly, It is an extremely dangerous time for women with not many left in the world. Lena lives in outback Australia with her mother, Her house is a Jail with her Mother the warden. Lena is not allowed to leave their yard after her older cousin Alice tried to run away one night and was brutally murdered by a group of men.
Lena’s mother is a kick arse woman but becomes horribly overbearing and protective of Lena which would be understandable considering that most of the male population is out to get them.
Lena feels trapped and wants to leave and have more freedom and she gets her chance when a boy her own age shows up one night while her mother is out hunting searching for his lost father.
Patrick is left to fend for himself and his little brothers after his father vanishes, he can’t hunt very well because he has poor eyesight but he is instantly attracted to Lena mostly for the fact she is the only girl he has seen since the outbreak.
Lena decides to leave with him and have an adventure to meet his younger brothers, on the way they are attacked and sent to a community of survivors.
I loved how this book is set in Outback Australia, you ask most people around here where would you go when the shit hits the fan and most will say go bush. The Outback is so huge, although it would be hard to survive out there on your own it is vast enough to vanish and not be bothered by others.
The alive diseased was a nice break from the dead zombies, it gave them more of a human quality instead of being dead mindless Zombies they were alive and thinking just they carried a disease that when they come in contact with females the female would die a horrible death.
There are also Science fiction elements in the story but not to overshadow too much I really enjoyed the mix of genres apocalyptic, Dystopia , Sci fi and Romance. It is a story about survival and family in the worst times and I could not say a bad thing about it except that I want more.