The Other LifeHardback Weepers
- Publisher: Amazon Childrens Publishing
- Format: Hardback | 254 pages
- Dimensions: 134mm x 182mm x 30mm | 363g
- Publication date: 15 May 2012
- ISBN 10: 0761462759
- ISBN 13: 9780761462750
- Sales rank: 792,875
It's been 3 years, 1 month, 1 week and 6 days since Sherry has seen daylight--when things went wrong up above, she was sealed off from the world in a bunker with her family, but now that their food supply has run out, Sherry and her dad must venture outside where they find devastation, desolation and savage mutant killers called the Weepers.
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By Christy @ Captivated Reading 12 Jun 2012
Dystopian novels are extremely popular right now, and this book illustrates, perfectly, why that is. I don't know if you'd really call the monsters in this book "zombies", but they definitely fall into the same category as a zombie. They are blood-thirsty, flesh-eating, man-hunting, monsters. And boy, are Ms. Winnacker's Weepers, scary!
The description of their physical appearance, stirs up thoughts and memories of the fearsome creatures that I was afraid would be hiding under my bed as a child. I really enjoyed how original these Weepers are from other man-eating creatures that are currently out there. Some are hairy, some are not. Some are more human-looking, while others resemble humans only in the way our bodies are generally structured. But, they all have in common their general make-up. They are fast, cunning, and will hunt you down.
I enjoyed the main character, Sherry. I think I liked her best because she's someone I could totally relate to. She has the guts and the bravery, but sometimes that gets executed poorly. But, as the store unfolds, so does Sherry. She matures and comes into her own. A girl that starts off hiding with her family in a bunker, morphs into a girl ready to take on Weepers and possible other, unforeseen enemies. Which, in a significant plot twist, you find out, they are there.
Her relationship with Joshua is slow-building. In reality, however, I think this is accurate, so it makes their relationship more believable. Joshua is an endearing character. I can see from the start that he wants to protect. Not just Sherry, but anyone that he can save. And, I absolutely LOVE that about him.
This story has it all for me! You've got romance, suspense, horror, and I feel like there are sooo many places that this story can go, and I'm so excited to follow along on the ride!
By theEPICrat 27 May 2012
I peeked at a few reviews for The Weepers on GoodReads, and my jaw dropped at how my reaction differed from the most recent reviews. I left The Weepers thoroughly hooked like a zombie addict, and I can hardly wait for the next installment! Yes, there might have been similar plot points to THE FIRST DAYS or I AM LEGEND, but Susanne Winnacker breathed fresh life into the familiar dystopia and die-hard fans will embrace The Weepers with feverished glee.
The new cast of characters held their own in these dire times of post-apocalyptic Earth. Sherry makes a decent tour guide as she learns just how different the world has become, and it is obvious that she has a lot of toughening up to do before she can become a Weeper-killing machine. I always appreciate a "survival of the fittest" from a female's perspective, especially as she grows into a badass warrior. Joshua proves to be the knight-in-shining-armor love interest who will make Weepers and uninfected humans alike drool. He has lived through the horrors far earlier than Sherry, and he knows what is at stake if he lets his guard down. There is no time for romance, but who can honestly resist the power of teenaged hormones? By the end of The Weepers, I was so in love with Sherry and Joshua that I would gladly walk to the ends of the earth and back again in order to support their survival!
I hesitate to call the Weepers "zombies" if only because, when I picture them, I envision some sort of half-wolf/half-human grayish creature. Most likely due to the fact that it was a rabies virus gone horribly wrong, and I automatically associate such nonsense with canine characteristics. Does that still count as zombies? In my mind, no, but someone else might think so. All I know is the Weepers sound more vicious and terrifying, and if I had to choice between meeting a zombie or Weeper in a cold, dark alley, let me say that I think I have better chances of survival with a nice human-like zombie.
If you are familiar with Rhiannon Frater's THE FIRST DAYS, The Weepers is like its teenaged counterpart. There is much fear for the new world, and there are the very fortunate few who have found a safe haven and ways to combat their unnatural adversaries. If you are looking for a brand-new zombie story, then The Weepers may not be for you; but if you are in it for the characters and how they cope with their odds, then buckle up and settle in because it looks like Susanne Winnacker will take us on a bumpy but absolutely riveting ride!