The Other Life

The Other Life

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By (author) Susanne Winnacker

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  • Publisher: Usborne Publishing Ltd
  • Format: Paperback | 320 pages
  • Dimensions: 128mm x 196mm x 22mm | 259g
  • Publication date: 1 February 2012
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 1409536084
  • ISBN 13: 9781409536086
  • Sales rank: 80,697

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The Other Life: who we were before the virus. How we'll never be again. 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 when they run out of food, Sherry and her dad must venture outside. There they find devastation, desolation...and the Weepers: savage mutant killers. When her dad is snatched, Sherry joins forces with gorgeous but troubled Joshua - an Avenger, determined to destroy the Weepers. But can Sherry keep her family and Joshua safe, when his desire for vengeance threatens them all? The seeds of first love are sown amongst the death and destruction of a nightmare future in this incredible debut novel. Beautifully formed and gut-wrenchingly gripping, it's essential reading.

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Susanne Winnacker studied law and is currently doing her legal clerkship. As an offset to hours brooding over laws and their meaning, she spends every free minute in fantastical private worlds. The Other Life is Susanne's debut novel. She lives with her husband, a dog and four bunnies in the Ruhrgebiet, Germany.

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By Nicola O'Sullivan 04 May 2012 4

From the moment I first read the description of this book, I knew I just had to read it. Just the sheer number of days since the protagonists had seen daylight had me curious. I was really excited to find out what had gone so terribly wrong and to get to know the character who counts every single day! I was looking for a creepy read and I definitely found that in this book. I was hooked from the very first page and didn't want to take my eyes off the book until I was finished. For me, that is the sign of a good story!

The Weepers (also called The Other Life) is a tale set in a devastated world. A virus has taken control of the population and the ones who aren't dead or infected, are hiding out and wishing for a miracle. This story is told from the point of view of Sherry (such an unexpected name!), a teenager who has been stuck in a bunker with her family for the last 3 years. I loved Sherry's voice from the beginning and found it really easy to connect with her as a character. She's clearly a very strong person despite her appalling circumstances. She does great job of creating the picture of what life is like inside the bunker and how it's tearing her family apart.

There is a lot of doom and gloom in this book. It is actually quite depressing at some points and some images creeped me out so much! Especially, like in the description, the fact that they had to keep her grandfather's body in freezer next to their food. There was just so much despair and so many terrible things happening! This novel really keeps you guessing, too. We slowly find out more about what's been going on and there's lots of mystery and suspense to keep you on your toes as you speed through it.

It's quite a quick read and really only takes a couple of hours. The writing flows so well and is easy to get lost in. I really enjoyed getting to know Sherry and Joshua and watching their relationship slowly grow, in spite of everything that was going on. The Weepers is one of the better dystopian books I've (and it seems like I've read a lot) and I would totally recommend it. It's definitely worth your time!

By Sarah 04 May 2012 4

After 3 years of living in a bunker, they are out of food. With their family starving Sherry and her father have no choice but to leave the confinement of their bunker to find food. Once they emerge they find the devastating truth.

I really like my own space and I think being stuck in a bunker with my family for 3 long years would drive my up the way crazy! (not that I don't love my family) (=

I say this all the time whenever I read a dystopian novel but I'll say again, I love post-apocalyptic/dystopian books.

I don't or I haven't read a lot of zombie books before but this was a real creepy book. Not technically zombies but humans contaminated with a mutated rabies virus, they 'cry' milky white fluid from their eyes, which is why they are called Weepers.

This book seemed short, but it was fast paced. I read it within an hour.

Sherry has a bit of a obsession, fascination or problem with numbers, but I guess there's nothing else for her to do other than count.

The romance between Sherry and Joshua was good, not instantly drawn toward each other, it developed over time.

Thank you NetGalley and Usborne for sending me a review copy!

By Suzanne Finnegan 15 Apr 2012 4

Weepers were neither animal nor human. They were something else. Something wrong

When an outbreak of rabies occurs, people are told by the government to hide in bunkers until they get the situation under control and to wait to hear from the military before they leave. Sherry and her family have been living in a sealed bunker for over three years and they have just run out of food. Updates from the military have stopped coming. The time has come to leave the bunker but they don't know what's on the outside. Has anyone else survived? Are they all still in their bunkers? Is the rabies under control?

This is an excellent dystopian novel. Susanne has done a brilliant job building this world that is over run with weepers. It seems there are very few humans left and like the ones who are left, are fighting a losing battle. Sherry is a very tough character from the get go. Even living in the bunker, she seems to be dealing best with the isolation from the world. When she meets Joshua, who saves her from being killed by Weepers, they become a great team. Joshua likes to hunt the weepers and he helps Sherry to find her dad and get her family to safety.

Joshua is a very closed person and keeps his feelings to himself, but as the story progresses, we gradually get to hear about what he went through before he came to Safe Haven. Every character has a horror story to tell and we hear most of them throughout the book. All of the characters are likeable though we don't really get to know the rest of them too much. This book is fairly short so we didn't seem to spend a lot of time with the rest of the characters and I would like to think that there could be a lot more to come from some of them.

I could really feel myself in this world and Susanne did a great job of portraying the despair, isolation, abandonment, panic, terror and anger that these characters were feeling.

This is fast paced with a lot of action and also some romance. I just wish it could have been longer. I am really looking forward to the next in this series, The Life Beyond, as there is a lot left open ended and I can't wait to see what happens next.

"His lips brushed against mine, his palms warm against my cheeks. Our kiss tasted of blood and tears. Of rain and dirt. Of pain and relief. But more than anything, it was a promise. An oath to never let anything happen to the other."