So with this one we have another YA dystopian zombie book, well no, that's not strictly true as firstly they aren't exactly zombies and secondly I wouldn't call this 'just another book' as I find the idea used in this book quite refreshing, reminiscent of others but definitely not the same.
To start off with we have normal everyday rural England (and it starts in my home county of Hampshire!) and the life of Cass (along with her scientist dad and heavily pregnant mum). Except life isn't as it should be as there is a serum, a drug in the world that was developed to help soldiers deal with PTSD but has been found to cause those injected with it, over time, will lose all fear altogether and strips them of their humanity, turning them into a monster..... and it's now been twisted to be even more potent and works immediately. These affected people are The Fearless and they are spreading.... fast! First overseas and now within England. Cass and the remains of her family flee with neighbours to a man-made island near the Isle of Wight. The community on the island remains isolated for years and has no knowledge of what is happening outside apart from what they hear from traders...... until now!
This is actually a clever little book, full of promise and stuffed with potential. Although at the moment I've not been able to find any indication that this IS going to a series this book was closed in a way that simply just cries out for one so fingers and toes crossed that it's successful on release that we may get more, we NEED to have more, we NEED to know what happens next!
I had heard of this author before until a friend of mine read another of her books, Acid, and she loved and just raved about it so much that I thought I would give Emma Pass a try myself and she is an extremely competent writer for YA. The book is full of feeling and emotion along with isolation, danger and violence while still staying within the realms of YA and not going too far and becoming extreme, which would be easy with subject matter such as this. She isn't overly verbose and very to the point. As I've said the idea is a good one that it sure to develop if more titles follow this one, she knows what she is trying to portray and I found that I had a really good picture of the world she created and the people having to live in it.
The characterisation is very good. Cass is a tough cookie who knows what she wants, and more importantly what she doesn't want. She only has her brother for family so when he is taken from the island community they leave in she throws aside all the rules of the island to venture away from the island to find him with the help of a rather strange lad called Myo and without any thought at all for her own safety. Her only priority is her little brother and she doesn't even give a second thought as to what could happen to her in the process of mounting a rescue, it's all about saving Jori from a fate worse than death. Is Cass just brave or just plain reckless, I'm not sure, all I know is that the girl is very determined! I say Myo is a strange lad as he's very mysterious and is holding more than a few secrets close to his chest that he is determined not to let Cass find out and later in the book you get to find out what he's hiding, and it is VERY significant to the story, along with the why. Together they make a good team but how long can it last with secrets between them alongside the fact they barely know one another. The character of Sol is the one that I didn't really warm to but I don't think you're really supposed to. He's from the island and is one of the neighbours that Cass fled to the island with so he probably knows her better than anyone but he's VERY possessive over her but not enough to go running straight after her which I found a bit odd, especially later on in the book when things have developed further. The Fearless are scary enough without being terrifying, you get the distinct feeling that you wouldn't want to meet one and you definitely wouldn't want to be 'Altered' and become one. They aren't zombies exactly as I said, they have much more control over themselves, they don't bite people (they inject them with serum instead) and they aren't drooling mindless and rotting monsters, well maybe rotting. The serum has been causing strange things to happen to them as people don't alter instantaneously anymore and it takes several doses to get someone to Alter and the serum is starting to cause The Fearless to rot away from the inside out..... yucky!
The people of England are banding together and starting to fight back but can they win? Well, that the big question going forward and why we need at least a sequel to this to be written so you should give it a go and give it your support as it's a fascinating book with a good and clear idea behind it. It deserves to be read so what are you waiting for?show more
by Thea Wilson