March 28, 2014

Review: RED HILL by Jamie McGuire


Author: Jamie McGuire

Source: bought paperback

When the world ends, can love survive?

For Scarlet, raising her two daughters alone makes fighting for tomorrow an everyday battle. Nathan has a wife, but can’t remember what it’s like to be in love; only his young daughter Zoe makes coming home worthwhile. Miranda’s biggest concern is whether her new VW Bug is big enough to carry her sister and their boyfriends on a weekend escape from college finals.

When reports of a widespread, deadly “outbreak” begin to surface, these ordinary people face extraordinary circumstances and suddenly their fates are intertwined. Recognizing they can’t outrun the danger, Scarlet, Nathan, and Miranda desperately seek shelter at the same secluded ranch, Red Hill. Emotions run high while old and new relationships are tested in the face of a terrifying enemy—an enemy who no longer remembers what it’s like to be human.

Set against the backdrop of a brilliantly realized apocalyptic world, love somehow finds a way to survive. But what happens when the one you’d die for becomes the one who could destroy you?

Red Hill grabs you from page one and doesn’t let go until its stunning conclusion. This is #1 New York Times bestselling author Jamie McGuire at her unforgettable best.

My take...
What starts out as separate stories quickly becomes intertwined before your very eyes. We follow Scarlet as she scours cities looking for her daughters, Miranda and her sister as they head off for the sanctuary of their father's house, Nathan as he tries to find a safe haven for him and his young daughter, Zoe. Soon more and more people are thrown into the chaos and life is played out in front of us. A new life full of monsters that were once believed to exist only in Hollywood: Zombies. No one is safe and no is immune to the destruction at the hands of these flesh eaters.

I know the world ended on a Friday. It was the last day I saw my children.

The moment I realized the first intertwining of these people I literally gasped. It wasn't something I was expecting at all. I was telling myself that we would just hear these stories and how the ZomApoc affected them, not how they would all merge into one. Yeah, I didn't read the blurb. (Big surprise.) I guess if I did I would have known it was going to happen. I did however know that RED HILL focused on zombies and that was all I needed to know. That and the fact that McGuire wrote it. I knew I would be in good hands since she was the one behind the pen. Or computer. Whatever. I knew I was going to be okay. And I was.

Everyone seemed to be suffocating. We were surviving, but every passing day felt less like living.

The story was great and had me eagerly reading until I couldn't read any more. I devoured it when I could and hated putting it down. I enjoyed seeing the relationships that formed throughout the story. People who never would have come together before the end of life as they knew it, found their home in one another. But the sad thing is the saying goodbye to those that wouldn’t make it. That was heartbreaking. Some of those people you quietly prayed that McGuire wouldn’t end or give them a little longer. But in a ZomApoc, there isn’t any 2nd chances and life happens whether you want it to or not. That is just the way it goes.

But I absolutely recommend it to all those loving a great zombie read. It was perfect and I am happy with how it ended. Maybe a little sad. But like I mentioned one is safe. No one. 5 Fleshy Stars!

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