February 14, 2018

5 Star Review: MORDACIOUS by Sarah Lyons Fleming #zombies


Author: Sarah Lyons Fleming

Source: KU

From the universe of the Until the End of the World series
(Note: The City Series can be read before or after the Until the End of the World series)

Sylvie Rossi has the loner thing down pat, with the exception of her best friend, Grace. But when the two are trapped in a hospital during the last gasp of a dying city, alone time is no longer an option. A nurse’s offer of sanctuary promises Sylvie the supplies she needs to survive the zombies–it’s the coexisting with people that might do her in.

Eric Forrest will do whatever it takes to get into the dead city for his sister, including ending up dead himself. He’s used to taking risks, but with every mile he travels death looks likelier and likelier, and finding his sister may be his only prospect for survival—if he can make it home.

Sylvie doesn’t need more than food, water and shelter. Eric wants only to find his sister. But sometimes what we think we need isn’t what we need at all, and what we find is more than we expected.

My take…

It’s one thing to want to be alone, and an entirely different thing to be cast into a world that’s empty but for you. Part of the fun of a close call is having someone with whom to laugh it off. Alone, it can magnify into something to be feared. Intense fear paralyzes, and I can’t afford paralysis.

We were introduced to a couple characters in the UNTIL THE END OF THE WORLD series, even though we never actually met them. We knew that Maria was in the hospital and Eric was trying to make his way to Cassie. We never found out if they lived or died. Thankfully we get our answers. Then there are the new characters we meet in MORDACIOUS. Characters that bring such a wide array of personalities. Some personalities you never would have thought to last 5 mins in a zombie apocalypse. But somehow this rag tag group makes it work.

One of my favorite things about a zom apoc is when the author starts from the beginning of the end. Seeing how it all went to heck, how everyone reacts, and what they do with the lot they were given is what makes the story fascinating to me. And Fleming once again gives me and her readers all this and more.

Another one of my favorites is romance and even though we don’t see a whole lot of it, we do get the building up of one. I am a huge fan of Sylvia and Eric. I really hope that something happens between the two. But if I have learned anything in the last series, Fleming won’t think twice about killing off characters you start to like, even ones that you think are safe.

MORDACIOUS is another incredible zombie read by Fleming. I don’t believe I have one bad thing to say about this book. About to start the second, PERIPETEIA, now. And if you are wondering about these book titles, it’s all in the book. 5 Stars!!

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