Thursday, April 26, 2012

The Other Life by Susanne Winnacker

The Other Life by Susanne Winnacker
Release Date: February 1, 2012
Publisher: Usborne

Sherry has lived with her family in a sealed bunker since things went wrong up above. But when they run out of food, Sherry and her dad must venture outside. There they find a world of devastation, desolation...and the Weepers: savage, mutant killers.  When Sherry's dad is snatched, she 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?  - Goodreads.com

Great debut!  I was snapped right into this story from the first page and it didn't let me go until the last page.  It left me begging for more.  Sherry has led a sheltered life, and I mean that literally.  I can't imagine living four years in a bunker with only your family members as company.  Sherry and her dad have to leave in order to find food, because the family is out, and they venture from the bunker hoping that the world above has changed. 

The concept of this story was truly unique for me.  It's the first dystopian book I've read that approached things from this angle, and I found it all the more thrilling and scary because I could really see this happening.  It was strange, yes, but is it really such a stretch of the imagination that something like this could happen?  I don't want to say what because I don't want to give anything away, but it was just so fresh and new.  There were moments of complete eerieness in this story.  I found myself wanting to turn the lights up during several scenes of the story.

The characters were great.  I loved Sherry as the main character.  This is a sheltered, somewhat pampered girl who is now thrown out into a dangerous world, but she's so brave and willing to throw herself even further into danger in order to save people she loves.  Joshua was amazing.  I really loved his character and how he sort of mentored Sherry into this new and freaky world.

Toward the end of the book, there was a very big surprise that took me completely off-guard.  I never saw this coming, and it really hitched the suspense up even further and I just can't wait until the sequel comes out so I can find out what happened.  Wow!  Great job Susanne Winnacker.
 


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