So this weekend I found myself with a little down time in the evening. The other half was wrapped up in course work, so of course I had to be super studious by his side! And by super studious I mean reading a whole bunch of amazing and incredible books. Mine have fewer diagrams of human bodies, but they have way more magic and unexplained phenomena. All the hard work of reading led to a brief pizza break, a viewing of a truly epic horror film, and then more reading! All in all, a truly satisfying October weekend.
Unforsaken by Sophie Littlefield had me at zombies. Though in all honesty it was not the zombies that kept me reading. Instead, it was the amazing characters and the awesome adventure they went through. Which more than made up for the fact that the zombies in this book are very much in the background. Hailey is a sixteen year old girl with the amazing ability to heal. This power is hers because she descends from the Banished, who came to America from Ireland centuries ago. Healing, however, is not her only power, that would be too simple. Hailey can also create zombies, but only if she tries to heal someone when it is too late. She is finally getting a chance at a normal life, after surviving some unimaginable hardships she finally has a home with her Aunt Prairie and little brother Chubs. That is all shattered after a secret call to her secret boyfriend Kaz. Someone tapped the line. Someone knows where she is living. And that someone just kidnaped her aunt and brother. Hailey and Kaz go on a cross-country journey to save their loved ones and protect the Banished from mysterious forces who would exploit them. They can only hope they’re not too late.
Fantastic plot, wonderful concept and some beautifully created characters. Littlefield gives herself a solid base on which to make crazy things happen in Unforsaken, and I loved every minute of it. The powers that Hailey and her family have are understated in the best way. They never discover an ability that can magically save the day, they have to rely on their wits and the power they already have and have mastered. The action was superb. All too often a girl can be overshadowed in a story like this by her oh so hunky boyfriend. While Kaz does sound oh so hunky, he never becomes the main action guy. He and Hailey are truly equals in all of the action scenes and plotting and that makes it wonderful to read. They work so well as a team that I had no trouble believing that two sixteen year olds could take down this mysterious and evil corporation. The back story is given to the reader in wonderful little hints and subtle remembering of the past. Never feels out of place, never feels forced and it always is relevant to what is going on at that point in the story. Overall, I loved this story and cannot wait to get my hands on its companion title!