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5 stars for this teen zombie romance. Quite a different and a creative look at zombies. Good fast moving story line with characters you soon become attached to. Great twists and turns that keep the reader guessing.
Katie is a Blue, a different kind of zombie. She drives fast, has a great library of books and a cozy little home. Around the landscape are slow, awkward zombies as well as a fast more organised variation.
The humans have organised colonies that keep them safe. Knowledge of the technology has been lost through the generations, and now marriages are being arranged between the colonies. Rose has been sending letters by pigeon to Xavier her chosen partner.
The stage is set for their paths to collide, who will survive?
This book could go viral with readers 12+. I await the sequel of what I’ve heard will be a trilogy.
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Like Elizabeth’s other books this is complex and unusual. Set in an isolated South Island town, something sinister has taken over the minds of the inhabitants and there is confusion everywhere. A few, who entered the town after the “wake” took hold, survey the carnage.
They are isolated from the rest of the world. They must clear the bodies and organise the food. Who is the man in black who helped put out the fires? Why won’t he join them in their struggle?
A very worthy read, but not pretty at times. A stunning bookcover, which I would love a print of- minus the funeral. I expect this will do well in the NZ 2014 book awards and I hope internationally as well.
This is a pretty intense book, once I started I couldn’t stop, I had to know what had happened.
Carey is living in a caravan deep in the woods caring for her little sister while her mother is away. Her mother, a meth addict with mental health issues, goes away often and this is the longest time she has been away. They are running out of food and have very little else other than books. Two strangers arrive to take them away but Carey is reluctant to go.
Carey doesn’t feel she deserves this new life and fears if the truth were told she could lose all she has gained. As the story unfolds and Carey learns to trust, you realise that Carey is a survivor in more ways than one, a young girl who has been abused.
Highly recommended to readers over 15.
A cute story about a happy orphan who doesn’t want to be adopted, especially by the strange couple. It turns out the lady is a witch who wants Earwig to work for her. The man is only around at meals, which are mysteriously delivered from local eateries. With the help of the pet cat, Earwig works at turning things around.
I read this in one sitting and think readers 8+ will thoroughly enjoy.
Starting in the 1950’s in Pennsylvania, the girl is on the run with a man. They knock on the door of a widow who lets them in and realizing part of their predicament invites them in with dry clothes and a hot meal. Soon there is a knock on the door and the police are in the house taking the girl away. The man escapes. There is a baby left behind. The couple had escaped from a mental institute.
Over the next two decades they live separate lives. The man is mute, the girl back in the institute and the widow has to keep running so questions are never asked.
A story of redemption, love and sacrifice.
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This is a gem, I think Joy Cowley nailed this one, five stars for sure.
The world financial crisis has reached Will and Mellisa’s house and the promised summer trip to Queenstown must be postponed. Instead the brother and sister accompany their elderly grandparents to the old family bach in the Marlborough Sounds. This seems like genuine hardship to the kids considering long drop toilets and zero cell phone coverage, but what happens makes them appreciate life more. Told alternatively by Will and Melissa, you see their confidence, character and relationship develop as they explore a very precious and beautiful part of New Zealand.
This is great for 9+ readers and will appeal to boys and girls.
The final installment of the series which started with “Wool” and was followed with “Shift”, the prequel that helped make sense of the world created in the first story, but left plenty to discover in “Dust”.
The people live in a silo, they have lives, jobs and a very limited understanding of the world around them. Everything about their existence is controlled and while there doesn’t seem much joy; there are families, community and a shared sense of purpose. I encourage you to take “Wool” to the beach this summer, buy copies as gifts for all your reader friends and share in this unique sifi journey.
I loved this book and this series. I loved the imagination, creativity and the hope it shares about life and the living of it. I was lucky to meet Hugh Howie, the author, and he seemed a genuinely nice, regular guy. How easy it is to sum people up and underestimate them, I can’t imagine this story was just sitting in his imagination waiting to be written down. I’m very glad he did.