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A great start for a debut author! I've read a lot of zombie fiction, and this definitely fits in well - though in truth the zombies themselves don't earn a lot of focus. Instead, it's the family our protagonist builds for herself that's front and center - providing a real sense of heart for the story.
There were a couple of issues that could have used an editors attention - particularly in the first half, there's an overly enthusiastic use of exclamation marks in particular - but overall this was well worth the read.
by Fiona Cook
The story focuses on the relationships between Alyx and her "family" and their attempt to keep her brother Tommy safe after he seems he may have succumbed to the virus. The plot is paced well enough that I felt a sense of urgency and importance, and also made everything else really. The was a good amount of action scene, but also time to get to know the characters and their personalities. The idea was interesting and there are a few plot twists that were done really well, however towards the end it felt like it was a little bit too lucky and convenient the way in which events unfolded so that Alyx could achieve her objectives. I bet she was surprised herself. There were some pacing issues in my opinion once they get into the new camp when the romance seemed to have taken the attention from the main plot. I am hoping that there will be more bloodshed in the sequel.
Alyx is a 17 years old girl who in the beginning is trying her best to save her brother who was ill, so she and Will go to collect this supposedly healing plant outside the compound. I really liked her for her selflessness and her ability to keep her shit together when things turned sour and for most of the part did what she was told even when she wanted to rebel. The ability to keep one's mouth shut is actually, in my book, an incredibly good asset. Throughout the plot, she is trying to keep her family safe and together so when they end up in a worse place from where they left, she has to collect her courage and do her best to save her family. However, after she meets Colt, she seems to go into silly mode around him; I wanted to shake her a few times and point her towards Will since she was so blind towards him. Like you could see that attraction from a mile away, but she wasn't having it. Sigh.
I liked Will, he was there for her at all times, he even left his own mother behind to go with them (not that said mother was much of a mother, but still his mother, capisce?). I could see that he had strong feelings for her and he was willing to walk with her to the end of the world to keep her happy and safe, but that did not make him a loser. He was also dead funny and wicked, and I liked him a lot. On the other hand, Colt, besides the fact that he was strong and handsome I do not know more about him and because he kinda forced himself into the story, I did not really like him. Yes, he proves himself to her, but I was just not with him (maybe because I really don't like love triangles). Team Will!
The villain aka The General wasn't that terrifying to me and did not care much about him. I would've liked his character to be explored a little bit more. We only meet him on a handful of occasions so his motivations for being an assholes felt a little bit meh. I am hoping that in the next instalment we will find out more about what makes him really tick.
The writing was in tune with the tone of the book, it was easy to read because the story flowed nicely. There were a few cliches here and there (Eg.: hot girl is hot but doesn't know she's hot until she wears tight clothes to show curves she didn't know she had...), but overall it was a good reading experience.
I really enjoyed this book. I think I read it 2-3 days and I do recommend it especially if you want something dystopian to read quickly, but also with some romance.
by Jane Kelsey
This book was so fun to read! A great debut for Pixie Britton! While zombies are definitely a thing in this, the family aspect is much more the real focus. I love the way the author writes, especially the way she describes the characters, their emotions, and the world around them. I found this to be an easy to follow book. Everything had a nice flow to it, so nothing felt too rushed or too slow unless it was necessary. I found myself actually caring about the characters and what was going on. I didn't feel bored at all when reading this. Books like this is usually a tough sell as I'm very picky with anything otherworldly, but the way the author constructed her book into focusing more on relationships actually made me enjoy this much more than I thought I would. I would definitely recommend getting this. I'd give it a 4.5 out of 5 stars.
by Aly Ramirez
Pixie Britton has done a brilliant job with her debut novel! Dystopian world, zombies and family all come together to create an out of this world story. I could feel the family love through the pages. Highly recommended.
by Samantha Lynn (via NetGalley)
This it isn't your stereotypical run of the mill, zombie apocalypse novel, Pixie Britton takes the zombie genre and gives it her own thrilling unique twist. The story focuses on the relationships between Alyx and her family and starts long after the “infection” has spread. The main group of characters have already survived in the apocalypse for years on a peaceful settlement, safe from the dangers from the outside world only to realise that they were never truly safe. The book isn’t only about survival but also how to keep yourself and your family together in the disastrous consequences of the apocalypse.
This novel takes an already done genre and carves its own unique mark through the zombie apocalypse genre. It’s captivating without being cliché and stays unpredictable. While zombies are definitely an issue in this, the family aspect is the real focus which I think is a refreshing take on the genre. The book pulls you into a new world and once you are there it’s hard to leave. The plot is paced wonderfully as I felt a sense of urgency and importance without losing any details or characterisation. There is a good amount of action and drama, but also time to get to know the characters and their personalities.
by Lauren Brabrook (via NetGalley)
By day, Pixie Britton is a Treasury Analyst for a corporate broker in London, by night, she's a Wattpad extraordinaire and indie author. Her debut novel Kill or Cure has gained international success online with over 100k reads in five months.