Released by Megan Duncan
Came out: Unknown
Age Group: Young Adult
After a demon apocalypse kills their parents and everyone they know, 17-year old Abby Phillips, her brother, Carter, and friend, Max flee their home to travel through what has become the wastelands of America. When radio transmissions of a resistance offering shelter and safety cease, Abby is tempted to give up. Struggling to overcome life-threatening obstacles in their dangerous journey, Abby and her companions quickly discover there are much worse things lurking in the dark than they could have ever imagined.
Megan Duncan has crafted an action-filled thriller that reminds me of a mixture of Birds, Life As We Knew It, Maximum Ride, and Zombieland. Yet somehow, it worked. The action scenes played out perfectly in my head and the description was fantastic. It did a great job of putting the reader right in the scene.
Although you may have to ignore a few blatant grammar/usage/formatting mistakes, you do enjoy the read. The apocalyptic world was executed and written perfectly. It's horrifying, action-filled, and empty. It seems like a video game that my brother would play.
The types of demons - bird and hound - were some of the highlights of the story. You could tell that Megan spent a lot of time perfecting exactly what she wanted them to be like. The process of Abby, Carter, and Max slowly unraveling the puzzle of what the demons were like and feared was gradual, but great to read about.
Taya was entertaining and provided a bit of light comedy against the dark backdrop of the demon apocalypse. I found myself admiring her confidence and determination. The grief over losing her mother was perfectly played, and I particularly liked the quote about living after grief.
The secondary characters and the different plot elements woven into the main story added different touches to the story. The cult added horror and insanity, Taya added a bit of warmth. Everything had something to add to make this story remarkable.
The ending was such a cliffhanger. I don't think I'll reread it because it is pretty terrifying, and it's also pretty short. Because of this, I only have one question to ask Megan Duncan: Will there be a sequel?
Recommended for anybody who loves: Birds; Zombieland; Life As We Knew It; Maximum Ride; I Am Legend; apocalyptic books; demons; etc,.
Possible book club questions:
Do you think Taya will look at Abby differently now even though she knows that it wasn't her fault after the dunes?Do you think Charlie will play a bigger role in a later book if we ever see him again?Why do you think Judy sacrificed herself to the demon? Was earlier in the book foreshadowing her demise?What elements of this are similar to Birds and Life As We Knew It? Do you think Megan meant for her book to be like these popular and classic books?Why do you think the hound was so interested in following them?Why were the transmissions still strong even after they discovered the base?