Review: The Other Life by Susanne Winnacker (Weepers #1)

April 23, 2012 Challenges, Review 7 ★★★★

Review: The Other Life by Susanne Winnacker (Weepers #1)Release Date: May 15, 2012
Title: The Weepers: The Other Life
Series: The Weepers #1
Author: Susanne Winnacker
Pages: 265
Publisher: Marshall Cavendish
Source: NetGalley
Available: Barnes and Noble
From the Publisher: Sherry has lived with her family in a bunker for more than three years. Her grandfather's body has been in the freezer for the last six months, her parents are at each other's throats and two minutes ago, they ran out of food. Sherry and her father must leave the safety of the bunker. What they find is an empty Los Angeles, destroyed by bombs and haunted by Weepers - savage humans infected with a rabies virus. While searching for food, Sherry's father disappears and Sherry is saved by Joshua, a hunter. He takes her to Safe-haven, a vineyard where a handful of survivors are picking up the pieces of their other lives, before the virus changed everything. Sherry must find a way to help her family, stay alive, and decide whether Joshua is their savior or greatest danger as his desire for vengeance threatens them all. This debut novel is a page-turner that is not easy to forget.
4 Stars

Mutant zombie beasts caused by rabies.

After swearing I’d never read a zombie book, I seem to be reading lots of books like this lately. The fun thing is that while the genre is definitely picking up momentum, I don’t feel like each book I read is simply a retelling of the last. They are all fresh and new.

The zombies in this book aren’t true zombies, per se. They are mutated humans (aka Weepers, named for the milky fluid that leaks from their eyes), not the walking dead. But once they have transformed, they start jonesing for meat and blood and will eat you in a flash.

But really, the story is less about the Weepers and more about the survivors. Which is really how any good story should be.

And truth be told, the only thing I didn’t like about this book is that it was so danged short. While the hardcover may be 256 pages, my eGalley was only 180. It ended before the story really had time to get started. It was just long enough to introduce us to all of the characters and throw in a plot twist that won’t be resolved until later in the series.

And I liked it well enough that I’m kind of annoyed it ended so soon. I want more. And I want more now.

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