24 August 2012

Review: Mad World: Epidemic by Samaire Provost

Mad World: Epidemic by Samaire Provost

Published: 28 July 2012

Pages: 160 (paperback)

Genre/s: YA, Zombie

Source: Blog Tour

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The Black Plague is ancient history. It killed 100 million people nearly seven centuries ago, halfway around the world from the technologically advanced research center at Stanford University. Scientists there have recently begun examining samples of bone marrow from plague-infected corpses unearthed in Europe. All the necessary safeguards are in place. What could go wrong?

Alyssa and Jake are away with their class on a highly anticipated year-end trip to Broadway with their senior acting class when all hell breaks loose at home. Traveling back, and trying to find their families, they encounter deadly results. Riots are breaking out. People are being evacuated. And they have no idea what's happening to their families.

Horrific ordeals, heart-pounding tragedy, and chance encounters harden them for what lies ahead. Faced with tormenting decisions, they're forced to follow their instinct for survival at any cost - even when the cost is a heart-wrenching decision of life or death.

A harrowing adventure of frightening discoveries, horrifying confrontations and narrow escapes in Epidemic, the first installment of the Mad World series.

Find out what's got everyone so terrified.

My Thoughts

Almost a novella in length, Mad World: Epidemic fits quite a story into its 160 pages - as the students make it home to find their families are gone and some seriously deranged people are wandering about their neighbourhood, they pick up a few stragglers and set off to the main evacuation point in Los Angeles.

I did have a few small issues with this book - firstly, one of the main characters picks up a gun and immediately takes four perfect head shots. It is mentioned that his family has an interest in guns, but this seems a little improbable - from what I understand, hitting a target in the head from a distance is quite difficult, let alone four times in a row. Secondly, as they travel to Los Angeles they find multiple gas stations that are fully manned, without any looting or rioting mentioned - surely the residents or staff would get wind of a possible disease outbreak and start stocking up, whether legally or not.

Apart from these niggles, I did enjoy the story - the disease angle is interesting and not one I've read before, there is a wide range of characters (including the token pregnant lady), and it's not all puppies and flowers - some characters die, there are bloody scenes and the zombies are proper freaky.

Mad World: Epidemic was a fun, roller-coaster read - I liked the characters, and there's a lot of potential in this for a great YA zombie series.

About the Author

Samaire Provost lives in California with her husband and son.

Her love of paranormal stories, odd plots, and unique tales as well as the works of Neil Gaiman, Terry Pratchett, Susan Cooper, Madeleine L'Engle and Stephen King has deeply influenced her writing.

Mad World : EPIDEMIC her first novel. The second in the series is entitled "Mad World: SANCTUARY"



  1. Thank you so much for hosting my book Kat! I really appreciate the exposure and your review :-) When I first saw my book show up on your blog, I "SQUEE'D!!"
    I am currently working hard finishing the sequel to EPIDEMIC. I'm happy to say the editor thinks it is even better than EPIDEMIC. I am somewhat new to this and I always want to be improving :-) I love your blog and I was delighted to see that the first blog on my book blog tour was a ZOMBIE blog!!!! YAY!!!!!!!!!!! GO ZOMBIE STORIES!!! WOOT WOOT!!

  2. You are correct about the head shots. To top it off, only about half of all head shots turn out to be fatal. The area you need to hit is about the size of a 3" x 5" note card.



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