15 October 2012

Ashley & Kat review: Sundered by Shannon Meyer

Sundered (Nevermore Trilogy #1) by Shannon Meyer

Published: 1 September 2011

Pages: 122 (kindle)

Genre/s: Zombies/Paranormal

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Synopsis

A miracle drug, Nevermore, spreads like wildfire throughout the world allowing people to eat what they want, no matter how unhealthy it is and yet still lose weight. It is everything the human population has ever dreamed of and Mara is no different. Only a simple twist of fate stops her from taking the drug.

As the weeks roll by, it becomes apparent that Nevermore is not the miracle it claimed. A true to life nightmare, the drug steals the very essence that makes up humanity and unleashes a new and deadly species on the world, a species bent on filling its belly. Locked down within their small farm home, Mara and her husband Sebastian struggle against increasingly bad odds, fighting off marauders and monsters alike.

But Sebastian carries a dark secret, one that more than threatens to tear them apart, it threatens to destroy them both and the love they have for each other.

The secret forces Mara to make the ultimate choice. Will she live for love, or will she live to survive?


Our Thoughts


The Characters

Ashley: The characters, Mara and Sebastian, were honestly not my favorite couple to keep up with in a novel. In fact, when writing this review, I had to get on Goodreads to remember their names. I honestly couldn't remember much about them. Mara and Sebastian obviously love each other very much. Their romance was a little unbelievable to me, especially in the second half of the book. I am very interested in how the rest of the trilogy goes.

Kat: One of the main issues I had with Sundered is the length. Whilst some novels can get away with packing a lot into so few pages, in Sundered it simply hampered how much attachment I could form to the characters. I liked Mara - she isn't an awesome bad-arse heroine, she's just an average, slightly overweight and quite insecure woman who wants to have a nice, quiet life with her hubby. And that does make her more likable in terms of what she overcomes.

Sebastian, however, was far harder to like. Yes, he loves his wife, but at times the way he spoke to her was actually quite degrading (if a man ever called me 'wifey' he'd get a wet slap!) and he was all over the place in terms of his emotions.

The Plot

Ashley: This was a very short book and I have to say, I honestly don't remember a lot of this book. I remember the introduction of the Nevermore shot, the turning of the zombie-type people, the survival of Mara, and her husband's secret. So far as this secret goes, I figured it out really soon.

The action was not as intense as I would have liked. In fact, I mostly remember Mara staying inside of her house and not leaving. Oh, well until persons more dangerous threatened Mara. From that point onward, I really liked the book.

Kat: The basic idea of the plot, that a miracle weight-loss drug goes awry and everyone who takes it ends up going nuts is a good one. The idea of a woman who cannot take the drug being barricaded in her home screams post-apocalyptic and pretty much ticks all of my boxes. BUT (and yes, it's a but in caps!), the actual book itself is a little all-over-the-place - some parts move too quickly, others too slowly and some of it is just plain wierd, including a love story of sorts that just made me cringe. It's hard to determine exactly how much time passes, as there are no obvious indications and instead it's left up to the reader to work it out, which was slightly confusing.

World-Building

Ashley: I will say, the zombies in this one are by far one of my favorite. Aside from real zombies, of course. I like the Nevermore zombies because it sounds like this could actually happen. I speak without any medical and scientific training, but my goodness.

Kat: There's some investigation of the science behind the drug, but as Mara is barricaded in her home with no access to the outside world, her knowledge is limited only to what she sees on the TV before things really go south. There's not much discussion of the lengths she has to go to to survive, and apart from a period where she takes to her bed in despair, it all seems a little bit too easy.

Final Thoughts

Ashley
: I really wish I would have like this one more. I really do. Aside from the Nevermore zombies, I just didn't have much of an interest in anything else. I absolutely think that Shannon Meyer did well in coming up with unique zombie-ish characters though. And for that, I give it a 2 out of 5. I can't decide if I will read the next two books, but since they are short, I may give them a try later on.

Kat: Sundered is a good attempt at the current post-apocalyptic, kinda-zombie trend, but overall it was just too inconsistent in terms of characters and pacing to really grab me.

Ashley's Rating: 2 Stars
Kat's Rating: 2 stars

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5 comments:

  1. Wow! We felt the same. I so wish I would have liked it more.

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    1. Spooky huh?! Me too, I really liked the idea, but the execution wasn't that great.

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  2. Aww, that sounds like such a bummer. From what I hear about these "zombified" peeps, it almost reminds me of the film "The Crazies" (sans miracle drug). What a shame.

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    1. It was such a good idea, and parts were actually pretty creepy, it just wasn't 'enough'!

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  3. What a shame...sounds like an interesting premise just not well "fleshed" out!

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