by Samaire Provost
Released: August 30th 2012
Genre: Fiction- YA: Horror, Zombies
How I got it: Received a copy from the author via Bewitching Book Tours
The year is 2017, and the Black Plague infection has swept across most of the United States, leaving death and chaos in its wake. Martial law is the rule rather than the exception, with outbreaks cropping up when they're least expected. Alyssa and her friends must not only battle outbreaks of the disease, but also find themselves pursued by government agents – men and women determined to track them down at any cost. Fleeing north to the fabled Sanctuary, Alyssa, Jacob, DeAndre, Caitlyn, Risa and Luke face disturbing ordeals and terrible tragedy as they encounter unbelievable situations in their struggle to reach safety. Using their skills and wits in their fight to survive against ever worsening odds, they weather hardship, betrayal, and the ever-present specter of death as they flee north, all the while vowing to protect one another – and most of all their precious 5-year-old Luke, from a world gone mad. Sanctuary, the second installment in the Mad World series, is a heart-rending adventure of astonishing revelations, tragic discoveries, agonizing separations and devastating losses that test these friends to their limits. With heart-pounding, edge-of-your-seat suspense at every turn, this is a story you will not be able to put down. Find out what happens next.
Review: This book picks up five years after the first one ends. Alyssa, Jacob and the gang are fleeing the CDC with Luke a five year old zombie/ human hybrid. Along the way they can't let their guard down for one moment, in this world gone mad.
This was a thrill ride. Almost complete non-stop action from the beginning to the end. Zombie attacks, crazy people trying to feed them to zombies. Seriously why is there always someone who thinks that there will be a cure for being dead. Alyssa and Jacob must maneuver through all the obstacles placed before them to get their family to safety, the Sanctuary in Canada. It's a nail biting ride, that I couldn't put down, with a few close calls. It was hard to figure out who was a good guy and bad guy in this book. Several time I caught myself going he's going to turn out to be a bad guy. Or thinking cool they've found a good spot to relax and then bam...
I do need to mention that I wasn't crazy about the all knowing narrate, which at times told what had happened instead of letting it unfold. I also wasn't happy with the ending which dropped a huge bomb and then fade to black. I get that it was to get people to buy the third book and see where the stories going. But I felt the story and characters were enough to do that the author didn't need to use that particular gimmick.
Over all this was a engaging story with great characters.