Friday, April 11, 2014

{Book Review} ARV-3 (The after life saga #1) by Cameo Renae

ARV-3 (The after life saga #1)
by Cameo Renae
Publisher: Crushing Hearts and Black Butterfly Publishing
Released:November 26th 2013
Genre: Fiction- YA: Sci fi, Dystopia, post-apocalyptic
How I got it: Netgalley

The beginning of the end. The Apocalypse.

A nuclear fallout wiped out every living thing on the planet, except for a few thousand of us who took shelter in underground bunkers across the globe. Now, after thirteen long years, we were finally able to return to the topside to begin to rebuild.

We thought we were alone. We were never more wrong.

Before the fallout, scientists had worked on creating an anti-radiation vaccine (ARV). The first two attempts failed, but despite the incomplete tests and results, the government approved and distributed the third serum to the masses in an effort to aid those who had no shelter.

It worked, keeping those who remained on the topside alive, but it also altered and mutated them. This new and infectious threat had completely outnumbered us. Now, we not only had to rebuild our planet. We would have to fight for it.

My name is Abigail Park. I’m seventeen, and this is my story.

Review: This wasn't exactly what I thought it was going to be, but all in all was decent.
Abi is a strong, loyal, and naive young women. Spending her life in the hive, an underground bunker, is probably part of the reason she has problems adjusting later in the book. Everyone, who was able to, moved underground when the world went nuclear. After thirteen years they have been given the ok to return to the surface, so Abi, her family, and the other members of her hive decide to make the trek to a safe zone. But the surface isn't safe, there are still high levels of radiation in areas and the Arvies.
The Arvies are mutants, people who couldn't make it to a bunker and were given an experimental vaccine. The vaccine worked but with horrible side effects.  Now that people are venturing out of their hidey holes the Arvies attack.
We follow Abi as her group flees for their lives, fighting these horrible monsters. Yet once they reach the safe zone things aren't all there cracked up to be either. Abi is separated from her family and Finn her boyfriend. Here is where her naivety really shows as she struggles to deal with boy/girl relations and having competition in her life for the first time. Also weird things are happening in the safe zone and Abi's curiosity gets her into a world of trouble. I really can't say much more than that or I'll give things away. I will say this ends on a cliffhanger ending leaving the reader wondering what will happen to Abi, what's really going on in the safe zone and how they are going to deal with the Arvies.  Hopefully these will be addressed in book 2.

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