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Sunday, November 10, 2013

{Book Review} Sick by Tom Leveen

by Tom Leveen
Publisher: Amulet Books
Released: October 1st 2013
Genre: Fiction- YA: Horror
How I got it: NetGalley

Breakfast Club meets The Walking Dead as a group of unlikely allies tries to survive a deadly outbreak.

Brian and his friends are not part of the cool crowd. They’re the misfits and the troublemakers—the ones who jump their high school’s fence to skip class regularly. So when a deadly virus breaks out, they’re the only ones with a chance of surviving.

The virus turns Brian’s classmates and teachers into bloodthirsty attackers who don’t die easily. The whole school goes on lockdown, but Brian and his best friend, Chad, are safe (and stuck) in the theater department—far from Brian’s sister, Kenzie, and his ex-girlfriend with a panic attack problem, Laura. Brian and Chad, along with some of the theater kids Brian had never given the time of day before, decide to find the girls and bring them to the safety of the theater. But it won’t be easy, and it will test everything they thought they knew about themselves and their classmates.

Review:When I saw the tag line, Breakfast Club meets Walking Dead, I was hooked. But that's a bit miss leading. Sure there's the unlikely grouping of teenagers who's clic's would never meet forced together by circumstance. Yet the "zombies" in this book aren't really dead. As the title says the people are sick, and crazed.
Let's back track a bit... Brian and his friend Chad are two slackers who are in high school, when not sneaking out to hang out at Chads house. They're not bad kids, just kids who need mild disciplinary action taken to their back sides. After skipping out on a bunch of classes they return to school, for their last class and the pep rally. Things go down hill from there really fast.
Brian is a strong character, pretty loyal as well.  He risks his neck to go after his sister and sorta ex-girlfriend. I really liked Chad, who was this bad boy yet really wasn't. You know the type. He helped inject a bit of humor into the book, not much but his one liners were pretty good.
The plot moved along pretty good, there was quite a bit of bickering which was probably true to teenage form, but stalled the book slightly. The action was fast paced and well written. Over all I enjoyed this read quite a bit.

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