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Thursday, May 8, 2014

{Book Review} Pockets of the Dead by Karen Carr

Pockets of the Dead
by Karen Carr
Publisher: Muletown Press
Released: February 4th 2014
Genre: Fiction- New Adult: Horror, post apocalypse, zombies
How I got it: received a copy for the author

Meet Hella Paige. She kills zombies. Well, technically her virus kills zombies, the one that she contracted after being bitten by her undead neighbor. The virus is invaluable, killing everything undead around her. But it is also destructive, unless Hella can escape the truth, she might be doomed to a terrible fate.

All Hella wanted to do was graduate from college, but she is thrust into a world she never imagined, one filled with moments of sheer terror and the idea that humanity can be saved by a few. She brings together a tribe of survivors, keeping her virus a secret; instead claiming the village they live in is protected by a mysterious zombie-killing aura. Hella has to sacrifice so much for the people she grows to love, for she can’t leave the village without risking their death.

When Hella meets Huck, he captures her heart, but it is his friend Zeke that can help her save humankind. Two heroic men, one she hates and one she loves. Can Hella rise above the chaos of her heart and chose the one to benefit the world? The right choice might mean the difference between surviving and survival of the species.

Review: Hella is a young woman, thrust into a whole new world. After being bit by a zombie she discovers that she has an amazing power and can actually kill zombies with what she calls her aura. When she begins to meet other survivors she tells them the village where she lives is safe, mistake number 1. While I get why she does this, I also felt she was setting herself up to fall. First by staying in one location and two by not telling the people under her care. Especially after she came to know them.
Hella really frustrated me. I liked her, she was strong, spunky and caring. But she was also very logic minded which was her biggest problem, she was just so hung up on repopulating the world. It was like she had blinders on. Yet she also wanted to keep things in a time capsule, to remember those no longer there. Very at odds with herself, I felt. At times I found her naive as well, yet she does start to grow and come into her own as the book progresses which I liked.
The romance aspect wasn't done very well in my opinion, mainly because they had this intense connection but not much more. Huck and Hella were complete opposites. I know opposites attract and all that but they really didn't have chemistry. I actually thought Hella had more chemistry with Zeke who she hated, than Huck who she "loved".
I liked that this was a different take on the zombie apocalypse, but felt it could have been done just a bit better. The writing was good and while over all I enjoyed the book, I hope Ms Carr is planning on a book two so we can see the characters evolve and grow more.

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