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Chasers by James Phelan

Monday, October 29, 2012
SYNOPSIS: The trip of a lifetime just turned into the end of the world.
When Jesse crawls out of the wreckage of a subway car and emerges into daylight, he’s greeted by a living nightmare. An unexplained force has destroyed New York City, turning skyscrapers into ash, cutting off all power and communication. Jesse and his new friends, Dave, Anna and Mini are dazed but unhurt. The other survivors are not so lucky. Every human being they encounter is infected, gripped by an unquenchable thirst that drives them to monstrous acts of violence.
Somehow, Jesse has to escape. But first, he has to stay alive.
REVIEW: This book simply was not my cup of tea. Usually I’m sucker for post-apocalyptic stories, where a character(s) struggles day in and day out to survive in a new destroyed place. From the moment I began Chasers, I could not get into it. In fact, I had to force myself just to finish it just because I was already late in getting my review. It was just the repeated storyline of the main character and his friends taking refuge in a building, safe from what are called Chasers, who are neither zombies nor dead but rather infected. And I still can’t quite comprehend what exactly they were. As it being a trilogy I’m sure the explanation will come out sooner or later but this first book left it hanging far more than I would like. However, with that being said, I really did enjoy the ending. Where a surprising twist comes to play, even though it was abrupt and short and out of left field. And it peaked my interest enough to want to read the second book that is to follow with hopes of it being a lot better than the first. One more thing I think I may add, is in the unedited version that I read, there were a lot of things wrong. The main one being that there were no quotation marks indicating when a person was speaking and who was speaking, and perhaps that is why I struggled to read this book. Which I am sure and hoping they will fix before it is released, and I may just have to pick up a copy and re-read it at that time to give it another shot. At this moment, this book just lacked a lot of things for me. From the lack of a strong story line to action to overall drawing me in.
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