Published by Berkley Books on Dec 4, 2012
Genres: Paranormal, Post Apocalyptic, YA
Format: ARC from BEA 2012
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Life was different in the Before: before vampires began devouring humans in a swarm across America; before the surviving young people were rounded up and quarantined. These days, we know what those quarantines are—holding pens where human blood is turned into more food for the undead monsters, known as Ticks. Surrounded by electrical fences, most kids try to survive the Farms by turning on each other…
And when trust is a thing of the past, escape is nearly impossible.
Lily and her twin sister Mel have a plan. Though Mel can barely communicate, her autism helps her notice things no one else notices—like the portion of electrical fence that gets turned off every night. Getting across won’t be easy, but as Lily gathers what they need to escape, a familiar face appears out of nowhere, offering to help…
Carter was a schoolmate of Lily’s in the Before. Managing to evade capture until now, he has valuable knowledge of the outside world. But like everyone on the Farm, Carter has his own agenda, and he knows that behind the Ticks is an even more dangerous threat to the human race…
I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
This was an action packed story that still managed to have time for a sweet YA romance.
The story is told from alternating viewpoints of Lily, Mel and Carter. The story mostly belongs to Lily, and this is very apparent from the way the viewpoints are used. Carter’s chapters are told in third person while the girls’ are in first person. Mel’s chapters are always less than two pages long, with the extent of her autism affecting every word. The only chapters that cover everything are Lily’s.
Overall, the story is quite satisfying and engaging. The twist is fairly easy to predict, but the ending is not. This book is only the beginning of the story. There isn’t a crazy cliffhanger ending, but it’s still quite open. I look forward to seeing what happens next.