Title: ARV-3 (The after life saga #1)
Author: Cameo Renae
Published Date: November 26th 2013
Genre: YA / Post-Apocalyptic
***THIS BOOK WAS GIVEN TO ME IN EXCHANGE FOR AN HONEST REVIEW***
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.
When the end came, some were prepared. Abigail Parks was lucky enough to have a dad that was prepared. With a handful of selected people they were able to retreat underground when all hell broke loose. Thirteen years later her group wait for the signal that it is now safe to go topside and start to rebuild. But radiation is the least of their worries as they learn there are survivors topside, but those that survived have been mutated by ARV (ANTI-RADIATION VACINE). A serum handed out by the government to those who did not have access to shelter. Now before they can rebuild, they have to fight for their lives.
What I really liked about this book was the main character. Abigail had ridiculous skill with a gun and she even named her favourite Hellfire, I love that she named her gun Hellfire. Cameo Renae created a character in a Young adult novel that is independent and strong without being cut off from her family and friends to make her that way. The action in the book makes for some exciting and gripping scenes.
I did not like the way Abigails best friend was introduced. It felt very forced and a little too, dramatic for me. But as soon as you’re past the introduction, their friendship works seamlessly. All the different relationships in this book draw you in, Abigail with her uncle and her parents, her best friend and his mum. Cameo Renae really shows what family and friendship really means to these people.
I did feel the story was rushed, all the scenes were good and were necessary. At no point did I find myself wondering why the hell a scene or a conversation was present because it was simply there to fill a void. I just wish some situations in the book had been longer, I think you can still get the urgency across that they are on borrowed time without actually having to rush through the middle of the book. I felt like, you know when you watch a film and you just know there is a sequel, like all superhero films. And the first film is world introduction, character introduction and then the second is able to just concentrate on the story? I feel like that’s why some of the scenes felt rushed, because this book was setting us up for the sequel, for the real struggle to come.
Less than half way through I guessed the ending and how the story would lead into a sequel, so in that sense it was predictable. But the delivery and the situations carrying the plot were not. Yes I saw where it was heading but I wasn’t entirely sure how we would get there. And that is when I am okay with the end of a book or some of the plot being predictable, because it is so hard to do something people are not capable of guessing these days so it is all about the delivery. And Cameo Renae delivers a fast paced, action filled ending that has you biting at the bit for the sequel.
This book is definitely worth a read, yes it has its faults but they are definitely outweighed by the positives.
Abigail is strong, skilled and holds onto her humanity in a world where humanity is scarce.
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