After suriving a deadly plague outbreak, sixteen-year-old Savannah thought she had lived through the very worst of human history. There was no way to know that the miracle vaccine would put everyone at risk for a fate worse than un-death. Now, two very different kinds of infected walk the Earth, intent on nothing but feeding and destroying what little remains of civilization. When the inoculated are bitten, infection means watching on in silent horror as self-control disappears and the idea of feasting on loved ones becomes increasingly hard to ignore. Starving and forced to live inside of the abandoned high school, all Savannah wants is the chance to fight back. When a strange boy arrives with a plan to set everything right, she gets her chance. Meeting Cole changes everything. Mere survival will never be enough
I do love a good zombie book and, with there being so many out there now (Yes, I know I’ve written one too!) you really have to have something different going on with the plot to really stand out. Mortality gives us something different. It’s a story first person from two characters’ points of view: Savannah and Zarah. It was a little dangerous for a book to do this, but with tense chapter conclusions and different timelines, it flows nicely. I must admit though, that I preferred Zarah over Savannah – I found the latter kind of self-centered and two dimensional compared to the sweeter Zarah. Maybe it was because their stories are told at different points of the zombie cycle – maybe not; but I did find myself looking forward to hers over Savannah’s chapters.
From a writer’s perspective, I enjoyed the duel narrative and the world that Kellie Sheridan created. There were 2 waves of zombies in this book, which was a stoke of genius. The plot point I had trouble with was the militia. In zombie books and movies these can be a very scary addition to your cast. In fact, in Danny Boyle’s 28 Days Later the soldiers were, to me, scarier than the jerky flesh-craving zombies – and I did think that the author could have made more of them – although this is part of a series, so maybe that will happen later on.
The front cover is very apt to the feel of the book, but it does reveal a major plot twist, which would have added to the overall interest to the book if it hadn’t been ‘let out of the bag’ from the offset.
I’d give Mortality 4 out of 5 stars, as I would recommend it to anyone who likes a good zombie book.