Wednesday, May 22, 2013

(Review) Mortality by Kellie Sheridan

Title: Mortality
Series: The Hitchhiker Strain #1
Author: Kellie Sheridan
Pub. Date: March 19th 2013
Publisher: Patchwork Press

Blurb (Goodreads):

After surviving 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.

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My Thoughts

Zombies are probably the only creatures which sort of freak me out. Yet I can't help but feel drawn to them. But that's not what first thing which called my attention. It was the cover. I loved it and I think it's very representative of the stories in the book.

The story is told from two point of views, teenagers Savannah and Zarah. I have to say really I liked the way this was done. You could say one point of view was told from the perspective of a Zombie slayer/hunter and the other... Well, from someone who is the complete opposite. Both of these girls tell their stories starting from different points in the timeline. While one starts telling her story from when the infection first started appearing, the other starts six months afterwards. And even though one of the starts after everything has happened, we are still told, or rather she tells us, the events which led her to where she was. I also liked the way you could tell the difference of the "voice" when PoV's switched from one to the other. Both were talking about the same thing, the same events, but you could tell it was two different people telling the story.

I liked the way the story flowed. When Savannah was talking, it was fast. Sort of like her personality. I didn't like her, but liked the way the story was told. While when Zarah was talking there was this sense of calm under all the sense of urgency. I REALLY liked Zarah. Actually, I loved her, and her chapters. Especially after the motel scene happened and she talks of her feelings. I would have gone crazy if I was her. But the end... *raises eyebrow* It would have been so great if the story had taken another route instead of the one it took. I sort of knew it would be that way after everything clicked together, but I was really hoping I was wrong. I wasn't and I was disappointed. Also, the ending to that story felt rushed. Actually, they both felt that way. But there's a book two, so I can ignore it.

Besides Savannah, another character I didn't like was Cole. Really... what was he thinking? No, really. I actually yelled "Are you crazy?" (in Spanish) a few times. I really want to understand him, but I just can't. And at the end, I feel like he is hiding something from Savannah again. I really wanted to smack him since he first appeared. Liam was a bit better. I'd say he passed the test. Poor thing...

Besides Zarah and Liam's story, another good point the book has was there no real dreaded love triangle nor a love square of doom! I was so happy about that. Yeah, Savannah had a crush, but I could tell it was very superficial. There was a bit of insta-love, but it was the apocalypse. *shrugs* Also, I liked that the story had two different types of zombies. The usual mindless ones and the uber Zs (the intelligent ones), so that's another brownie point right there.

I enjoyed Mortality. Really, I did. Although the book is about terrifying zombies, it wasn't "scary". At all. But it does have the "ew" factor rampaging through its pages. Just reading about the way they looked, moved, ate, and smelled definitely had my skin crawling. Plus, it was a quick read. I read it in just a few hours. So yeah, I liked it. I will definitely check out the other books in the series.

My rating for this book is 4 stars out of 5.

*I received a free e-book copy from the author in exchange for an honest review. 
*I am not affiliated to Amazon, B&N, the Book Depository or any other online/physical store I mention on my blog.


  1. Hmmm, interesting. The cover and the name didn't sound like something with zombies so I passed this one without a second glance, but you know me — I LOVE zombies. So definitely checking this one out. Awesome review!

    Faye @ The Social Potato

    1. I hope you like it and thanks for stopping by!