ALIVE by Megan D. Martin
What’s more dangerous—the man who broke her heart or those trying to eat it?
Fighting to survive, Eve finds herself alone in the world after the Crave—the only parallel of her former life. On the hunt for her sister, she runs into Gage—the first and only boy to have her heart and break it. It’s been four years and he isn’t a boy anymore, nor is he the same person he used to be. Against her better judgment, Eve agrees to stay with him when he divulges information on a safe haven near the small town they grew up in—but that doesn’t mean she has to like it…
Returning home elicits a myriad of emotions that both Eve and Gage thought they had buried. The past and present collide and they are forced to the face bitter deceits that ruined them in the before and threaten to destroy them now…
***ARC recieved by author in exchange for an honest review***
Exciting, fast paced, awesome protagonist, post apocalyptic and ZOMBIES!!
All things that excite me when reading a book. This book had all those elements plus so much more.
Prior to The Walking Dead (TV Show) I have been interested in zombies. Don't ask what it is about these disgusting flesh eating monsters that always have me interested in reading books with them in it. Hey! I also get my kicks from dystopian, paranormal, fallen angels and vampires etc. I don't discriminate if a book is well written, captures my interest, throws me into that world, has my heart rate spiked, breathing rapid and anxious its a winner. This book again has all those elements. The author does a great job right from the jump on describing this desolate world, a world where sickness has over taken people by the droves and made them into zombies.
All alone in a field surrounded by these flesh eaters we find Eve, alone knowing she is out numbered with no way to get away.
Unexpectedly someone from her past seems to appear from out of thin air and helps her out of the dire situation. 2% in and I was already assaulted with anxiety and thinking "Fight woman fight, cut those damn dead monsters heads off!"
Gage a face from Eve's past, the guy who broke her heart. Say Whaaa?? Oh I need to know more! Believe me I got what I asked for and then some. The author did a great job taking me back into these two characters pasts and answering all those important questions. You know the who? What? Where? How? and Why's!
I liked that the author toggles between the now and the before. I got to see in both these characters heads, and felt that I got a good grasp on both personalities. Eve is a strong woman, she was not popular prior to the sickness. She was the weird girl and was made fun of. She wanted to belong and even at home she was put down. It made me feel bad for her, but once the sickness set in she turns bad ass! She learns to survive and does what she needs to do to do that. She has a sister whom we do meet and to be honest is such a bitch. Olive ran away from Eve, and she is now with some pretty interesting people.
I love Gage and as I read more about him I felt bad for both him and Eve. Oh man the sexual tension builds and I loved the way a certain scene was written! I was like yeah EVE
Gage is a great character sexy, yummy, strong, level headed and protector. I found out so much about him from the before and made me love him in the now! This is not an easy world to live in. These characters go through so much and are never even guaranteed happiness or shit even stability but they do what they must.
I enjoyed this book tremendously. It has everything I look for. Bad ass protagonist, a crazy ass world, a guy who is HAWT and amazing. Oh and sex! Yup sex! I like it especially in dirty worlds where you never know when you come across another human who isn't a brute and trying to kill you to take the little that you have.
I gave this book