Disclaimer: I received a free copy from the publisher through NetGalley in return for an honest review.
Mortality is the first in a trilogy of books by Kellie Sheridan, called The Hitchhiker Strain. I confess that I have never heard of Kellie Sheridan before, but assume that she has been lost somewhere in the plethora of young adult dystopian writers.
I was pleasantly surprised by this book, and was slightly disappointed by how quickly I finished it. Now that I am aware there are more in the series, I will definitely continue reading.
If I had to describe my reaction to it, I thought it was a very similar concept to the Tomorrow When the War Began series by John Marsden, except with Zombies instead of foreign invaders. And there’s a healthy dose of all of the usual zombie tropes thrown in for good measure.
The main characters are teenagers who are forced to survive in a world which has been struck by a series of plagues, which turned most of the population into zombies. But humans in their infinite wisdom found a vaccine for the plague… which only made things worse (well of course it did).
The main characters’ voices are distinct and interesting, and their points of view definitely evolved throughout the novel. It certainly made me ponder the question of who I would be if the zombie apocalypse broke out.
If I had a quibble at all, it would be that the action scenes with the zombies felt rushed occasionally, and although the author did a good job of building up the tension in situations, she released the valve a little too easily. Perhaps the most horrifying of all were the actions which were taken by the humans in the story, and what they were prepared to other humans.
Not really for the feint of heart, but definitely a quality addition to the zombie horror genre.