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PODS [Paperback]

MICHELLE PICKETT
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  • Paperback: 1 pages
  • Publisher: Unknown (28 Aug 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1937053288
  • ISBN-13: 978-1937053284
  • Product Dimensions: 20.3 x 13.2 x 2.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Format:Kindle Edition
I have been dying for an ARC of PODs since I first discovered it's existence months ago on Spencer Hill Press' website. You wouldn't believe the volume at which I squealed when the mail man knocked on my door and handed me a parcel directly from Michelle Pickett. I tore the parcel open and discovered that not only was there one ARC but actually there were two signed copies. One for me and one to give away. Plus, there was a little swag bag set up for me and one for give away. The final amazing item was a tote bag with a picture of the PODs and Milayna covers on. I was speechless and so very happy.

I had just finished with a book and so I was ready to read PODs the day it arrived. I dived in straight away and boy oh boy was I in for one hell of a ride. I didn't realise at the start that I should have buckled up my seatbelt and braced for the energetic, lightning paced story that would ensue.

Evangelina Evans is a normal 17 year old girl with a normal life, until the day an incurable virus comes to town. If contracted, this virus will mean a painful death within just days of the symptoms emerging.
The government decide that they need to move people to the PODs that they built underground in case of any such pandemic. And that's exactly what this is. The virus will wipe out anyone living above ground when it hits.
The government say that there is room for only 70,000 people in the PODs and that 20,000 of those spaces are reserved for members of the government themselves. So that means that out of the entire population, only 50,000 people will be saved. How do they decide who should be saved and who shouldn't? Well that comes in the form of a Social Security Number Raffle.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Not my Cup of Tea :( 10 July 2014
By LaurenJ
Format:Kindle Edition
This book was a mess. . . That was my first thought after finishing this book.
The premise of this book was actually really good, It had everything I love in a Post Apocalyptic story , Danger , Romance and Zombies. So I’m really kind of shocked that I’m actually giving a zombie novel 1 star.

I’m a die hard Zombie fan, so I will literally give any post apocalyptic book a chance. But the zombie
plot point in this book was so rushed, it kind of felt like it was just thrown in at the last minuet. PODs was so close to being added to my DNF list…

This book had so much potential to be amazing, but ended up being really bad. I don’t think I will be reading any more of Micelle K. Pickett’s books in the future . . .
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5.0 out of 5 stars Terrifying Future Tempered by Tender Romance! 17 Nov 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
PODS, by Michelle Pickett, offers readers a vision of the future which I found both realistic and terrifying. In the novel a deadly virus, which kills its victims within days and which has no known cure, has struck the Earth's population. In the US the government holds a nationwide 'raffle', the winners being guaranteed apparent safety, alongside essential government personnel, scientists and military etc. in specially designed PODS deep underground. Meanwhile the virus wreaks havoc topside and the hope is that it will die out in the absence of remaining live hosts.... The tale centres on Eva, a 17 year old High School student. We witness how she, her family and others react to the news of the virus, the raffle, Eva's guilt at being selected and the bittersweet realisation that once she enters the POD system she will never see her family or friends again.

Before going into the PODS Eva with the other `chosen' spend two weeks in isolation in quarantine to ensure that their bodies harbour no nascent virus. Only then does she enter one of the many PODS, with other young men and women (for it is only the young and healthy who have been selected). All find it difficult to adjust to being separated from the life they knew and their loved ones and need to work together to remain sane under such claustrophobic and bizarre circumstances.

It is in the POD that Eva befriends David and it is not long before their mutual attraction turns into a budding romance, despite the difficulties of conducting a relationship with such a complete lack of privacy, not to mention misgivings such an attachment may not be a good idea, in case it turns sour. Ensconced in their POD, Eva and David struggle to contain their feelings and the other inhabitants all have their own dramas to cope with.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars PODS was much more than expected. 4 Jun 2013
By Urban Fantasy Investigations - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
PODS was much more than expected. A deadly virus has been released into the world and only some are chosen to live protected in the POD system. Eva has to leave everyone she knows behind for a chance to live. When the PODS open and the occupants are released lots of things have changed and Eva no longer wants to follow the path that is set out for her if it means she has to be without her POD mate David.

I don't love the cover for PODS but the book was pretty good. Eva is pretty smart and determined. She is chosen to live in the POD system but her parents can not come with, therefore are expected to die. She has to endure a lot of blood tests and quarantine before she can get into the PODS and the test continue once she is there. She is put with a group of strangers about the same age as her and for the most part everyone gets along besides one. It was a tad bit boring during some of the PODS time but it went by quickly and picked up once Eva was released.

The characters were great. Each one brought their own personality and background to the story. The situations these 'kids' are put into are pretty nuts. They weather the storm pretty well though. Eva and David butt heads a lot but quickly develop feelings for each other. I enjoyed following their romance. I loved the reveal of the mutated virus. I was not expecting that and it was a great addition to the story.

I didn't realize that PODS was part of a series until I saw that there was a sequel coming from the authors website. I would have been fine with the ending being just that but I am glad we will get more.
50 of 65 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars unsure 16 Jun 2013
By Mrs. J. A. Belfieldd - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
NB: I received an ARC of this title in exchange for my honest review. This review is a replica of the one posted on my blog, and my review on there is unrated, due to being unsure. However, Amazon doesn't let you post a review without a rating, so I'm still unsure if what I've rated it is my final opinion.

**WARNING: Contains some spoilers**

PODs was an unusual read for me, to the point I'm left floundering and completely at a loss for how to rate it. After finishing reading the book this morning, I'm actually still not 100% sure as to my thoughts about it, and I'm having trouble putting it into words how it made me feel.

Did I enjoy the book? Well, I really just ... don't know.

I mean, it had some issues that made this a less than fluid read for me, and I'm not sure if those are the factors driving this uncertainty, or if it's something else.

As you can see by my nonsensical waffle, I truly am at a loss.

So, maybe I can make some sense if I simply write what I did or didn't like about the book.

To begin, I kinda thought YES! The writing seemed smooth, and quite fast-paced, and the conflict had been identified so I knew where the story was going and who and what to root for.

But then, that opening pace seemed to vanish into the stratosphere, leaving the rest of the book to drag along the ground like animal-savaged victim--who's lost both his legs.

To begin with, I kinda liked Eva. I felt for her, and dreaded what I knew she headed toward, and what we know she's leaving behind. Yet, for reasons I simply cannot fathom, I just didn't connect with her. and I should have, because she had a whole lot of shizazz going on that I should have been empathising with her over--yet, I found myself very much detached from and indifferent to it all.

The bits leading up to the PODs was that fast paced section I mentioned, and then it's once they're in the PODs that the pace goes askew. I have a feeling the author relied too heavily on the relationship she created between Eva and David to hold the reader's interest, but it didn't, and I think my status updates will probably explain why better than I can:

At 26%:

1) Other than his `silver eyes', I have NO idea what David looks like.
2) However, I DO know he smells great because she tells us a LOT.
3) One minute, Eva and David are showing us a glimpse of their relationship beginning to grow, THEN we make a giant leap & are smacked with a big `TELL' that she realised she really likes him and we don't get to SEE any of this growth.

At 36%:

IS it just me who finds David a bit creepy?

At 42%:

Kissing. Lots of kissing. More kissing than anything else, in fact. But at least the doors are opening. Something fresh is afoot. Yay!

On top of these, there was a seriously unrealistic birthing scene about a third of the way through the book. The birthing mother was a teenager. There were no adults present. No adults responded to their requests for help. No medical supplies. All they had for guidance as to how childbirth goes was a book. The poor young girl in labour had NOOOO pain relief--and yet she barely made a peep. The entire ordeal seemed to be over within an hour, despite this being her first child delivered by kids who had no idea what they were doing during a delivery, and there ZERO complications ... okay, I guess you're getting the picture. But on top of this, the poor young girl who'd just given birth also cleaned herself up AND the baby up whilst Eva was in the bathroom (which is where they ALL go to clean themselves up, so I'm unsure how this was achieved--in the kitchen sink maybe?)--now, I dunno how the experience of other women has gone for them, but dude, I could barely get my own hide off that bed after giving birth, let alone moving around on my wobbly legs. So, this scene bugged me a fair bit, as I would have preferred if more credibility had been exercised.

Anyhoo, moving on. After a pretty long and slow section of them spending over a year inside the POD, they finally get out (as my 42% update status says), and I'm excited because I imagine this is where stuff gets interesting. I mean, they've hidden inside the PODs for this long, after leaving all of their loved ones and the rest of the country topside to deal with a virus that they all expected would kill them off, and now they're finally clambering out of their hole .... as a reader, you'd be expecting mutated family members to be wondering around, and them fighting for their lives whilst fighting with the realisation that the virus wasn't quite as cut and dried as they imagined ... right?

Well, okay, this does kind of happen--but it seems to take ages AFTER they've left the POD for it to get to this point. I mean, sure there's the whole being separated by David issue Eva ends up having to deal with. But, in all honesty, that got a little bit boring, and when some dude called Craig shows an interest, I find myself egging her to just go off with him in the hopes of something new and fresh happening at last.

It's not actually until David shows up on the outside of the compound Eva's been assigned to (though this moves slow, too), which encourages Eva to break out (which looks like something exciting is about to happen), that we finally see a bit of action and what I imagined the book might be about (finally). However, even then, I found myself just plodding along, rather than screaming my way through the pages on the edge of my seat and biting my nails and being shocked and horrified and praying they'll all be all right. And though it took some deep thinking, I think I finally figured out what the issue in even this area was. It was the writing. Not that the writing was bad, because it wasn't--the sentences were smooth and well-constructed enough. But those sentences alone weren't enough to bring excitement to the words. There was an underlying blandness to everything. The verbs lacked tension, and speed, and thrill, and oomph. There was so much difference that could have been made if only far more active and invigorating verbs had been chosen over the constant generic ones used through the novel that gave the reader no indication as to HOW the characters did stuff, so we only knew that they ... just did. Am I even making sense?

Added to these was the kissing. Yes, it warrants another mention, because it didn't cease even once they'd left the POD. And a LOT of those kisses came at inappropriate moments, and every kiss was written the same, and far too often Eva was shivering or trembling from these kisses or the slightest of touches from David, even when comrades of hers were being attacked or in distress right beside her, so they didn't always fit with the story/moment. So, they kind of bugged me to and only helped to make her less likeable because it made her seem out of touch with the troubles of others, or emotionless over the plights of the team, and I think this may also have contributed to my inability to connect with her.

Okay, I'll quit going on now.

I think what I'm trying to say is that I liked the story, and the concept was great, but a lot of it could have been quashed and condensed, to make way for more of it to have been shown, and to let me deeper into Eva's story and allowed the ability to travel her journey alongside her rather than merely read it as words on a page--and maybe then it would have held the excitement I felt I missed in there. BUT these are just the thoughts of one person. We all like different styles. We all like different levels of involvement. So make up your own mind, because this book might be the right one for you.
15 of 18 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A Dystopian Thrill ride! 5 July 2013
By bhwrn1 - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
A big thank you to Spencer Hill Press for sending me a copy of this book to read and give an honest review. I have been in love with this cover and waiting to read this book for what seems like forever. Receiving this book for free has in no way influenced my opinion or review.

Blurb from Goodreads:
Seventeen-year-old Eva is a chosen one. Chosen to live, while others meet a swift and painful death from an incurable virus so lethal, a person is dead within days of symptoms emerging. In the POD system, a series of underground habitats built by the government, she waits with the other chosen for the deadly virus to claim those above. Separated from family and friends, it's in the PODs she meets David. And while true love might not conquer all, it's a balm for the broken soul.
After a year, scientists believe the population has died, and without living hosts, so has the virus. That's the theory, anyway. But when the PODs are opened, survivors find the surface holds a vicious secret. The virus mutated, infecting those left top-side and creating... monsters.
Eva and David hide from the infected in the abandoned PODs. Together they try to build a life--a new beginning. But the infected follow and are relentless in their attacks. Leaving Eva and David to fight for survival, and pray for a cure.

First I must say a big thank you for Spencer Hill Press for trusting me with this book. When I first saw the cover, I was totally intrigued. Then I read the blurb (something I do not often do) and I just had to have it. I love a good dystopian for sure and the premise of this one was awesome: virus attacks, people hole up in pods, then they get released and basically restart society. It's a total pull me in for sure. And I love the way things are depicted on the cover. It's totally amazing and just what I might have imagined life in a pod to look like!

Evangelina (Eva) is a typical teenage girl. Except she's got one thing she's fighting, fighting to not get the virus which might take her life. So, when she's chosen to go in the POD, we follow her story of how she copes with it and survives. She is smart and funny. She has much insight but at the same time acts like a typical teenager. She's stubborn and wanting to really be able to take care of herself, despite others wanting to do it for her. And she's fiercely loyal, which is a nice aspect to see in a young adult book.
David is the love interest in this book. To be honest, at first I wasn't sure he would be. He was a bit introverted and to himself. But we slowly see him pull out of that and watch him fall for Eva. It's a sweet love story. And I love that David is so loving and available for Eva. He treats her like she's the only girl in the world.
He is sweet and available and handsome: pretty much the perfect guy. My one draw back is that I really can't picture him. I know he has silver/gray eyes, and brown hair and that he is fairly muscular, but I just could not get a good picture of him in my mind. I did have an issue with David in the middle of the book, which I don't want to get into too much because it will spoil the plot, but he did something that I did not expect with no real explanation and it really didn't seem to fit with his character.
As for the secondary characters, I liked their development. It was interesting to see them interact in the very close quarters of the POD. And I think they all helped each other grow for sure. They certainly became a family after spending all the time together.

The storyline is interesting. I love the idea of a virus attacking the country; of people having to go into a lottery to be allowed to escape it. And you definitely see a plan for the community as the government's ideas being to pervade the story and take over. Things are not all they seem to those who have been kept "imprisoned" in the PODs while the virus runs it's course through the population.

I enjoyed Michelle's writing. I thought it was very well done for a debut author. She certainly showed us her world and her characters. I felt as if I knew what was going on and certainly wanted to know more.

A few things that bothered me in this book: the pace. It was fast at first, then kind of slowed for while. I had a hard time getting through the middle of the book. But once the action started, it picked up for me. I did find some repetitive themes: constant zombie attacks, kissing and romance when it really was not appropriate and an overall annoyance with the main character's constant thoughts of her "beau" (I know she missed him but it seemed a little over the top how often she actually thought about him). I also think their relationship was a bit rushed and I didn't get to see their growth as a couple, which I really would have liked to experience.

All in all this was a very enjoyable read for me. The story line was really great. I did feel like it could have been tweaked a bit more, like I needed to know more about the government structure and their involvement with the virus and such (this particular aspect of dystopian is often most important to me to help set the pace and plot line). I am certainly interested to see where Pickett takes the story next.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Strongly Disliked This Book. 22 Jan 2014
By Paige Koblitz - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
The general idea of the book was very good. I liked the idea of the virus taking over everything, but I don't think the author conveyed this idea in the right way. I had a problem with the love story involved in this book. I think it completely devalues the book. The romance is just very cliche and there and isn't any real point in it. I also had a problem with the main character. She was suppose to be this strong, bold, fearless girl, but then she would do things that completely derail this view of her. The whole romance makes her shallow. The characters were also very basic and extremely unmemorable. They had no specific traits to make you like or dislike them give or take a couple characters. The writing was just very basic and didn't make me feel anything. In the end, I finished the book not because it was good, but because I was just ready to get it over with so I could read something else.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely loved it! 10 July 2013
By M. Snow - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I've been looking forward to this one for AGES and it was totally worth the wait! Michelle has written an incredibly believable and vivid portrayal of one of my worst nightmares: a raging infection that no one can stop. I completely felt for poor Eva having to face the horrors of her world falling apart, and then having to say goodbye to her family to enter the PODs. Honestly, I can hardly imagine having to do that. The things Eva goes thought are crazy, but just what I would expect to see happen if this situation were really going on--I love a believable plot :)

Eva and David are just, well, wow. Loved them. Loved their relationship, the way Eva handled herself, David's devotion, and their clear love for one another. I rooted for them the whole way through, even when I had no friggin' clue how on earth they were going to get out of a situation. Seriously, a few places I was sitting there reading, practically tearing my hair out to read faster, just so I'd know what happened :) This was definitely a keep-me-up-til-the-middle-of-the-night book. I loved it!!
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