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The Other Life [Paperback]

Susanne Winnacker
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1 Feb 2012 The Other Life (Book 1)
The Other Life: who we were before the virus. How we'll never be again. It's been 3 years, 1 month, 1 week and 6 days since Sherry has seen daylight. When things went wrong up above, she was sealed off from the world in a bunker with her family. But when they run out of food, Sherry and her dad must venture outside. There they find devastation, desolation...and the Weepers: savage mutant killers. When her dad is snatched, Sherry joins forces with gorgeous but troubled Joshua - an Avenger, determined to destroy the Weepers. But can Sherry keep her family and Joshua safe, when his desire for vengeance threatens them all? The seeds of first love are sown amongst the death and destruction of a nightmare future in this incredible debut novel. Beautifully formed and gut-wrenchingly gripping, it's essential reading.

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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Usborne (1 Feb 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1409536084
  • ISBN-13: 978-1409536086
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 368,078 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Fans of The Hunger Games will eat this up! --YA Book Reads

One of the best teen books I've read! --Leanne Ryan, Waterstone's children's bookseller

About the Author

Susanne Winnacker studied law and is currently doing her legal clerkship. As an offset to hours brooding over laws and their meaning, she spends every free minute in fantastical private worlds. The Other Life is Susanne's debut novel. She lives with her husband, a dog and four bunnies in the Ruhrgebiet, Germany.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
I really liked The Other Life by Susanne Winnacker! Right from the very first page, the story and the characters really grabbed me, especially the main character, Sherry. I found it really interesting seeing this new world from her perspective, seeing the way in which her family copes and watching as Sherry adjusts to this new environment. And at the same time, the beginning of each chapter is laid out as a snippet of the other life, the one that Sherry used to lead.

A life that no longer exists, as for the past 3 years, 1 month, 1 week and 6 days, Sherry and her family have been living in a bunker away from the world and away from the disease that has swept across Los Angeles. It began as a strain of rabies which has turned its victims into Weepers - deadly monsters whose aim it is to hunt and kill.

When Sherry's family is forced out of the bunker when their food runs out, Sherry is confronted with a whole new world. A Los Angeles that is nearly empty and lifeless. And as she sees sunlight and rain for the first time, Sherry also has to deal with the fact that her father has been captured and the only person that can help save him is Joshua, a troubled boy on a mission to destroy every last Weeper.

I really enjoyed this story, I found Sherry and Joshua to be interesting characters who I wanted to find out more about. I found this population-free LA to be an image that has stayed with me, the Weepers to be suitably horrifying and creepy and dangerous.
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Susanne Winnacker's The Other Life is the perfect example of a fast paced, action packed and cleverly written dystopian novel - something you pick up and find yourself breezing through the story in one day. I still consider myself quite new to the dystopian genre but Winnacker presents us such a devastating picture of a future Los Angeles, something so different from the world we're living in now, that you simply cannot help but listen to every word she says.

The plot is just fantastic: there's no introduction in the sense that we don't have a clue about what happened Sherry and her family. They've already been living in this bunker for 3 years by the time the story starts. We learn little bits of information about them and how their life has been down there in the past few years, but we still don't know why they're there or what happens if they run out of food and have to go out of their hiding place. Winnacker gradually builds up the tension in her book and keeps you on the edge of your seat all the way until the end. There are short periods when she lets you relax, take a deep breath and hope that everything will be all right, everyone will make it to the end but you soon realize that just like the characters, you can't let your guards down. When you think you've seen it all, Winnacker still manages to surprise you with another twist and make the suspense even more agonising than before.

On top of a gripping storyline, The Other Life has characters you probably won't forget anytime soon. Sherry and Joshua are a perfect duo and I couldn't tell you which one of them is more likeable or relatable - I just loved them both. I loved the fact that even though Sherry is only fifteen, she acts like an adult.
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3.0 out of 5 stars More Weepers Please... 16 April 2012
By Carmen

I think, possibly... I'm going to have to stop reading Young Adult/Teenage books for my zombie type fixes.

The Other Life was quite a short read. 314 pages done and dusted in a day. I liked the idea of the book. I can't imagine how you would cope with the thought that the World was ending - how do you even begin to plan for that, to get your family safe, calculate your provisions. Seal yourself underground with them... not go INSANE!

For me the story really began when Sherry and her father had to leave the bunker in search of food, this is when the most interesting characters in the whole book came into play. The Weepers. Former humans infected with some mutated rabies disease turning them into.... what came across to me, as a kind of highly intelligent half zombie, half werewolf. Their name given because of the constant milky tears they weep. The scenes they were in were quite simply amazing. I loved them. Gruesome, scary and in one instance for me, heart in mouth... But they were so few and far between. As with most YA books I've read lately - the majority of the plot seemed to be over taken by a sappy romantic sub plot which kind of dwarfed the amazing, amazing Weepers. It all happened to soon, hey - maybe that's what happens in an end of the World as you know it scenario.But you know, when your Dad has been dragged off by monsters, you haven't eaten properly in goodness knows how long, the rest of your family is potentially starving to death or being eaten... is romance really the top of your agenda? Really?

Aaargh and pah!

Again it seems a story that could have been so, so good just stumbled short for me. This is the start of a series and to be honest, I'm not fussed either way to see if anyone survives or not.

If you like Young Adult fiction with the focus on the romance and the (so cool) beasties as a kind of afterthought, this might be a great book for you.

For me? A disappointment.
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Published 3 months ago by Molly Looby
5.0 out of 5 stars Rip roaring read
Great book, very gripping. Susanne really lunges you in to a world full of suspense and fear. She really makes you care about the characters. Read more
Published 3 months ago by xoxoxoxo
3.0 out of 5 stars Simple and readable
I read this book in about 3 hours. The language is straight forward and the plot is a bit predictable, but it's not a bad story
Published 5 months ago by Hayley
5.0 out of 5 stars Caused me sleepless nights!
This was the first dystopian book that I have read that has given me nightmares and I mean that in a very complimentary way, there is a scene near the end that scared me and that... Read more
Published 5 months ago by hross42877
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good read for all ages
Loved everybit of this book my daughter originally got it from library I read it then and wanted to read again
Can't wait for next one to come out
Published 7 months ago by Alex McIntyre
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting
Once I got into this book out was enjoyable and tense. It was not the best book I've ever read and there were certain aspects that annoyed me but on the whole worth a read and I... Read more
Published 13 months ago by Katy watson
3.0 out of 5 stars A good story
The Other Life follows a fairly common dystopian plot - teenage girl, virus outbreak, end of civilization as we know it. Read more
Published 16 months ago by g
4.0 out of 5 stars Better than I thought
Not a bad read. Though yes, we get you don't want to kill people ... No need to mention it all the time. Hoping the sequal will be as enjoyable. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Rebekkha Weaver
4.0 out of 5 stars Exciting.
I really liked this. I did somewhat feel like it was a toned down version of 'The Passage' by Justin Cronin but I know it's pretty much impossible to write a story about a diseased... Read more
Published 19 months ago by R
4.0 out of 5 stars A haunting novel,
This is another book that I'd heard a lot of great stuff about. I even entered many competitions to win a copy but I was never successful so I was overjoyed to be approved on... Read more
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