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Infected: The Shiners (Forgotten Origins Trilogy Book 1) by [Ellis, Tara]
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3.8 out of 5 stars 12 customer reviews
Book 1 of 3 in Forgotten Origins Trilogy (3 Book Series)

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About the Author

Author Tara Ellis lives in a small, rural town in Washington State, set in the beautiful Pacific Northwest. She enjoys the quiet lifestyle with her husband, two teenage kids and several dogs. Tara was a firefighter/EMT, and worked in the medical field for many years, before committing herself to writing young adult and middle grade novels full-time. (she still dabbles in teaching CPR)

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2241 KB
  • Print Length: 241 pages
  • Publisher: Tara Ellis Publications; 5 edition (22 Feb. 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00ILPL7K8
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars 12 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #557,804 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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This book is absolutely amazing! From the first chapter on, I got so caught up in the story that I couldn't put it down. My feelings throughout the book were very similar to the first time I read Dean Koontz's "The Watchers." The fast-building suspense and creeping feeling of dread takes hold of you and doesn't let go. There were several scenes throughout the book that had me so creeped out and scared that I actually felt jumpy. As it so happens, I was reading the book at night and during a storm, so that really added some enhancement. But you will definitely feel this story in a haunting and spooky way, as you try to figure out what's going on and hold your breath during each situation Alex finds herself in.

I also loved the way the author wove a strong faith and trust in God throughout the story. No matter how bad things get for Alex and her family and friends, they have an unshakeable belief in the goodness and love of God to help them through. This is done in a very beautiful and thought-provoking way, without being overbearing or offensive to those who might not have the same beliefs. But as a Christian myself, I was very pleased with this aspect of the book. So much of apocolyptic fiction today leaves you with a feeling of helplessness and doom, but "Bloodline" shines bright with hope. Even if you have to go through some very dark and scary places to get there.
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(I received a free copy of this book in exchange for a review).

(This review may contain spoilers).

When I read the blurb of this book, I felt immediately drawn to the storyline described. I liked Alex's character and I found her really easy to understand and empathise with.

I thought it was really cool to see the descriptions of the meteor shower, even though it brought the virus. I found it easy to see how difficult things were for Alex and how she and her brother were affected by not only their mother getting sick, but everyone around them.

I really enjoyed seeing Alex's relationship with Jacob and I liked that he remained a priority to her. I did think that there wasn't enough foreshadowing in this book, though. There was too much in the way of things suddenly being revealed from the past, rather than earlier in the book. It was very much a case of, 'Oh. That was a bit convenient'.

I liked being able to see some of the characters before the virus took hold, since it was good to see the contrast in their personalities before and after. I would have liked a bit more information about how Baxter seemed able to sense something was wrong... whether it was something unique to dogs, or if all animals could sense it.

There were some really good elements of mystery in this book and it was good to see that Alex wasn't as good at fooling her mother as she'd hoped. I was a bit disappointed in her father's friend. He came across as kind of a jerk and completely contrasted with how he'd come across before. (And there was the lack of foreshadowing again...
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This is the 1st book in the Forgotten Origins Trilogy and I look forward to reading the 2nd book!

First of all, I love that the author introduces us right off to a loving family! They are still grieving the loss of husband/dad two years after his death. The main character is 16 year old Alex. She is close to her mother and protective of her younger brother Jacob. She's smart without being a know it all or arrogant. She's strong but has moments of fear and sadness. A young lady that would make a mother proud. Jacob too is smart - sometimes more perceptive than a typical 10 year old. He loves his mother and trusts his sister. Their mother loves them and is committed to their well being. To round out the family is Baxter, the family dog. Don't overlook this lovable pooch - he's smart and loyal!

Alex connects with Chris, a young man her age that attends the same high school. Chris does not have the loving family that Alex has but he is gentle and kind. I like that he has faith in God and is genuinely concerned for the other youth that attend his church.

Alex's father realized that all would not be right with the world after an anticipated meteor shower. He also seemed to know he could be dead before the shower so he left clues for Alex. Clues to fight the coming evil - clues that send Alex, Chris, Jacob and Baxter on a dangerous mission. Commitment to family and community make this sci-fi book believable and a great read!
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I enjoyed bloodline, particularly the set up of the story. It begins well, with sixteen year old Alex’s world starting to change in strange and increasingly sinister ways after the world is infected by a strange new virus. In the changes seen in those infected, and how they begin to recognise each other and organise, I detected echoes of Jack Finney’s The Body Snatchers.

The story continues with cryptic messages from Alex’s deceased father, a secret society, and Alex’s desperate attempts to protect her little brother in a strange new world. Although I enjoyed the conclusion of the story, I did not think it lived up to the intrigue of the set up.

This is the first in a series, so I appreciated the way that the story concludes without leaving any tantalising loose ends for the next one.
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