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Infected: The Shiners (Forgotten Origins Trilogy Book 1) Kindle Edition
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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.
(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...Read more ›
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!
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A very intriguing introduction to the Forgotten Origins series, and one which will no doubt bring me to reading its sequels. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Steve J. Andrews
I'm giving this story three stars, because 3.5 (the rating I'd like to give it) isn't possible with Goodreads rating system, and it's not quite 4-star material by my reading... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Heather
I read this book as part of an online book club. Dystopian is a big favourite of mine in general, and I was keen to try something new. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Elise Edmonds
Infected was chosen by my book club for November and I was completely intrigued by the cover and blurb. Read morePublished 7 months ago by XE
The story opens with 16-year-old Alex, her mother and younger brother, watching a spectacular meteor shower in the company of excited neighbours. Read morePublished on 14 Dec. 2014 by Sarah Stuart
Although this book is written for 'young' adults (and I'm just a FEW years passed that!) I enjoyed it as a piece of escapism. Read morePublished on 7 Nov. 2014 by Goldfinger
First of all I would like to thank the author for providing me with a copy of Bloodline in exchange for an honest review. Read morePublished on 26 Oct. 2014 by VCB
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