In Sam’s world there are two rules. Rule #1: Nobody dies. Protect the living at all costs. Rule #2: Everybody dies. At least once.
The Waking was a global event in which a force called the Lifeblood invaded all humans who died. The few strong enough to control it came back as powerful immortals. The rest let the bloodlust take over and awoke with one goal – to kill.
Newly appointed Watch Guard Samantha Shields has a legacy to uphold. Her father died a hero defending their city and now she wants to follow in his footsteps. Except for the dying part, of course. Unfortunately, fate has other plans as she discovers deep dark secrets that make her choose between her loyalties and the lives of everyone in her city. Both rules are in play as Sam is forced to make hard decisions that could cost her everything – including the person she cares about most.
MY THOUGHTS AND REVIEW
This is a zombie book like I have never read before. When anyone dies they either become The Woken, senseless killing machines, which make up 99% of the dead or The Chosen, that have retained their human side, remembering their lives and still have emotions. They become functioning members of society. Between The Chosen and the living they battle to kill The Woken as soon as they turn. Not everything is as it first appears though.
This is a super Y.A. Dystopian Fantasy, not a very long book but it has lots packed into it. After losing her parents it soon becomes clear that Sam is no ordinary girl. The story is really fascinating with plenty of action in it besides some really tender moments. It really has a lot of promise for the next book with a few loose ends and a very interesting finish to this book. Very intriguing. This is book one in the series.
Thank you to Blue Moon Publishing for an ARC through Netgalley
HERE IS A LITTLE ABOUT THE AUTHOR
I’m a US Army veteran, a wife and business partner to a software developer, and a mom to two rambunctious boys.
I love reading, writing, and playing World of Warcraft. I’m a true geek at heart and would love nothing more than to see my imagination become a part of something greater.