Title: The Weepers: The Other Life
Author: Susanne Winnacker
Publisher: Marshall Cavendish
Publication Date: May 12, 2012
In post-apocolyptic Los Angeles, creatures called Weepers run free. Created by a strain of rabies experimented on by scientists, the Weepers, once human, feed on every living creature in sight. Everyone has gone underground in bunkers, but when Sherry’s family runs out of food, she and her father go to the surface.
This was a really solid debut from Apocolypsies author Susanne Winnacker. The concept was very unique, and I was glad to see new ideas be brought into the ever-growing dystopian cannon. It is a heart-stopping cross between The Forest of Hands and Teeth and a young adult version of Cormac McCarthy’s The Road.
One of the things that made this book different from most other dystopian works I’ve read recently is the variety of ages presented in the book. Most post-apocolyptic books I read focus solely on teenagers and younger characters, where as this novel had characters from the age of two to grandparent-aged.
Something else unique about the book was the focus on family. Sherry was clearly concerned about her family throughout the entire book, and it was really probably the main focus of the story. Something I have noticed in other dystopian books is that the main character is almost always separated from their families and the focus is on romance, so this book was really a breath of fresh air.
I really hope that someone makes a film out of this book and can’t wait for the sequel, The Life Beyond!