Author: Kellie Sheridan
Publisher: Snarky Books
Publication Date: March 19, 2013
After surviving a deadly plague outbreak, sixteen-year-old Savannah thought she had lived through the very worst of human history. There was no way to know that the miracle vaccine would put everyone at risk for a fate worse than un-death.
Now, two very different kinds of infected walk the Earth, intent on nothing but feeding and destroying what little remains of civilization. When the inoculated are bitten, infection means watching on in silent horror as self-control disappears and the idea of feasting on loved ones becomes increasingly hard to ignore.
Starving and forced to live inside of the abandoned high school, all Savannah wants is the chance to fight back. When a strange boy arrives with a plan to set everything right, she gets her chance. Meeting Cole changes everything. Mere survival will never be enough.
Mortality is just the kind of book I’ve been in the mood for: it’s fast-paced, exciting, and has a killer heroine with the smallest hint of romance thrown in. This is definitely the best zombie book I’ve read, and will be perfect for YA fans of The Walking Dead. Mortality is equally thrilling and action-packed, with really human characters that you want to root for and whack over the head with a book at the same time.
Let’s start with Savannah, since she is the main girl in this book. I loved Savannah. She was super cool and badass, but had a vulnerability underneath that made her even more appealing. I do wish Sheridan had explained a little more what had happened to her parents, but enough other things happened to show that side of her. She’s more reckless and impulsive than any other YA heroine I’ve read this year. Savvy tries to do a lot of things to help people that end up going south, and while I was frustrated with her lack of caution at times, her mistakes made her more of a believable character.
Zarah was less appealing to me, mostly because she seemed awfully weak and fragile throughout the story. She cared more about her romance with Liam than anything else, even learning how to fight, which seemed a little odd to me, but on the other hand it could be realistic considering how much she lost. I did love the twist that happens in her story. I was so hoping it would happen (which will sound awful when you get to that part of the book), but I found the addition of that particular perspective really interesting.
I also appreciated how Sheridan dealt with the romantic aspects of this book. While for Zarah the romance was very in-your-face, the romantic piece of Savannah’s story remained very subtly until the end. This was a book about much more than romance, which made sense for the harsh world in which it was set.
There were so many great things about Mortality that left me wanting more. This is a book any dystopian fan should read. Sheridan has written a really fantastic debut, and I can hardly wait to see what happens next in Duality.