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The cause is not important to Kendra in the survivors. Their goal is to get to safety…and fast. Some turn into bumbling, flesh-hungry creatures but others retain a part of their original selves, some able to participate in actual intelligible conversation. Additionally, they are incredibly flawed and make genuine mistakes. One of the many redeeming characteristics of this novel is the strong, female characters. Each of them are head strong and self-assured, traits not often seen in this genre.

Also, the authors create characters from different walks of life, combining individuals from well-off backgrounds with those whose family life had more to be desired. Finally, the characters are genuine representations of people of color, not forced into stereotypical roles or norms. Sep 07, OOSA rated it really liked it.

When they got to the hospital something Once Bitten Southern Washington State: Sixteen-year-old Kendra Washington is taken to the hospital by her parents to get a flu shot. When they got to the hospital something bizarre happens, people became crazed and began biting each other. Although, Kendra and her parents got away, unfortunately her father was a victim of this bite.

With more reports coming through the radio that folks that are bitten first fall asleep and when they awaken they are zombie-like with red eyes and red tendrils hanging from their face. Her mother was eventually bitten by a neighbor and forced Kendra to lock herself in the basement until she heard the secret word.

Although Vern seemed to look normal on the way back to the camp, his wife Molly took him to nurse him back to health. Later that night Vern was anything but okay. He was one of those crazed zombie-like people. Some of them are flesh eating and unfortunately Molly just so happened to be one of these casualties. The problem now was to survive this apocalypse that seemed to be sweeping across the nation. The remaining campers were all juveniles.

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They tried to survive the best they could. With all the food that was in the freezer they stayed as long as they could. When it began to get cold they knew it was time to move on and try somewhere else because it was only a matter of time before they became victims. They all pile upon the camp bus and put the snow chains on and head for someplace more civilized and safe.

Along the way they pick up Kendra on the side of the road and another person by the name of Ursalina. This is where their destination winds up being, as long as the old bus can get them there. I still enjoyed reading this novel. Although this could have easily rated as a 5—star read, I had to give it 4 stars because it still does not give a clear understanding exactly how this epidemic broke out. Everything is kind of speculative and rumored. Other than that, it was a story that had a lot of action and the reader is definitely drawn into the story and easily connects to the characters.


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Reviewed by LeonaR Aug 31, Kristin Lundgren rated it really liked it Shelves: medical-disease , science-fiction , zombie , dystopian. This is a nice zombie thriller - made very real and visceral. Although not strictly zombies, these people have fallen prey to an infection that first makes them sleepy and then turns them into biting monsters. They don't really eat their victims, at least most don't, but bite - trying to spread it as far as they can I suppose. The main two characters are Kendra, a teenager from a nice family in Portland, OR, who, when her father falls sick because of being bitten by one in the very early stages, This is a nice zombie thriller - made very real and visceral.

The main two characters are Kendra, a teenager from a nice family in Portland, OR, who, when her father falls sick because of being bitten by one in the very early stages, has to endure his leaving home to save them, before his mind goes.

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Then she is given supplies and told to stay locked in the basement until a secret phrase that she has with her grandfather is revealed. She is not to come out for any reason, even if her mother asks her.

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Meanwhile her mother, not infected yet, but scared she might become so, calls her father and asks him to come down and get them. But in the meantime, while trying to help a neighbor, who looks fine, she is bitten by that neighbor. Finally Kendra's grandfather arrives and she goes to his cabin in the woods, well-stocked and prepared for living off the land, with a few trips to the local market, which is still open. And that is the start of her journey.

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The other is a young boy, a little on the juvenile delinquent side, from a broken home, who is sent to a camp for such kids, who still have a chance to turn around their lives. The camp in is the Southern WA woods, not that far from Kendra's grandfather. The couple that runs the place are nice, kind and have worked with troubled kids for many years, and soon the boys are whipped into shape and have learned some basic outdoors skills, including how to shoot a shotgun. The camp owns a van and a big lumbering old bus.

When the camp's owners are bitten, they have to escape. One of them they lock in the fridge until he freezes - the other was killed by her husband. They gather up as many supplies as they can in the school bus, intending to head for the nearest town in southern Washington, and stay there - the radio, sporadic as it is, says there's safety and food and shelter there. They load the bus with as many provisions as they can, as much ammo and guns as they can find, and take off. And thus begins their journey to safety. Somewhere along the line, they and Kendra meet up and begin a long trek down the coast as it becomes less safe at each place they think is okay.

Some of the people left unbitten are good, otehrs are profiteers, or bandits, or just desperate for food for their families. Eventually by the end of the book they are heading for Devil's Wake - an island where Kendra's aunt lives, and they hope will take them in not giving away much since the name of the island is the title. It is the first in a at least two part book series I hope, since there is still much to tell. Good characters, Not too much on the attitude from bad teens excuse, and more about working together, with some trust issues.

A few others are picked up along the way.

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Enjoyed it very much. Not great literature, but it's zombies! After their bosses, Vern and his wife Molly are attacked, turning Vern into a zombie, the group decides to hit the road in a big navy blue school bus called Blue Beauty. Eventually, the little group crosses paths with Kendra, and she joins them, hoping to make it somewhere safe.

Safety is relative in this new world of constant danger, death, and loss, and our group has quite a haul ahead of them.


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  • Terry eventually emerges as the de facto leader of the group, although the physically larger Piranha seems to give him a run for his money a few times. Kendra is drawn to Terry, and although she comes off as quite dependent at first, she eventually holds her own. I appreciate that they made quite a few mistakes, but also proved quite self-sufficient and streetwise, and the group dynamic is relatively conflict free.

    There are no descents into Lord of the Flies territory here, and I enjoyed the cautious optimism of these teens thrust into an indescribably horrible situation. Some zombies seem to retain shadows of their old selves, and can utter simple sentences, which ups the creep factor quite a bit. The author are old pros, and it shows in the writing.

    We never really get to know any character too in depth, although of course we get to know Terry and Kendra a little bit better than the rest. While there is plenty of zombie action, the gore is never over the top, so this book could appeal to older teens as well as zombie aficionados.

    Jul 24, Idris rated it it was amazing. Just once, I decided to read one, Young Adult book and the only thing I can recall is how disappointed I was. Just like an experiment. The only reason why I decided to try it is because I liked the name, the cover and because it looked like an interesting and different read. Steven Barnes, Tananarive Due… where have you been all this time? In her dangerous journey, she will meet other kids that are in a similar situation. The story starts in the same day when everything or almost everything is happening, and it was a little bit difficult for me to get used to what I was reading, and to be able to understand it clearly.

    But after a few pages, everything starts to get sense, and then I realized that I really liked the way it started, because there were no long introductions or boring passages, on the contrary, the book maintains the reader on the edge of their seats. The story is amazing, breathtaking, heartbreaking and incredibly realistic. I was able to see the changes with my own eyes, and I could understand the fear and the sadness people felt. The characters are amazing.