The Awakened by Sara Elizabeth Santana

Book Review #82

Title: The Awakened 

Author: Sara Elizabeth Santana

Publication: Oftomes Publishing

Format: e-book

Release Date: December 1, 2015

My rating: 5/5

Zoey Valentine is concerned with two things: surviving the multitude of self-defense classes her dad makes her take and avoiding Ash Matthews.

That is, until the Z virus hits, wiping out a third of the population in a matter of weeks. If that weren’t frightening enough, the bodies of the victims disappear and suddenly reappear, awakened from their dead state. They’re faster, smarter, and they work together to get the one thing they crave, human flesh.

The United States is in a panic and then the government decides the unthinkable: to bomb every major city overrun with the awakened.

Now Zoey is on the run, with her dad and Ash, desperate to find a place of safety amongst the ruined remains of the country. 

I really took my time reading this book because it was just too good! It was seriously amazing with all the action-packed that you just don’t ever want to stop reading the book. 

Usually, a story with a major part of zombies in it, it usually starts off when the zombie invasion has already occured and the story will tell you a background of how it happened. 

But not this one. Not this story. 

It started off like a normal story of the main character, Zoey Valentine just going through her teenage life with absolutely no hint of zombies in it. The writer, Sara Elizabeth Santana has done a remarkable work on the book and has written the story in intricate detail – every step of the way – on how the zombie invasion started. How the invasion progresses from the beginning and till the end. It’s a real breath of fresh air seeing a different kind of a zombie story. In a good way, of course. 

What intrigues me the most is that, most of the zombies that are depicted in movies are that they all usually move frustratingly slow. Well, in the case of The Awakened, they’re fast and they can manipulate you of thinking that they’re as normal as a person can be. 

I can’t say who I’m rooting Zoey with. I’m cool with either guy. Ash is a really caring guy while Liam, I can’t say much about him. We don’t really have that much information about him to actually judge him based on our predicaments. 

I love this story to bits. This is the first zombie book that I have ever read and I really love it. Although, it’s a bit depressing at times when most of the people around Zoey are dying one by one. 

Highly recommended!


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