Friday, April 5, 2013

Blog Tour: Mortality (The Hitchhiker Strain #1) by: Kellie Sheridan (Review and Guest Post)


Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for Mortality by Kellie Sheridan. For my stop I have a review and a guest post from Kellie.

Release Date: March 19, 2013
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"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."

My Thoughts:

From the moment I heard about this book, I knew I wanted to read it simply for the zombie aspect. While you may think zombies have been done before, this book manages to put its own spin on those lovable flesh eating buggers. I absolutely loved this book and it is a must read for all zombie fans.

Our heroine Savannah is truly awesome. She is a very kickass and ask questions later kind of character and I love that about her. She has adapted well to the end of the world. She is not one to sit by and watch the world crumble, she wants to help in any way possible. I really admire that about her. Despite everything going to hell, she still strives for better and cannot understand why others don’t. Also, she is a great shot with a crossbow.

Then we have Cole… who I loved. There really isn’t any one thing about him that makes him great, he is just a good character. He has survived using his brains and laying low. So when he and our kickass heroine team up, they make for a great duo. One was the brains and the other the brawn.

Along with reading the story from Savannah’s POV, we also see some of the story from another girl named Zarah. Her journey was particularly interesting. I liked that through her eyes we were able to see how the world fell apart and what happened when the world ended.

Mortality has a very The Walking Dead feel to it and I loved that. They story has all the zombie fighting you want, but there is more to the story. The story is not just about killing zombies, it is also about how these people are dealing living in this post-apocalyptic world. You easily become invested in the story and root for the characters from page one.

The end to Mortality was so awesome. I was on the edge of my seat dying to see the outcome. It was a bit shocking honestly and not where I thought the author was going with it. So naturally that was awesome. The end is bittersweet and it made my heart hurt. Some events had me smiling while others ripped my heart out of my chest.

All in all, Mortality is a must read for zombie fans! It has everything you want in a post-apocalyptic zombie infested world but it also delivers its own aspect. This is the kind of book I could easily visit again and again.

For my stop on the tour, I asked Kellie to put together a guest post on what her rules for surviving the zombie apocalypse are and she went above and beyond and gave some AWESOME rules!

I started writing this list thinking I was going to be snarky and clever. I mean, we've all read zombie lists before... And I can't be the only one who already knows what my zombie survival plan is. But then I started writing, and survival mode kicked in. If zombies ever come knocking, there's just so much you have to consider! So, here is some of my very best zombie-apocalypse wisdom.

Good luck, and hopefully I’ll see you when society starts to rebuild.

1. Hunker down
During those first days, even opening your front door is a death sentence. The infection is spreading at a rapid rate and your neighbors are no longer your friends. Lock your doors and enjoy the electricity while you've got it until something draws the undead hordes away from your house.

2. Stay alert for infection
The one exception to the above rule is if someone you love has already been infected and is inside your house. This is easily the hardest step, but you need to put yourself first. If you can't end them yourself, get them out of your house. It won't be fun, but it will be worth it in the long run.

This can be especially confusing before everyone knows exactly what it is they're dealing with when you may not realize what getting bitten by some crazy homeless means. Don't take any chances, everyone is the enemy at least until you know the rules of infection.

3. Find your weapons, and think outside the box
In order to survive the zombie apocalypse you're going to need weapons. Guns are good, but don't limit yourself. Machetes and knives can be pretty useful as well, but you might want to spend your early days working on upper body strength because it’s not easy to get through to the brain in one swing.

Bonus: Always be on the lookout for unconventional items to use as weapons. Anything you can use to keep yourself alive is a tool worth having, so long as it doesn't slow you down.

4. Regroup
Keep an eye out for other survivors in your area. Once you’re on the road, you're going to meet some pretty sketchy characters, so team up with people you can trust if at all possible. There are allies everywhere, and most people who got past the first few days will have some survival skills worth sharing with the group.

5. Get out of the city.
If the place you were living before had a large population, you're going to need to get out of dodge. Pack up your car with as many supplies as you can and head for the country. Settle down somewhere out of the way, but close enough to small towns that you'll be able to restock your supplies

6. Choose your supplies wisely
When packing up to leave your life behind, you're going to have to make some tough choices. Your first thought is going to be to save things that matter to you, but you have to keep your head in the game. Leave the photo albums, mementos and yes, even your books behind. Forget em! You'll need every inch of space for food and survival gear. Stick to the things that will keep you alive. Maybe you can go back for your stuff once society starts to rebuild.

7. Build your team
Eventually, you will meet other survivors. Many of these people are going to be un-trustworthy and will kill you for your supplies if given the chance. Avoid them. (Good tip, I know). But what you really need to be looking out for is other groups or individuals you can merge with your (hopefully) already existing team. There is strength in numbers, and yes it may mean more mouths to feed, but it also means more people to watch your back and go on supply runs.

8. The no sentimentality rule applies to people too
Those first days of the outbreak will be the most emotionally draining, but it won't stop there. You'll lose people along the way, and you'll quickly need to learn how to spot a lost cause.
I hate to be the one to tell you you're going to have to kill off members of your team if they’re bitten, but sometimes it's the right call. Stay alive, it's what your loved ones would want for you.

9. Don't play the hero unless it’s a sure thing
No matter what situation you get yourself into, never forget your reality: this is the zombie apocalypse! Not everyone gets to survive, so weigh all of your decisions carefully. If you have the opportunity to help someone out of a bind, and you’re positive it can’t backfire and hurt you or your group, go for it. But remember, that people are even more devious now than they were before, and it only takes on bite to get to game over. Stay alive at all costs!

10. Play the hero
One day your number will be up. Maybe you'll be a long-lived survivor by then, maybe it will happen in the first year. It will happen. When it does, know that you're done. Do not risk bringing your people down with you, just so you can have a few more minutes with them. If you can, find a moment to sacrifice yourself to give your team a better chance, because when it comes down to it, it's the survival of the human race that matters.

Don't forget to check out the prequel novella to Mortality, End Dayz.

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About The Author:

I have been in love with stories in all of their forms for as long as I can remember. Admittedly, sometimes that means falling into places like Stars Hollow and Sunnydale, but books have always been my true love. In early 2011 I began writing a book blog in order to share my favorite reads with book lovers. From there, the bookish community encouraged me to stop sitting on my own stories and share them instead. Since then I’ve been madly devouring everything I can about digital publishing.For the past two years I have been mainly obsessed with young adult books, but my favorite stories still come from the adult fantasy genre. As far as I’m concerned, Briggs, Bishop, Vincent and Vaughn are all must reads.I spent part of my twenties living in Galway, Ireland and swooning after various lilting accents but am now back home in Ontario, Canada. My family includes two Glen of Imaal Terriers and a Green Cheek Conure.Website | Twitter | Goodreads

8 comments:

  1. Not a big zombie fan, but this does sound good. It's good to know that it feels original too. I'm so glad you liked it! Great review!

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  2. Savannah does sound awesome! I like a character that questions what should be!
    I don't do much zombies, but sounds interesting.
    Brandi @ Blkosiner’s Book Blog

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  3. I'm about half way through this right now and enjoying it so far. I do like the aspect she takes on it and am excited to get to the end. Though now I'm worried about the bittersweet ending. Think I'll still like it though.

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  4. Great review and post! You just totally sold me on Mortality! I'm a huge zombie fan and love books with zombies so this sounds like it is definitely my type of book. :)

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    1. If you are a huge zombie fan than this book is DEFF for you!

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  5. Love that cover!! So cool, but yet creepy!! Not a big fan on zombie books, love the shows/movies, but it definitely sounds interesting. Especially since it has a Walking Dead feel to it! Your awesome review makes me want to pick up this book now!!!! XD

    Great Review!!

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  6. I love this post!! You know I love my zombies, and I can't wait to read this one and see what kind of unique take the author gives us! Your review is fan-freakin-tastic, wifey! Even if you had not already convinced me to pick this one up, this review would have done it. Walking Dead feel? I am so there!! I absolutely adore the survival rules AND the fact that there is a novella (you know how I loves my novellas). Brilliant post! xoxoxo

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    1. wifey... you will love this one... I have no doubt about it!

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