Alive (Book One)
Summary from Goodreads:
I open my eyes to darkness. Total darkness. I hear my own breathing, but nothing else. I lift my head…it thumps against something solid and unmoving. There is a board right in front of my face. No, not a board…a lid.
A teenage girl awakens to find herself trapped in a coffin. She has no idea who she is, where she is, or how she got there. Fighting her way free brings little relief—she discovers only a room lined with caskets and a handful of equally mystified survivors. Beyond their room lies a corridor filled with bones and dust, but no people…and no answers.
She knows only one thing about herself—her name, M. Savage, which was engraved on the foot of her coffin—yet she finds herself in charge. She is not the biggest among them, or the boldest, but for some reason the others trust her. Now, if they’re to have any chance, she must get them to trust one another.
Whatever the truth is, she is determined to find it and confront it. If she has to lead, she will make sure they survive. Maybe there’s a way out, a rational explanation, and a fighting chance against the dangers to come. Or maybe a reality they cannot comprehend lies just beyond the next turn.
ARC provided by the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
This was such a good read. I first read it when it came out, but I reread it in anticipation of the release of the last book. You really do wander along with the characters and you want to know just exactly what the hell is going on. The truth is very frightening and somewhat horrifying. Although I had guessed where they were, I was totally thrown off and surprised by the how and why. The end of this book totally sets up the next two in the series.
Em is an amazing character, even though she is continually thrown into impossible situations that she doesn’t understand, she manages to keep it together and keep going. Her internal dialogue is great too, all of her misgivings and doubts are there although she seems to understand that she can’t let them be seen by those around her. The rest of the survivors, who roam the corridors with Em, are not as well developed as I would like, but you can see the trust and loyalty that they have for Em even if they don’t know why. I especially like O’Malley and Spingates characters, they unconditionally trust Em and support her when every one starts to have their doubts.
The plot moves along at a good pace, even when they are just trudging along endless corridors. It also has some very good twists and turns and unpredictable truths and explanations. The characters maybe except the truth a little to quickly, but they are almost immediately struggling for their lives afterwards, so they can be forgiven for that.
A spectacular start the a great SyFy trilogy. Here is the video for this book.
If you have read this book and want to see my confession about the next two check out part two of my review. The next two books have spoilers for this book, so I will warn you not to go to the next review if you are thinking of reading this.