I received this book for free from Author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Humanity's Hope by Pembroke Sinclair
Published by Stitched Smile Publications on July 21st 2017
Caleb, a 17-year-old boy, survived the zombie uprising, but he didn’t come out of the ordeal unscathed. He’s been scarred—both mentally and physically. The rest of humanity is trying to rebuild, to make the world normal again. Caleb is trying to return to a normal life also, but after all he’s seen, after the loss of his family and friends, the transition is difficult. The darkness that led him down a path of self-doubt and self-harm keeps trying to creep back into his mind.
Things only become worse when he discovers he’s immune to whatever makes a zombie a zombie. Fighting zombies was predictable. He knew what to expect. Fighting humans is volatile. They are malicious and treacherous. They won’t stop to get what they want, and Caleb has to figure out exactly what that is.
*Trigger warning: attempted suicide
I immediately fell in love with this book. I would not think of myself as one of those people that enjoys someone being eaten alive by zombies as my go to, but apparently I am! I do enjoy an intensely satisfying horror, and to be honest, that blood and guts spewing everywhere just adds to the adrenaline rush I get while reading!
That said, chapter one was amazing, and then we find Caleb working at Zomtech. The roller coaster ride was just getting good and then it came to an abrupt halt, without any warning or checking if my seat belt was buckled. I don’t mind the change of pace, but that first chapter got me excited about what more was going to happen. It set the bar for the rest of the book, and sadly, not until the very end was the book able to keep up, or even get back to that pace.
There’s even a point where Caleb is being attacked just a ways in, I want to say 20% or so, but the plot had been slowed so much, that even this didn’t help to bring the pace back. I just couldn’t get back to that feeling I had in chapter one!
I do love Pembroke Sinclair’s characterization and writing. I’ve only read one other book from her, about four years ago, and I did not want to put that one down. This didn’t have the same flair. Again, maybe it was that first chapter that threw me, or maybe I just had my hopes too high for this one.
That said, there are some twists which are satisfying and I enjoyed getting to the end. I’m glad I stuck with those chapters that had me wanting me. She more than makes up for it in the final chapters.
In short: At the beginning of this story, this reminded me of something like Mira Grant’s Newsflesh series. Which is a great thing. It didn’t hit all my spots, but that’s okay. I would definitely jump at the chance to read more of her work!
|Overall:||4 / 5|