Kill or Cure

It’s strange how an ordinary day can change in a flash.

We never saw them coming.

Summary
In a world that is plagued by the Infected it’s not safe to leave the walls of your city. But after her little brother falls sick and nothing seems to help him, Alyx doesn’t have a lot of options. Her last resort is finding the yarrow flowers and hoping that it will be enough to cure him.

Writing
I can’t really say anything bad about the writing style. It’s really simple, but it makes it easy and pleasant to read.

I didn’t like the fact that every single character has the exact same voice – they speak in the same way. Even Tommy – who is supposed to be a kid. If Alyx would call him Tom instead of Tommy I am sure I would have forgotten that he is younger than the rest of the characters.

I have to admit that the things that I was most bothered by weren’t really that important, but they severely impacted my enjoyment of this book. For example, Alyx asks one of the characters to stop calling her “Alyx”, since he knows that she doesn’t like it. But further in this book she introduces herself as Alyx every single time. And everyone keeps calling her that and it’s suddenly not a problem. Or a guy finding a half naked girl in a locked room with a man who clearly just assaulted her, didn’t realize that it was a rape attempt untlil the girl enlightened him. And he was actually shocked! Like, of course that this man would rip off her clothes just so he could beat her!

Oh, and by the way – it’s also a wonderful cocktail full of overused YA tropes.

Characters
I didn’t really care much about Alyx or her brother. Or the love triangle. I think that every character was a little bit too flat and one-dimensional. To top all of that they made A LOT of stupid, unrelatable decisions. I just couldn’t bring myself to care about any of them.

The only exception was Joe. I actually really liked him. To be completely honest I don’t know if I would be able to finish this book if it wasn’t for him.

Plot
For a book about zombies, there is really not a lot of zombies. So if that’s what you were looking for, I am sorry to disappoint. The plot centers more around the characters and their relationships. It shows that even with actual monsters lurking in every corner, people are still the most dangerous thing for human existence. (It also shows that it’s possible to give up everything you know and have in your life for someone you know for 12 hours just because they are hot).

I was bored for the most part of the book and I was rolling my eyes A LOT. But I honestly have to say that I really enjoyed the ending. It actually almost made me cry, which was unexpected to say the least.

Overall
I didn’t really enjoy this book. I had a hard time reading it. Yet still, somehow, I find myself interested in knowing what is going to happen next. Why? I have no idea. I guess it really was a pretty decent ending.

 

I recieved a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review

 

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