Lissa's Review: Love and Decay (Love and Decay 1 #1-6) by Rachel Higginson
PUBLISHER: Reckless Siren Publishing
RELEASED: September 19, 2013
GENRE: scifi, Post-Apocalyptic, YA
LENGTH: 340 pages
FORMAT: ebook, paperback
Zombies- as if that wasn't enough to ruin any girl's dream of a happily ever after. A vaccination gone oh so wrong and a huge portion of the world's population was turned into Zombies. Reagan Willow is forced out of her home when her parents become casualties of the horrid Zombie Apocalypse. With the help of her best friend Haley, they've become experts on surviving the dangers of a world thrust into chaos and decay. Reagan and Haley are on a vague mission to find somewhere safe to live out the remainders of their terrifying life when they stumble upon the Parkers, a pack of brothers that seem to have the survival thing down in a much more efficient and successful way than Reagan could ever have imagined. They are also protecting their eight year old sister, Page, and will do anything to keep her safe. Zombies are a daily problem, constantly threatening the lives of their group, but they're not the only peril on the journey ahead. Militia groups of power hungry men are also a constant concern. And settlements of paranoid, suspicious people turn out to be just as hazardous.
Love and Decay, Volume One, is a compilation of the first six episodes in a twelve episode season. It is a Dystopian Romance Novella Series about Zombies, the end of the world and finding someone to share it with. This story takes place over multiple episodes, with a release date every two weeks. Each episode is approximately 20,000 words.
FIVE BOUNDLESS STARS
Love and Decay is an exceptional zombie apocalypse story. I believe it's unique in its genre. It feels believable, it feels real. And it was easy to connect with these characters, on an emotional level.
Reagan and Haley have been in survival mode for the last two years. Ex-cheerleaders and able to find humor, even in the apocalypse. They've been together but a chance meeting with some boys and a little sister. They are brought in like family. There's danger all around them. Being the zombies are evolving, to the survivors trying to save themselves.
This is such an intense story. I didn't want to stop reading, I needed to know what was going to happen to them. Reagan and Haley are by far the best characters. Their strong but also have their real moments, where all they want is to survive. They don't want to be eaten or taken as a prisoner. They'll fight to the end. But it does beg the question, is there room for love in the Zombie Apocalypse?
“Love is the strongest motivator of all, Reagan. Stronger than fear, stronger than hate, stronger than whatever else is out there. Love is more than enough to survive with; it’s enough to live with.”
I’ve never read a book, where the layout was episodes. But I actually loved it. Episodes 1-6 were included in Vol 1. This is also my first Higginson book and I’m going to continue on with Love and Decay. It has the perfect mix of humor, danger, love and action. (I'm actually afraid that someone I like is going to kick the bucket and I really don't want that to happen)
Overall, I give this Five Boundless Stars.