Monday, October 7, 2013

Review: Red Hill by Jamie McGuire

17457124When the world ends, can love survive?

For Scarlet, raising her two daughters alone makes fighting for tomorrow an everyday battle. Nathan has a wife, but can’t remember what it’s like to be in love; only his young daughter Zoe makes coming home worthwhile. Miranda’s biggest concern is whether her new VW Bug is big enough to carry her sister and their boyfriends on a weekend escape from college finals.

When reports of a widespread, deadly “outbreak” begin to surface, these ordinary people face extraordinary circumstances and suddenly their fates are intertwined. Recognizing they can’t outrun the danger, Scarlet, Nathan, and Miranda desperately seek shelter at the same secluded ranch, Red Hill. Emotions run high while old and new relationships are tested in the face of a terrifying enemy—an enemy who no longer remembers what it’s like to be human.

Set against the backdrop of a brilliantly realized apocalyptic world, love somehow finds a way to survive. But what happens when the one you’d die for becomes the one who could destroy you?

Red Hill grabs you from page one and doesn’t let go until its stunning conclusion. This is #1 New York Times bestselling author Jamie McGuire at her unforgettable best.

Review: *spoiler free*
*BIG EYES* Yep, I just stared at my kindle for a minute after finishing this book. Jamie McGuire is such a talented writer. The way she told this story was brilliant. She tells it through three point of views: Scarlet, Nathan, and Miranda.

Basically, the zombie apocalypse happens and this is all about their fight to make it out alive. Scarlet is alone and hoping to find her two daughters, Nathan is doing everything he can to protect his daughter, and Miranda is the take-charge red head that is trying to get all her friends to her dad's ranch, Red Hill, in one piece. Oh and there's this guy named Joey that they meet along the way (love him!)

Anyways, this book reads exactly like a post-apocalyptic movie crossed with horror film. If you don't like those, you probably won't like this. There is absolutely no sign of romance until you at least reach 50% and it may even come later than that. Romance is definitely in the background of the book and absolutely NOT the sole focus of the story. I'd be lying if I said I didn't miss the romance there for a little bit between 30-50%, but the book moved so fast that sometimes I forgot about the romance aspect altogether.

I've never really watched The Walking Dead or any other zombie film, so I don't know how strong the zombie presence is in those shows/films. None of the main characters are zombies in Red Hill. I guess the most accurate statement I can make is that there is no zombie loves a zombie and no human loves a zombie romantic thing going on. It's about several HUMAN'S fight for survival in a world overrun with zombies. The zombies are very much present in the book. I don't want to be misleading because they are definitely present.

There were some things that didn't go the way I wanted. Some character traits that irked me, but other than that . . . I really liked it a lot and think Jamie McGuire is an incredible writer.

4-4.5 stars


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