Review: The Release

The Release by Shelbi Wescott

2 stars

Read from 11 – 26 September, 2017

Synopsis: Lucy King is only an hour away from embarking on the most incredible vacation of her life: White sandy beaches in a tropical paradise, snorkeling and sunbathing in peaceful tranquility. But as Lucy looks forward to her trip, a sinister plot is unfolding that will demolish the world as she knows it. An unknown bioterrorist group unleashes a virus that virtually wipes out the earth’s population—leaving Lucy, and a small faction of survivors, trapped inside her high school to wait out the apocalypse.

As war, looting, and death wreak havoc outside, inside, the students must contend with a tyrannical and paranoid principal and their own struggles of being orphaned, frightened, and unsure of what the future will bring.

What begins as a basic fight for survival turns into a search for answers that will challenge everything Lucy has ever known about her life and her family.

Bookish Things: 352 pages. I quite like the cover, it suits the book and looks professional. This is book #1 in the Virulent Chronicles.

Where to buy: Amazon on kindle for $4.48.

My Review: 

The Release is a rather dire look at a post apocalyptic America. When a virus kills almost the entire world population we find Lucy (our protagonist) in a rather interesting scenario.

Things start off pretty routinely for Lucy, but take a deadly turn when she gets trapped in her school and witness the horrific virus spreading through her friends and teachers.

I wondered as I was reading if this portion of the book is too graphic and that there’s too much of it for YA?! Or are decomposing bodies the in thing with teens these days?!

I found Lucy to be a bit of a bore, in terms of character. But Lucy was amazing compared to Salem and the stupid awkwardness with Grant.

In my mind, this book was both too adult and too juvenile. In one breath the horrific nature of the story was quite graphically on display, then the next the characters are behaving like toddlers. This irritated me and drew me out of the story.

Another thing that annoyed me was the supposed surprise twist. I’m just going to say it. The twist was obvious.

Steve Carol deadpan face

This book reads like the first in a series, and surprise, surprise, it is one. Passable writing, tried and true post apocalyptic story line and plot, annoying characters and very little new to the genre or interesting additions or quirks.

This might appeal to younger readers or those who can handle annoying characters and the same old story line. It just wasn’t my cup of tea.

**Note: I received an electronic copy of this book in return for an honest review**

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