MONTHS AGO THE WORLD ENDED…
…when an unknown virus spread throughout North America and then the world, killing millions of people. However, that is where the horror only started. The dead began to rise and when they rose they had an insatiable appetite for the living. A new hell had been unleashed on earth and the fight for survival had just begun.
Sadie Walker is one of the survivors in this new world. Living in north Seattle behind barrier that keep the living in and the dead out, she trying to get back to a normal life, while raising her eight-year-old nephew, if anyone even knows what “normal” is anymore. Then everything goes sideways when Shane is kidnapped by a group of black market thieves and they bring down a crucial barrier in the city while trying to escape, and flood the city with the walking dead. After rescuing her nephew, Sadie and Shane escape Seattle on the last remaining boat, along with other survivors. However, now they must face the complete chaos of a world filled with flesh eating zombies and humans who are playing with a whole new rule book when it comes to survival in their journey to find a new place that they can call home.
Sadie Walker is Stranded is the sequel to Allison Hewitt is Trapped, and while I preferred the first book for a variety of reasons (I liked Allison better than Sadie, I preferred the blog format to regular prose), I really liked this entry into the series as well. It should also be noted that this book stands alone just fine, so it’s not necessary to have read Allison first. She is mentioned a few times as she’s something of a hero to Sadie, but that’s pretty much the extent of it.
This book continues the series trend of having a strong female heroine. In this case, Sadie is charged with caring for her nephew Shane and she’s willing to sacrifice anything – her health, her possessions, her life – to do so. The thing that makes these heroines so endearing is that while they’re extremely tough, they’re not without their faults. In Sadie’s case, she has a violent streak (much like Allison), she’s stubborn to the point of putting herself in unnecessary pain/danger, and she is not above making some not-so-smart decisions.
While I liked the blog format of Allison better, I’m glad that this book doesn’t follow that pattern. It would have been too much to have two books in the same series in that format. It made more sense to make them different.
There is a good supporting cast of characters here though Sadie is definitely the primary focus and the narrative rarely if ever strays from her. It’s really interesting to watch her and her friends try to eke out an existence after Seattle falls, and to watch them encounter and interact with other new people. There is also a lot of really good action in this book (zombie and otherwise, har har) and it never gets dull. Definitely recommended for fans of the zombie genre or even just people who like books with kickass female heroines and don’t mind a little extreme violence.