I received this book for free from in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Mercy Mode on August 26, 2014
A gripping survival story, the second in a series by a best-selling author, of a strong girl rebuilding her life in a post-apocalyptic society where a contaminated drink makes victims act like zombies; just right for fans of James Dashner, Carrie Ryan, and The Walking Dead.
Seventeen-year-old Velvet, her little sister, Opal, their mom, who is recovering from the Contamination, and Velvet's sweet boyfriend, Dillon, are attempting to build a new life amid the rationing and regulations of the post-outbreak nation. But the outbreak isn't over: more people turning into "Connies," more madness erupting, more killings occurring. And what they are being told is not the truth; the truth is far darker and more threatening.
So I read Contaminated last year for review on Netgalley and I was super excited because it was a book that I had really been looking forward to reading. It was definitely different than any other zombie book that I had read before, and when it ended I was thoroughly pleased with how it all ended and went down for the most part. So when I saw that Contaminated had a sequel, I was quite surprised and interested so I got lucky enough to get a copy through Edelweiss.
Mercy Mode starts basically where the first book left off. Velvet has now married Dillon in order to keep Opal with them; otherwise Opal would have been taken. It is quite strange that they’re married at such a young age and they’ve not even known each other for that long, but then again it is a post apocalyptic book, so nothing is supposed to be normal.
Yet again, I love the whole way that this apocalypse of zombies came to be. It’s interesting to think that it could come from a simple dieting product that takes the world by storm that everyone suddenly wants and drinks. It’s weird to think that something like that could possibly happen because there’s tons of insane weight-loss pills and such in today’s society.
In this sequel, people are actually getting rounded up and tested to make sure that they don’t have the virus. If they are tested and do have the virus but don’t even show symptoms of it, they are still taken. All of these people that are taken are never seen or heard from again. Velvet has of course had a few sips of this drink that caused this whole outbreak of zombies, so she has to do her best to steer clear of the people that are rounding civilians up and taking them up because it’s very highly possible that she has the virus even though she doesn’t show signs of it.
Overall, this was an okay sequel. It wasn’t as good as the first book but it was still pretty satisfying.
Have you read this novel? I’d love to hear your thoughts!