Saturday, November 9, 2013

Red Hill by Jamie McGuire- Review!

Red HillRed Hill by Jamie McGuire
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

In Red Hill we get to follow the stories of three narrators whose lives all intersect after an "outbreak" ends the way of life as we know it. Scarlet is a mother of two daughters that she is desperate to re-connect with. Nathan is trying desperately to get his young daughter somewhere safe, and Miranda is traveling with her sister and their boyfriends to try to get to their father's ranch.

These characters are all easy to relate to, and the story paints a vivid picture of what the world might look like should something like this occur. I really liked that the characters knew from film and popular culture everything that we the reader might know about zombies. That adds an element of realism that I think helps the reader connect with the story because these characters could be any of us. In the midst of everyone's fear and loss, it was interesting to see relationships and other parts of life the way it used to be continuing to carry on. Even while there is a lot of uncertainty about how life will go on and what the future holds, it was great to see people connecting and helping support each other through family, friendship, and new love. I also liked how the human condition remained even as the landscape of the world changed.

This author created a world that I would gladly spend more time in.

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