Four teenagers. One destroyed city. Thousand of infected predators.
Jesse is on a UN Youth Ambassadors camp in New York when his subway carriage is rocked by an explosion. Jesse and his three friends, Dave, Anna and Mini, crawl out from the wreckage to discover a city in chaos. Streets are deserted. Buildings are in ruins. Worse, the only other survivors seem to be infected with a virus that turns them into horrifying predators…
I have just finished reading Chasers by James Phelan (Alone #1) after starting it yesterday and it is my new favourite. It’s one of those books where I want to go tell everyone about it straight after I have read it and persuade everyone to read it. I’m so happy I read this book (I was meant to be reading Hunger by Michael Grant and then the book for my book club, but felt like reading something a little smaller over the weekend). I now have to hunt down all the other novels this author has written and read them all.
At first it was a bit disappointing because this author is Australian and the book is set in Manhattan, but at the same time it was quite refreshing. Yes it is set in America, but it has a definite Aussie edge to it, and it is relatable regardless of where it is set and who has written it.
I also see the attraction of the story being set in Manhattan. It really is a suitable place for a story like this because they’re so cut off. In Australia you can be cut off, but it’s a different isolation so I really do think the setting suited the story quite well.
Another thing was that there’s a prologue where speech marks are used and then after that for the rest of the story there aren’t any at all. I thought that was very interesting and it didn’t bother me at all. It suited the story and eventually it made sense so I wasn’t left questioning it all the time. I was at first, but luckily the story is so engrossing that eventually you don’t even notice it.
I think the characters are well written and diverse, not like some novels where the writer tries to diversify, but they all end up melding. They all react differently to their plight, they all have their own personalities which show, and there’s also a sense of humour there as well when it’s appropriate.
What I think I really love about this book though is the main character and the ending. I love a book that sucks you in and makes you question what is going on even if it’s a small amount only to have you go ‘wow’ or ‘no way’ like I did. I really did not see that ending coming which makes me respect the writer’s talent far more then when I was reading the story as a whole. I can really appreciate the characters and what he did, but of course I’m not giving away spoilers so if you want to know what I’m on about I highly recommend reading it.
The only regret I have with reading this novel now is the next one isn’t out till next year. How fortunate that I have so much to read in the meantime.