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Friday, June 21, 2013

Teen Review: PODs by Michelle Pickett

Young Adult, Dystopia, Science Fiction, Romance
Publication.Date  June 4th 2013
Published By:  Spencer Hill Press
WebsiteMichelle Pickett 

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My review copy:Review copy provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
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Seventeen-year-old Eva is a chosen one. Chosen to live, while others meet a swift and painful death from an incurable virus so lethal, a person is dead within days of symptoms emerging. In the POD system, a series of underground habitats built by the government, she waits with the other chosen for the deadly virus to claim those above. Separated from family and friends, it's in the PODs she meets David. And while true love might not conquer all, it's a balm for the broken soul. 

After a year, scientists believe the population has died, and without living hosts, so has the virus. That's the theory, anyway. But when the PODs are opened, survivors find the surface holds a vicious secret. The virus mutated, infecting those left top-side and creating... monsters. 

Eva and David hide from the infected in the abandoned PODs. Together they try to build a life--a new beginning. But the infected follow and are relentless in their attacks. Leaving Eva and David to fight for survival, and pray for a cure.

Month fifteen
It happened.
Maybe they won’t attack again.
I was wrong.
“What don’t I know?”
“A lot,” he answered.

     Coming into this book, I was extremely excited. It looked like such a scary, awesome story. Unfortunately, I had a love/hate relationship with this book. I absolutely loved the story line and the action, but I was not a fan of the writing or romance. The idea was very interesting, the execution was lacking. I loved the world that Pickett created, and it was a very well thought-out and explained situation. The story was kind of boring in the beginning, but it picked up towards the middle/end, and it was very enthralling and exciting. The writing, however, was not up to par. I found myself skipping most of the big description parts in the book and only reading when the characters talked. Even then the conversation wasn’t flowing, and it was kind of juvenile. Also, it was really annoying reading about all the many kissing/feeling each other up scenes in this book. All the scenes were basically the same; David starts kissing Eva, sticks his tongue down her throat, Eva takes off David’s shirt, they go farther, then someone walks in on them. The same scene over and over and over again. At least the ending was good.

     I had a huge problem with the romance in this book. Eva was an okay character. I liked her spunk, smart-mouth, sense of humor, and confidence. What I didn’t like was David and the fact that he was very controlling and thought Eva was weak. To begin with, this book had a very fatal case of insta-love, and I did not like that. AT ALL. Sometimes with insta-romances the beginning sucks but then once you read more about the romance it grows on you. That didn’t happen with this book. The romance didn’t feel right to me the entire book. It wasn’t romantic, if that makes any sense. The main reason I couldn’t get used to this romance was David. He treated Eva like absolute crap SPOILER ALERT: He dumped her, using the excuse that they didn’t know everything about each other to get out, then watched her suffer for two weeks, then came back again. I’m sorry, but that’s just wrong. And, not to mention, he’s trying to have sex with her every chapter. It’s creepy, and thought she was hopeless and couldn’t do anything by herself. Enjoy:

“What happened to not asking too many questions?”
Page 242, uncorrected ARC edition

“Geez, Eva, why do you have to know every little morsel of information?”
Page 242, uncorrected ARC editon

There ya go. Point made.

     Even though the writing was not for me, and the romance was absolutely horrible, I couldn’t help but love the story line and action. This book was thrilling and addictive – I didn’t want to put it down. It’s a weird combination of love and hate.

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