Hardcover: 368 pages
Publisher: Del Rey (July 14, 2015)
Rating: 5 stars
Cover Rating: <3 <3 <3 <3
“I open my eyes to darkness. Total darkness. I hear my own breathing, but nothing else. I lift my head . . . it thumps against something solid and unmoving. There is a board right in front of my face. No, not a board . . . a lid.”
A teenage girl awakens to find herself trapped in a coffin. She has no idea who she is, where she is, or how she got there. Fighting her way free brings little relief—she discovers only a room lined with caskets and a handful of equally mystified survivors. Beyond their room lies a corridor filled with bones and dust, but no people . . . and no answers.
She knows only one thing about herself—her name, M. Savage, which was engraved on the foot of her coffin—yet she finds herself in charge. She is not the biggest among them, or the boldest, but for some reason the others trust her. Now, if they’re to have any chance, she must get them to trust one another.
Whatever the truth is, she is determined to find it and confront it. If she has to lead, she will make sure they survive. Maybe there’s a way out, a rational explanation, and a fighting chance against the dangers to come. Or maybe a reality they cannot comprehend lies just beyond the next turn.
Take one part Lord of the Flies, mix a dash of The Hunger Games and top it off with Dashner’s The Maze Runner and voila you have Scott Sigler’s Alive. Although those descriptions hardly do this book justice. Alive is so much more than that. It’s an edge of you seat dark and intense thrill ride. I mean the opening scene is of the main character waking up in a coffin. Talk about nightmares. And believe me you will. Creep-tastic nightmares.
This is my first Scott Sigler book and I’m a fan. The writing is solid and has the classic scifi element that is sure to keep you reading into the night. With a dynamic leading character, you the readers are lead on a terrifying, heart pounding mysterious journey. Questions on top of questions get piled on as the mc tries to figure out how she (and several characters she meets along the way) came wake up in this mysterious place.
Literally keeps you on the edge of your seat as you zig-zag through the labyrinth maze, not knowing what’s around the corner—who to trust. Whether you can trust your own instinct make it out alive. It’s a psychological thriller that is done perfectly in my opinion. Not too many YA books I can say has done what Scott Sigler as done with this bizarre and strange book. Strange in a good way.
I highly recommend Alive to fans of Sci-fi and Dystopian. This is one book you want to add to your list. Great read for the summer. Hell a great read for any season. Definitely a re-read for when Halloween comes around.
*Thank you Penguin RandomHouse and David Moench. I received an Arc copy in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
New York Times best-selling novelist Scott Sigler is author of the INFECTED trilogy (INFECTED, CONTAGIOUS and PANDEMIC), ANCESTOR and NOCTURNAL, hardcover hardcover thrillers from Crown Publishing; and the co-founder of Empty Set Entertainment, which publishes his Galactic Football League series (THE ROOKIE, THE STARTER, THE ALL-PRO and THE MVP).
Before he was published, Scott built a large online following by giving away his self-recorded audiobooks as free, serialized podcasts. His loyal fans, who named themselves “Junkies,” have downloaded over eight million individual episodes of his stories and interact daily with Scott and each other in the social media space.
Scott reinvented book publishing when he released EARTHCORE as the world’s first “podcast-only” novel. Released in twenty weekly episodes, EARTHCORE harkened back to the days of serialized radio fiction. His innovative use of technology puts him at the forefront of modern-day publishing and has garnered brand-name exposure among hundreds of thousands of fiction fans and technology buffs.
He’s been covered in Time Magazine, the Washington Post, the New York Times, the San Francisco Chronicle, Entertainment Weekly, Publisher’s Weekly, The Huffington Post, Business Week and Fangoria. He still records his own audiobooks and gives away every story – for free – to his Junkies at www.ScottSigler.com.
A Michigan native, Scott lives in San Francisco but still roots for his beloved Detroit Lions.