Author: Sara Elizabeth Santana
Publication: May 2016
Genre: YA, dystopia, post-apocalyptic, zombies
My rating: ★★★★☆
The Survivor is a novella from The Awakened universe, which basically retells the story of the first book from Liam’s point of view. It is meant to be read between book one and book two for a better understanding! It is also meant for Liam fans, but overall it can be read by any fan of the story. Book to in the series, The Sanctuary, should be released in December.
Warning: May contain spoilers for The Awakened! Read at your own risk!
Liam wanted to take some time away from his fiancée, Kat, and went on a hunting trip with his parents during Christmas break. In the middle of their trip, he received weird calls from her and talk about “the Awakened”. They decided to head back to Atlanta, but the city was on a quarantine, and every access forbidden. At the same time, Liam heard from Kat that the city was going to be bombed.
With a heavy heart, the family decides to head back to the Sanctuary, after checking on Liam’s aunt and her kids. Except things obviously don’t go as planned, as the Awakened set their car on fire.
And then, as you saw in the first book, they meet Zoey, Ash and Frank. And I won’t tell you more to keep some suspense!
First of all, can we all take a moment to appreciate the amazing cover?
Second of all, if you want to check out my review for book 1, here it is.
Now let’s get back to business.
To be honest, I’m not a huge fan of Liam (okay, I’m Ash trash, you got me) so I wasn’t really sure what to expect from that book. I decided to read it anyway since I was curious, and I think it was definitely the right thing to do!
The good thing about this novella is that it goes through events where Liam and Zoey weren’t together, so first, we learn more about Liam, and then, we also get to see more of the catastrophy, and things that Ash and Zoey didn’t get to see, so that was rather interesting!
Overall, it was a quick and enjoyable read, and it got me even more curious for The Sanctuary! (And yes, I’m still #TeamAsh after reading this book. Definitely.)
People who read and liked The Awakened, obviously. And otherwise, I recommend this series to people who like YA, dystopian and apocalyptic stories.