Saturday, March 5, 2011

Allison Hewitt is Trapped review

Description: Allison Hewitt and her five colleagues at the Brooks and Peabody Bookstore are trapped together when the zombie outbreak hits. Allison reaches out for help through her blog, writing on her laptop and utilizing the military's emergency wireless network (SNET). It may also be her only chance to reach her mother. But as the reality of their situation sinks in, Allison’s blog becomes a harrowing account of her edge-of-the-seat adventures (with some witty sarcasm thrown in) as she and her companions fight their way through ravenous zombies and sometimes even more dangerous humans.

My thoughts: After reading two or three good books, I was really concerned that the next book would be a dud, r at least not as good as the previous books. I was soooo wrong! This is an awesome book with multidimensional characters. The main character, Allison is the best kind of heroine who has to go through so much. Over time, her blog post invoked all kinds of emotion in me. At any time I was sad, then happy, then angry, and then scarred. I’m pretty sure I even shed a tear at one point.
The other characters are pretty cool too, more so because they are so realistic. This isn’t the Hollywood version of what would happen in a zombie apocalypse. There are no perfect characters. But there are sweet girls that resemble peter pan after getting a haircut, or geeky Asian guys with broken glasses, and hair that has grown way too long. And whether the characters lasted the whole story or not, they all got under my skin in one way or another.

Of course Allison was the one who affected me the most. I wish I could be as hardcore as Allison, at least in cases like a zombie apocalypse. She’s the girl that goes around with an axe, chopping off zombie’s heads when necessary. But an axe isn’t the only sharp thing she has. Her tongue might be even sharper than her weapon. She’s clever and humorous, and makes so many smart references that I felt the need to watch the Gilmore Girls after I finished reading (… because they have so many pop culture references…).
One main and constant emotion I felt was nervousness, for the characters. There was so much action, which meant many deaths and cringe worthy injuries. There were points in Allison’s life where nothing special seemed to be happening. But instead of thinking of those points as slow parts, I looked forward to those scenes. Because it meant that Allison and the other characters were safe, at least for a little while. This book took me through so much! I felt like I was a part of the journey (I definitely would have been the chick with the sword). And although I loved reading it, I was happy to see Allison’s journey complete. 

Note: Some people couldn’t get into this book because they thought it was unrealistic that the whole book was written as blog posts. It is a little unrealistic, but so is a zombie apocalypse. For me, the book was so good that I never let the um… unrealisticness of it overshadow the story. It’s like this; I’m not going to knock Cinderella for having talking mice. I’m going to sing along to the songs, hope karma knocks the stepmother on her butt, and impatiently wait for prince charming to find his future wife… I’m done with me rant. J


  1. careful! You never know when a zombie apocalypse might happen. It certainly is more realistic than a book composed of blog posts. :-)
    Great review. Makes me want to read the book.

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