Title: The Weepers: The Other LifeAuthor: Susanne Winnacker
Publication date: May 15th 2012
Publisher: Marshell Cavendish
Age group: Young Adult
Genre: Post Apocalyptic/Dystopia
Cover rating: 2/5
Content rating: 4/5
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Description via Goodreads:
3 years, 1 month, 1 week and 6 days since I’d seen daylight. One-fifth of my life.My thoughts:
Sherry and her family have lived sealed in a bunker in the garden since things went wrong up above. Her grandfather has been in the freezer for the last three months, her parents are at each other’s throats and two minutes ago they ran out of food.
Sherry and her father leave the safety of the bunker and find a devastated and empty LA, smashed to pieces by bombs and haunted by ‘Weepers’ - rabid humans infected with a weaponized rabies virus.
While searching for food in a supermarket, Sherry’s father disappears and Sherry is saved by Joshua, a boy-hunter. He takes her to Safe-haven, a tumble-down vineyard in the hills outside LA, where a handful of other survivors are picking up the pieces of their ‘other lives’. As she falls in love for the first time, Sherry must save her father, stay alive and keep Joshua safe when his desire for vengeance threatens them all.
From the moment I first read the description of this book, I knew I just had to read it. Just the sheer number of days since the protagonists had seen daylight had me curious. I was really excited to find out what had gone so terribly wrong and to get to know the character who counts every single day! I was looking for a creepy read and I definitely found that in this book. I was hooked from the very first page and didn't want to take my eyes off the book until I was finished. For me, that is the sign of a good story!
The Weepers (also called The Other Life) is a tale set in a devastated world. A virus has taken control of the population and the ones who aren't dead or infected, are hiding out and wishing for a miracle. This story is told from the point of view of Sherry (such an unexpected name!), a teenager who has been stuck in a bunker with her family for the last 3 years. I loved Sherry's voice from the beginning and found it really easy to connect with her as a character. She's clearly a very strong person despite her appalling circumstances. She does great job of creating the picture of what life is like inside the bunker and how it's tearing her family apart.
There is a lot of doom and gloom in this book. It is actually quite depressing at some points and some images creeped me out so much! Especially, like in the description, the fact that they had to keep her grandfather's body in freezer next to their food. There was just so much despair and so many terrible things happening! This novel really keeps you guessing, too. We slowly find out more about what's been going on and there's lots of mystery and suspense to keep you on your toes as you speed through it.
It's quite a quick read and really only takes a couple of hours. The writing flows so well and is easy to get lost in. I really enjoyed getting to know Sherry and Joshua and watching their relationship slowly grow, in spite of everything that was going on. The Weepers is one of the better dystopian books I've (and it seems like I've read a lot) and I would totally recommend it. It's definitely worth your time!