Tuesday, April 17, 2012
Tomorrow Land by Mari Mancusi (4/5 stars).
Did anyone else think that the cover is a little weird with the girl's fingers lighted up? But the blurb! First love interrupted by the End of Days, when The Others (zombies, but not really) have started rising, attacking and feeding on humans. Our lovers were separated when Peyton chose to obey her father and was tucked inside a safe room with her mother for four years. I was dying to know what happened when they see each other again (after Chris waited in the rain for Peyton). What did Peyton think? What did Chris think? I just had to get my hands on Tomorrow Land!
I didn't like the Sci-fi inventions/developments so much, the virtual Sims game, the LTF, and the Molly Millions razors! At one point her razors involuntarily contracted after killing an Other, at the start of the story, Peyton was very careful to wipe the blood of Others from her razors before contracting them to avoid an infection, so why wasn't she worried about an infection when her razors malfunctioned? Razors are unique but a katana would have been a better weapon or some long knives that kills without you having to get too close to the Other or doesn't put you in constant risk of infection once it retracts. But I LOVED the romance between Peyton and Chris/Chase and the alternating pov between the two of them is just perfect. The scene where they see each other again after four years was, again, just PERFECT, Peyton recognizes Chase, she appreciates how much he has changed, from nerdy techy lanky lovestruck boy to toned roguishly handsome survivor and she threw her arms around him and when he stiffened, she thought he has lost all his old feelings for her but then reading Chase's pov, we see how much seeing Peyton again has turned his world upside down, she was the one who broke his heart and yet, he would do anything for her still.
I really enjoyed reading TOMORROW LAND and would recommend it to those looking for a fast paced post apocalyptic zombie read with a great story line - just watch out for the cheesy inventions!