Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Tomorrow Land by Mari Mancusi (4/5 stars).

Title: Tomorrow Land
Author: Mari Mancusi
Publisher: NLA Digital Liaison Platform LLC
Date Published: 08 March 2012
Genre: Science Fiction
E book: 281 pages
Rating: 4/5 stars

"Can true love survive the end of the world? 

Imagine finding your first love, only to be ripped apart by the apocalypse. Peyton Anderson will never forget the day she was forced to make a choice--between her family--and Chris Parker, the boy she'd given her heart. Now, four years later, as she steps from the fallout shelter and into a dead and broken world, he's the only thing on her mind.

All Chris "Chase" Parker wanted was to take Peyton away and keep her safe from harm. But he waited for hours in the rain on judgment day and she never showed--breaking his heart without ever telling him why. 

Now the two of them have been thrown together once again, reluctant chaperones to a group of orphan children in a post-apocalyptic world where the dead still walk...and feed. As they begin their pilgramage to the last human outpost on Earth, can they find a way to let go of old hurts and find the love they lost--all while attempting to save what's left of the human race?"

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!


  1. That sounds so good! And I actually like the cover, it's attention grabbing, haha.

    1. haha I just thought the hand part was weird but it was explained in the book early on :)

  2. I need to read this soon, the cover grabbed my attention and I was really happy to receive an ARC. I'll be waiting for that scene with our cute couple ;))
    Happy midnight reading!

    1. Congrats with the ARC! Happy reading to you too! It's a great book :) very original!

  3. I was blown away by this novel. While initially confused by the back and forth nature of the story, each chapter alternating between the past and present, by chapter four I had figured out this writing technique and found myself quickly falling in love with it. Instead of giving the reader all the information up front, or glossing over the past in order to write the present, Marcusi alternates between the past and present to divulge this beautiful story of the zombie apocalypse. This technique also helped build suspense as Peyton and Chase touched upon certain elements in the present that weren't yet fully explained in the past, allowing the reader to begin piecing facts together and come to his/her own conclusions before Marcusi hands them the truth. I really enjoyed this, and found that Marcusi did a phenomenal job stringing the reader along, giving him/her just enough information to fit the puzzle pieces together correctly, while also keeping the reader's interest as this tale of love and survival unfolds. And I loved every minute of it.