Title: Rise Again
Author: Ben Tripp
Publisher: Gallery Books 2010
Rating: 5 / 5 stars
Reading Challenges: Zombie; Support Your Local Library; Read Your Name — T
How I Got It: Library loan
Forest Peak, California. Fourth of July. Sheriff Danielle Adelman, a troubled war veteran, thinks she has all the problems she can handle in this all-American town after her kid sister runs away from home. But when a disease-stricken horde of panicked refugees fleeing the fall of Los Angeles swarms her small mountain community, Danny realizes her problems have only just begun—starting with what might very well be the end of the world. Danny thought she had seen humanity at its worst in war-torn Iraq, but nothing could prepare her for the remorseless struggle to survive in a dying world being overrun by the reanimated dead and men turned monster. Obsessed with finding her missing sister against all odds, Danny’s epic and dangerous journey across the California desert will challenge her spirit . . . and bring her to the precipice of sanity itself. . . .
This is a story of survival, plain and simple. In my opinion, it’s the best kind of zombie story out there. We’re not trying to do anything clever with the story or with the zombies. It’s dirty. It’s gross. It’s heartbreaking. It’s angering. And it’s even a bit of hopeful. I loved this book.
It took me a bit of time to really get into but that was because of the main character, Danny. Initially I couldn’t connect with her. I hated her for how she treated her sister. But then I started to understand her. Her history, her lack of future, her sheer determination to survive. And I really started to love Danny and root for her. I didn’t want to see her die. Of course, there are some other great characters, but Danny is the one I really got into. Her story keep me reading. The action was great. The creep out factor was great. The gross out factor was great. I whole heartedly recommend this book to all the zombie lovers out there.