3 years, 1 month, 1 week and 6 days since I’d seen daylight. One-fifth of my life.
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.
Release Date: May 1, 2012
Publisher: Marshall Cavendish
Edition: Hardcover, 352 pages (read: eARC)
Source: From publisher via NetGalley–thank you!
The Weepers originally came on my radar when I saw the original UK edition on Goodreads. At the time I had no idea it was UK but when I saw it on NetGalley I connected the dots.
A book that reminds me of this one is The Way We Fall by Megan Crewe. Similar to TWWF, The Weepers deals with a sort-of apocalypse, of the virus variety. In TWWF it was a flu, and here it’s rabies–terrifying, weaponized rabies. I really loved the beginning of this book. I’m not sure how much you know about different typed of learning or whether you believe in that, but I’m a very “digital” learner. I like working with data, math, computers, numbers, etc. Numbers are a big part of the introduction to Sherry’s world and as that type of learner/reader I loved it.
Another thing I really liked was the relationship between Sherry and Joshua. There’s no insta-love here… their relationship is one that builds because they’re there for each other through challenges, and it develops naturally. They’re not exactly friends first, but they help each other, which made it easy for me to root for them to hook up so they could be together in a more romantic way, not just for the sake of a romance plotline.
Speaking of Sherry, I didn’t really feel connected to her throughout the novel. I had a problem like the one I had with Ember in Article 5–her actions were supposed to be admirable, and they were… but just because I hugely admire Martin Luther King, for example, doesn’t mean I connect to him as I should to a YA protagonist.
But thankfully, The Weepers isn’t a hugely character driven book–and the plot was original and kept me guessing enough that I ended up really liking the book. Speaking of the plot–man, there is a HUGE PLOT TWIST. And it makes total sense and I totally loved it. AMAZING ENDING. And OMG, Tyler–I cannot.
Definitely a recommended speculative-fiction novel.