by Jamie McGuire
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Publication Date: October 1st 2013
Publisher: Atria Books
Genre: Adult Fiction | Zombies
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When the world ends, can love survive?
For Scarlet, raising her two daughters alone makes fighting for tomorrow an everyday battle. Nathan has a wife, but can’t remember what it’s like to be in love; only his young daughter Zoe makes coming home worthwhile. Miranda’s biggest concern is whether her new VW Bug is big enough to carry her sister and their boyfriends on a weekend escape from college finals.
When reports of a widespread, deadly “outbreak” begin to surface, these ordinary people face extraordinary circumstances and suddenly their fates are intertwined. Recognizing they can’t outrun the danger, Scarlet, Nathan, and Miranda desperately seek shelter at the same secluded ranch, Red Hill. Emotions run high while old and new relationships are tested in the face of a terrifying enemy—an enemy who no longer remembers what it’s like to be human.
Set against the backdrop of a brilliantly realized apocalyptic world, love somehow finds a way to survive. But what happens when the one you’d die for becomes the one who could destroy you?
Red Hill grabs you from page one and doesn’t let go until its stunning conclusion. This is #1 New York Times bestselling author Jamie McGuire at her unforgettable best. (Goodreads)
Red Hill is full of amazing characters, all of which I grew to love. The story itself is told from three different viewpoints; through Scarlet, Nathan and Miranda as they try to survive a full-blown zombie apocalypse. It was so very intense and sometimes terrifying to read the book this way, because we got to see so many different perspectives for what was happening. While all of the characters were virtually strangers, they were all also connected in some small way or another. It was really interesting to see all the pieces weave together throughout the book. I could go on and on about all of the characters in this story, but I won’t. Read it for yourself and you will know exactly what I am talking about.
The storyline for this book is so very realistic, it’s something that I could totally see happening in real life. This is actually terrifying, when you think about it. The ending of the book tied together very nicely, although I still had some lingering questions that didn’t get answered. Maybe, though, it was better this way. I’ve read quite a few zombie books lately, and I love that each one portrays zombies in a different way. I think McGuire’s take on zombies was a lot more realistic than the other books I’ve read, but that could be because it’s an adult fiction novel, instead of a young adult novel. It was interesting to see the how and why people became zombies, and also seeing how people managed to survive after everything that had happened. This book was so addictive that I finished it in one day. I love when that happens!
Overall; this book has it all… A great cast of characters that you will love, but probably shouldn’t become too attached to. It has lots of death and destruction, which is exactly what you would expect in a zombie novel. And there’s even a bit of romance that’s super sweet. All of this comes together and makes a thrilling read that you won’t soon forget.