Wednesday, March 5, 2014


Sick by Tom Leveen

Disclaimer: I usually don't read straight up suspense/horror/designed to scare you type of books. ...yet somehow I landed on this one. However, I did see it through to the end, and it was worth the read.

An amazon summary, "Brian and his friends are not part of the cool crowd. They’re the misfits and the troublemakers—the ones who jump their high school’s fence to skip class regularly. So when a deadly virus breaks out, they’re the only ones with a chance of surviving.

The virus turns Brian’s classmates and teachers into bloodthirsty attackers who don’t die easily. The whole school goes on lockdown, but Brian and his best friend, Chad, are safe (and stuck) in the theater department—far from Brian’s sister, Kenzie, and his ex-girlfriend with a panic attack problem, Laura. Brian and Chad, along with some of the theater kids Brian had never given the time of day before, decide to find the girls and bring them to the safety of the theater. But it won’t be easy, and it will test everything they thought they knew about themselves and their classmates." AMAZON LINK OF JUSTICE

The thing that struck me about the book is that it wasn't divided into the usual chapters, it was broken up by the time of day. Everything that happens is in one day.

A lot of cray cray stuff went down.


Brian and his friends ditch school one day because it's a beautiful day outside and who wants to sit through fourth period? Pssh. So they make a daring escape from school, head over to Chad's house (Brian's best friend), and chill out for a bit before planning on returning for last period.

Their friend Hollis stops by (who looks like GARBAGE in the sick way) and the guys get a little unnerved because they also heard gun shots in the distance, but don't think too much of it.

They return to school and have to hop the fence (so they park their car across the street), and ditch the assembly that is also taking place during last period. So they go to their last period which is stagecraft (essentially moving all the heavy stuff involved in theater) before they hear an alert that the school is on lock down.

Then all hell breaks loose.

Yes, this is a 'zombie' book, although they're not zombies in the traditional sense (which was very refreshing even for not reading much of the genre anymore).

I loved the tone and world building of the book and how many times I had pseudo shivers from the creepy/graphic descriptions.

However, as this is not my usual fair of book, I'm not entirely sure if I was suckered in by the mayhem, social break down, and intense violent sequences.

...make of it what you will.

I did enjoy it and cannot say much more without venturing into spoiler land.

Happy reading!

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