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Chasers (Alone Series #1)

Chasers (Alone Series #1)

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by James Phelan

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The trip of a lifetime just turned into the end of the world.

When Jesse crawls out of the wreckage of a subway car and emerges into daylight, he's greeted by a living nightmare. An unexplained force has destroyed New York City, turning skyscrapers into ash, cutting off all power and communication. Jesse and his new friends, Dave, Anna and Mini are dazed but


The trip of a lifetime just turned into the end of the world.

When Jesse crawls out of the wreckage of a subway car and emerges into daylight, he's greeted by a living nightmare. An unexplained force has destroyed New York City, turning skyscrapers into ash, cutting off all power and communication. Jesse and his new friends, Dave, Anna and Mini are dazed but unhurt. The other survivors are not so lucky. Every human being they encounter is infected, gripped by an unquenchable thirst that drives them to monstrous acts of violence.

Somehow, Jesse has to escape. But first, he has to stay alive.

From childhood's hour I have not been
As others were; I have not seen
As others saw; I could not bring
My passions from a common spring.
From the same source I have not taken
My sorrow; I could not awaken
My heart to joy at the same tone;
And all I loved, I loved alone.

--from "Alone" by Edgar Allan Poe

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School Library Journal
Gr 7–9—Jesse, 16, is representing Australia in the UN Youth Ambassadors program. He and three friends are riding the subway when a huge fireball hits. Upon awakening, Jesse discovers that everyone has been killed except for him and his companions. They quickly make their way to the street and find the city in ruins. There are other survivors, but something is wrong with them. They have a strange look in their eyes and are drinking out of puddles-in fact, they drink anything, including blood. Pursued by these zombielike people, whom they dub Chasers, Jesse and his friends run to 30 Rock to take shelter, get a good view of the Big Apple, and decide what to do next. The first in a series, this book does not stand out from the rest of the genre but will keep zombie fans turning pages. Unfortunately the most interesting part of the novel comes from a twist at the end that will make readers reflect on Jesse's tale in a new light. Consider only where teens have an insatiable appetite for zombie tales.—Erik Carlson, White Plains Public Library, NY

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Alone Series , #1
810L (what's this?)
Age Range:
13 - 17 Years

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Chasers (Alone #1) 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 24 reviews.
BooksWithBite More than 1 year ago
For me, this book is typical and what I thought. It was a quick and easy read. So the plot is about these teens taking a ride on the subway and all of the sudden, BAM! Explosion! And when they wake, nothing is the same. People are acting funny, like zombies. I especially enjoyed the beginning part of the book. The descriptions of the characters along with the scene of an unexpected explosion filled with blackness, had me at the edge of my seat. This part is particularly my favorite. There really wasn't a love interest but just friends trying to survive. Everything is tested in trying to survive  They have to search for food, find shelter and most of all try to find people. Towards the end, the friends are closer to finding salvation.  Chasers is a good story. The main character Jesse stood out strong and came out on top. For me, this is quite predictable but something easy to pick up if you know what you want to read. If you like these types of stories, then this book is for you.
almag More than 1 year ago
Good plot nicely written, but too much introspection, almost like sob-sister reporting. None of the books really ended, they just stopped.
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224perweek More than 1 year ago
Never saw the end coming!!! This is a awesome story. The author left so many unanswered questions that you have no choice but to read the next book. End of world?? Just America?? Who knows. The characters are great to. Loved the way they changed as Jesse changed for the better. Wish it was in hardcover so I could add it to my personal library.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Not what i expected, but in a good way. Interesting spin on a typical zombie tale, kept me reading. Some of the dialogue seemed a little contrived and the "plot twist" wasnt as unexpected as you would think but overall an entertaining read and will continue the series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Enjoyed the read and kept me reading. Looking forward to 2.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Thips book had me from the start! I love the plot twist at the end... i cant believe it! I had to read it through a couple of times to understand it, but overall what a wonderful book! Love the idea of end of humanity type things haha...
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The lack of punctuation is very distracting.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
You should read this!!
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This story was not what I expected, I can't wait for the next book
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I only wish my 10 year old was old enough to read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Whats the chance these kids would not get infected tens of thousands get infected with this weird thirst virus but 4 kids dont get extreamly hurt from the explosion but every one else on the subway die or are dying sorry to rant but really?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Why are there no quotation marks?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Me and.my teacher were so confuses about he whole no quotation marka but the end of the story makes sense now ans if you pay enough attention you will find the clues to the end it all makes sense now after finishing the book.
Sanz71 More than 1 year ago
MY REVIEW My daughter Rachel of Rai29BookReadNReview received a copy of this book direct from the publishers K-Teen in exchange for her honest review. So as I love dystopian and we are hopefully going to be receiving an arc of BK2 in this series I decided I would read it.  I have seen three different covers for this book, the one I have used above is the one I prefer the most if I had to choose just one. However I do love the byline and how it is printed slightly more prominently on the other cover. (see right pic). You all know by now that I love a good byline and yes the byline "Outnumbered. No Sign of life. Just them. And you." is on the cover to the right and there's a slightly differently worded version that says "No other survivors. Just you . . .and then"  on the cover pictured above its just not emphasized as much. The third cover is mostly different shades of a murky grey and I just didn't like that cover at all. I think the world globe pictured  (well I think it is to represent the world) on both covers with the Series name on works much better on the cover to the right better than the above cover. So why do I prefer the top cover? I like that there is a person on it, a typical teenager I suppose in a hoodie and jeans. The wreckage behind him feels and looks more realistic and perhaps more believable as there is a human in the picture with it. So would I pick this one up from a book store shelf? Yes I would definitely pick up either of the cover versions I have pictured. The blurb tells us of the devastation that has occurred, and lets you know it is a dystopian/post apocalyptic genre. Now to the book, the main character in the book is a teenaged boy, Jesse. He has gone to a summer camp and is on a tube train on his way with the rest of his group to do some sight seeing. The train he is on is de-railed. He has to get out of the train and find other survivors, find help or rescue services. He manages to get out with some of his friends, and they hide out in a tall building whilst a decision is made what to do next. You see it's not just straight forward as it seems some sort of virus has hit the people that were outside when the disaster hit. All these people, or "Chasers" as Jesse and his group call them want is to drink. the Chasers drink anything, water, salt water from the sea, slush from the snow and if someone is injured they'll drink their blood....This book is well written, definitely well thought out by an amazing writers mind and what can I say what a twist at the end! I just would never have guessed. I know this may sound cryptic to those who haven't read the book but I will not give away this super twisted ending. I will say I am looking forward to Bk#2 a lot, to see what happens and answer the many questions I have. So did I enjoy this book? Yes, really enjoyed it and was like...wow! at the twisted ending. Would I recommend this book? Yes to those who love dystopian, post apocalyptic and those who like drama and mystery too. Would I read BK#2? Yes please, I think myself and my daughter will be haggling about who gets to read Bk#2 first lol! Would I read other books by James Phelan? Yes, I liked the writing style and pace,so much I read it in just two reading sessions! Did the book remind me of any others I have read? Yes, it reminded me a little of Ashfall by Mike Mullins.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Sounds like The Scorch Trials by James Dashner
chapterxchapter More than 1 year ago
Chasers by author James Phelan is the first book in the Alone series which from my understanding, was supposed to be The Walking Dead but in YA format and thus not as dark and totally inappropriate for the young tweens who are evolving into the YA universe. With that being said, I’m a total Walking Dead fan, I’m die hard for zombies and thrillers and episodes featuring gore and people being eaten alive so that I won’t sleep all night. I expected that from Chasers and considering that it is blatantly put out there that the antagonists in the post-apocalyptic world are zombies I expected that Walking Dead feel. Chasers takes place from the point of view of main character Jesse who after coming to New York City for a fun trip ends up experiencing the end of the word. With his fellow foreigners they attempt to survive against the zombie-like creatures that they have chosen to call “Chasers” because they… you know chase their prey… Jesse and his friends hole up in 30 Rockefeller Plaza. They face the reality that in an apocalyptic world you have to shoot a few undead freaks in the face and must do anything to survive. Now, correct me if I’m wrong, but zombies are those creatures that… you know “eat” you until you are dead from the shock of it all or get bitten and join their legion? That is what they are if I am correct and you can imagine how at a loss for words I was when the zombies in Chasers drink instead of eat… maybe it’s just me. I personally am not scared of somebody that wants to drink my blood and soul, I went through a vampire phase, I used to find that stuff attractive. When I hear about zombies I wanna fear getting eaten alive. I want to fear my flesh getting torn strip by strip and having some rotting savage claw at me in an attempt to get to all my Kryptonian muscles beneath my spandex costume skin. So to anybody reading this review and expecting to find scenes similar to that of the Walking Dead prepare to be let down a fair bit. The plot of the novel mostly takes place in 30 Rock. In fact… when I come to think about it a high amount of the novel is spent with the group walking around 30 rock, finding stuff, seeing zombies and chatting a lot about what they should (and eventually do not) do. The start of the novel, I found, happened to be the most exciting thing to happen in the entire story, when we first meet the Chasers and get that thrilling idea that perhaps our characters will be killed. I find that in thrillers, I like to be with the characters, I want to experience the risk of my characters dying. The risk of being in danger and sadly, I have got to admit that Chasers was a disappointment. There weren’t that many risks, I have to say that the characters mostly play it too safe throughout the novel which just resulted in many dry scenes that lost my attention fairly quickly. When faced with the Chasers I felt like the terror didn’t stick and that the emotions that I should have been able to infer from the plot wasn’t there. The ending of the novel made me a bit wide-eyed considering that it’s very Fight Club with the idea of how Jesse is solely alone. Do I hope that in future installments things get more Walking Dead? Oh yeah. Do I want to read these future installments? Yes, considering that I found Chasers to be more of a prelude to how Jesse ended up in this post-apocalyptic New York. I would recommend this to fans of thrillers, but also to readers who are willing to take a chance on a zombie novel that doesn’t have your traditional zombies.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ummm...beye?..lolz...ur confusing n weird...in a good way.lol
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