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Posted June 10, 2013
I adored this book! This is an EPIC book that kept me turning the pages from the first time I saw the manuscript at Spencer Hill Press. It's an amazing read.
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Posted June 6, 2013
I requested an ARC for this book from the publisher for two reasons. 1) Because it just seemed like it would be really awesome and amazing. 2) I have seen the Author, Michelle Pickett's Youtube channel and she seems like the biggest sweetheart! So when I got this in the mail, I kind of squealed (I know masculine me, but whatever, I was THAT excited for this book).
I was blown away by this debut novel from Michelle Pickett! Rather then feeling like I was reading a book, I actually sometimes felt like I was actually watching the characters' lives progress; it was kind of weird! The emotions that Eva felt were so raw and real, and I think Michelle really captured the emotions that one would be feeling in a post apocalyptic world. But now that I think about it, this book has done something that a lot of YA hasn't done yet, and that was take you from the beginning of the apocalypse and show the stages that one would go through if something like a mass plague were to happen.
I really love that this book takes place over years, rather then weeks or months. You don't see it too often in YA because it is kind of a risky choice, but Michelle pulls it off seamlessly. You meet Eva the day before she learns about the plague that is soon to take over the world, you see her when she is chosen to live inside the PODs, her life in the PODs, and then her life after, a process which I am assuming takes place a little under two years. I think it is very telling of the Author, that she was able to plan out not only weeks of progression and dialogue, but years! Also because she wrote in years rather then weeks, there was no insta-love which is always a plus!
Before giving my rating, I would like to point out that I think this book could be classified under YA Horror, rather than Dystopian, only because I was finding myself very scared at some points! Seriously some of the detail during Eva's quarantine is gruesome!
PODs may very well be one of the next big things in YA, so I am very happy to have been one of the ones that was part of the beginning of it all! Congrats Michelle on your YA debut and I am looking forward to more by you!
I gave PODs a well deserved 5/5 stars!
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Posted March 9, 2014
When a deadly virus sweeps through the world, the U.S. government chooses a select few citizens to be a part of the POD program. Eva is one of the lucky ones. She will live in the POD for a year until the virus is contained and then emerge to help rebuild society. But she must leave behind her parents and friends and everything she's ever known in life. It is with much reluctance that she agrees to go and finds herself falling in love with one of her POD mates David. After over a year, they are allowed to leave, but it's not to a new world of possibilities. The government has taken control of all their lives, dictating where the survivors live and what they do. And the virus hasn't died out, but mutated, creating a race of zombies. It seems the program that brought Eva and David together is now determined to tear them apart and they may not survive together in the new world.
I'm not always a big fan of books, movies, TV shows with zombies in them because frankly they kind of freak me out. However, Michelle Pickett's PODs was so full of rich characters and heartfelt emotions that enduring the zombies was well worth it. Right from the start I was so emotionally connected to Eva and her plight. Her fear was my fear; her heartache was my heartache. This onslaught of emotions, along with a tight, fast-paced plot, pulled me through the story and made it hard for me to put it down. A winner from Michelle Pickett!
Posted January 30, 2014
I don't know why this book was getting so much backlash. I thought is was pretty good. Eva and Davids kissing did get a little repetitive and monotonous but I like the fact that the author kept the two of them responsible. Nowadays so many authors for young adults aren't. That aside, I really liked the beginning with the PODs and the running from the "not quite zombies" creatures.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted January 6, 2014
I had heard so many good things about this book that when the opportunity came for me to read it, I totally jumped on that band wagon :) I do like dystopian type stories! You have the start of the story with a normal girl, who comes home to a normal family freaking out about what’s on the news. She of course finds out at school that there’s a major virus going on and things just fall apart from there. All of a sudden the government starts deciding who will live. Dude it’s crazy!
Eva is your main character who is chosen as one to live, without anyone she knows or loves. How horrible right! But at least Eva meets David there, but I’ll get to him in a sec. She is pretty devastated. She has to go on without her family and friends and it’s tough. Eva also takes care of herself. She doesn’t do the damsel in distress. She can take charge and fight along with the guys. She’s my favorite kind of heroine because she starts out simple and fights her way to her new way of life.
David is gorgeous, sweet, kind, protective, and one of the good guys. And this time the nice guy doesn’t finish last :) he’s a big reason that Eva hasn’t lost her self or her mind. They have a great relationship and they’ve learned to trust and love each other. They’ve had to survive both in and out of the PODs so together I feel like Eva and David can do anything!
What I loved most was you see everything happening as Eva does. You see and feel Eva’s devastation. You learn about the world ending as she does. This story starts BEFORE the apocalypse, so you watch it all unfold. This had made one of the most unique and interesting type of dystopian stories, which also makes it GREAT! Plus the writing is excellent!
I loved the writing, I totally enjoyed the story line and plot. Makes you think a little because it really could happen. Holy crap, I’d never be able to leave my family… Hell you couldn’t pry me away from my dogs! It’s a great fiction story but it makes you think about nonfiction possibility! I seriously cannot wait for book two! I’m a total fan! 5 AMAZING APOCALYPTIC PAWS!!
Posted October 22, 2013
Dystopian, sci-fi, suspense, action and romance are perfectly blended to create PODs. Eva is a seventeen-year-old who is forced to leave her family behind to live in one of many PODs with a set of strangers, or stay behind, where death is her only fate. While in the PODs she creates a new little family all while trying to figure out how the virus started, who was behind picking the “chosen ones” and trying to get along with a variety of personalities.
After she is released from the PODs she tries to rebuild her new life in a broken world. She quickly realizes things are not what they seem and the virus may not be gone.
Pickett captures the raw emotions of a teenager ripped from her family, trying to find normalcy, and falling in love. You feel her grief and root for her until the end. I was pleasantly surprised that the book was not set entirely within the PODs. You get to learn what the world is like after a devastating virus, and how people rebuild. It was very fast moving and well thought out. I give this book, five out of five donuts.
Posted July 31, 2013
It's a page turner,keeps you guessing til the end. I read it in 2 days and it has become my favorite book of all time.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted July 28, 2013
I seriously loved this book. It was a perfect read for me. I've always found myself almost as interested in the rebuilding of society as the apocalyptic event when ever I read books like this. This book goes into so much detail about the governments plans and how everything is being run.
I was doubtful when I read the blurb about this book because it seemwd like there was way too much information to fit in a 300 page book. But somehow Michelle Pickett managed just that without it feeling ruahed or falling flat. I have no idea how she was able to explain everything in such detail considering:
1) This book spans across a large chunk of time
2) There were so many characters in and out of the story that I felt attached to, they weren't just zombie fodder
3) The love interest was slow building and realistic
4) Detailed descriptions were give about all of the government axtions going on around them, including procedures, logistics, and motivations.
Overall I found this book to be actually plausable in real life (unlikely but not impossible) and extremely gripping From start to finish..
Posted July 4, 2013
A big thank you to Spencer Hill Press for sending me a copy of this book to read and give an honest review. I have been in love with this cover and waiting to read this book for what seems like forever. Receiving this book for free has in no way influenced my opinion or review.
Blurb from Goodreads:
Seventeen-year-old Eva is a chosen one. Chosen to live, while others meet a swift and painful death from an incurable virus so lethal, a person is dead within days of symptoms emerging. In the POD system, a series of underground habitats built by the government, she waits with the other chosen for the deadly virus to claim those above. Separated from family and friends, it's in the PODs she meets David. And while true love might not conquer all, it's a balm for the broken soul.
After a year, scientists believe the population has died, and without living hosts, so has the virus. That's the theory, anyway. But when the PODs are opened, survivors find the surface holds a vicious secret. The virus mutated, infecting those left top-side and creating... monsters.
Eva and David hide from the infected in the abandoned PODs. Together they try to build a life--a new beginning. But the infected follow and are relentless in their attacks. Leaving Eva and David to fight for survival, and pray for a cure.
First I must say a big thank you for Spencer Hill Press for trusting me with this book. When I first saw the cover, I was totally intrigued. Then I read the blurb (something I do not often do) and I just had to have it. I love a good dystopian for sure and the premise of this one was awesome: virus attacks, people hole up in pods, then they get released and basically restart society. It's a total pull me in for sure. And I love the way things are depicted on the cover. It's totally amazing and just what I might have imagined life in a pod to look like!
Evangelina (Eva) is a typical teenage girl. Except she's got one thing she's fighting, fighting to not get the virus which might take her life. So, when she's chosen to go in the POD, we follow her story of how she copes with it and survives. She is smart and funny. She has much insight but at the same time acts like a typical teenager. She's stubborn and wanting to really be able to take care of herself, despite others wanting to do it for her. And she's fiercely loyal, which is a nice aspect to see in a young adult book.
David is the love interest in this book. To be honest, at first I wasn't sure he would be. He was a bit introverted and to himself. But we slowly see him pull out of that and watch him fall for Eva. It's a sweet love story. And I love that David is so loving and available for Eva. He treats her like she's the only girl in the world.
He is sweet and available and handsome: pretty much the perfect guy. My one draw back is that I really can't picture him. I know he has silver/gray eyes, and brown hair and that he is fairly muscular, but I just could not get a good picture of him in my mind. I did have an issue with David in the middle of the book, which I don't want to get into too much because it will spoil the plot, but he did something that I did not expect with no real explanation and it really didn't seem to fit with his character.
As for the secondary characters, I liked their development. It was interesting to see them interact in the very close quarters of the POD. And I think they all helped each other grow for sure. They certainly became a family after spending all the time together.
The storyline is interesting. I love the idea of a virus attacking the country; of people having to go into a lottery to be allowed to escape it. And you definitely see a plan for the community as the government's ideas being to pervade the story and take over. Things are not all they seem to those who have been kept "imprisoned" in the PODs while the virus runs it's course through the population.
I enjoyed Michelle's writing. I thought it was very well done for a debut author. She certainly showed us her world and her characters. I felt as if I knew what was going on and certainly wanted to know more.
A few things that bothered me in this book: the pace. It was fast at first, then kind of slowed for while. I had a hard time getting through the middle of the book. But once the action started, it picked up for me. I did find some repetitive themes: constant zombie attacks, kissing and romance when it really was not appropriate and an overall annoyance with the main character's constant thoughts of her "beau" (I know she missed him but it seemed a little over the top how often she actually thought about him). I also think their relationship was a bit rushed and I didn't get to see their growth as a couple, which I really would have liked to experience.
All in all this was a very enjoyable read for me. The story line was really great. I did feel like it could have been tweaked a bit more, like I needed to know more about the government structure and their involvement with the virus and such (this particular aspect of dystopian is often most important to me to help set the pace and plot line). I am certainly interested to see where Pickett takes the story next.
Posted June 30, 2013
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PODs was Great! I really enjoyed the world that Michelle Pickett created in PODs! I felt it brought something new and fresh to the zombies genre! Though, I did have some small problems with it, but nothing major. I'll get into that a little later.
Michelle wrote this story remarkably! I was glued to the pages, longing for more! I really, really, liked the main character Eva! She was amazing from the first page. Her character grew with the book, and it made her feel more real. She matured when the world forced her to. She was strong, determined, stubborn, funny, caring, and put others before herself! She had the best character traits that love in my female character!
Another thing I really enjoyed was the romance between Eva and David. I didn't feel that their romance was rushed, or forced. It felt real, and genuine. I really felt the love they had for each other, and that they were willing to do anything they need to keep their love going strong. Even in the middle of a Zombie Apocalypse they manged to still love each other to the fullest and not let anything stand in their way. Whether it be the government, zombies or other survivors. They were determined to love each other no matter what! I loved it, and at some parts I even pushed back tears, when their love was tested and pushed to the breaking point! Michelle, you really know how to create the most lively, refreshing, heart-throbbing romances! Definitely a big part in the book that I loved!
A virus has come out of nowhere, infecting people, and creating major chaos. When the virus first surfaced, it infected people, getting them sick, then eventually killing them. There was no cure or antidote, no medicine to help with the virus, and no way to stop or even slow it down. And it was moving to fast, infecting populations everywhere, sweeping through every country, and slowly wiping them out! The human species was on the brink of extinction. Something had to be done, or the whole human race would be no more.
So the government introduced The PODs system. The PODs were underground habitats designed to provide protection from an Extinction Level Event. So that's where the humans would stay to wait out the virus.
And then there was hope!
But there's a catch!
There is not enough room for the whole Human Population!
Some will be left up top, to...DIE!!!
ONLY the CHOSEN will survive!
The government said they'll make it fair by doing a raffle. Every who is "Eligible" for entry to the PODs, social security numbers would be entered into a data base, then they would be drawn at random, and the ones picked by the random data would become the Chosen, and would be going to the Underground PODs. With ONLY SEVENTY THOUSANDS spots open, most of the world will die!
Their Plan? They go underground for about a year, and let the ones up top die, then, when their is no host for the virus to live in, the virus would die, and the ones that survived underground would come up to an virus free world, and start over.
Or so they thought....
Eva is one of the chosen to live underground to wait out the virus. Like everyone else living in the PODs, she has lost everyone, and everything she has ever loved. She and the other eight or nine people that are confined the their SUB-POD for a year or more, have nothing but time to wait while their love ones up top die!
Eva meets David while in her SUB-POD and they eventually fall for each other. But when she finally finds something worth living for, the PODs are opened, and she is yet again ripped from the one she loves! David is assigned to a different Sector in compound, (What Above Ground Is Now Called). And their is no contact between Sectors.
Eva just can't get a break! But she's determined to find her way back into Davids loving arms! But when she finally does risk everything and finds David, she is faced with the horrible truth that the government has been hiding from them! Their was survivors! But not just survivors, their is also the ones that survived, but was also infected and didn't die, and now their changed...They've mutated into flesh-craving monsters that only want to eat anything alive, and there everywhere, hunting for their next meal. If Eva and David are not careful, they just might become the main course!
So for Eva and David its an everyday fight for survival against the infected and other survivors. And if that's not enough they have to constantly be on the move to avoid welcomed visitors! Its rough, and with their groups numbers slowly dwindling, they'll be lucky if they make it out alive!
Doesn't that sound good? It was! BUT like I said earlier in the review, I did have some small problems with this book.
One of the problems I had with the PODs is that we didn't see or hear about a single zombie until about 100 pgs. to the end of the book!!! I really wanted MORE Zombies!! But at the same time I liked getting to see how everything played out from the beginning of the virus to the world that it is now! With a lot of other zombie books (And Alien Books) we don't get to see how it stated only the aftermath. And I really enjoyed getting all of it! But I just wish we were able to see more zombies, but I have a feeling the next book is going to bring more zombies, and a faster-paced adventure then the first!
My second problem with this book was that it was very slow! For most of the book their really wasn't that much of action. I like my books faced-paced with action and adventure around every corner. Sadly that was not the case with PODs. The last 100 or so pages were more fast-paced with zombies, but I still wished we had more time with Eva and David out of the PODs, running from Zombies. But even with the lack of action in the beginning, I was still able to stay glued to the pages, yearning to see what's coming!
Overall, PODS was a very good book, that kept me up late at night reading, lost in the scary truth of what are world could be. I am eagerly awaiting the next installment in the series, and I will be reading more from this author!
Posted June 28, 2013
Eva was a normal 17-year-old girl, attending high school, going to the mall, hanging out with friends. Suddenly, the world as everyone knows it changes forever. A virus, incurable and deadly, swiftly moves across the planet leaving havoc in its path. The government has an underground POD system set up in which they plan to house people for one year, to give the virus time to run its course. The only problem is there are only a limited amount of spaces available. A raffle is held where participants are drawn by their social security numbers. Eva is one of the chosen. Leaving family and friends behind, knowing she will probably never see them alive again, Eva enters into her assigned POD, where she will live with 9 other people, people who she grows to care about deeply, especially David, who she falls deeply in love with. Unfortunately, love is the last priority the government has on their mind when the PODs are opened. They tell you where to live, what to do, and who you can see. The government also has been hiding something else. The virus didn't just die, it mutated, leaving behind zombie-like creatures who are vicious and whose bite is deadly. David and Eva must choose either a life of separation in the safety of the government controlled compounds, or risk it all to be together on the outside. It is said that love conquers all, but can it conquer the attacks of the infected?
I haven't found to many dystopian books that have captured my interest over the past year, and I am a huge fan of this genre. PODs, however, did capture my interest and I really enjoyed it. A good portion of the book is about the actual time spent in the PODs, which was actually quite interesting and entertaining. I loved seeing the relationships develop between the different characters, both friendships and love interests. It is amazing what all can happen inside a POD where 10 people live together. The romance that developed between David and Eva was great, and there were quite a few very steamy moments. There are also intense battle scenes and run-ins with the zombie-like infected, which are action-packed, thrilling, and instill that fear factor that keeps you on the edge of your seat. The ending surprised me a little, though I was happy about it. I am really looking forward to the sequel, The Infected, which is scheduled to come out in 2014. Overall, I really enjoyed this book and if you are a fan of dystopia, apocalyptic/post-apocalyptic, and romance, then PODs is definitely something you might want to check out.
Posted June 4, 2013
'PODs' is a young adult dystopian novel that details a world where a virus is running rampant and is expected to kill most of the population. In preparation for this event, the U.S. government has built a series of underground bunkers called PODs. The PODs will house all essential people - government officials, military, physicians, etc. along with 50,000 residents. The government holds a raffle to choose the people who will live in the PODs for a year, or until the virus has ran its course. Our main character, Eva, is one of the residents chosen to live in a POD. After living underground for a year with 9 fellow POD-mates, Eva and her friends emerge to the surface, where scientists believe the virus has died out. What they find when the PODs are opened is not deserted lands, but a deadly secret: The virus has mutated and changed the people left into monsters. Eva and her POD-mate David hid in a deserted POD to escape the infected people and they decide to attempt a new life there. Will they be able to hide from the infected? What will happen if they are found?
This was a really intriguing concept for a book and I really enjoyed reading about the dystopian world that the author created. It's not too hard to envision a virus epidemic wiping out the majority of the human population, so it was easy to believe that the story could actually happen. The plot was kind of slow at the beginning, detailing minor events in the lives of Eva and her POD-mates. But once the action started, it didn't let up until the end. It was a creepy and terrifying twist when the PODs were unsealed and they found the infected left over from the virus. I liked Eva as a main character, but I found her a bit boring at times. She was a believable and likeable leading lady and I could easily identify with her from the beginning. The book is told in almost a journal entry fashion - each chapter is divided into segments that are dated, like a journal. There was a good flow to the story along with a fast pace - again, that's when the action actually started. The beginning was a bit boring and slow, but it provided good background on the events and the characters. There was a mix of genres throughout the book including horror, dystopia, action, science fiction, adventure, and even some romance. It definitely weaved the varying genres together into a unique book that fans of different types of literature will enjoy. Definitely recommended for those who like YA dystopian fiction and science fiction stories.
Disclosure: I received a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.
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