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A teenage girl leaves a sealed bunker after years in hiding, only to find Los Angeles devastated and haunted by humans infected with a mutated rabies virus

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A teenage girl leaves a sealed bunker after years in hiding, only to find Los Angeles devastated and haunted by humans infected with a mutated rabies virus

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VOYA - Deborah Cooper
Set in a near-future Los Angeles where a super-mutated version of rabies has infected most of the population, the victims become half-human, half-beast "Weepers", so-called because they weep milky liquid from their eyes. Teenager Sherry and her family escaped the initial epidemic in an underground bunker where her father, mother, and two younger siblings have sheltered for almost four years. When their food runs out, she and her father are forced to scavenge in the ruined city. In a near-death encounter with some Weepers, Sherry's father is carried off. Sherry is rescued by the handsome Joshua, one of a small group of survivors hiding out in a vineyard. When they embark on a dangerous quest to find Sherry's father, the dark truth slowly emerges about the origins of the epidemic and the government's role in spreading the disease. This debut novel fits comfortably within the post-apocalyptic, humans-turned-mutant genre. While there are no groundbreaking variations here, there is still much to recommend it. The plot is tight, fast-paced ,and suspenseful. Several twists sustain the drama and build toward a climactic ending. The author adds poignancy with a brief memory of Sherry's "other life" at the start of each chapter. The novel's chief weakness is the lack of character development for the two main protagonists, and their romance develops from chilly to scorching in the turn of a single page. Despite this, The Weepers is a light, quick read, perfect for lazy weekends, reluctant readers, and anyone looking for an entertaining diversion. Reviewer: Deborah Cooper
Children's Literature - Heather Robertson Mason
It's been three years since Sherry last saw the outside world, last called her friends, last relaxed in privacy. Since then she's been hiding from the virus in a shelter with her family waiting for word from the government letting them know they are safe. When Sherry's father sets off to find supplies and fails to return home, Sherry knows she is the only one who can find him. But the Weepers are out there, people who have been infected with a rabies mutation. One bite can turn you into them. In order to keep her family safe, Sherry must find food, find her father and hopefully find safety...if it exists. This story is a new imaging of a zombie story. Instead of the undead, the author has created a realistic back-story to explain the monsters' frightening behavior—and the Weepers are frightening. While the storyline is not original, the telling of it is still entertaining. The setting feels like an Apocalypse, dreary and dangerous, and Sherry is the perfect heroine for this tale: strong, vulnerable and persistent. Readers, both those familiar with zombie stories and those new to the genre will enjoy this creepy story. Reviewer: Heather Robertson Mason
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780761462750
  • Publisher: Cavendish, Marshall Corporation
  • Publication date: 5/31/2012
  • Pages: 272
  • Sales rank: 701,961
  • Age range: 13 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.20 (w) x 5.20 (h) x 1.10 (d)

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  • Posted December 6, 2012

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    I don't like zombie stories. Anything to even do with the zombie

    I don't like zombie stories. Anything to even do with the zombies makes me wrinkle my nose. It takes a damn good story to make me like a zombie story.

    The Other Life is a damn good story.

    Perhaps it's because, unlike the other zombies stories I've read, the story itself doesn't seem to focus on the zombie. It's not about going out and avoiding the zombies and killing the zombies and surviving the zombies.

    It's about surviving the world; it's about hiding in a bunker with your family for three and a half years and the government abandoning you and having to go out and deal with creatures that are still human but aren't human. It's about having to shoot something but not wanting to be a killer. It's about finding a safe place to eat and still not knowing who you can trust.

    I love, love, love the characters in this story. They're realistic. They're dealing with emotions that complicate situations. They argue; they fight; they vomit when they realize they've had to kill something that could have been a mother or a father. They get injured. They don't always survive. Winnacker is brilliant at capturing human emotions - especially the ones people don't want to be caught.

    It's the characters that make this story worth reading. The plot's fairly predictable - or maybe I'm just getting really good at guessing as the book goes on, who knows? But it's still an enjoyable read.

    [SPOILER ALERT] My only problem might have been the romance that ends up blossoming between Joshua and Sherry. From the moment they meet, you know they're set up to be the two romantic leads: they think similarly, they both fight for the same reasons, you get the drift. I don't know. Something about it seems off to me - maybe it happened to fast? But they may die at any moment. Was it that Josh was worried about getting close to people if they may die? No, because he has his entire family at Safe-haven. I like the two of them together, but something seemed off about it, just a little bit. I dunno what. [END SPOILER ALERT]

    I do hope Tyler gives Sherry a tattoo in a sequel, though.

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  • Posted June 29, 2012

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    Wow, what a hard-hitting, edge-of-the-seat gripping novel. The

    Wow, what a hard-hitting, edge-of-the-seat gripping novel.

    The action jumps right in with Sherry and her confined, claustrophobic family. Bunker life has taken it's toll on everyone, and Sherry and her father venture out into the world to find more food. What they find, however, is devastation, destruction, and Weepers. Weepers are such a great name for zombie-like beasts! Once I got the description of nasty, gory ooze draining from their eyes, Weepers became a perfect name.

    Joshua is a fabulous supporting character. He is so kind to Sherry and her family. Yet also vicious and very angry at the world around him. A very true representation of how someone would act and feel in a situation such as this. I liked all of the residents of SafeHaven, really. There are the usual story conventions - the guy who has insider secrets about the virus, the caring mother figure, the young boy ready to be a soldier. I fell in love with them all felt invested in their survival. My only note of discontent is that the novel takes place in the once thriving metropolis of Los Angeles, but doesn't show a single landmark or anything else to distinguish it. I think a post apocalyptic story like this would be better served in a nameless town, or less world-renowned city.

    Susanne Winnacker's writing is easy to read and very cinematic. I could see the scenes vividly in my mind. If you are a fan of The Walking Dead, you will eat this book right up! I can't wait to get my hands on the sequel, The Life Beyond.

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  • Posted June 13, 2012

    A couple years back I had a slight obsession with a little movie

    A couple years back I had a slight obsession with a little movie starring Will Smith called I Am Legend (oh, and Omegan Man. I liked that one too). So when I was reading The Weepers and started to notice a similar feel of that story to the movie, I was THRILLED.

    The Weepers is a great zombie book, and while it lacks in the creativity department as it isn't a very original story, the pacing is superb making it a very fast, thrilling read that's insanely difficult to put down.

    Reasons to Read:

    1.Excellent pacing that holds your interest:

    This is the main thing that grabbed me about The Weepers, as I've rarely read a book with nearly flawless pacing. The suspense picks up almost immediately, and continues throughout the entire book. Turning the pages frantically is like anxiously watching a zombie movie, knowing something bad is going to happen and you're just wondering when it will pop out!

    2.Dynamics of Sherry's family:

    I've come to really appreciate the inclusion of families in YA books, because so often this is something that's looked over. Sherry's family is far from perfect, but I liked seeing how they interacted with one another and tried their best to work together and help each other as much as they could in crazy circumstances. Each member of the family was able to find a way they could help the other members - Sherry and her dad are willing to go out in search of food or other people, her younger brother (with some convincing) begins to see that he needs to stay behind for the others, and even her younger sister who's very young finds little ways to help out.

    3.Great book for fans of zombie films:

    Most people are surprised by this but I'm a big fan of zombie movies. I like zombie movies that are so bad and cheesy, that they're good ;) I even like Resident Evil (for real- I love those movies and how ridiculously crazy they are. And that music? It's like a zombie rave soundtrack). 28 Days Later, I Am Legend, etc- you name it! If I haven't seen one yet, I'll still probably like it. And this one was so fantastic. It has all the elements I love included in a zombie story - government conspiracy, scientific mistakes/corruption, killer zombies, and some characters you don't want to see die so you keep rooting for them, but then some of them die off anyways. Secret hide outs. Possible survivor towns. LOVE IT.

    But I'll admit that this isn't entirey original either. I haven't read many zombie books, so I didn't mind this but all of these elements are familiar ones. The difference, and what makes The Weepers so good, is that it's well-written and lacks some of the cheesiness and silliness that some times happens in zombie stories. It's a very fast read and a good start to a series.

    The one thing I found kind of weird was Sherry's habit of counting the days or minutes for everything. And these numbers were often in the THOUSANDS. At first, it made sense since they'd been in isolation for so long that she'd keep track of things (nothing better to do, right?) but she continually did this throughout the book, even at times where it didn't make sense. She knew how many days it had been since she last did anything at all. Almost like she had a superpower for counting. It took away from the story after a while, and I didn't think it added that much (except to highlight the idea of "the other life").

    E-galley received from publisher via Net Galley for review

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  • Posted June 11, 2012

    Dystopian novels are extremely popular right now, and this book

    Dystopian novels are extremely popular right now, and this book illustrates, perfectly, why that is. I don't know if you'd really call the monsters in this book "zombies", but they definitely fall into the same category as a zombie. They are blood-thirsty, flesh-eating, man-hunting, monsters. And boy, are Ms. Winnacker's Weepers, scary!

    The description of their physical appearance, stirs up thoughts and memories of the fearsome creatures that I was afraid would be hiding under my bed as a child. I really enjoyed how original these Weepers are from other man-eating creatures that are currently out there. Some are hairy, some are not. Some are more human-looking, while others resemble humans only in the way our bodies are <i>generally</i>
    structured. But, they all have in common their general make-up. They are fast, cunning, and will hunt you down.

    I enjoyed the main character, Sherry. I think I liked her best because she's someone I could <i>totally</i>
    relate to. She has the guts and the bravery, but sometimes that gets executed poorly. But, as the store unfolds, so does Sherry. She matures and comes into her own. A girl that starts off hiding with her family in a bunker, morphs into a girl ready to take on Weepers and possible <i>other</i>
    , unforeseen enemies. Which, in a significant plot twist, you find out, they are there.

    Her relationship with Joshua is slow-building. In reality, however, I think this is accurate, so it makes their relationship more believable. Joshua is an endearing character. I can see from the start that he wants to protect. Not just Sherry, but anyone that he can save. And, I absolutely LOVE that about him.

    This story has it all for me! You've got romance, suspense, horror, and I feel like there are sooo many places that this story can go, and I'm so excited to follow along on the ride!

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  • Posted May 29, 2012

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    Okay so most of you probably know that I love zombies, I love ho

    Okay so most of you probably know that I love zombies, I love horror, and love anything that's creepy. Of course I needed to read this book. There aren't really zombies, it's just a super mutated rabies virus, but still. The infected eat people so they are close enough to zombies, right? And they are intelligent which is even creepier. They live in abandoned buildings and work together and stock up on humans. I really did enjoy this book, but it wasn't as awesome as I thought it would be. It had some great action and a little romance. The characters were likable enough, it just wasn't all that I thought it would be. I think my expectations going into it were a little too high.

    Shelly was not a great character for me. I mean her whole situation pretty much sucks, and she really does try to do what she has to do, but it wasn't really that convincing to me. I don't know why. It was just like ohhh a boy. And she's totally infatuated. I mean, I did like her, but I guess I just didn't connect with her. She wants very badly to rescue her father and get her family, which I totally understand, but she makes some stupid decisions that could really be bad for everyone. She seems to not really think about everyone as a whole until the end of the book.

    I liked most of the other characters. I really hope that we get to know more about Tyler. He seems like he will be an important and awesome character in later books. I liked Joshua too. He is really sweet and caring, but also tough and determined. He is out for revenge on the Weepers. It's dangerous, but he feels like he has to hunt them.

    There is of course some romance. It's not super heavy, but it's there throughout. Sherry is totally pining for Joshua even when she is trying to deny it to herself. I guess I can't really blame her. There isn't many people left who aren't Weeper's and she had been in her Bunker for like 3 years with her family until they ran out of food. That would make anyone crazy and need interactions with other people besides family.

    Overall it was a decent book. It wasn't quite what I was expecting. There is some action and some good Weeper killing, but not as much as I really expected. I don't really have much to say about this book. It was good, I think it was a good start to a series, and I am definitely looking forward to what is coming next. The end wasn't a cliffhanger or anything that will drive you nuts, but it's a great set up for the next book in the series.

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  • Posted May 26, 2012

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    Don't fear the Weepers

    I peeked at a few reviews for The Weepers on GoodReads, and my jaw dropped at how my reaction differed from the most recent reviews. I left The Weepers thoroughly hooked like a zombie addict, and I can hardly wait for the next installment! Yes, there might have been similar plot points to THE FIRST DAYS or I AM LEGEND, but Susanne Winnacker breathed fresh life into the familiar dystopia and die-hard fans will embrace The Weepers with feverished glee.

    The new cast of characters held their own in these dire times of post-apocalyptic Earth. Sherry makes a decent tour guide as she learns just how different the world has become, and it is obvious that she has a lot of toughening up to do before she can become a Weeper-killing machine. I always appreciate a “survival of the fittest” from a female’s perspective, especially as she grows into a badass warrior. Joshua proves to be the knight-in-shining-armor love interest who will make Weepers and uninfected humans alike drool. He has lived through the horrors far earlier than Sherry, and he knows what is at stake if he lets his guard down. There is no time for romance, but who can honestly resist the power of teenaged hormones? By the end of The Weepers, I was so in love with Sherry and Joshua that I would gladly walk to the ends of the earth and back again in order to support their survival!

    I hesitate to call the Weepers “zombies” if only because, when I picture them, I envision some sort of half-wolf/half-human grayish creature. Most likely due to the fact that it was a rabies virus gone horribly wrong, and I automatically associate such nonsense with canine characteristics. Does that still count as zombies? In my mind, no, but someone else might think so. All I know is the Weepers sound more vicious and terrifying, and if I had to choice between meeting a zombie or Weeper in a cold, dark alley, let me say that I think I have better chances of survival with a nice human-like zombie.

    If you are familiar with Rhiannon Frater’s THE FIRST DAYS, The Weepers is like its teenaged counterpart. There is much fear for the new world, and there are the very fortunate few who have found a safe haven and ways to combat their unnatural adversaries. If you are looking for a brand-new zombie story, then The Weepers may not be for you; but if you are in it for the characters and how they cope with their odds, then buckle up and settle in because it looks like Susanne Winnacker will take us on a bumpy but absolutely riveting ride!

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