From New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Jamie Thornton comes a stunning survival series that has readers raving about its dark and gritty thrills. Powerful enemies, twisted memories, a government willing to do anything for control. Find out how it all began…
ONCE UPON A TIME A PLAGUE ENDED THE WORLD.
Mary knows how to thrive on the street. She makes it her mission to keep other kids away from everyday monsters. But when she's attacked by a crazed man clutching a bloody heart she realizes—there's a new kind of monster in town.
A single drop of blood, and now Mary's one of the infected. Unless she can stop the virus and save her friends, the new monster in town might just be her.
"…This isn't the boxcar children covered with a veneer of wholesomeness. These street kids know how to survive on the streets, and it isn't always pretty… heart-stopping and horrific…." ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
"Where do I even start? I guess here: it's refreshing to finally read a disease-centred apocalyptic story that feels real… cannot wait to see what happens next…." ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
If you like anything (or most things) with quickly-spreading viruses, zombies, realistic teenaged characters, learning how homeless kids get by on the street, action, and strong loyalty…an intriguing, cannot-put-it-down tale…." ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
"The first book left me hungry for the next one…" ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
"This book was bad@sss…" ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
INTERVIEW WITH THE AUTHOR
Q - What makes the Feast of Weeds series special? An epidemic ravaging the human population. A world spiraling into chaos. People doing whatever it takes to survive. I wanted to write something I would love to read. I've always been drawn to the post-apocalyptic genre and thought about end-of-the-world books I've loved--Stephen King's The Stand, Octavia Butler's Parable of the Sower. But also recent stories like The Girl With All the Gifts, The Passage, and even Stranger Things. Big epidemics/events that reinvent the world are so thrilling. I also love getting into the science, like genetic engineering, that would make the situations plausible. Feast of Weeds gives you some of that classic Walking Dead zombie fare, but...without giving too much away...I guarantee you've never read a zombie series like Feast of Weeds before.
Even though my cast of characters are teenagers, plenty of adults write me to say how much they love the series. Feast of Weeds hits the sweet spot of older Young Adult that will appeal to plenty of adults too. No matter what your age, the Feast of Weeds series is designed to keep you furiously turning those pages.
Q - What order should I read the books in? The complete series would be most enjoyable in the following sequence:
Germination (prequel short novel), Contamination, Infestation, Eradication
Q - Why should readers give these books a try? The prequel hit #5 on the New York Times and #8 on the USA Today bestseller lists. I've gotten tons of emails from readers letting me know how much they loved Feast of Weeds (stay-up-all-night-even-with-work-the-next-day love). But more than that, as a reader myself, I am always looking for the next Stranger Things, The Passage, The Girl With All The Gifts. THAT'S the kind of story I hope you'll find in Feast of Weeds. Smart. Dangerous. Gritty. With rip-your-heart-out intensity (literally and figuratively in some cases).
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
( I received this book free from the author in exchange for my honest review. ) Where to start? A short read of only 92 pages, I was drawn in right away, and before I knew it, I had this novella read and wanting more. The story opens with our protagonist (Mary) begging for money. Different from normal YA read, she's a street kid, a long time street kid. She ran away to escape her abusive set-father and a mother who didn’t help, only pushed the matter aside, (people like that should be shot). Feeling trapped and cornered, she fled to the streets, just to have some peace. Right away you get a sense of who Mary is, where she stands and where her loyalties lie. I like her; she’s hardened from years on the streets but doesn’t complain about it. She has taken her lot in life as is, and focuses her abilities on her street family. She’s determined to protect her new family, at any cost, even her freedom. There is a sort of split to this book. Between every chapter is a blog post. It starts out as tips and tricks for surviving on the streets, a street -kid survival guide you could say. All for the last post, the ending post, it’s a plea to return, and cry of hope. As I said this is a fast read. The story moves quickly but smooth and before you know it, it's over. Left with a cliff-hanger and a sense of dread, I didn't want the story to end. So much is left opened, so many unanswered questions. This is a perfect set up for the installments to come. In its sort length the story/plot hooks you, captures your attention right until the last word and then, you’re let feeling unsatisfied. You just have to/need to, read the next book just to know how it ends. How it ends for the family Mary had to leave, but most off all, how it ends for Mary. I'm invested now. I highly recommend this short. It's fast, unique, and it captures you in such a way that you don’t even notice it's over, just when you feel like you only just begun. The world building is solid, the plot strong and the beginning of what looks to be the end of the human mind, is daunting. Thank you Jamie Thornton for creating such a vivid terrifying world, with just enough truth to have you thinking, yes this could possibility happen one day, and the streets will be the ones to suffer fist. Happy Reading -Emily
This was a thrilling introduction to the Feast of Weeds series. It begins, normally and slowly enough, with Mary’s blog on How to THRIVE as a Runaway, in which she gives advice – based on her experience of four years living as a teenager on the streets. Mary is fortunate to be part of a very close-knit group of street kids, who look out for each other, travel around together (sometimes in a van) and revel in their freedom. As Mary puts it, she ran TO her family. This is a very well written book that draws you in. The street kid characters are skilfully portrayed. Each is a distinct and believable individual. The contempt sometimes shown to the kids hits you viscerally – even though previously, in another life, you may have looked down on their ilk yourself. But, these kids are different, you know them. You immediately empathise with them, and will them to escape authority and thrive as runaways. The actual action starts with Mary and Gabbi begging on a street corner, and getting into a heated discussion with a potential donor. He leaves without giving them any money. Nothing unusual there. But then, they spot a filthy, limping, bloodstained man heading towards them – and suddenly, nothing is normal anymore, and the pace is anything but slow. They flag down Officer Hanley, who tells them to run and to avoid any contact with the blood. The CDC start to show far too much interest in them, and all too quickly Mary and Gabbi are fleeing for their lives – pursued by the officials, and yet more blood-soaked horrors. Meeting up with the rest of the team, they decide to leave town. But, blood from the first man had splashed on Mary, and she starts to act extremely out of character, and endangers everyone. Mary narrates the story, so everything is seen from her point of view. As she starts to change, her confusion becomes your confusion. What is happening to her? What exactly has she done? And to whom? Why? Can anyone survive this chaos? Before she loses all sense of herself, she needs to make an important decision – one that may either condemn or save all her friends. The pace of this book increases exponentially as you progress through. I could not put it down, and practically read it in one sitting. I am now very much looking forward to the rest of this series. I received this copy from the author in exchange for an honest review