by Samie Sands

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Leah Watton's practical joke has spiralled way out of control—all to impress a crush...

With a prank online video, Leah hopes to catch the attention of Jake Colton, a cute, blond-haired, blue-eyed co-worker she's had a crush on for months. But instead of sending it to Jake, she manages to forward the clip to her boss—who buys every gory second.

When mass panic ensues, Leah learns the video is more than a staged act...

The government is calling the virus AM13. As the outbreak spreads, citizens are forced to stay indoors while they assess the gravity of the illness. Most people are quarantined in their homes, but Leah, Jake, and Leah's best friend Michelle are some of the unlucky few who are stuck at work when the Lockdown occurs.

That's where she first encounters one of the infected...

Aside from a contaminated woman devouring one of her co-workers, Leah has another problem. Does she do as she's ordered and stay at work? Or should she disobey government orders and break free to reunite with her family?

She can't go it alone—after all, Leah has none of the skills needed to survive—but with Michelle and Jake by her side, not even a contagious virus and a sea of the dead can keep her from...

Breaking out of the Lockdown...

Product Details

BN ID: 2940161746868
Publisher: Limitless Publishing LLC
Publication date: 05/03/2016
Series: AM13 Outbreak Series , #1
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 15,804
File size: 646 KB

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Lockdown 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
BuriedUnderBooks More than 1 year ago
This is one of those times when, unfortunately, the publisher's description of a book says too much. It's not that critical plot points are given away because there really aren't a lot of differences from one zombie book to another but this one pretty much outlines the whole story. So, I'll confine myself to my reactions. First, I liked the way this story begins with everyday goings-on before the crisis hits plus the initial disbelief before the truth begins to sink in. Surely, that's how such a thing would really happen, with nearly everyone thinking this is "fake news", right? If you heard about this virus and its consequences online or on a TV broadcast, on radio or in the newspaper, would you believe it? I know I wouldn't. As for Leah, she has moments of idiocy but, for the most part, I liked her. Yes, she has some really dimwitted ideas but, let's face it, I think very few of us would react to this scenario in rational, strictly self-preserving ways. Jake, on the other hand, is a larger than life hero, the kind that makes you smile when he swashes buckles ;-) And then there's the government that becomes progressively more despotic, again not really unexpected, and also not entirely...or even mostly...benevolent. Can't you just see our own government making colossal blunders? One last comment---the ending is truly a WTH moment and I'll say no more about that. You're just going to have to check it out for yourself.
JBronder More than 1 year ago
Leah Watton is crushing hard on Jake, the office practical joker. She decides to fake a zombie report and email it to him. Unfortunately she also includes her boss on the email and he decides to run it as news. Leah freaks out and is afraid that she is going to lose her job and apartment and half to move back in with her mom and dad. But then the English government announces a lockdown to protect people from those infected with AM13. But after a couple days Leah, Jake, and Michelle can’t stand being locked up at work and make a break for it. Of course that it when things go to hell. There are two things that stand out to me with this book. The first one is how you start a couple weeks before the actual breakout of the zombie virus. You don’t usually get that much before the outbreak and I think it added to this story. It also made the story feel more real with your everyday people and not some bad ass super Hollywood actor, Marine, etc. On the bad side this made the beginning of the book really drawn out. Leah reminds me of most people today. The only thing that really matters to them is their own little bubble. She is fretting about losing her job over this video she shared and her feelings towards Jake. But then the apocalypse happens and here she is, so worried about herself and her looks and Jake that she should have bit the big one several times if Jake didn’t save her. Annoying as she was, she is very realistic and what many people would do if they faced the same situation. I loved the originality of this story. Although the story was slow in the beginning it did pick up pace and will leave you with one heck of an ending. I did not expect that one. I really liked this story and I’m so glad that I have the other two books, Forgotten and Extinct to jump into right away. I received Lockdown from Silver Dagger Book Tours for free. This has in no way influenced my opinion of this book.
JAislynn More than 1 year ago
**This book was reviewed for Limitless Publishing via Netgalley *****Spoilers warning Lockdown is one of many in the post-apocalyptic subgenre that utilises disease as the source of the apocalypse. In this case, it is the AM13 virus, a disease at first believed to be part of a hoax. Leah, our protagonist, sends a zombie virus video to her boss by mistake. He latches onto it as a vital news story, which freaks Leah out. As things become more serious, a quarantine procedure known as Lockdown is put into place. As journalists and news researchers, Leah’s boss declares that his employees will sleep on the property during Lockdown. Despite seeing some truly awful things beyond the gate leading to the news building, Leah, and two coworkers flee the office to seek out families. Outside, amongst the infected, they witness truly horrific events. They aren't properly prepared to rough it for several days, and have no weapons against the infected and rogue humans alike. Can they get to where they are going in one piece? This story was an interesting take for me. I dislike zombie fiction, but I quite enjoy medical disaster apocalyptic fiction. Lockdown has a bit of a meandering, rambling quality though. It is written first person, from Leah’s perspective. It almost, at times, seemed very stream of consciousness. I had trouble feeling anything for Leah. There just wasn't much personality there to capture my attention. The first person perspective also didn't lend itself to developing attachments to Jake and Michelle either. None of the characters had any real development at all. There is no hero or heroine arc, and sadly the ending is about what I expected- everybody dies gruesome deaths. That final outcome I may have felt differently over if the lead, or others, had done anything remotely heroic. Even out in the world, their challenges seemed quite bland. The parts that talked about the virus itself were most interesting to me. I would have loved to know what was going on in the wider world.
MontzieW More than 1 year ago
Lockdown (AM13 Outbreak #1) by Samie Sands is the most unique and disturbing kind of zombie type book I think I have read. It takes the zombie virus to a whole new level. It brings it to your home town, to your family, it makes you feel like you are there and experiencing the fear of living with the scare. It makes you think, what would I do? Would I stay in the lockdown and obey or would I try to get to my family? How would I survive? This is such a great book, you almost forget it is a book! The characters seem so realistic. The plot is great with so many twist and turns. So many surprises it will make you squirm. Loved it! Great job! Don't normally read zombie books anymore because they get so repetitive but this is certainly different.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Samie's style is remarkable, with great use of language and vocabulary that sound beautifully, making her writing really engaging, turning her fiction into a joy to read. It captivates the reader from the very start, and the reader doesn't want to stop reading. Samie is a master of the interior monologue with a character narrating not something that happened in the past but which is happening now. Her narrator is there at the very centre of the action and nobody knows how it will all turn out in the end. Her prose is dramatic, exciting, full of suspense the whole time, with vivid descriptions, emotional. There isn't a word that doesn't belong, that doesn't play a part. Her skill in creating crucial moments is outstanding. Her ability to plot is memorable. Her dramatic, fascinating style makes me think of Cornell Woolrich, the father of noir, in his iconic 'The Black Angel'. Samie is also a master of characterization, having created a whole range of characters with different personalities, each one with his or her own individuality, made so real it seems they will jump out of the page into real life. She's an acute observer of human life and knows people deeply. Her stories are highly imaginative. Samie's writing has undoubtedly the greatness of that of an H. G. Wells when we consider the area of fiction she works with, which is somehow close to that of the author of 'The War of the Worlds'. This is a comparison only. For Samie has her own style and she is unique. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is a fresh take on the zombie genre. It's modern, fast paced and full of much more than just gore! It's breathes fresh life into an overused formula.