Survivor (Alone #2)

Survivor (Alone #2)

by James Phelan
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Survivor: Alone. by James Phelan 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
chapterxchapter More than 1 year ago
If you haven’t read the first book in this series, I wouldn’t suggest you continue reading due to potential spoilers! I read the first novel in author James Phelan’s, Alone series about a year ago. What I do remember about the first novel? That there was a major twist involving the main character’s psyche and that there were zombies who weren’t zombies at all. However, after the revelation that came in Chasers I was interested in finding out what would happen next to the main character Jesse.                Survivor takes place right where Chasers left off. Jesse has discovered that he has been alone the entire time and that his companions were just figments of his imagination and must now figure out how to last against the Chasers that want to drink anything liquid that they can find. Things have gone from bad to worse because it seems that certain Chasers are beginning to evolve into predator-like creatures that have begun to hunt their prey.  Jesse isn’t sure what to do about the evolving Chasers, but he does know that there are other survivors in New York City and that he has to find one of them. Jesse discovers that the US military has arrived in New York and is prepared to kill any Chasers that they can find. Jesse is positive that he cannot trust the soldiers and, perhaps by luck, finds a few survivors who he tries to save from the Chasers and the post-apocalyptic world that they have been left in.  Jesse will have to learn what it really means to survive in this new world and if he can come out a survivor. My big problem with Survivor was that, like the novel before it, I had such a hard time getting into it for a number of reasons but I’ll just describe three of them. The first being that I couldn’t relate or sympathize for Jesse at all. He was a protagonist that I felt so distant from and left me with an inability to worry about him when the Chasers would come after him. However, despite my inability to really connect with Jesse I did find myself connecting with new characters Caleb and Rachel. The second thing would be that the pacing is, I think, very awkward. There are moments that are filled with action, but soon after there’ll be a drop that left me on the verge of bored. The scenes that are full of action are seriously exciting and you do get caught up in them and they’re fantastic but when things do reach a calm they tend to lose all that excitement and don’t really build up to much of anything. On the topic of the twist in the novel, while it wasn’t as great as the one found in Chasers, it was still pretty awesome. The final thing that I want to mention that gave me difficulty with this novel (and Chasers) would have to be the “zombies”. What originally had me so excited to get started on this series was the promise of zombies with a twist. My understanding of zombies has always been that they are the living dead who want to eat you. That sounds terrifying. The “zombies” in this series are people who come up with a strain of an infection and have an insatiable thirst. Jesse comes up with calling them Chasers because they… well chase their prey. Personally, the Chasers didn’t scare me, I wouldn’t see them and start bawling, but they did creep me out. I’d recommend the Alone series to readers who are open minded about post-apocalyptic situations, readers who want a novel that has great action scenes and are packed full of twists.
Readinginpajamas-Donna More than 1 year ago
This book pulls you into the mind of a 16 year old boy trying to survive the aftermath of horrible destruction. To make matters worse, the chemicals have turned people into crazed ‘zombiesque’ hunters. While being chased, he is looking for others like him….normal. When he does find other stragglers, you feel their uncertainty, fear, hope and longing for companionship. Each has a different background and personality but now have something in common and they desperately hang onto that thread and struggle to determine the best course of action. This story pulled me in and won’t let go. I cannot wait until book 3 so I can stop worrying about them. Great read.
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Kayti Nika Raet for Readers' Favorite In Survivor, the second book in a post-apocalyptic yarn by James Phelan, it's been twelve days since terror swept through the streets of New York City and young Aussie teen Jesse hasn't encountered anybody. Living, that is. He's encountered plenty of Chasers, humans infected by a virus that makes them incredibly thirsty - for water or other, more sinister liquids. Soon enough, he finds evidence of other survivors as well: Rachel, the last remaining zoo keeper at the Central Park Zoo, Caleb, an aspiring graphic novelist holed up in a bookstore, and Felicity, a girl Jesse has only seen through her video diary. As he tried to bring the four of them together, avoid the Chasers, and find out what exactly is going on, Jesse comes to learn what it really means to be a survivor. Unfortunately I hadn't had a chance to read the first book in the Alone series but that in no way ruined my enjoyment of Mr. Phelan's second book as he gave just enough information about what had happened before to bring us up to speed without bogging us down in exposition. And once you get into it, Survivor zips along at a fast pace as Jesse struggles to survive, to find a home in a country that's not his own, and to navigate the moral labyrinth that is killing people who may or may not still be human. Survivor makes an excellent bridge to book three and an awesome read for fans of post-apocalyptic fiction.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved but it not the best iv read but its still in the top ten for me
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Alive with wildlife and the occasional zombie. Fairly safe.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good story
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
(At this point ill take character applications ill get to them in the next chapter ;) ) Cassy crumpled to the ground afraid andd alone. More people were brught in. But even surroundes by people of all ages she was alone. (8 years later) Cassy moved through the hallways it was dark as always. She felt along the walls it had been 8 years since the were brought here most people had given up on finding their way out but cassy was one of few who hadnt given up she went out to try to find it all the time. There was no night and day here they told time by the way the tiny tiny lights dimmed and brightened like clockwork. Cassy sighed and kicked the wall in frustration something moved behind her. She turned to see her froend Meekee. "Cassy give it up." Cassy sighed. "No. I wont do it Ill find it someday just wait." Meekee sighes and walked away. (For character applications put ur characters name their relation to cassy (she doesnt have family so friend aqaintance boyfriend the people that put her here ect.) gender personality and appearance.)