The Weepers The Other Life

The Weepers The Other Life

by Susanne Winnacker

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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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ISBN-13: 9780761462750
Publisher: Amazon Publishing
Publication date: 05/31/2012
Pages: 272
Product dimensions: 7.20(w) x 5.20(h) x 1.10(d)
Age Range: 13 - 17 Years

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The Weepers The Other Life 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
JanaRose1 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
When a deadly form of rabies swept across the country, Sherry and her family moved inside a tiny bunker, where they lived for three years. After running out of food, Sherry and her dad are forced to leave the bunker. They emerge to a soot encrusted, deserted Los Angeles. Able to get their car running, they drive to the local supermarket, hoping to find some food left behind. The Weepers, human's infected with the deadly virus, attack and they are separated. Rescued by Joshua, Sherry is determined to rescue her dad and bring the rest of her family to Safe Haven.I couldn't put this book down. It was engaging, the plot moved quickly and the characters were fascinating. I wanted to learn more about each character, but I guess their stories will have to wait until the sequel comes out. The only thing that I didn't like about the book was the constant repetition of numbers. So many days since she felt sun, so many days since she washed her hair. Sherry seemed obsessive about counting and often the numbers were repeated time and time again. Otherwise, I highly enjoyed the book and will recommend it to others.
bacillicide on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Firstly, I'm removing it from the zombie shelf because I can't legitimately consider it a zombie novel. Weepers are not zombies. They're monsters that happen to be created by a virus, which just happens to be the way we generally think of zombies happening. This is more like if werewolves were caused by a virus. Rabies, to be specific.That out of the way, it was a decent novel. It felt ridiculously short (in my ebook it was 190 pages, but on here it's well over 300) I feel like not a whole lot happened during that time. I feel pretty neutral about the characters. Joshua and Sherry's romance is pretty neutral too--I don't have a huge desire to see them be together/see them again, but the romance isn't bad or unbelievable, it just lacks... spark, I guess.Sherry is a believable narrator. I didn't find her inner dialogue about the humanity of the Weepers to be annoying or unbelievable--she felt bad but she was doing it anyway. She did recognize and accept that she had no choice but to kill them, no matter how much she didn't like it.The one thing that did annoy me a lot in this novel is the constant flashbacks to what life was like before. It's unnecessary. We know what life was like before for Sherry and her family because it's just a normal life. I don't really need that background, what's interesting is this new, different life that they're leading and it would have done well to keep on track with that instead.It's worth the read just for the uniqueness.copy provided by netgalley. thanks!
GreatImaginations on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The Weepers was a pretty intense, fast ride. It wasn't perfect, but it was really fun to read. It wasn't all that original either, but it was a decent, solid attempt at a YA zombie novel. When I started reading it, that was exactly what I was looking for. After reading quite a few books that put me into a reading funk, this was just the reading experience I needed to get out of it.The creatures in this book are not actually zombies but humans that have evolved to a degenerative state because of a biologically mutated rabies virus. Or at least that's the impression I got. Some of the creatures still look human, but the rabies has devolved them into human flesh-eating machines. And some of the creatures have taken on animal characteristics-fur and they walk on all fours. Either way, they are scary as hell because they are fast and work in teams to take down humans. If that weren't disgusting enough, they stockpile their humans--injured and alive--by taking them back to their nests for safekeeping and eating later. So rather than summarize the plot for you, I'll just say I thought this book was pretty scary. There were some memorable scenes and moments that had me holding my breath. The despair that the protagonist feels for her situation bleeds from the pages and you really feel it. As far as zombie fare goes, it doesn't take much to scare me, but I did think this one was well-written with some pretty good imagery. It was also pretty bloody and gory, which is why I gave it a horror label as well. So why did it only get 3 stars? Well, it ended too soon. It was also too short! I really wanted more from this book. Just when it was starting to really pull me in and get interesting, it ended!! I was a little pissed! And then there was the number thing. Every time Sherry was reminded of something from her life before the rabies, she would say something like,"1,139 days since I had felt raindrops on my face." Okay, so if she had only said this a couple of times, I maybe would have felt the significance. Problem was, I think she said this at least 30 times, maybe more. And it became annoying. And eye-rolling. I just wanted it to stop. The characterizations could have used some work. They were a little flat. I liked them, but I could have liked them a lot more if I had felt more for them. I also don't think the romance between Joshua and Sherry added anything to the story. I think they would have been better off as friends. Why does every SINGLE young adult book have to have a romance? Can't we just have a good zombie plot without the kissing? It almost felt tacked on. Like someone told the author, "This will sell better if there is a romance. Add a romance." No. NO. That's ridiculous. And I hope that isn't what happened. I hope that NEVER happens. Anyway, I liked this one. Didn't love it, but I will most likely be continuing with the series. It pulled me in enough and scared me enough to make me want to read more. And I kind of had a thing for the tattooed guy who wouldn't speak. Sounds like my kind of man. LOL.Memorable quote:"The six-story building in front of us looked even shabbier than the rest. Most of the white paint had peeled off, leaving a dirty gray. Even before the rabies, this building must have been vacant. It looked like it had been an office building for a shipping company. A trail of blood led inside. Fresh."Oh, and in case you didn't know, I kind of have an unnatural fear of rabies. I wouldn't say it's a phobia, but it does freak me out. I'm always on the lookout for wild animals acting strangely. This book only helped to amplify my fear.
theepicrat on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
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!
MissAliGirl on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Sherry is a counter. She counted everything, and I do mean EVERYTHING while in the bunker. It got to be a bit much, her incessant narrative of how many days since seeing sunshine, or shampooing her hair or eating an apple, etc... Unfortunately, I can't say much more about Sherry. She seems like a good kid, but you never really get to know too much about her. There are flashbacks of her 'other life' at the end of every chapter but they too often made her seem like nothing more than an annoying boy crazy tween. She has a backbone and is willing to fight for her life, which I admired. I wish there had been a little more meat to who she is now though, the girl in the bunker and the girl in this scary new world has turned her into.Joshua is an interesting guy. Broody, moody, handsome with a solid dose of rebellious bravado. You don't get to know too much about him either. All of the characters are a underdeveloped, in my opinion. But, it is a somewhat short read and I really hope to get to know them all better in future books. They have great potential.Then you have Sherry and Joshua together. Who after only days seem to form this 'can't live without you' bond. I'm really not a fan of love at first sight, and this isn't quite that but it isn't far off either. On the other hand, I have yet to survive an end of the world ordeal. Who am I to say that I wouldn't fall in love with the first guy close to my own age that saves me from rabid beasts? Right? It could happen.Which leads me to the Weepers. Yay!! I love the Weepers. In my head I picture a cross between werewolves and zombies - what is not to like there?!? They are scary, fast and smart - all things I love in my monsters! They are written really well and they totally creeped me out (eek!).The Other Life was lacking in some substance and left me wanting more. Which is really what is important, I want more. I want to know what happens next, I just want it with characters I can care more about.
Readaba on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
First of all, this book is vastly superior to the story in The Forest of Hands and Teeth, at least for me. TFoHaT scarred me, this one entertained me. I didn¿t want to cause anyone bodily harm when I finished this book ¿ yey! However, that does not mean that it¿s great.I liked the idea of what the Weepers are (the Weepers being the transformed humans who hunt other humans to eat their flesh). I liked that there were some that were more animal than human but others that had retained their intelligence. I liked that they were still reminiscent of typical zombies with their flesh falling off. I really liked the conspiracy theory introduced, though unfortunately it was only introduced at the end and didn¿t receive much attention as the author set the scene for the second book, which will (I suspect) look into it more. This said, I¿m not entirely sure that this book was the time to introduce that. It felt a bit rushed and it was a completely different note to everything that had come before.I also liked how Winnacker took the time to set the scene of how her world ended up the way it did. Usually in dystopians, the author just presents the broken world and the reader has no choice but to go with the flow. In The Other Life, the protagonist, Sherry, lived through the breakdown of her society so the reader is also aware of what went wrong where and why, what role those in power played in it all, and what the results of the decisions made are for the survivors. Before each chapter, there is a short excerpt of a scene in Sherry¿s life before things went wrong. These provided a contrast with the bleak present that Sherry finds herself in and I thought that these were a really engaging touch.The relationship between Joshua and Sherry is not rushed or diminished by claims of undying love between the two. The start of it seemed a bit advanced but to say that they¿d just met but this can be justified by the very different world and the fact that Joshua had just saved Sherry¿s life. It becomes calmer after that and is allowed to evolve at a very natural pace, which is something that I really appreciate in books. The novel is written in Sherry¿s voice and she admits that she¿s unsure of what goes on in Joshua¿s head ¿ considering his past and how he put her in danger a couple of times because of his drive to hunt the hunters, I can understand her reluctance that shadows her attraction to him.My main gripe with the book is that it felt rather¿ I¿m not sure of the word for it. It¿s very short and I felt as though I didn¿t really get the full story I wished for. I really enjoyed what I got but I felt that it focused a lot on the action to the detriment of the character development. I wanted to get to know all of the characters better. Rachel, in particular, is named as being one of the characters that will be central in the next book and I¿m not entirely sure whether she even gets one line of dialogue in this book. She¿s just a presence. I have no idea who she is or what her history is.A few times, Sherry mentions how many seconds it¿s been since event X happened. I¿m not entirely sure that I bought that. Either she¿s incredibly good at maths or it¿s too forced. I could never work out how many seconds it¿s been since I did X, Y or Z off the top of my head. It was an interesting touch but it was overused and lost its impact as numbers were rattled off for various things on a fairly frequent basis.Finally, Sherry mentions that her grandma never stops knitting and has not run out of wool in all the time since they went underground. I¿m not entirely sure the author realises how much wool can be used while knitting. I can easily get through a 100g ball in 5 hours, and I¿m not that fast at knitting so grandma would be getting through at least 2 balls a day. I highly doubt that they will have taken so much wool with them (if grandma got through two 100g balls a day she would have used up 2278 balls by the day they run out of food and Sherry mentions th
wordforteens More than 1 year ago
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.
ChelseaW More than 1 year ago
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.
EverAfterEsther More than 1 year ago
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
CaptivatedRding More than 1 year ago
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 &quot;zombies&quot;, 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!
Amabe421 More than 1 year ago
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.
epicrat More than 1 year ago
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 &ldquo;survival of the fittest&rdquo; from a female&rsquo;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 &ldquo;zombies&rdquo; 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&rsquo;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!