Friday, July 18, 2014

Seth's review of ARV-3 by Cameo Renae

The beginning of the end. The Apocalypse.

A nuclear fallout wiped out every living thing on the planet, except for a few thousand of us who took shelter in underground bunkers across the globe. Now, after thirteen long years, we were finally able to return to the topside to begin to rebuild.

We thought we were alone. We were never more wrong.

Before the fallout, scientists had worked on creating an anti-radiation vaccine (ARV). The first two attempts failed, but despite the incomplete tests and results, the government approved and distributed the third serum to the masses in an effort to aid those who had no shelter.

It worked, keeping those who remained on the topside alive, but it also altered and mutated them. This new and infectious threat had completely outnumbered us. Now, we not only had to rebuild our planet. We would have to fight for it.

My name is Abigail Park. I’m seventeen, and this is my story.

Seth's Thoughts:
Massive solar flares lead to the world being irradiated to the point where the surface becomes uninhabitable. The governments of the world release an untested ‘vaccine’ to combat the lethal radiation doses to the masses. The smart people and governments around the world hole up in bunkers around the world. The rest burns.

Enter our heroine who I can’t remember what her name is. I’m sorry, I just didn’t see her standing out in any real way. I think it has to do with being inundated with all the strong female roles of late who excel at everything they do because plot reasons. Not saying that she’s a bad character or anything like that. I’m just kind of confused on a few things. I mean, the basis for the story is that she is in a bunker with her grandparents, parents, uncle, two family friends, and a woman and her son (who surprise, is her love interest), for twelve some odd years while the radiation bakes the earth. Granted you don’t see that often, but the thing that irks me is she turns out to be a little vapid. One of her phrases is OMG. Yeah, I have a problem with that. Mainly, because most of the people she is with are her senior by at least twenty plus years if not more. She has no access to the internet because it’s gone. She lives a fairly insular life up until the point that her group decides to leave their bunker to head for the government bunker. I’m just not seeing how she developed the way she did. 

Then there’s the hike in full mop gear from their bunker through the city. Yes, I understand that the characters had to take turns in the e.r. (electricity room) to take turns generating power for the bunker. But, the grandparents are at least in their sixties if not older. I’m no genius, but when I was in the service, I knew hiking in full mop gear with a gas mask on, is a bad time for a short period of time. Compound that with age, and lack of being physically fit, and heat, and I’m just not seeing how they all didn’t just succumb from heat stroke shortly into their hike. Especially after spending more than a decade below ground.

Now we get onto the ARVies. I actually kind of liked that name. I also liked their premise. What I didn’t like, was what happens later on in the book. Oh, hey, they just so happen to be telepathic. What a coincidence. The government just so happened to make sure that they had a telepath on hand within the four hundred people they put up in their bunker just so they could be prepared for the unlikely scenario in which they would find themselves needing one to interrogate a completely unforeseen mutation of humanity that communicates solely through telepathy.

I could go on and on about how I found things I didn’t like in the story. I think I’ve ruined enough of it for everyone though. Any who, I liked the book for what it was. I hope that in the future the author continues to polish their story telling ability and that they can actually make a character whose name actually sticks in my head. I’m not saying it’s a bad book, just don’t go into it expecting anything along the lines of epic literature. 

Seth gives ARV-3: 3/5.

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I received this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Neither Seth nor I were compensated in any way for this review.

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