Author: Scott Alan Wade
eBook ISBN: 9781615729333
Print ISBN: 9781615729340
Genre: Young Adult Supernatural/Adventure
Fifteen-year-old Sam Grace is practically running her family’s small farm after the death of her father and her mother’s deadly illness. This means making sure her younger siblings get an education, keeping the animals fed, and keeping the guns loaded for when the walking dead show up after dark. It is all in a day’s—and night’s—work for Sam, until her mother’s illness takes a turn for the worse.
Now she has to saddle up and head from Midland Mesa down to “town” to try to track down Doc Green’s place that she remembers her dad taking her to when she was just a little kid. I was shocked at what she found in town, and won’t give it away, but let’s just say that the hordes of zombies aren't the only thing she has to fight.
The first chapter is a great portrayal of the monotony and hard work of farm life, punctuated by the terror and sadness and desperation of their particular situation. Because I’m a survival geek, I love the details about what she takes with her on her journey, and what she gathers along the way. This includes bringing her little blind dog in a flour sack, at first just for company, but it becomes clear that the dog is probably the most valuable thing she’s brought (well, that and her gun!). The rest of the book is action-packed and scary; a quick read too—it only took me a few days to finish it because it was so exciting.
But my favorite thing about Midland is its main character, Sam. Sam’s a strong heroine is there ever was one. She was deeply influenced by her father’s training, and by witnessing the strong and mutually-respectful relationship of her parents (before her father’s death and mother’s illness). She takes after them in how she deals with the (very scary) problems that come up.
"See a problem, solve a problem,” she reminds herself.
I also appreciate that she’s not perfect, and that she struggles with how to put her family first while not letting down others who have sacrificed their safety for hers. Her strength comes from her courage and integrity. It isn’t that she’s not afraid, but she is going to do what needs to be done to protect the innocent.
I highly recommend this book! Five stars!
I received this book in exchange for an honest review.
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