Mad World: Sanctuary
Mad World Book 2
The year is 2017, and the Black Plague infection has swept across most of the United States, leaving death and chaos in its wake. Martial law is the rule rather than the exception, with outbreaks cropping up when they're least expected. Alyssa and her friends must not only battle outbreaks of the disease, but also find themselves pursued by government agents – men and women determined to track them down at any cost.
Fleeing north to the fabled Sanctuary, Alyssa, Jacob, DeAndre, Caitlyn, Risa and Luke face disturbing ordeals and terrible tragedy as they encounter unbelievable situations in their struggle to reach safety. Using their skills and wits in their fight to survive against ever worsening odds, they weather hardship, betrayal, and the ever-present specter of death as they flee north, all the while vowing to protect one another – and most of all their precious 5-year-old Luke, from a world gone mad.
Sanctuary, the second installment in the Mad World series, is a heart-rending adventure of astonishing revelations, tragic discoveries, agonizing separations and devastating losses that test these friends to their limits. With heart-pounding, edge-of-your-seat suspense at every turn, this is a story you will not be able to put down.
Find out what happens next.
My thoughts: This was book two of the Mad World series. Book one was Epidemic and while it is not necessary to read it first, as you do get some back story, I was glad that I did. (Here is my review) Sanctuary starts out five years after the epidemic started. Alyssa and friends - now family - have not stayed in one place for long. They continue to move because they are afraid for Luke - he was born as his mother was turning because of the plague. So he is somewhat of a hybrid. They have discovered that the CDC are hunting them because they want to dissect Luke to see if they can find a cure.
They have heard about a place in Canada called Sanctuary and set off to try to get there. Along the way they meet new friends and run into the ever present zombies which can crop up anywhere these days. They take off for Canada via South and North Dakota, not knowing what is out there and even how they are going to be able to cross over into Canada.
I liked the way that the story stayed true to the relationships that had developed in book one - and how Risa had grown up and was a street smart teenager now. Luke was a loveable little boy, but all he knew was zombies, and he had seen his share. Some of the run-ins with the zombies were entertaining as well as gory.
The ending sends you further into the future and set ups nicely for another book.
~I received a complimentary digital copy of this book from Bewitching Blog Tours in exchange for my unbiased review.~
Please enjoy this excerpt from Sanctuary: