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Sunday, October 13, 2013

Novella Review: Wish Upon a Star by Michelle McLean


Wish Upon a Star
by Michelle McLean

Ceri McKinley never stopped wishing that her ex-fiancĂ© Jason Crickett would come back into her life. But when he finally does, he comes with a request that puts them both—and all of humanity—into jeopardy.
Jason only wants two things: to bury his brother properly and to convince Ceri to trust him again after he jilted her. But when Ceri agrees to help him get his brother back, they end up fighting for their lives as the second zombie uprising threatens them all.


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My thoughts: This was a somewhat normal scenario that quickly spiraled out of control.... Oh who am I kidding - this was not a normal scenario.  Ex-wife, Ceri, going to see ex-husband, Russell,  about his visitation with their daughter Skye.  Runs into ex-fiance, Jason, and his father, Max, who also wants to see her ex-husband - to try to get the body of his brother Peter back. Peter was hurt on the night of Jason's bachelor party - only Jason had opted to spend the evening with Ceri.  He feels that Peter's accident would not have happened if he hadn't stayed with Ceri.  

Russell had used some experimental procedures on Peter and had saved his life but made him a cyborg in the process.  His cyborg half-life had been snuffed out during an attempted robbery in which he was shot and killed.  Or so everyone thought. As Ceri, Jason and Max soon learn, Russell has reanimated Peter and turned him into a zombie - one with a chip in his head to do Russell's bidding. 

The situation goes from bad to worse.  Peter infects the secretary, who starts a zombie outbreak. Russell is killed by none other than Peter, and Ceri and Jason find themselves locked into Russell's safe room. At least from there they can get out the word about the outbreak and get them some help. That help turns out to be the military planning to bomb the establishment in two hours.  This would be okay except that Ceri has seen her mother and daughter huddled under a desk in Russell's office on the top floor.  The true story starts here as Jason and Ceri set off to rescue them through a zombie infested building.

This one had a lot of suspense and was an interesting take on the outbreak of zombies.  Enjoyed reading it and turns out according to my spreadsheet, it is the 100th book I have read this year!

~I received a complimentary ecopy of Wish Upon a Star from Entangled Publishing in exchange for my unbiased review. ~

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