Author: Pauline Creeden
Genre: Apocalyptic/dystopian, clean NA
In a heart-racing thriller described as Falling Skies meets The Walking Dead, Jennie struggles to find a safe place for what’s left of her family. But it seems as though there is no place sacred, no place secure. First the aliens attacked the sun, making it dimmer, weaker, and half what it used to be. Then they attacked the water supply, killing one-third of Earth’s population with a bitter contaminate. And when they unleash a new terror on humankind, the victims will wish for death, but will not find it…When the world shatters to pieces around her, will Jennie find the strength she needs to keep going?
Kessie’s review: I was a beta reader for this book, and it was rough. I’d get sucked into the story and forget that I was supposed to be watching for typos.
This is an apocalypse book. Aliens are invading and turning people into zombies. The sun is dim and the air is cold. Society is beginning to collapse. The apocalypse is seen through the eyes of four characters, and their core personalities and values are brought to light by how they handle the aliens and zombies.
I had to keep getting up and checking to make sure the sun was shining and there were people outside. That’s how engrossing this book is. And I was only a beta reader!
I’m excited to see the new cover, and I hope the book continues to do well. It really is one of those remarkably scary books with nothing really gory about it. Well, actually, the part in the hospital is kind of gory. But you expect that kind of thing with a zombie apocalypse book.
In simple language, Pauline Creeden creates worlds that are both familiar and strange, often pulling the veil between dimensions. She becomes the main character in each of her stories, and because she has ADD, she will get bored if she pretends to be one person for too long. Pauline is a horse trainer from Virginia, but writing is her therapy.
Armored Hearts, her joint effort with author Melissa Turner Lee, has been awarded the Crowned Heart for Excellence by InDtale Magazine. It is also the 2013 Book Junkie’s Choice Winner in Historical Fiction. Her debut novel, Sanctuary, won 1st Place Christian YA Title 2013 Dante Rosetti Award and 2014 Reader’s Choice Gold Award for Best YA Horror Novel.