After being confused and giving into a few laughs at the beginning of the book, I found myself racing to figure out what happens next. Note: In lieu of zombies in this book, I felt compelled to use a gif and pic from Zombieland to exaggerate my points! 🙂
Title: Tomorrow Land
Author: Mari Mancusi
Publisher: NLA Digital Liasison
Summary (by Goodreads):
Can true love survive the end of the world?
Imagine finding your first love, only to be ripped apart by the apocalypse. Peyton Anderson will never forget the day she was forced to make a choice–between her family–and Chris Parker, the boy she’d given her heart. Now, four years later, as she steps from the fallout shelter and into a dead and broken world, he’s the only thing on her mind.
All Chris “Chase” Parker wanted was to take Peyton away and keep her safe from harm. But he waited for hours in the rain on judgment day and she never showed–breaking his heart without ever telling him why.
Now the two of them have been thrown together once again, reluctant chaperones to a group of orphan children in a post-apocalyptic world where the dead still walk…and feed. As they begin their pilgramage to the last human outpost on Earth, can they find a way to let go of old hurts and find the love they lost–all while attempting to save what’s left of the human race?
First four sentences:
April 10, 2030
“I wouldn’t go out with Chis Parker if he were the last guy on Earth!”
Fifteen-year-old Peyton Anderson tossed her pink-streaked blond hair over her shoulder, then smoothed the pleats of her navy blue cheer-leading skirt as she watched the gawky sophomore attempt to dribble the basketball down the court. He turned and caught her looking and threw her a goofy grin. She rolled her eyes and looked away.
Disclaimers and such: This was a book from NetGalley. It was given to me to read and review for free; I am not getting paid for this review. This is my honest and true opinion. That being said, thank you to NLA Digital for letting me read and review this book!! Everyone else, look for it…it’s been released already!
There were a lot of jabs at the beginning of the book towards our generation, example “The Kardashians”, the dvd player, etc. And I’m sure I was supposed to laugh at them, but the sarcasm was a bit too early in the book for me. I guess they were trying to point out the differences between the past and the present, but it just didn’t go over really well. Sorry! That’s the ONLY negative I have…yay!
The year is 2030, super soldiers have squashed rebellions overseas and due to the AIDS epidemic, when the cure became available, everyone in the United States now has to be vaccinated before they engage in any sexual activity. Of course a number of people became concerned so underage teens need the consent of a parent.
Peyton is our girl in the story. She’s dating the cool guy in school and when she catches him making out with another girl, she breaks his nose. Next enter our guy Chris. Chris is the non-stand out kid (not unpopular, but not popular) that has been crushing hard on Peyton. Peyton has sworn up and down that even if he was the last guy on earth…she’d never date him. So when the end of the world happens, who just so happens to be alive? Peyton and Chris. Everyone else, what happened to them? Glad you asked! They’ve either died from the massive virus outbreak or turned into zombies (except for some little kids). Zombies that you can identify that were people before…case and point: Bill Murray.
Each chapter flip-flopped back and forth between 2030 and 2034. So when you get to a point in one chapter going, “What? How did that happen?” The author takes us back in time to explain so we each get our “lightbulb” moment! When I saw reviews mentioning the date change chapters…I was skeptical…it surprised me with how seamless it was!
The author did focus on the love story more so than the end of the world and crazy happenings, but I rather enjoyed the grisly romance/adventure. It was definitely as real as you can get with zombies running around. I enjoyed the book…after I got through the first chapter…and raced through to find out what would happen next!
Oh, and don’t forget the rules for dealing with zombies… 🙂