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Waking up in a mysterious enclosed space with no memory of their identities, a group of adults uncovers evidence of a long-past war and the horrifying realities of their confinement.
Publisher: New York : Del Rey, 2015
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780553393101
Branch Call Number: YF Sigl
Characteristics: 345 p


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Oct 02, 2018

I wish this was a little bit better. I've recently gotten interested in the books by this author, so have been reading a bunch of them. I'm halfway through the second book in this trilogy and have the third ready to go. But, while it isn't bad, it just doesn't have quite enough zing. And it is a little slow.

JCLTamiT Jan 10, 2017

I enjoyed this dystopian sci-fi novel. It kept me wanting to read, even when I needed to put the book down. The characters could be frustrating at times, but those flaws allowed them a chance to grow. I'm sure I'll read the next one.

mvkramer Nov 04, 2016

This book is compulsively readable, in the way potato chips are compulsively eatable, but the characters are so annoying. Seriously, it's like every bad dystopian girl character stereotype was reincarnated in the form of M. Savage. Read something else!

Feb 25, 2016

It was ok, interesting enough to place a hold on Alight, the second one, but not as good as a lot of others. To me it's hard to keep up with the story, like I still don't get how the monsters are the original people.

Feb 14, 2016

Great book, but go in knowing nothing.

Jan 12, 2016

Scott Sigler’s Alive is definitely a departure from the style I remember in Infected. Better? Maybe yes, Maybe no. Worse? Maybe yes, Maybe no. I think its safe to say that there are toe-rags, idiots, jiggly bits and bacon involved. Monsters, confusion, and gruesome sights abound.

Sigler is good. Just when you think you know exactly how everything is planned out, and are disappointed with what is going on, he throws a spanner into the works that has you gaping and… almost insulted that you weren’t expecting it. Oh, you’ll be right on some things, and so full of yourself for guessing them, but on the most important bits? Horribly wrong. At least I was.

Oct 30, 2015

To begin, I have to honor what Scott Sigler asked of all reviewers of this book: To not spoil the surprises that I experienced so that new readers will have the same experience when reading "Alive."

Em wakes up in a coffin, in a room with several other people, all dressed alike. They don't know who they are, where they are, or why they are there. They must work together (or not) to find out what has happened to them. I found myself frustrated along with Em and her companions along every turn, needing to keep reading to figure out along with them all the answers to their questions. Several times I believed I knew where the story was going, but my guesses were always wrong in such a big way.

Without spoiling anything further, I want to recommend this book to you all. Though slow at times, it is worth the payoff when you finally reach the end and discover the truth about their strange circumstances. You will not guess the ending. Guaranteed.

Thank you to the publisher for sending me a copy of "Alive" in exchange for my honest opinion.

Jul 23, 2015

Overall, I enjoyed the book and will probably read the sequel. Not quite as good as the Hunger Games and Divergent series. Got a little too hokey towards the end for me.

Jul 14, 2015

This book reminded me of "Lord of the Flies". A group of kids, trying to survive, going through power struggles, arguing over what to do next. That's pretty much the entire book. Just when I got tired of reading about power struggles and arguments and what they thought they should do next, the author throws in a horrific occurrence that sucked me back in and made me want to read more. Bravo for that. The plot is definitely interesting (at times) and one of a kind. But I wanted more details of the world described. I wanted less wandering around and more action. It just left me wanting more. It didn't fill me up, it was just barely enough to stop the hunger pangs. Then it seemed it all came to an abrupt end. It seemed to resolve very easily and very quickly. Resolve isn't the right word. There were more questions in my head. Way more.
That was the huge problem I had. I was left more questions than what the author offered up as answers. How did it happen? What happened after? These, to me, are major things a reader needs to know in a post-apocalyptic, dystopian book.
I have seen reviews that put down the writing style and called it choppy. It didn't read like that for me. It was easy to read, and flowed nicely. No major issues on descriptions of the scenery, character's looks or what was taking place.
This is the first book in a trilogy. I supposed all the unanswered questions were a terrific way to get readers to read the next book. I have this "need to know" mentality so I will definitely be reading the next books in the series. I have also seen several websites and reviewers compare this to Hunger Games or Divergent. Not even close. Not even on the same playing field.
After some thinking my rating is 4 stars. I have thought and thought about this book for a few hours now. Which means it impacted me more than I thought, and not in a bad way. Too many preconceived ideas of how it should have been. The author took his own approach and it worked. Though disappointed and full of questions at first, the ending left me wanting more and excited to read the next book hours after finishing. It just had to all sink in.
I received this as a digital copy for free to read and review for Netgalley and Random House Publishing Group- Del Rey Spectra.
The options are exclusively my own and I was not paid for them.


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mvkramer Nov 04, 2016

Violence: Characters die by stabbing and memorably, by pig attack. They wander through the remains of an ancient and disturbing massacre.

Feb 25, 2016

Sexual Content: Descriptions of girls private body parts attracting boys, and parts where girls are half naked in front of boys.


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