Author: Camillia Quinn
Publisher: Less Than Three Press
Publication Date: 15. February 2017
Rating: 3/5. Stars
Diversity: LGBT Characters, PoC
TW: medical abuse, attempted child murder
Summary: Hannah has been a prisoner of the Institute for her entire adult life. Though the Institute claims residents are there to be rehabilitated so they can rejoin society, everyone knows they are prisoners for life. Especially the Howlers, dangerous residents restricted to solitary confinement. But her friend, Mya, is dead set on escape, and Hannah is helpless to do anything but agree—even if escape means being forced to overcome her fear of the Howlers, fear of herself, and fear of what happens if they fail—or succeed.
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Disclaimer: I received an e-copy of this book on NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
When Hannah turned 14, something happened to her. As a result, she ended up locked up in the Institute. Mya, her friend, wants to escape from there, but for that, she needs her help. And Hannah can’t help but be afraid. Afraid of her own darkness, afraid of the screams of the Howlers that ring through the institute every night, afraid of staying in the institute and afraid of getting out. After all, if they ever succeed there is no one who can help Hannah keep her darkness in check, not even Mya.
This story was quite interesting, a kind of zombie apocalypse but with a twist. The disease is also transmitted by bites, but more often in other ways and I really liked how this zombie story was different from some others I’ve read. The bad way the government dealt with the infected and the background story of the zombie disease was fascinating as was Hannah’s background story (we sadly didn’t get that much from Mya.)
I liked the relationship between Hannah and Mya, but I would have liked some more exploration of their shared history in the Institute, because like this their story felt a bit unrealistic to me. You could see that they were attracted to each other and even good friends, but I had a hard time buying the Best Friends part because of that.
I found the ending interesting, but unsatisfactory, even though it made sense. It’s a HFN with not much hope for a HEA, which is not really something I enjoy. But all in all this story was nice and I liked it.