Author: Kellie Sheridan
Year Published: 2013
Synopsis: After surviving a deadly plague outbreak, sixteen-year-old Savannah thought she had lived through the very worst of human history. There was no way to know that the miracle vaccine would put everyone at risk for a fate worse than un-death.
Now, two very different kinds of infected walk the Earth, intent on nothing but feeding and destroying what little remains of civilization. When the inoculated are bitten, infection means watching on in silent horror as self-control disappears and the idea of feasting on loved ones becomes increasingly hard to ignore.
Starving and forced to live inside of the abandoned high school, all Savannah wants is the chance to fight back. When a strange boy arrives with a plan to set everything right, she gets her chance. Meeting Cole changes everything. Mere survival will never be enough.
Review: It's been a really long time since I've read a good YA zombie book (the last one I can remember was Something Strange and Deadly), and I was really surprised that I enjoyed this one so much. A lot of times, the walking dead are overdone and unoriginal, but Sheridan took a popular theme and made it all her own. Everything about this book is excellent.
Sheridan creates a world that's rich and different, and yet still very similar to our world. I loved how there were two kinds of zombies - the traditional, slow, stupid, walking dead who only look for their next meal and will probably end up dead (again) trying to get there, and the new, fast, intelligent, still very much alive-but-infected zombies that are more likely to kill you. I was terrified for Savannah and her friends and for Zarah and Liam, and their bravery throughout the whole book was really incredible. All of the characters are well written and very relatable, which really helped.
I really enjoyed reading this book from Savannah and Zarah's perspectives. It gives a complete picture of the world, and I don't think it would have been as good if we had only seen things from one side or the other. It's also really interesting how their stories merge and become one, especially when you can begin to recognize characters without being told explicitly who they are. I do think my favorite sections were Zarah's even though there were fewer of them, since they end up being something I wasn't entirely expecting.
I would definitely recommend this book to anyone looking for the next great YA zombie series. It would be such a shame for Mortality to be buried beneath all of the other "big name" books that might not be as good, and you should definitely give it a try. I especially think that fans of The Walking Dead would like this series. A 5/5 from me, and I can't wait for the next book to come out!