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When the world ends, can love survive? For Scarlet, raising her two daughters alone means fighting for tomorrow is an everyday battle. Nathan has a wife, but can’t remember what it’s like to be in love; only his young daughter Zoe makes coming home worthwhile. Miranda’s biggest concern is whether her new VW Bug is big enough to carry her sister and their boyfriends on a weekend escape from college finals. When reports of a widespread, deadly “outbreak” begin to surface, these ordinary people face extraordinary circumstances and suddenly their fates are intertwined. Recognizing they can’t outrun the danger, Scarlet, Nathan, and Miranda desperately seek shelter at the same secluded ranch, Red Hill. Emotions run high while old and new relationships are tested in the face of a terrifying enemy—an enemy who no longer remembers what it’s like to be human. Set against the backdrop of a brilliantly realized apocalyptic world, love somehow finds a way to survive. But what happens when the one you’d die for becomes the one who could destroy you? Red Hill grabs you from the first page and doesn’t let go until its stunning conclusion. This is #1 New York Times bestselling author Jamie McGuire at her unforgettable best.Pages: 368
Published by Simon and Schuster Genres: Apocalyptic & Post-Apocalyptic, Contemporary Women, Fantasy, Fiction, Paranormal, Romance, Science Fiction
”We’ve all lost someone, that’s just the way it is now”
What would you do if you suddenly found yourself in the middle of the zombie apocalypse? Who would you want to be with?
On the surface, Red Hill is just another zombie story. Scarlett is a single mother working in a hospital, separated from her daughters, the only people she cares about. Gone for a weekend visit with their father, she is determined to find them as they are her only reason for living. Nathan and his daughter Zoe find themselves abandoned by his wife who never loved them. He will do whatever it takes to keep her safe and ensure her survival Miranda is college student on her way to see her father for the weekend with her sister. Her only real concern is keeping her shiny new car safe until all hell breaks loose.
When the end of the world begins, everyone’s priorities change. Their lives are running parallel just waiting to crash together. If only they can survive long enough. Yes this is “zombie” story; however the story is really about the people who want to live at all costs. The zombie apocalypse is the setting, a mere backdrop; it is not the real story. The stories heart lies in the people. Jamie McGuire makes us care about these people. You want them to be happy not just merely survive. What is the point of survival if you have no one to love or be loved by.
”Does it make me crazy that I think the end of the world is the best thing to happen to me”
Every character in this book is unhappy with some aspect of their life. Scarlett was in an unhappy marriage for years. She finally left, but this means not having her daughters with her all the time. If it wasn’t for that she may have been with them when the end of the world started. Nathan was in a loveless marriage for years. He has basically been raising his daughter on his own, but now he is really solely responsible for Zoe’s life. But what kind of life can he give her now? Miranda is angry over her parents’ divorce. She has been selfish and hurtful to her father. Will she ever be able to say she’s sorry? How will all of their worlds come together? You’ll have to read to find out. No spoilers here!
I enjoyed every aspect of this book. There was enough suspense and drama to make you unable to put this story down. The zombies draw you in, but the people keep you there. No one is safe; you know that at any minute any one of the characters can be gone. The fact is that if you eliminated the zombies, you would still have an amazing story. It could be any kind of disaster occurring to set these events in motion and it would not change the fact that this is a wonderful book.
Many people would be quick to dismiss or overlook this book just because it’s a “zombie story”. This would be a huge mistake.
Five stars and whatever bottle of liquor you can find in an abandoned house. It is a zombie apocalypse, we can’t be picky. Enjoy!