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Author: Mari Mancusi
Publisher: NLA Digital Liaison Platform LLC
Publish Date: March 8 2012
Tomorrow Land by Mari Mancusi is a post-apocalyptic zombie book, as well as a dystopia of sorts. Peyton and Chris are in parallel storylines, investigating a mysterious, deadly disease while evading the crazy government covering it up, and trying to survive four years after the disease wipes out the majority of the world's population.
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 pilgrimage 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? ~ Courtesy of Goodreads
Tomorrow Land starts out with so much potential. I LOVE zombie stories so I was really looking forward to reading about Peyton and Chase's end of the world adventure. The setting was so richly crafted I could imagine being there. I could see the ruined cities, abandoned ghost towns and pus covered Others shuffling down the road. But about halfway through the book, it started to lose my attention. The characters made stupid decision after stupid decision with no real consequences for their mistakes. Attacks by the Others seemed few and far between. The characters rarely met with trouble they didn't cause themselves on their journey.
(SPOILERS to follow.)
The more I read the more I kept thinking, "How are these people still alive?!" During reading I almost wanted a zombie to attack them, just so that they would WAKE UP! It's nothing but sheer luck that they weren't all slaughtered in their sleep. For whatever super implant powers Peyton has and whatever survival skills Chase claims to have they're both too idiotic to live in a world full of zombies.
I just don't get Peyton's razor nails. They're cool, obviously. She's, like, part Wolverine. And they'd obviously be more helpful then fighting zombies hand-to-hand without weapons. But they retract back under her nails. Is it just me or does that seem a little unhygienic to anyone else? "Hey, let me go stab a zombie with my razors and then retract them, exposing myself to all that gore and blood that's caked on them." I'm not sure, but if you can turn into a zombie from a bite or a scratch, wouldn't you turn from having zombie blood get into your blood stream?
The thing I absolutely HATED about Chase was his addiction to painkillers or any other sort of drug he could get his hands on. I get the why of him taking drugs. It's the zombie apocalypse, of course its going to be hard to handle, but c'mon! The idiot was popping pills and passing out while he was supposed to be guarding the camp! How irresponsible can you get? But the whole time, he's telling himself what he needs to do. He needed to stay awake and guard the camp. He needed to protect the kids. He needed to help Peyton get to Disney World. Yet he'd just cop out and pop a few pills, instead of doing any of those things. But in all honestly, Mancusi handled Chase's addiction to painkillers very well, and Peyton's reaction to it. It was a very real aspect that most zombie novels don't delve into.
Now, I'm a sucker for a cute romance, even if that romance includes a few zombies along the way. But I'm sorry, there is only so many times I can read about how sweet Chase is or what a goddess Peyton is and how she makes Chase's world so much better. Meanwhile, the two only speak when they're arguing with one another. It's very infrequent for Chase to act sweet towards Peyton or for Peyton to actually make something better. I'm told that these things happen, but I didn't feel that Mancusi showed me them and let me make my own decisions.
By the last few chapters of Tomorrow Land, I was done. I didn't really care whether or not Peyton and Chase lived or died. I was rooting for the kids they were traveling with to make it though. But Peyton and Chase had already annoyed me into not caring about their fate.
It was very difficult for me to review Tomorrow Land because I did enjoy the story. I can honestly say the end of the book did make me smile. The setting and premise were awesome. It was just the main characters and their bad decisions and whiny-ness that I wasn't a fan of. But if you like post-apocalyptic or zombie books you should consider Tomorrow Land. It's got a good, if a little predictable, story line. And maybe you'll like the characters more than I did.
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