The Weepers: The Other Life by Susanne Winnacker

The Weepers: The Other Life, U.S. CoverTitle: The Weepers: The Other Life
Author: Susanne Winnacker
Format: Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: February 1st 2012 by Usborne
Series: Book 1 in The Other Life series
Source: NetGalley

Summary

3 years, 1 month, 1 week and 6 days since I’d seen daylight. One-fifth of my life. 98,409,602 seconds since the heavy, steel door had fallen shut and sealed us off from the world.

Sherry has lived with her family in a sealed bunker since things went wrong up above. But when they run out of food, Sherry and her dad must venture outside. There they find a world of devastation, desolation…and the Weepers: savage, mutant killers. When Sherry’s dad is snatched, she joins forces with gorgeous but troubled Joshua – an Avenger, determined to destroy the Weepers.

But can Sherry keep her family and Joshua safe, when his desire for vengeance threatens them all?

My thoughts

The Other Life puts a new spin on the zombie genre. A new strain of rabies was spreading fast when everyone was told to take cover in shelters. And that’s where Sherry and her family have stayed for years until the day they ran out of food. On a trip to find more, Sherry’s dad is grabbed but she is saved by Joshua. Soon, it’s time for them to go on a hunt to rescue her dad from the Weepers and her family from their bunker.

The Weepers (named for their milky eye discharge, yuck) were not like regular zombies. Sometimes they ran on all fours, sometimes they walked upright. They were intelligent and fast. The descriptions of the broken city, the Weepers and other dead things were graphic and gross. My stomach flopped a few times from the vivid depictions. Heads up: don’t read this one while eating. Trust me.

The story started strong and kept up the pace for the entire novel. There was a lot of action and suspense and I was so interested in finding out what happened next that I finished it within 2 days. All of the characters had real personalities, and I especially liked Sherry. She was only 15, but practically an adult after living in the bunker for years. She was strong and opinionated and wasn’t afraid to put herself in harm’s way for her family. Joshua was another likable character, although we didn’t learn as much about him as I would have liked. That was true of some of the other characters as well. A ragtag group of survivors had banded together and we didn’t learn the back story of most of them. Maybe that will be covered more in the next book?

The one thing that did bother me was the lack of smooth transition from one sentence to the next. Maybe that was simply Winnacker’s writingThe Other Life, U.K. Cover style, but it was almost like it lacked segues. The dialogue was standard fare, not too fancy or full of slang. In fact, Joshua and his group were more of the strong and silent type. There was a tiny bit of romance and it was new and sweet, nothing graphic. There was a great twist near the end that I did not see coming. Not only did it surprise, but it set up the plot for the next novel, which I will most certainly be picking up.

I like both the UK and US versions of the cover, but I think I like the UK one better. I’m a sucker for black and white with a splash of red (Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight, Rival, etc.).

The sum up

A fantastic debut novel that grabs you from the start and doesn’t let go.

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  1. I love that the covers are both brilliant! I tend to love UK covers more too though I think it is because I can’t get them LOL

    Great Review!

  2. I think the UK cover is beautiful, but I don’t think it matches the style and personality of the book. It seems like the cover of a different book to me.

    Thanks for the link to my review!

    • thebusybibliophile says:

      Yeah, the UK cover sends a different message, but it does have the fence and the city skyline…

  3. At first I didn’t recognize the cover, LOL.
    Oh, I loved this book and I am really glad that you liked it a lot as well ;) I can’t wait for the next one – that ending left me just a bit hanging, because the book seemed a bit short and I really want to find out what comes next ;))

    PS: I love the spammer checkbox ^_^

    • thebusybibliophile says:

      Yes, I can’t wait to see where the next book takes the story!

      Thanks, that’s Growmap Anti Spambot Plugin. Apparently bots can’t see the checkbox so they can’t spam you. It’s worked perfectly for me so far.

  4. Excellent review and this sounds like somthing I would enjoy. I am curious about the writng style.

  5. I didn’t see this one on NetGalley… weird. I am on the fence with post-apocalyptic and zombie books still. I’ve read a few I loved (liked BAD TASTE IN BOYS and one by Megan Duncan) but then there are those that were just terrible. I think with this genre, because there usually seems tgo be alack of ‘romance’ (as there should be given the genre, at least in my opinion) that its hard to get passed what we typically read in YA literature: romance lol. Hopefully when time allows it this will be a book I pick up to read, because you do make it sound like a fun read (especially the graphic details lol).

    P.S. I like the UK cover better too. The US cover makes it look like its an independent book only available online. If that makes sense.

  6. thebusybibliophile says:

    I bet you would enjoy this one, Patricia. If you do end up checking it out, let me know what you thought.

    I agree completely with your opinion of the covers – the UK version just strikes me as more ‘professional’ looking.

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