by Jamie McGuire
Genres: Dystopian, Romance
When the world ends, can love survive?
For Scarlet, raising her two daughters alone makes fighting for tomorrow 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 page one and doesn’t let go until its stunning conclusion. This is #1 New York Times bestselling author Jamie McGuire at her unforgettable best.
Having released a few years back, I don’t know why it took me so long to read this book. Written by one of my favorite authors, I finally picked it up yesterday and started reading. I refused to put it down unless I was forced to and devoured it the same day.
This. This, ladies and gentlemen, is how you write dystopian. This is how you evoke every damn emotion out of a person and leave them sitting in a corner, tucked into a little ball and forgetting that it’s a book and not reality. This is how you fuck up a person so badly, you have them at work, hiding in a bathroom stall because they started crying like a little bitch and didn’t want to have answer questions from their coworkers. This, right here, is probably one of my favorite books I have had the pleasure to read, and listen to, in a very long time.
Told in the POV of three characters; Nathan, Miranda and Scarlett, you will get the full gambit of what it’s like to struggle to survive in a world gone to hell and what it takes to protect those you love the most. Gods, my heart is overflowing with the emotion and the vivid visualization that Jamie Mcguire brought into this world. Each of these characters have seen and walked through fire to get this far, all with the same goal in mind. Get to Red Hill. Survive.
Nathan, who’s only thought is to make sure that his daughter Zooey can live as much of a normal life in this hellish world.
Ashley and Miranda, with their boyfriends Bryce and Cooper, to get home to their father.
Straggler Joey, who has already lost the woman he loved and saw her change before his eyes.
And Scarlett. Scarlett who’s only desire is to see her daughters back in her arms again, safe and whole. Who will stop at nothing to ensure that it happens.
This book had it’s hand wrapped around my throat, shaking and trembling and just hurting for all of these characters, for the people they met along the way, for the future that is unwritten. And no, I don’t mean that there is a cliffhanger but that this war against the undead isn’t over and anything could happen. My heart hurts for these characters and overjoyed for how far they’ve come and how they’ve survived.
This is one of those books that won’t soon leave me and I’m actually having a hard time picking up another book because my mind keeps coming back to it. I am definitely picking up Among Monsters but it may take me a few days to shake off this world before I step back in to it again.