The apocalyptic genre is one of my favorite when it comes to books and movies, so I knew this novel would appeal to me. THE LIVING reads like an action movie with high-stakes situations and non-stop suspense.
The author writes action sequences so well. When the cruise ship the narrator, Shy, is on is in danger, I could not stop turning the pages. The tension was so well done and the author doesn't shy away from showing the terrifying and gruesome parts of a disaster. I could vividly picture what was happening to the ship because the imagery was so clear.
I don't often read YA novels with a male narrator. I liked how Shy was an average teenager. He thinks about girls a lot, but he's also dedicated to his family and friends.
What Left Me Wanting More:
There are a lot of elements at play here: an apocalyptic situation, survival story, medical thriller, even a bit of contemporary romance. At times, it felt a little too overwhelming; these different parts, rather than blend together into one story, made it seem like a million different stories were put together into one. It felt a bit discordant to me.
The Final Verdict:
THE LIVING has the cinematic feel of an action movie paired with a realistic male narrator that will have readers racing through every page.