Monday, November 4, 2013

Review: Red Hill by Jamie McGuire

Source: Bought
Paperback: 368 pages
Publisher: Atria Books (October 1, 2013)
ISBN-10: 1476759529
ISBN-13: 978-1476759524

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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.

Red Hill is the fabulous Jamie McGuire's newest book. It's a sci-fi/paranormal novel. I'm not a huge fan of the genre. That's not to say I don't read and enjoy quite a few books from this vast genre, but it's definitely not my first choice. Now I know Jamie McGuire has written another new adult sci-fi/paranormal trilogy previous to publishing Beautiful Disaster, and while I own it, I haven't read it yet. While I love mythical creatures like dragons and unicorns, zombies just don't do it for me, so I hesitantly started reading the book. All it took to hook me was the prologue. It's from Scarlet's point of view and is heart breaking. All I wanted to know was what happened next even though I was terrified to turn the page and find out.

Basically for someone who does not like zombies, it all boils down to this; I LOVED THIS BOOK! I've read it twice this month alone. The entire time I was reading, I was literally sitting on the edge of my seat and my heart was beating fast. I was nervous and jittery but still could not put the book down. Red Hill isn't just Scarlet's story and it's not just told from her point of view. It's also Nathan's, Miranda's, and many others. When I first heard about the three points of view I thought to myself, "Didn't Jamie say this was a love story too? How is it going to work with three characters?" Well it works. Each chapter lets you know whose eyes you're experiencing events through, so there is no confusion at all.

What amazes me most about this book is how layered and intricate it is. Jamie McGuire manages to show us how tens of lives are separate yet all intertwined together. It's not just one love story and it's not just about the love a man and woman have for each other either. There are many forms of love and you experience them all. Not once does the story lag or slow. And a warning, you will need to keep your tissues handy. This is the end of the world that's happening so it's not all roses and happily ever afters. Even though I knew what was going to happen the second time around, I still cried just as hard. The mark of a master storyteller is one who pulls you into the lives and emotions of their characters. Jamie McGuire has that in spades. She's not just a new adult wonder, she's the real deal. Read Red Hill. I can't say I love zombies after this book, but I do know I will be more open minded about reading about them.

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