Genre: Fiction, Christian, Paranormal Romance
Author: Elizabeth Forkey
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Six years ago, when millions of people disappeared from the face of the earth in a silent instant, all hell broke loose. People did what you'd expect: they panicked. We've been programmed with the will to survive—to care for our loved ones at any cost. Husbands became murderers. Children became thieves. The world turned upside-down and survival was all anyone could think about. That was before we knew about the disease.
INFEC†IOUS, the first novel in The INFEC†IOUS Series is a post-apocalyptic love story with a zombie twist. Young Ivy has a killer sense of humor, wit and a personal relationship with the Curse Giver. Ivy longs for freedom from her overbearing spinster Aunt and from Toccoa's protective fences. A trip outside the compound brings confusion, danger, romance and death into her already troubled life. Two different guys--polar-opposites--are vying for her heart. Ivy is desperate to hold onto The Cure in the midst of the chaos and heartache. INFEC†IOUS is a love story that will ravage your heart and leave you hungry for more.
At first I was really hesitant to read this one because when Elizabeth emailed me she mentioned zombies. I hate zombies. In my list of fears, they're in the top four. In fact, my top four tie for first, they are escalators, bats, driving and zombies. However, I can handle the zombies of Warm Bodies and Elizabeth assured me I could handle hers as well. She was right. They aren't actually zombies, at least not in the stiff-armed "braaaaaaains" sort of way we often think of them.
Elizabeth's zombies are fully functioning. They can eat, drink, walk, talk, and even work. They aren't brain dead and stiff armed and trying to eat your brain. What's more is they can be healed! As long as they're receptive to the Cure. Sadly, as in our current society, most aren't. Even when they can visibly see the healing, they chalk it up to something else and refuse to accept it.
INFEC†IOUS is absolutely, unarguably, and unapologetically a Christian book. There's no getting away from it. HOWEVER. It's also one that can appeal to just about anyone. Whether you're a seasoned Christian, a new believer, or a skeptic I honestly believe (as long as you enjoy a good paranormal/end of times story) that you'll find something you like in this one. It's fiction. It's really well-written fiction.
INFEC†IOUS is engaging, interesting, creative, and just all around well done. Elizabeth does a great job reaching so many different levels and that's really impressive to me. There were so many things in this book that I could relate to, and so many more that I thought would be great for teens and young adults.
On the faith front, I love how realistic it is. Even though they've seen some pretty extraordinary things, they still struggle, they still stumble. It's still hard. It isn't healed and done. You have to want it. This is just so well written, I could go on and on, but I'm afraid I've given away too much already!
On the general fiction front, I love the little ways life doesn't change. Even at the end of the world teenage girls like to shop and little old ladies scold on manners. Even the struggles can be related to our current ones.
Overall, I love this book and am so glad I gave it a shot, despite my fears, and can not wait to get started on the next one! I highly recommend this one!
Sex? It's mentioned as something other people are doing, but there is absolutely none or even the allusion to it.
Drugs and alcohol? Some discussion of them, but the main characters don't partake.
Anything else? There's talk of abortion, which may be a trigger to some.
Elizabeth Forkey met her true love, Ron, on a blind date at age 16. She married Ron at age 21 and they've had 15 adventurous years together. Elizabeth attended Toccoa Falls College with a voice scholarship, switched her major to Missions/Cross-Cultural Studies, and then became a professional cake decorator and sugar artist. Now, she adds author to her list of ever changing careers. Ron and Elizabeth live in Canton, GA and are blessed (and exhausted) to be raising two fun daughters, Chloe and Rosie, who are ten years apart. They also share their home with the sweetest cat on planet Earth.
*I received a free e-copy of this book in exchange for my honest review, all opinions are 100% my own.
*Thank you to The Indie View for connecting me to this author.