Survivor (Alone)

Young Adult - General
256 Pages
Reviewed on 12/15/2013
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Reviewed by Kayti Nika Raet for Readers' Favorite

In Survivor, the second book in a post-apocalyptic yarn by James Phelan, it's been twelve days since terror swept through the streets of New York City and young Aussie teen Jesse hasn't encountered anybody. Living, that is. He's encountered plenty of Chasers, humans infected by a virus that makes them incredibly thirsty - for water or other, more sinister liquids. Soon enough, he finds evidence of other survivors as well: Rachel, the last remaining zoo keeper at the Central Park Zoo, Caleb, an aspiring graphic novelist holed up in a bookstore, and Felicity, a girl Jesse has only seen through her video diary. As he tried to bring the four of them together, avoid the Chasers, and find out what exactly is going on, Jesse comes to learn what it really means to be a survivor.

Unfortunately I hadn't had a chance to read the first book in the Alone series but that in no way ruined my enjoyment of Mr. Phelan's second book as he gave just enough information about what had happened before to bring us up to speed without bogging us down in exposition. And once you get into it, Survivor zips along at a fast pace as Jesse struggles to survive, to find a home in a country that's not his own, and to navigate the moral labyrinth that is killing people who may or may not still be human. Survivor makes an excellent bridge to book three and an awesome read for fans of post-apocalyptic fiction.