Rise of the Chosen (Lifeblood #1)
by Anna Kopp
In Sam's world there are two rules. Rule #1: Nobody dies. Protect the living at all costs. Rule #2: Everybody dies. At least once.
The Waking was a global event in which a force called the Lifeblood invaded all humans who died. The few strong enough to control it came back as powerful immortals. The rest let the bloodlust take over and awoke with one goal - to kill.
Newly appointed Watch Guard Samantha Shields has a legacy to uphold. Her father died a hero defending their city and now she wants to follow in his footsteps. Except for the dying part, of course. Unfortunately, fate has other plans as she discovers deep dark secrets that make her choose between her loyalties and the lives of everyone in her city. Both rules are in play as Sam is forced to make hard decisions that could cost her everything - including the person she cares about most.
Rise of the Chosen is a rather interesting take on the zombie apocalypse. In it, all who die are either Chosen or Woken. Chosen are superhuman immortals, the best line of defense against the woken. Woken are mindless, vicious killers who are just as superhuman and immortal as the chosen.
What I liked most about the story were the ways humanity came up with to protect themselves from the woken. Each method seemed like something people would actually do, though there were some very dark strategies at play for even the best of them.
I also enjoyed the romance. The intimate scenes were fade-to-black, allowing the story to focus on the threats facing the heroine and the city, but it’s blended right into the plot in a natural and believable way. It seems like there’s more story to tell, which is great since there are more books coming in the series.
The only thing I didn’t quite buy or like was how Sam’s loyalties shift. I can’t go into details because they’d spoil the surprise, but let’s just say I’d have chosen differently.
Overall, I really liked this story. Fans of the zompoc and dystopian genres will probably dig this story. There’s meat behind this one, not just rampaging undead and hopeless scenarios. A great read.
I received the review copy of this book from NetGalley.
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