The Other Life by Susanne Winnacker
Publication date: February 2012
Reviewed by Megan Charvill
It’s been 3 years, 1 month, 1 week and 6 days since Sherry has seen daylight. When things went wrong up above, she was sealed off from the world in a bunker with her family. But when they run out of food, Sherry and her dad must venture outside. There they find devastation, desolation…and the Weepers: savage mutant killers. When her dad is snatched, Sherry joins forces with gorgeous but troubled Joshua – an Avenger, determined to destroy the Weepers. But can Sherry keep her family and Joshua safe, when his desire for vengeance threatens them all?
With Dystopian and post-apocalyptic books now, I feel like once you’ve read one, you’ve read them all. This one proved to be different in the first 2/3 of the book I found it exciting and interesting, but it was ruined too soon in the last third and found it extremely similar to the hunger games without the reaping, training and everything. So when it came to this review I was sure whether to rate it or slate it;after a lot of thought, I decided I would applaud it for its originality amongst the dystopian genre and forget I read the last third.
Sherry was an very interesting and innocent character, she seemed very out of place in the newly wrecked state she used to live in. As soon as she meets Joshua I was pleased; knowing there was going to be a little bit of romance in it made me happy. Sherry was a lovable character, I found it heart-warming when her and Joshua tried to have a proper conversation to settle the tension even though she was 3 years out of practice. I found myself going through the same emotions she did even with the first few chapters when her dad got snatched.
The writing was a lot more well thought out and rather complex, using much more interesting and more difficult words to read and analyse. One of the main reasons for my thinking the book should not be for people under 12.
As far as the plot goes, it was original as most dystopian novels now are all very similar, but this one proved to be different. The character were interesting and overall, I enjoyed reading this book as it isn’t hard to follow and keeps you wanting to read more.