Wither (The Withered Series) (Volume 1) - Amy Miles

A sickness is spreading, turning everyday people into mindless zombies. Those who aren’t ill are either committing unspeakable evil acts or are trying their best to simply stay alive in sudden anarchy. Avery has found herself in the midst of a catastrophic epidemic and worst of all, she is all alone. Now she must find inner strength and find a way to survive in a nightmare situation.

I have to say that it has been a while since a book has completely captured my attention. From the very first paragraph of this book I was hooked by its fast-paced action and dark plot. This book contains everything an apocalyptic book should; zombies, dark story line, violence, action, and a touch of romance. That doesn’t even include the wonderful writing style, well-developed characters, and amazing story line. That being said, this book may not be for younger readers and parents should probably read it before hand to see if they find it appropriate.

Firstly, I found the story to be utterly captivating. I especially like that the book began in the early stages of the apocalypse. I felt like this made it more interesting. The cause of the outbreak as well as how it developed was creative and stimulating. From the beginning this book is full of action; the pacing of this book was sublime. It is always a bummer when the action fizzles out and boredom in sues ensues; however, with this novel that is not an issue. Also, I wasn’t really sure what was going to happen next or how the story was going to end, and what an ending it was!

As far as characters go, I have to say that at first I wasn’t crazy in love with Avery. She seemed really ungrateful to those who had risked their lives to save her. However, as the story developed so did Avery and with that came an understanding of why she acted that way. I always appreciate a character that grows as the story progresses. She turns out to be quite the survivor despite my initial impression of her. I liked the other characters as well. Even though there were characters the ones I didn’t like very much, I still appreciated their roles in the story and the dynamics they added to the plot.

Also, I would like to mention that I love the cover art on this book. I thought it was breathtaking and an excellent representation of the story within.

All and all, I thought this book was epic and worthy of all five stars.