For sixteen-year-old Parrish Sorrows, life is about to become a nightmare.
This is the night she’ll wake up to her mother’s convulsions. The night she’ll lose contact with her father and sister in New York. The night 911 will stop answering the phone.
This is the night a mysterious supernatural virus begins its deadly rampage across the globe, killing billions in a matter of days. And just when things can’t get worse, the dead begin to rise.
Parrish must embark on a perilous journey to find what’s left of her family. Along the way, she’ll team up with the gorgeous boy next door she’s always been drawn to, the snobby ex-bff she’s hated for years, a genius computer nerd, and a young boy who never says a word but is somehow a kindred spirit.
Recently, I read The Trouble With Goodbye, Sarra Cannon’s debut new adult novel. When I learned that she would also be releasing Death’s Awakening, a young adult paranormal thriller, I was beyond excited and couldn’t wait to read it.
This novel chronicles the lives of three teenaged neighbors: Parrish (one B-A chick who easily became one of my favorite characters), Noah (the adorable boy next door who has a heart wrenching past), and popular cheerleader Karmen (who’s character I cannot wait to see develop further). We also meet Crash, a young man who is beyond prepared for the apocalypse and a young boy who is out on his own in a big city. Sarra Cannon has created a cast of very diverse characters whose secrets and desires are revealed over the course of the novel.
Death’s Awakening changes perspective quite often throughout the book. When I first began reading, this was slightly confusing as I was so drawn in by the prologue that when it switched to a different perspective it threw me for a loop. As more connections were made and as we learned why other characters were connected to this story I found the multiple perspectives to give a complete and cohesive view of the terrors that were going on in the story.
While reading this novel, I was constantly surprised. There were so many twists and turns that I wasn’t even remotely expecting. This book has everything that a young adult (or adult) paranormal thriller fan can want: a terrifying virus that has the whole world suffering, romance, mysterious witches, great characters, and so much more (I don’t want to give too much away). The pacing of the whole story was great with plot twists and character/plot development. I was on the edge of my seat the whole time and finished this book wanting to know when the next one will be out
Sarra Cannon has once again made me a huge fan of her writing. She is an extremely talented writer and she is self-published which is a feat in and of itself. After reading two of her novels, I highly recommend Death’s Awakening (or any of her other books).