Two years ago a new medical nanite advance divided humanity into three types: humans, deaders and the frightening in-betweeners who crave human flesh. Emily’s world has grown quiet and ordered, her day bounded by mornings killing deaders at her fence and nights alone in a warehouse office. She’s begun to believe life will always be this way, days alone with the dead or fighting in-betweeners for her life. But even that life is better than the alternative.
Everything changes when one of the deaders at the gate isn’t a deader at all. He’s an in-betweener different from any Emily has seen before…and he has a message.
Review: I started and finished this book in one day. That is saying something for a mom of two toddlers who also works full time! When I decide to use my free time for a novel, and especially if I am going to finish it in one day, it must be pretty awesome! I haven’t read too many zombie books, but it is becoming one of my favorite types of Post-Apocalyptic horrors to read about.
Even though this world is destroyed and there seems to be no hope, Ann Christy has this way of adding beauty and using clever words that make a horrible situation less traumatic. At least less traumatic for me, the reader. Emily and the rest of the characters in the book may use sarcasm and levity, but I’m pretty sure they still will need to find a therapist hiding somewhere. Or just mutter crazily to themselves. That seems to work for Emily at first! I think I would’ve gone much more insane than she was…but maybe I don’t know my own strength. One of my favorite instances of beauty with the bad quotes is: “The door slams behind her with so much force that the glass in the sidelights rattles, creating shivers in the rainbows projected on the floor by the angled glass.” This line conveys the character’s negative emotion while still casting beauty on the situation in a small way. It made me smile! Sometimes it’s the little things, people.
Ann is also wonderful at story building and character development. Even though some of the characters were only introduced in a few short sentences, you still felt a connection to them. Her world feels vast and detailed. I could almost picture every area that the characters inhabited like I was watching a movie. I felt the same thing about her world and characters in her book, Strikers (buy that one on Amazon. Worth it!).
The In-Betweener was a heartbreaking story with hope and zombies. That’s my type of novel! I’m ready for the next one!
The In-Betweener by Ann Christy is available on Amazon.