The Weepers: The Other Life by Susanne Winnacker
Interest Level: Young Adult
Genre: Science Fiction
Publication Date: May 1, 2012
Sherry is your typical teen girl. She loves talking with her best friend, she thinks her little brother is annoying, and takes for granted the little things in life. Well that is until her family is forced to seek shelter in a bunker for four years because her community has been infected with a terrible disease.
After four years in her family runs out of food and she and her father are forced above ground in search of food. In their scout for food Sherry and her father run into a Weeper. Her father is kidnapped and Sherry is saved by another survivor.
The Weepers is a coming of age tale that is told through the eyes of a brave girl who must come to terms with a terrifying world of zombies, survival, and first love.
Susan Winnacker has done a great job of introducing a strong female lead (but not too strong) into a world most authors would have reserved for a boy. The character of Sherry is believable and charming and the rest of the characters provide a well rounded cast of personalities, strengths, and weaknesses.
This is not your typical zombie story, it has its own dynamic appeal that will capture its audiences. This book will appeal to girls and boys alike. I would recommend this book to grades 7th through 9th grades, but it will hold appeal for some younger and older readers, alike. This novel left me wanting more. I can't wait for a sequel!
**Special thanks to NetGalley for providing me with a galley from which I reviewed this novel.