Naomi and her mom are looking forward to spending time in Ireland with her mother’s parents. She is also looking forward to spending time with her friends Ciara and Shehan during their time there. She has gotten to know Ciara and Shehan very well as they make the trip once year. Naomi doesn’t expect that this year will be any different than the years before except this year she will be celebrating her thirteenth birthday with a bar-b-que.
Naomi’s gran has Alzheimer but she seems to be getting worse. They don’t think anything of it until her grandad starts to forget things as well. Sometimes he thinks Naomi’s mother is a little girl and that Naomi is her mother. After her grandad gets sick her mother decides to take them to the ER. Where they find out that her grandparents are not the only ones getting sick the hospital is filling up fast and everyone is advised to keep their sick at home unless there is a medical emergency. After returning from the hospital after being there all day with her parents Naomi’s mother starts to forget things.
They learn from watching the news that a virus has hit Ireland and is hitting hard and has infected almost everyone over the age of twenty. Naomi, Ciara and Shehan are left to take care of themselves after everyone gets sick. They all hold up in Shehan’s home hiding out from the world just trying to survive and stay alive. Naomi starts writing a dairy about her life and her memories so that when she starts to succumb to the virus she can read it and hopefully it will help her to remember who she is.
When Ciara’s little brother Adam runs away after they get into a big argument like most brother and sisters do the three of them go looking for him to bring him back. Adam thinks Ciara is mad at him and doesn’t want him around especially now after their parents are no longer around.
While they are looking for Adam they meet more of the infected some are calm but most will just as soon kill you as look at you for no reason what so ever. The infected are not the only thing they have to worry about or hide from no there is something else out there with them, they are not alone.
Can they find Adam before it is too late? Will one of the infected find them? Or will whatever is out there beside the infected find them? Who will find them first? Can they survive alone in a world gone mad? What has happened to the people of Ireland?
Stricken is a fast read with action around every corner that will keep you hanging on for more. I loved the new twist on sort of zombie like virus that was taking over the adult population. I love zombies and aliens and loved seeing the aliens in Stricken but I would like to know more about them and where they came from and why they are here. Where did the virus come from? The ending left me hopeful that there would be more stories and I can’t wait to find out more about Naomi, Ciara, Shehan, Adam, the aliens and the infected. I can’t wait for the next book.
I would recommend Stricken to anyone who likes to read about aliens. Stricken is a nice clean read and would be suitable for the young and old alike.
- Paperback: 226 pages
- Publisher: Dancing Cat Books (1 May 2018)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1770865020
- ISBN-13: 978-1770865020
- Product Dimensions: 20.3 x 1.9 x 13.7 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 222 g
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