Alive (Crave #1) by Megan D. Martin
Age Group: New Adult
Genre: Dystopia, Romance
Release Date: November 14, 2013
Flesh-eating zombies, dirty sex, and a shattered past… What’s more dangerous—the man who broke her heart or those trying to eat it?
Fighting to survive, Eve finds herself alone in the world after the Crave—the only parallel of her former life. On the hunt for her sister, she runs into Gage—the first and only boy to have her heart and break it.
It’s been four years and he isn’t a boy anymore, nor is he the same person he used to be. Against her better judgment, Eve agrees to stay with him when he divulges information on a safe haven near the small town they grew up in—but that doesn’t mean she has to like it…
Returning home elicits a myriad of emotions that both Eve and Gage thought they had buried. The past and present collide and they are forced to the face bitter deceits that ruined them in the before and threaten to destroy them now…
This book was extremely intense and it totally kind of scared me. It’s lucky I can’t shove my kindle in the freezer, or I just might have. Alive by Megan D. Martin is a fast paced and dark read. Alive follows Eve as she attempts to stay alive in a world where many are dead and the few that have survived are hunted down and killed by ‘jenks’ better known as zombies.
Eve has spent most of her time since the crave searching for her sister. Her parents are dead and she lost her sister when they were attacked by ‘jenks’ a while back. The book jumps right into things with Eve facing off with some ‘jenks’, but after all the time she has spent fighting as she stands there she thinks that maybe she’d be better off just giving up.
I really enjoyed the fast paced feel of the novel. There was always something new happening to keep you on your toes. Martin does a fantastic job of world building and showing us what life is like for the survivors of the crave. I liked Eve, she’s badass and doesn’t take shit from anyone especially Gage. I liked her even more when we found out what she was like before the crave and the things she had to deal with from people including her family and Gage.
I’ve gotta say I was not a fan of Gage. I know that by the end of the book a lot of people liked him, but not me. The scenes between them that were romantic kind of made my stomach turn and I’m not sure why. I didn’t love what we saw of Olive either. The journey she’s been on since being separated from her sister is a lot darker than I would have imagined.
While the story was well written and the plot was interesting I couldn’t really get into the book. I’m not sure why, because I really did like Eve. Seeing her transformation to the strong, independent woman she is now is really awesome. There was so much character growth despite the fact that the story started after the crave and we only see pieces before it as her looking back.
Despite the fact that I didn’t enjoy it as much as I expected to, I’d definitely recommend it for post-apocalyptic story lovers because it’s got everything you could possibly ask for in it!
Megan D. Martin is a multi-published author, mother, student and editor. She writes New Adult Romance with a bloody, sexy twist. Her characters are damaged souls who find each other in the dark and have to fight for a love they may or may not deserve.
In her spare time Megan plays Batman with her incredibly sweet son, watches too many episodes of Vampire Diaries (Ian, call me!), buys fish for her many fish tanks, and has long talks with Gandaldore (the little writing wizard that sits on her desk.) She is well known for losing her keys and has more than one nerdy tattoo.