The Scourge by A.G. Henley

9 Jun

ImageTitle: The Scourge

Author: A.G. Henley

Published: January 2012

Pages: 242 (ebook)

Goodreads Summary:

Seventeen-year-old Groundling, Fennel, is Sightless. She’s never been able to see her lush forest home, but she knows its secrets. She knows how the shadows shift when she passes under a canopy of trees. She knows how to hide in the cool, damp caves when the Scourge comes. She knows how devious and arrogant the Groundlings’ tree-dwelling neighbors, the Lofties, can be. 

And she’s always known this day would come—the day she faces the Scourge alone. 

The Sightless, like Fenn, are mysteriously protected from the Scourge, the gruesome creatures roaming the forests, reeking of festering flesh and consuming anything—and anyone—living. A Sightless Groundling must brave the Scourge and bring fresh water to the people of the forest. Today, that task becomes Fenn’s. 

Fenn will have a Lofty Keeper, Peree, as her companion. Everyone knows the Lofties wouldn’t hesitate to shoot an arrow through the back of an unsuspecting Groundling like Fenn, but Peree seems different. A boy with warm, rough hands who smells like summer, he is surprisingly kind and thoughtful. Although Fenn knows his people are treacherous, she finds herself wanting to trust him. 

My Rating: 5 stars

My Thoughts:

Copy provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

After I read the blurb for this book, I knew I had to read it and that I would love it. I was right. I had never read any kind of zombie book before and never really had a desire too until I saw this one.

What caught my attention most was the fact that the main character Fenn was sightless and because of her blindness she is the one that must face the Scourge (AKA mob of zombies). Also, the fact that she had a handsome archer protecting her helped to win this book over in my favor. Because she was blind, most things in this book weren’t described as if seeing them. The author did a remarkable job at creating a world that is described with smells, sounds, and simply degrees of light. It was like actually being in Fenn’s shoes and having to see the world in a whole other way. Not to mention, Fenn was an awesome character so I didn’t mind being in her shoes, although with less zombies.

This book also happened to be my favorite kind of romance, the forbidden kind. Fenn is a Groundling meaning her people live on the forest floor and Peree is a Lofty meaning his people take to the trees. There is rarely agreement between their people but when the Scourge comes and Fenn must face it to get the water for the people, Peree is her Keeper. He protects her from any harm that may come to her from the safety of the trees, but he also encourages and helps her face the Scourge. They form a bond and eventually a love that no one else is able to understand, but that certainly doesn’t stop them.

At one point I didn’t have any idea where the story was headed but I didn’t need to worry because the story flowed perfectly. Even better, it had quite a few twists that kept the story anything but monotonous. Another plus was that the whole zombie thing really wasn’t that over done and although it was an important part of the book there really wasn’t any horrific zombies scene that I was worried about.

Overall this book had everything I love in a book. A beautiful romance, awesome charters, phenomenal writing, and a great plot! I can’t wait for the next one!

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