Synopsis: When the world ends, can love survive?
For Scarlet, raising her two daughters alone makes fighting for tomorrow an everyday battle. Nathan has a wife, but can’t remember what it’s like to be in love; only his young daughter Zoe makes coming home worthwhile. Miranda’s biggest concern is whether her new VW Bug is big enough to carry her sister and their boyfriends on a weekend escape from college finals.
When reports of a widespread, deadly “outbreak” begin to surface, these ordinary people face extraordinary circumstances and suddenly their fates are intertwined. Recognizing they can’t outrun the danger, Scarlet, Nathan, and Miranda desperately seek shelter at the same secluded ranch, Red Hill. Emotions run high while old and new relationships are tested in the face of a terrifying enemy—an enemy who no longer remembers what it’s like to be human.
Set against the backdrop of a brilliantly realized apocalyptic world, love somehow finds a way to survive. But what happens when the one you’d die for becomes the one who could destroy you?
Red Hill grabs you from page one and doesn’t let go until its stunning conclusion. This is #1 New York Times bestselling author Jamie McGuire at her unforgettable best.
Review: Reading Red Hill by Jamie McGuire is 90% curiosity and 10% something else. Just don’t ask me what something else is, since I really don’t know, too. The huge reason why I wanted to read this book is because of the author. She’s popular because of her other novel (which the book that introduced me to the fascinating, albeit repetitive world of New Adult genre), and while I wasn’t big fan of it, I did find the story quite entertaining at some point. In fact I read it twice, and that saying something of its entertainment value.
I was really surprised that her next novel is polar opposite of her first two books. This is a book about zombie apocalypse. And that alone got me so interested to read it up. And if you’re picking it up wanting something like Beautiful Disaster, you will find yourself disappointed. It’s nothing like it (which can be either a pro or a con depends on how you want this novel to be). As for me, I was both sort of disappointed and not. Ugh, I can’t properly set my mind.
Anyway, before I start, I’m letting this tiny kitten out of the bag: zombie theme books are my least favorite. Rotten flesh? In most cases, I’ll say, I’ll pass. But I didn’t do that here, there’s something about it that got me all worked up—all interested to read the novel. Even though, strictly speaking, it is against my reading comfort. But you know what I loved about it? The zombie isn’t some twisted paranormal creatures I read in other books (though there are zombie books I ended up loving). It is what it is—an infestation that should be feared. And even with the tag line: “when the world ends, can love survive?” it’s not only their relationship that needs to survive; their lives are all at risk. It’s is survival in the simplest definition.
There were few characters here that you can relate to, but I’m more connected to Scarlet and Nathan (for obvious reasons). Scarlet just wanted the safety of her kids. You can feel the anxiety in her especially how fast the outbreak was spreading. It was really scary place for them. And then there’s Nathan, who just like Scarlet, looking out for his daughter’s welfare. They have something in common that I kinda understand how they met in the middle. The development was still a bit unstable for me but I think I wanted it to happen still, since there was too much going on and I’m desperately in need of somewhat like a break from all of it. So I guess when things starting to link together and Scarlet and Nathan found a slice of peace amid this disaster happening around (momentarily), I was relieved for them.
I’m not sure about the ending. It didn’t feel completely solid to me but I think I liked it in some way that it is a more genuine approach. Just because it’s the ending doesn’t mean all the unfastened strings should be knitted together. It’s a bit ambiguous for my taste but I still kinda liked it. I still feel that it wasn’t the end because things are still continuing but like Scarlet said: that the end only led to one thing—a beginning. And she’s right about that.
I received an advance copy from Atria Books via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review . Thank you.
Preview Quote: “I tried not to think about tomorrow, or that we would still be fighting for our lives every day from now on. ” — Nathan (from Uncorrected Digital Galley)