Friday, September 25, 2015

[Book Review] Alive by Scott Sigler

A teenage girl awakens to find herself trapped in a coffin. She has no idea who she is, where she is, or how she got there. Fighting her way free brings little relief — she discovers only a room lined with caskets and a handful of equally mystified survivors. Beyond their room lies a corridor filled with bones and dust, but no people ... and no answers. 

She knows only one thing about herself — her name, M. Savage, which was engraved on the foot of her coffin — yet she finds herself in charge. She is not the biggest among them, or the boldest, but for some reason the others trust her. Now, if they’re to have any chance, she must get them to trust each other. 

Whatever the truth is, she is determined to find it and confront it. If she has to lead, she will make sure they survive. Maybe there’s a way out, a rational explanation, and a fighting chance against the dangers to come. Or maybe a reality they cannot comprehend lies just beyond the next turn.

"Consequences have actions. We all own a piece of the blame - but only a small piece, because we wouldn't have made those bad decisions if someone hadn't put us down here in the first place."

Everything starts with pain. 

Girls wakes up what feels like a coffin and tears up her retrains. Something woke her up. She tried to get out of the coffin and ends up breaking the lid. After discovering others that laid there just like her, she decides that need to get out of that place and fast. All of them don't remember anything but have slight fuzzy memories that come up on surfaces. They look like adults but it couldn't be possible - it's the day of their 12th birthday. Salvage becomes the leader and she doesn't know anything that could be more perfect for her, even though she has doubts. After stumbling on another groups of "kids" , they try to figure out the tunnels and avoid areas where the skeletons and bones are not as bad. 

The story itself is hard to summarized without any spoilers because after you know the truth, everything just makes sense! In the beginning it's pretty unclear what happened to them or what the world building actually includes. But it doesn't make the book boring, the actions and the discoveries of kids' memories is exciting and made me fall in love with the book. I cannot wait for the next book, I'm really curious on what happens next!

*Thanks to Random House Publishing Group for providing me ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review. Full review includes my own opinion and is spoiler free.*