Thursday, March 15, 2012

Review: Tomorrow Land

By: Mari Mancusi
Releases March 8, 2012
Source: Review copy provided by NetGalley for review.

This was an exciting dystopian adventure by Mari Mancusi that I could not put down. It is set in 2030 so there are some futuristic concepts that are really cool but don’t get used to them because it-the-end-of-the-world. Peyton Anderson is a very interesting heroine. All she wants to be popular, shop, have a hot boyfriend but she has the nutty father who is planning for the apocalypse. He has her training in martial arts, not allowing her to have the newest technology or her LTF (Liscense to F…) as the kids in the book call it. Yes on of the concepts in 2030 is the government regulates who can breed and have sex.

The hero of the book is Chris/Chase who is the nerdy boy down the street and have a massive crush on Peyton. He has his own strengths and weakness he overcomes through the book. He has a very funny and take charge of the situation brother named Trey/Tank. After the apocalypse they all got new names based on what they were known for. Trey is as big as a tank. They have a moply crew of kids they have found and need to take care of.

I liked how Mari Mancusi wrote the book as every other chapter being before the apocalypse and then present tense 4 years later. It made it so the reader never knew about Peyton and Chris’s past history while their present was already happening. It made so that to the very end we never knew all the answers of their past.

Can true love survive the end of the world?

 Imagine finding your first love, only to be ripped apart by the apocalypse. Peyton Anderson will never forget the day she was forced to make a choice--between her family--and Chris Parker, the boy she'd given her heart. Now, four years later, as she steps from the fallout shelter and into a dead and broken world, he's the only thing on her mind.

 All Chris "Chase" Parker wanted was to take Peyton away and keep her safe from harm. But he waited for hours in the rain on judgment day and she never showed--breaking his heart without ever telling him why.
 Now the two of them have been thrown together once again, reluctant chaperones to a group of orphan children in a post-apocalyptic world where the dead still walk...and feed. As they begin their pilgramage to the last human outpost on Earth, can they find a way to let go of old hurts and find the love they lost--all while attempting to save what's left of the human race?

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