Rating: **** Suggested Age: 13
Summary: “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 one another. 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.” (Summary found on Goodreads).
I definitely liked Alive, but I didn’t love it. I had some minor issues with it. I wasn’t fond of the writing style, which was present tense, my least favorite tense. I felt as though something was missing, but I can’t place what. I just wish it had more “oomph”. On the other side of things, I really enjoyed the excitement and thrill of it. There wasn’t a dull moment. I read the majority of it on the plane home from vacation and it had me hooked the whole entire time. I like reading a book that makes you think and while I read Alive all I thought about was the book. I had so many questions and theories about everything. When I got to the end, I realized part of my theory was correct, but not all of it.
If you love thrilling, sci-fi novels, you should pick up Alive by Scott Sigler! I definitely recommend it!