“I’m almost ready to believe not seeing the infected is worse than seeing them
because at least wherever they are, you know where you shouldn’t be.”
I read This Is Not a Test in 2012 -- it was a fascinating story that kept me glued to the pages. I said in my review that it is not about the dead nearly as much as it is about the living, and that was one of my favorite aspects of the story. Those darn post-apocalyptics just don’t end with warm fuzzy feelings and boat loads of happiness, though, so when the end of the book arrived… I was not ready to say goodbye. It left me saying, “Don't. Wait. Stop. COME BACK.”
I’ve thought about Sloane so much since I finished that book and wondered what happened to her and Rhys? I was so excited to read Please Remain Calm and finally have those answers. The best part of this novella is that we pick up exactly where we left off, and this time around we are in the head of Rhys. This poor guy is doing his best to keep them alive, and it’s not easy when you’re not sure your partner in survival is as intent on the whole surviving part as you are.
“I’m afraid everything I was is gone and all that’s left is everything I'm not.”
Their adventure is just as thrilling and horrific as their first. The characters they meet along the way are absolutely absorbing, and the journey is undeniably emotional. This novella may only be 96 pages, but it will engage you as soundly as any 300-page novel. And just like the first, when the end came… I wasn’t ready to let go. Once again, I am saying, “Don't. Wait. Stop. COME BACK.”
“So close. We were so close. But we’ll never be close enough. What am I supposed to do, knowing that?”
All I can do is hope that this amazing author will give me more of this story and these characters one day.
“'Let’s keep going,' she says.”
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