Any Sign of Life by Rae Carson

Publisher’s Blurb:

Paige Miller is determined to take her basketball team to the state championship, maybe even beyond. But as March Madness heats up, Paige falls deathly ill. Days later, she wakes up attached to an IV and learns that the whole world has perished. Everyone she loves, and all of her dreams for the future—they’re gone.

But Paige is a warrior. She pushes through her fear and her grief and gets through each day scrounging for food, for shelter, for safety. As she struggles with her new reality, Paige learns that the apocalypse did not happen by accident. And that there are worse things than being alone.

My Take:

Am I just tired of the dystopian genre? Or did this one land a flat for me? I am going to kind of a wimp in this review and say that it’s a little of both.

Pros: Good descriptive writing. Each step that Paige takes… each discovery made is layered with the anxiety and stress of her new world. The first person POV is great to add to the experience of the book and it’s horror.

Cons:

I had that constant thought: Ok, when is something new going to happen? Zombies, Aliens, Global Environmental Catastrophe… Take you pick and the book has been written. (And I’ve probably read one.)

The waking up and discovery part of the book took too long and even though some of this was spent with gaining character depth, the plot stays too stagnant.

Some readers may be put off by the gore. Many bodies… many, many dead bodies that have suffered through the illness.

While enjoyable in parts, this book follows too many of the plot lines of other YA dystopians. Shusterman’s Dry and Yancey’s 5th Wave come to mind… Any Sign of Life adds an alien twist and some commentary on racism, yet overall, it was just ok.

3 out of 5 stars.

Thank you to NetGalley, HarperCollins, and the author for an advanced copy for review.

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