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Come Out Tonight

Title: Come Out Tonight
Author: Bonnie Rozanski
Genre:
Publisher: Biting Duck Press
Publishing date: August 3rd, 2015
ISBN: 9781938463228

Publisher Description:: Sherry Pollack is a brilliant scientist working for a high-pressure translational medical research lab, where she has helped bring to market a new sleep aid called Somnolux. All of that is destroyed when she is assaulted and left in a persistent vegetative state. Her loving boyfriend and the detective assigned to the case both struggle to find her assailant and to bring Sherry back.
Their research leads them to an array of unlikely suspects and to increasingly worrying discoveries about Somnolux. The surprise ending may make you wish you could never sleep again.

My Review:

To start of this review I would like to compliment both the writing and the narrative, as they carry the story on in a brisk pace. The story is told in a split narrative between a detective Donna Sirken and Sherry’s boyfriend Henry.
Though the premise of the story is very intriguing and I was very excited to read this particular book it just didn’t do it for me. The story was a little predictable, and the characters just didn’t evoke enough emotion for me to pay attention to them. At certain points on the story the characters had emotional outbursts and internalization of thought, as to reveal certain character traits, but they weren’t done in a very masterful way and instead of enriching the story they made the story feel clipped.
The story is sold as a hard sci-fi, which is another one of the reasons I picked it up. Come Out Tonight is not a hard sci-fi, it lacks a lot on the technological side to qualify as such. It is more of a light Science Fiction thriller, and I think it even could have passed as just a normal Crime/Suspense Thriller.
The book could also have had a more interesting cover. Though I picked this book purely for its premise, I do believe that some people will put this book down purely based on its cover.

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Author Spotlight: Samie Sands

 Fort his months Author spotlight I’ve gotten to interview Samie Sands. I reviewed her book, Forgotten, in May, and Samie Sands wrote a guest post which can help aspiring authors kick-start their projects, -read it here-. She is the author of the apocalyptic AM13-series, check out her books on GoodReads.

What inspired you to write your first book?

– I read a lot of zombie books, and they always made me wonder how I would survive the apocalypse, which is how Leah – the main character from Lockdown – was born. She started off based on me, but soon took on a life of her own.
She’s a girl-next-door type with none of the necessary skills to survive this horrific situation, which is actual unusual. Most novels in the same genre focus on badass, survivalist types who have something about them that gives them the edge…but most of us aren’t like that. The plot was born around her.

Is there a message in your book series which you’d wish readers would grasp?

– The second book in the AM13 series, Forgotten, is written in a completely different style to Lockdown. It uses the viewpoints of a few characters that have been newly introduced. There’s Ethan – the OCD sufferer who struggles with everyday life, never mind the apocalypse. There’s Alyssa – the overly confident teenager who is certain she can survive and there is the mysterious scientist who’s trying to solve this whole mess.
Some readers have loved this, others haven’t enjoyed it so much and I would just like people to see that I try to bring something a little unique to my books, something to make them a bit of a different read.

I know this might be a little far-fetched, but are experiences based on someone you know or events in your own life?

– The events, definitely not – yet anyway! But as I said, Leah started off based on me – but didn’t end up that way – and Alyssa is based on someone I know who is also convinced she will have no trouble surviving the zombie apocalypse.

Do you have an outline for the rest of the AM13 series?

– I am currently working on the third and final book. This again will have something unique about it, something to make it stand out in the series – and hopefully in the genre. That is coming soon.

When you’re writing, do you follow a special schedule?

– I don’t have a schedule as such. Like most writers, I have a lot of other commitments so it all depends on time and inspiration. If my ideas have run dry or I’m not in the mood, there is absolutely no point in me writing because it’ll only have to be scrapped and redone.

What would you say is your interesting writing quirk?

– This isn’t so much a quirk, but I always have to have a notebook with me because of my busy life, ideas have been forgotten and I don’t want that to happen again!

Do you have any projects outside of AM13?

– I have many short stories in a number of successful anthologies, such as Unleash the Undead  and The Forgotten Places Project. Once this final book in the series is complete, I have a lot of new ideas to work on too.

  

What books/authors have influenced your writing?

– I love the zombie/infection books of Adam Baker. His books are also very unique and gritty too. I love the way his writing style drags you into the plot from the very first page.

Who is your favourite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?

– In other genres, I really love the dystopian novels by Gemma Malley – she has a great way of capturing personalities., the comedy books by Lindsey Kelk – you can’t help but laugh out loud at her storylines and The Noughts and Crosses series by Malorie Blackman because their commentary on history and racism is really thought-provoking.

  

Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?

– I have always been a big reader and my interest in writing has always been there. It’s only recently I gained the confidence to actually give it a go!

What was one of the most surprising things you learned while writing your books?

– One of the biggest things I have enjoyed is writing the books I’d like to read. Bringing a plot to life with that in mind has worked surprisingly well for me.

What were the challenges  in bringing your books to life?

My biggest challenge was, and still is, time. There just aren’t enough hours in the day, and sometimes they just aren’t the right ones. I always seem to be chaotically busy when I have the best ideas!

  

Do you hear from your readers much? What kinds of things do they say?

– I get a lot of feedback from readers on social media and via my street team. Luckily I’ve had mostly really lovely comments so I’ve been very lucky. People are very excited about the upcoming release of the third book.

What do you think makes a good story?

– A plot that leaves you thinking about it long after you’ve finished reading.

As a child, what did you want to do when you grew up?

– A writer!

Would you like to know more about Samie and her books, then make sure to check out her website: http://thelockdown.co.uk. You can also follow her on twitter: @SamieSands

 

Forgotten

Title: Forgotten
Series: AM13
Author: Samie Sands
Genre: Science Fiction, Zombies
Publisher: Triplicity Publishing
Publishing date: March 2nd, 2015
ISBN: 9780990813392
Purchase Link: amazon.co.uk

Synopsis: The Lockdown has failed. The AM13 virus is spreading out of control and there doesn’t seem to be any way of stopping it. The Government announces its new plan—a sanctuary in an area completely untouched by the infected—as long as you can get there unscathed of course…

My Review:

“Forgotten” quickly introduces a UK ravaged by a man-made-virus. Everyone who get infected turn into a zombie bent on infection others, or rather feast on the flesh of the living. In an attempt to contain the pandemic, authorities decided to evacuate the British Islands, but they acted just a little too late.
The book is centered around three characters, Ethan, Alyssa and the scientist Dr. Jones, and their struggle to cope with the end of the world. Each of them have their own personal demons hunting them.
Ethan suffers from germophobia or maybe even OCD, he struggles through his days in the city which is occupied by hordes of zombies. Alyssa had to depart with all her family, even murdering her 8-year-old sister when she turned. She find some solace in an abandoned church which served as home for a group of survivors. And last, the mysterious Dr. Jones and his search for a cure in isolation, unknowing what fate his family has met after the outbreak.

The story of survivors and the struggle against zombies is a familiar one. It has been handed over and over in books, movies and TV-shows. I’m not going to compare Samie Sands work to anything, and I would not say that it is the new “The Walking Dead.” What set Samie Sand’s work apart from other works is how close up and personal you get on the characters. Their struggle is very emotional, it is easy to see how they’re at loss of all hope, and the further the story get, the less likely it is that anything is ever going to get back to normal.
What I missed while reading “Forgotten” was more distinction between the narratives. The narrative was strong and consistent, but I would have liked more distinction between the various POVs. And when I got past the use of mirrors to reveal the characters’ appearance, it was quite an enjoyable read.