For Charlotte Holloway, the world ended twice.
The first was when her childhood crush, Dean, fell in love—with her older sister.
The second was when the Crimson, a curse spread through eye contact, turned the majority of humanity into flesh-eating monsters.
Neither end of the world changed Charlotte. She’s still in the shadows of her siblings. Her popular older sister, Harlow, now commands forces of survivors. And her talented younger sister, Vanessa, is the Chosen One—who, legend has it, can end the curse.
When their settlement is raided by those seeking the Chosen One, Charlotte makes a reckless decision to save Vanessa: she takes her place as prisoner.
The word spreads across the seven seas—the Chosen One has been found.
But when Dean’s life is threatened and a resistance looms on the horizon, the lie keeping Charlotte alive begins to unravel. She’ll have to break free, forge new bonds, and choose her own destiny if she has any hope of saving her sisters, her love, and maybe even the world.
Because sometimes the end is just a new beginning.
I enjoyed this book enormously and it took me completely by surprise. Zombie apocalypse-type novels are not a genre I would normally reach for, however something about the synopsis really appealed to me. I found myself absolutely transfixed and glued to the pages of this fast-paced, action-packed adventure with scenes both on land and out at sea. There are so many other elements making up this fantastic novel, it has a little bit of everything, including dystopian fantasy, flesh-eating zombies called ‘Vessels’, pirates and seafaring adventures, a fabulous romance and they all coalesced beautifully. The world building is brilliant and the plot is intriguing and full of twists and turns.
The romance is a delicious slow burn and Seth’s and Charlotte’s interactions are intense and full of chemistry. Charlotte is a good strong female heroine, in fact a lot of the cast are strong and powerful females which is really good to see.
It was so refreshing to read a standalone fantasy for a change and particularly one which encompasses everything so beautifully into one book. The author enraptured me with her descriptive and engaging writing style which I know both YA and adult readers will enjoy.
Publisher: Katherine Tegan Books
Publication Date (UK): 18 March 2021
Page Count: 416
Genre: YA Fantasy/Dystopian
Thank you to the publisher for the gifted advanced copy in exchange for an honest review.
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