Brian is your run-of-the-mill high school slacker, the typical troublemaking teenage boy. Except one painstakingly average day, there's an outbreak within his school. Not just any outbreak: not the flu, not a small virus but a pathogen that causes the infected to behave like a wild beast, hungering for flesh. Brian's school, offering the utmost restriction in boundaries, becomes a breeding ground for the virus, and the select, uninfected group is tasked with a great escape from zombie classmates and faculty.
"SICK is long enough to build extreme suspense but is also a novel that made me flip from cover to cover as quickly as I could."
While the situation may seem like your ordinary zombie apocalypse blood and gore novel, the distinction that made SICK stand out to me was the character development. Brian is initially portrayed as sort of a two-dimensional character, but as the story unravels, so do the complexities surrounding our protagonist. His persistence in saving his sister and ex-girlfriend, as well as his ability to adapt to the situation by cooperating with those he normally would do his best to avoid, show how the best in one person can be brought out by the worst of circumstances.
SICK is long enough to build extreme suspense but is also a novel that made me flip from cover to cover as quickly as I could. And the resolution, which isn't one the reader would necessarily predict or hope for, leaves you wondering how the events, occurring all in one day, will culminate and how the conflict will be dealt with. This book is great for both reluctant and eager readers, and while definitely horror, spanns across a number of genres and themes, making it relatable for all reading preferences.
Reviewed by Alex R. on October 21, 2013