A young woman awakes trapped in an enclosed space. She has no idea who she is or how she got there. With only her instincts to guide her, she escapes her own confinement—and finds she’s not alone. She frees the others in the room and leads them into a corridor filled with the remains of a war long past. The farther these survivors travel, the worse are the horrors they confront. And as they slowly come to understand what this prison is, they realize that the worst and strangest possibilities they could have imagined don’t even come close to the truth. – Goodreads
Well, the author specifically requests, at the end of the book, that when we blog about this, we give no spoilers. So, lets see how I do…
Scott Sigler’s Alive is definitely a departure from the style I remember in Infected. Better? Maybe yes, Maybe no. Worse? Maybe yes, Maybe no. I think its safe to say that there are assholes, idiots, jiggly bits and bacon involved. Monsters, confusion, and gruesome sights abound.
Confession: I generally write reviews as I read. It enables me to jot down my thoughts at key moments, and 99 percent of the time, that review does not change at the end. What I’ve written matches up perfectly from beginning to end with what I felt when the book was finished. 99 percent of the time. Occasionally, though, the author will throw a twist in there that means I have to go back and delete a good portion of what I wrote, and re-do my review. Such was the case with this book.
Sigler is good. Just when you think you know exactly how everything is planned out, and are disappointed with what is going on, he throws a spanner into the works that has you gaping and… almost insulted that you weren’t expecting it. Oh, you’ll be right on some things, and so full of yourself for guessing them, but on the most important bits? Horribly wrong. At least I was.
I highly recommend it, and hope it gets a lot more attention in the upcoming weeks. In fact, this book made #9 on my Top 10 “Scifi and Scary Reads of 2016”!
If you’re itching to get your hands on some horror instead, Siger has another fantastic read available: