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Disclaimer I was given an advanced copy of this book to read and review and give my honest opinion about said book It s been 56 days since the outbreak of the Bluestar plague when sixteen year old Nadia s mother dies Leaving her to take care of her eleven year old brother Rabbit in a town where they are the only survivors, due to special shots given to them by their Uncle Bean to protect them from the virus Alone in this new, lawless world their only hope of survival is to travel east acro Disclaimer I was given an advanced copy of this book to read and review and give my honest opinion about said book It s been 56 days since the outbreak of the Bluestar plague when sixteen year old Nadia s mother dies Leaving her to take care of her eleven year old brother Rabbit in a town where they are the only survivors, due to special shots given to them by their Uncle Bean to protect them from the virus Alone in this new, lawless world their only hope of survival is to travel east across the country to where they hope to find their Uncle Bean and grandfather Packing up as much as their old lives as they can into their they set off into the unknown world where only a select few have survived, with new dangers around every corner Nadia and her brother learn that they can only trust each other, and that they must embrace survival taught by their military father to become the cockroach and adapt to their new world if they want to surviveA Matter of Days introduces a terrifying situation of what could be in the near future A deadly disease that wipes out 98% of the world s population leaving only a few survivors at random chance.One thing I really enjoyed about this book that unlike many other dystopia s it focused on a worldwide problem instead of blaming a select group of people While I love a government conspiracy as much as the next dystopia fan it was nice to take a break from Man vs Man and instead turn to Man vs Virus This book also took therealistic take on a post apocalyptic world, focusing on survivalthan romance or saving the world Since Nadia and Rabbit are normal kids thrust into an abnormal world I appreciated that the author took arealistic take on their journey Because of the realistic take things were almostterrifying The way that Nadia and Rabbit walked the streets of their town looking at the rotting corpses of their neighborhood in an almost surreal manor having seen that and worse on the television screen or having to bury their own mother s body.There were no zombies or radiation monsters it was just dead people And that was freaky, because it made me wonder at least how I would deal with that situation Seeing the dead bodies of people I knew or even didn t know brings a fear in a lot of people Death is a scary thing And for Nadia and Rabbit it s something they see every time they turn a corner Literally The survivors of the world were less terrifying in comparison but still just as real Bluestar left only a few survivors still standing and the one sit left was almost random chance Some of the groups banded together in militia type groups while other tried to survive as a lonesome Many went insane not able to understand what was happening around them Again, a very realistic take on what would actually happen if almost all of the world s population died When it s every man for himself Nadia and Rabbit have to learn pretty early on that it s best not to trust anyone but each other Except for Zach, this brings me to my next point The characters Zach was by far my favorite, a street savvy kid who Nadia and Rabbit stumble upon in an nearby town burning the bodies of the dead Before Bluestar he was a view spoiler drug dealer hide spoiler someone that you wouldn t normally trust but unlike many others his skills on the street actually assist him in the new world, unlike Nadia and Rabbit who are two kids from the suburbs, their only link to survival being a few scattered pieces of advice from their military father He and Nadia share a conversation that went along the lines of Nadia not talking to him if the met on the streets in which Nadia replies No I wouldn t But you wouldn t have talked to me either Because of their new situation their old lives have become nothing and now their back to being people trying to survive He and Nadia share a bit of a romance, small enough that it doesn t overpower the book but sweet It s also very realistic there are no over melodramatic declarations of love or PG 13 kiss scenes but its there Zach is able to break past the walls she s put up and she s able to see him as somethingthan a tattooed kid from the streets They need each other, they care for each other And the author is able to show that without going over the top and making their relationship annoying and distracting from the actual plot of the book Nadia herself isn t a particularly memorable heroine but I didn t dislike her and I admired her dedication at protecting her brother even when she was afraid, if anything she was an average girl put into a terrifying situation and coming up top despite that Rabbit was cute and while he was almost bipolar going between childish tendencies and guru moments wisdom he was a good kid and was there to keep his sister going The plot itself was compelling though it bits of it were a little hard to swallow, their uncle giving just them the vaccine but not the government The fact that only he found a way to combat it while no one else did It left a lot of loose ends but no book is perfect, and outside that I enjoyed the story The ending was a bit of a letdown if not just because I wanted closure on a few things I.E Zach and Nadia, did the Uncle actually save the government, what happens next maybe I m just used to large scale dystopia novels where it ends with the hero or heroine saving the world instead of surviving All in all it was a good book I would recommend it to anyone who enjoys a realistic take on the end of the world, survival stories, and quick reads 3 and half stars 3.5This one has a decent chance of attracting the same sorts of readers, even some reluctant ones, who enjoyed or Really any survival tale featuring young adults or kids Instead of zombies or the explosion of a super volcano, here we have a global pandemic, a hemorrhagic virus called BluStar that takes out about 98% of the population Nadia and her eleven year old brother nicknamed Rabbit might have been among the dead, but some months before all hell breaks loose, their Uncle Bean, 3.5This one has a decent chance of attracting the same sorts of readers, even some reluctant ones, who enjoyed or Really any survival tale featuring young adults or kids Instead of zombies or the explosion of a super volcano, here we have a global pandemic, a hemorrhagic virus called BluStar that takes out about 98% of the population Nadia and her eleven year old brother nicknamed Rabbit might have been among the dead, but some months before all hell breaks loose, their Uncle Bean, twin to the soldier father lost in Afghanistan, injects them with a secret experimental military vaccine meant to inoculate them against the horrors evidently put in motion They aren t able to convince their mom to take the vaccine soon enough, and the novel opens with the siblings starting off on a near cross country journey after her death.From the Seattle area, they take a Jeep packed with survival necessities towards an old mine in West Virginia where Bean instructed them to go after the end of looting and the huge wave of mortality Along the way, they pick up an injured Saint Bernard and some other companions They lose supplies and vehicles, but they find that the convenient training that especially Rabbit enjoyed from their father s visits home about how to make it, how to be the cockroach that can survive the effect, no matter what, helps them stand up to many challenges so that maybe, just maybe, they can reunite with family again Their privations are mild compared to many YA and adult post apocalyptic narratives, so this one might even work for middle schoolers who want to take this virtual road trip across a challenging and broken American landscape If I were to describe this book in one word it would be this one anticlimactic Review to come. Thoroughly entertaining to read and deeply bone chilling to experience, A Matter Of Days is a book that you ll read once but will never forget It s a survival story like no other meaningful, emotional, at times sentimental, but most of all crafted with skill and conviction that makes this tale terrifyingly real and uncomfortably plausible.In her newest book, the bestselling author of Fenestra series, Amber Kizer, tackles the aftermath of a deadly pandemic that took down 98% of world s populati Thoroughly entertaining to read and deeply bone chilling to experience, A Matter Of Days is a book that you ll read once but will never forget It s a survival story like no other meaningful, emotional, at times sentimental, but most of all crafted with skill and conviction that makes this tale terrifyingly real and uncomfortably plausible.In her newest book, the bestselling author of Fenestra series, Amber Kizer, tackles the aftermath of a deadly pandemic that took down 98% of world s population in a record time The story follows the adventures and struggles of a sibling duo, sixteen year old Nadia and her younger brother Robert nicknamed Rabbit , as they travel across the country to their grandfather s survivalist compound in West Virginia Alone, surrounded by death, rot and danger, they will face many adversities in order to reach their destination They ll be hungry, cold and lost They ll get attacked and robbed of all their belongings And they ll learn the hard way that the disease was only the beginning of their world s descent into chaos.I absolutely loved this book each page of it was compelling, breath taking and thought provoking Filled with ever present sense of danger and foreboding The air was always thick with tension and even in those happy moments you were still watchful and alert, enjoying the happiness but at the same time preparing yourself for something bad that would surely happen on the next page, or in the next chapter It was one intense read, my friends Just the premise itself was enough to give me goosebumps two kids, alone in a lawless, merciless world So many things could go wrong And they do go wrong Oh yes, they do.I enjoyed Kizer s writing style a lot She wasn t too descriptive, and yet she managed to convey the bleakness of the world in its full intensely disturbing glory Her storytelling evoked many emotions, from fear, pain and desperation to hopefulness and joy She created a world that was not only believable and convincing, but also completely unforgettable You ll be reeling from her vision of the dark, post pandemic world long after you turn the last page No, she did not invent the wheel There are many similar stories out there Stories about deadly outbreaks and those trying to survive the aftermaths Post apocalyptic tales of fighting for your life and re building the world that s been lost So no, she did not invent the wheel But she took the wheel and improved it to the point of perfection And she made you care about the wheel How many authors can do that Nadia s was an absorbing narrator to follow and a fantastic heroine to love and admire Her love for her brother was evident, everything she did, she did to keep him safe and happy It couldn t have been easy for her, but she stepped up and took the responsibility of caring for Rabbit She was strong, brave, and mature beyond her age Sensitive and caring, but at the same time fierce and unstoppable when the situation called for it What can I say I love this girl As odd as it might be, I didn t want this novel to end I didn t want to say goodbye to the fabulously fleshed out characters I grew to love them and care for them I wanted the story to go beyond what happened at the end I really needed to know what happened next And I felt so sad when I turned the last page It isn t often even with the utmost enjoyable books that I feel this way Let that be a testimony to A Matter Of Days greatness This is a pretty average YA post apocalyptic book, although I think it readslike middle grade The author s notes at the end really do address the reader as a very young person.The plot is good but somewhat unbelievable again, appropriate for a middle grade audience but not really anything older than that There are parts that are quasi suspenseful, but nothing very dramatic The worst thing that happens is the potential kidnapping of a child Even at that, it isn t very believable It s This is a pretty average YA post apocalyptic book, although I think it readslike middle grade The author s notes at the end really do address the reader as a very young person.The plot is good but somewhat unbelievable again, appropriate for a middle grade audience but not really anything older than that There are parts that are quasi suspenseful, but nothing very dramatic The worst thing that happens is the potential kidnapping of a child Even at that, it isn t very believable It s a short book and I read it in one sitting.I don t read middle grade books, so I can t really comment on how good this is in that regard The writing in general annoyed me there are many parts where Nadia s inner dialogue is interspersed too frequently and in too quipped a fashion It broke up the continuity of the story for me.I did begin with the audiobook narrated by Alex McKenna While I do like her voice and narration in general, I had trouble here and switched to the print book fairly early on Her voice is raspy which is great for a young character like Nadia But her voice for Nadia s younger brother Rabbit didn t sound authentic It sounded muchlike a raspy person trying to sound silly So in the end, her voice is great for other books but probably not for this one I started A Matter of Days with little to no expectations thinking this would be yet another quick read post apocalyptic novel.and I was right This book centers on how 16 year old Nadia and her 11 year old brother nicknamed RabbitI knowsurvive in the aftermath of a global pandemic when a deadly virus called BluStar takes out about 98% of the population Their survival instincts are driven by the mantra Be the Cockroach, which made the fiction seems all thereal as the siblings tackle I started A Matter of Days with little to no expectations thinking this would be yet another quick read post apocalyptic novel.and I was right This book centers on how 16 year old Nadia and her 11 year old brother nicknamed RabbitI knowsurvive in the aftermath of a global pandemic when a deadly virus called BluStar takes out about 98% of the population Their survival instincts are driven by the mantra Be the Cockroach, which made the fiction seems all thereal as the siblings tackle all kind of obstacles to reach their final destination to their uncle who provided them with the immunization I enjoyed some aspects of the novel, the ever growing sibling bond and their unseeming travel partner, Zack There are times where I felt that Rabbit seems younger than his age but he eventually evolved into a smart and an equal travel partner Unlike the siblings, Zack is a pro when it comes to surviving on his own, having grown up in the street of LA Yes, there is a hint of romance but not overwhelming enough to take the focus away from the main theme I liked that the author did not shy away from some gritty and gory scenes without the presence of zombies.The reasons why the story eventually fell flat for me was the author s unengaging writing, the all too predictable plot and the abrupt ending I also did not connect with the main protagonist, Nadia, who to put it bluntly, appears dull The ending was a HEA and I wish there was a detail backstory on the grandfather and the uncle Yay Finally, a dystopian novel that tells what happened to our world A believable story of survival and I don t think there has to be a sequel I know I am super weird for wanting to read a post pandemic book during this trying time of COVID 19, but alas I am a glutton for punishment I devoured this book The story follows Dai and her eleven year old brother as they make the trek from the outskirts of Seattle to West Virginia to meet their uncle, for whom they owe their lives to after he gave them a shot to give them immunity from the virus, BLUSTAR long the way, they find small comforts in abandoned lodges and homes and pick up a st I know I am super weird for wanting to read a post pandemic book during this trying time of COVID 19, but alas I am a glutton for punishment I devoured this book The story follows Dai and her eleven year old brother as they make the trek from the outskirts of Seattle to West Virginia to meet their uncle, for whom they owe their lives to after he gave them a shot to give them immunity from the virus, BLUSTAR long the way, they find small comforts in abandoned lodges and homes and pick up a stray dog with wounds of his own But the world after is not as peaceful as they hoped Survivors will do anything to make it in the new world, even kidnapping children But despite that, they persevere and find solace with another survivor, Zach as they continue their arduous journey across the country What I loved most about this book was how you are dropped into what has happened without a long drawn out explanation of why everyone in the world is basically dead Because of how immediate the virus killed, it made this book all theterrifying I felt like I was with Dia and Rabbit as they road tripped through the devastation of the country What set this book apart was that Dia and Rabbit were siblings and, even though they weren t close before the virus, they learned to lean on each other for support They searched for food, longed for baths and met some sad souls who have lost their minds The realistic portrayal of all the things we d go without if something had happened like that to me had me searchingfor survival books Just in case I really enjoyed this survival story and I wish so badly Kizer had written a sequel Blue Star epidemic turned pandemic killer A rather simple plot whereby a couple of siblings go to find their Uncle up in the hills of West Virginia The trip through the mall was a real treat and I d surely enjoyed their stopovers in small towns The horror and gore factor was toned way down, with a far better experience in creativity instead Amber knows how to pull you into a well read book without all the schlock and glock that is so prevalent in today s apocalyptic novels I think really any Blue Star epidemic turned pandemic killer A rather simple plot whereby a couple of siblings go to find their Uncle up in the hills of West Virginia The trip through the mall was a real treat and I d surely enjoyed their stopovers in small towns The horror and gore factor was toned way down, with a far better experience in creativity instead Amber knows how to pull you into a well read book without all the schlock and glock that is so prevalent in today s apocalyptic novels I think really any subject would be fascinating to me, if the author writes well I m an omnivore when reading you see, and enjoy a wide variety of good writings I d liked this book in so many ways, and wish Amber good vibes and karma in her future endeavors as a writer Lots of love, Murf `Download Book ⇜ A Matter of Days ⇲ Gripping and poignant, A Matter of Days takes readers on a heart stopping journey of love and survival New York Times bestselling author Carrie Jones Their new reality begins in just a matter of days On Dayof the Blustar Pandemic, sixteen year old Nadia s mother dies, leaving Nadia to fend for herself and her younger brother, Rabbit Both have been immunized against the virus, but they can t be protected from what comes next Their father taught them to be the cockroach to adapt to and survive whatever comes their way And that s their mission Facing a lawless world of destruction and deprivation, Nadia and Rabbit drive from Seattle to their grandfather s compound in West Virginia The illness, fatigue, and hunger they endure along the way will all be worth it once they reach the compound Unless no one is waiting for themFans of Rick Yancey s The th Wave, S D Crockett s After the Snow, or Cormac McCarthy s adult novel The Road will find this a satisfying read SLJAn exciting apocalyptic road trip Publishers Weekly From the Trade Paperback edition