Author: Scott Sigler
Publisher: Del Rey
Publication Date: July 14, 2015
Synopsis from Goodreads:
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.
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Scott Sigler’s Alive is a story of intensity, power, struggle, fear, unknown, and desperation. Imagine emerging into what seems like a dark, cold prison, not knowing who you are, how you got there, or why all the people that had been alive in this space are now only piles of corpses. Em/Savage emerges from the stone space so similar to a coffin. It’s her birthday, but she can no longer remember her name or her world. She doesn’t know where she came from. One by one she frees those trapped in the coffins around her. The group’s journey is an attempt to escape from this prison of death. They have no idea whether or not they will live or die. They are reduced to primal instincts, trusting in their guts. They have no experience in survival, but somehow they must fight the terrors that exist in this finite world they’re living in.
In Sigler’s story, you never know what lurks around the next corner. All hope seems lost. The story really reminded me of Lord of the Flies: tribes pitted against one another, leadership challenged, death ever present, no guarantee of escape or survival. It’s a cut-throat world that these young adults wake up to. Death hangs over them as starvation, violence, betrayal, or even monsters threaten to take their lives. Their only chance of survival is to find the way out. I couldn’t stop reading because I just needed to know if and how they survive. The children are young and innocent. They face thoughts and urges that they don’t understand, some violent and cruel, and others not. They are learning to be adults in an unforgiving world.
I loved the struggle for power between characters. I can’t say I enjoyed one character more than another. As a whole, however, the characters interact in a tense power struggle. They need one another to be interesting. It is how they confront their surroundings together that makes them intriguing. There’s the religious fanatic, the hunter, the peace keeper, the explorer, the leader. Altogether these characters make the team that is essential to the whole group’s survival.
I don’t want to give too much away. One of the great things about this book is that you’re in the dark as much as the characters are. You learn as they learn and that’s a crucial aspect to the intensity of the story. I hope you enjoy!