Author: Jacqueline Druga
Type of Book: Audiobook Unabridged
Narrator: David Dietz
Genre: Post-Apocalyptic Fiction, Science Fiction
Length: 4 hours, 52 minutes
Release Date: April 2, 2014
Publisher: Jacqueline Druga
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars ⭐⭐⭐⭐
* I received a free copy of this audiobook in exchange for an honest review.
This audiobook is written in journal-entry style, but still contains multiple characters. It is an interesting way to write a book.
JFK Airport in New York is ground zero for a unique terrorist attack. On a normal Spring day a woman unleashes a deadly virus at the airport and the infection rapidly spreads.
States where victims fall sick from the virus are declared Yellow Zones. In fact, the entire country of the United States has been declared a Yellow Zone. Since the virus has been contained to a single country, the US has been quarantined from the rest of the world.
The virus does not affect everyone. Some people are immune and others are carriers. Being a carrier means that they are infected with the virus and can spread it, but they do not get sick from it.
Carriers are tattooed and sent to live in Containment Camps. But what happens when the rest of the population finds out about these camps? And what happens inside the camps?
What is the long term plan for sustaining those that survive the virus? How will people feed themselves? How will they protect themselves?
There are so many questions. Will any Americans survive? Or will the United States become a wasteland devoid of humanity?
I really enjoyed listening to this book. The story is different from all the other dystopian/post-apocalyptic books on the market. Yes, there are quite a few titles that start out similarly to YELLOW ZONE. There are several other books that deal with the aftermath of a virulent contagion, but the addition of people who are immune and people who are carriers adds a new dimension to the storyline, as does the creation of the “Carrier Camps”.
Rather than just focusing on the logistics of survival, this book instead focuses on how the virus has personally affected one woman and those closest to her.
By using only journal entries to tell the story the listener feels more connected to the characters. It through her personal journal that listeners are introduced to new characters as well, which again adds depth and emotional connections that might not otherwise have been possible.
David Dietz does an amazing job as the narrator of this audiobook. His voice lends itself perfectly to storytelling and he uses distinctive voices for each character. He has a knack for pacing as well. The story never feels rushed and also never feels like it lagging. The speed is just right. All these qualities combined make for an extremely enjoyable listening experience.
I rate this book as 4 out of 5 stars.⭐⭐⭐⭐
The reason this book is not getting a five star rating from me is the cliffhanger ending. Now I have to wait to find out what happens next.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
To learn more about Jacqueline Druga visit http://www.jacquelinedruga.com
ABOUT THE NARRATOR:
David W. Dietz is a writer, actor, director and producer from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
For more information about this narrator or his production company visit: http://dietzthethird.com
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