I was given a free copy of this book to review giving my honest opinion. Bisi Leyton's world building in Wysteria, shows a great deal of creativity. The cover is what initially drew my interest. I had no idea what to expect.
Wysteria is a 16 year old trying to survive in a world where humans infected with the Nero virus are changed into zombies that they call 'biters'. Wisteria, her mother, and brother spent weeks fighting their way to the relative safety of the Isle of Smythe. The world is a very unsafe place where children must grow up fast to survive. A group of soldiers led by Major Coles, and a council of citizens keep the island under martial law. Anyone breaking the rules can be expelled from the safety of the island to the town where biters roam. Many dream of finding a place of civilization where they can go, but over time their hopes dim.
Wisteria copes with her fear by volunteering to hunt for supplies and observe the movements of the biters in the town of Norton which is outside the walls of the island. Injured on a patrol, Wisteria passes out from the pain and wakes to find she has been rescued by a mysterious teenager named Bach. He has taken Wisteria to his secluded penthouse in London. Wisteria fears that Bach and his friends Felip and Enric are preying on other humans to survive.
When Bach and Wisteria survive an attack from a military group called The Red Phoenix, they must look foor a safe haven. Their journey is dangerous, with graphic violence and scenes that some YA readers might find disturbing. Before Wisteria and Bach can work out their differences, they must uncover the secrets that explain the stange connection they both feel for one another. If you are a fan of YA paranormal/fantasy, and willing to read about zombies give this book a try. It is more than a traditional Zombie tale. I think you will be pleasantly surprised that in the midst of a dark tale, there are some lighter moments, and interesting characters.
Bisi Leyton has a novella available called Paranoia.
Amazon - http://www.amazon.com/Wisteria-Series-ebook
Smashwords - http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/257049
Bisi Leyton was born in East London in 1978. She grew up in London, Nigeria and the States, listening to the stories of life and love from her Aunts, Cousins and big Sisters.
She lives in London, but has worked around Europe including France, Germany, Ireland, Belgium and the Czech Republic. She has a fondness for reading graphic novels, and cracked.com.
Twitter - http://twitter.com@bisileyton
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