Apr 9, 2015

Blog Tour: The Dead Room by @sm_erickson {Review}

The Dead Room by Stephanie Erickson
(The Dead Room Trilogy, #1)
Release Date: March 11, 2015
Publisher:Pickles Press; 195 pages

322 years after the apocalypse, the world has changed, but her people have not. Secrets, lies, and manipulations endure among a small group of survivors taking refuge on an island in the Northern Pacific.

No one knows what claimed so many lives over three centuries ago, and no one asks, except Ashley Wortham. She can feel the secrets all around her, begging to be uncovered.

But the nine elders who govern the island guard their secrets jealously. They believe the islanders know what they need to, and they hide their secrets behind a ruse of peace. But when Ashley, and her best friend Mason, go down the rabbit hole, no one is prepared for the truths they uncover. What will they do when they discover the downfall of humanity lies within their own island, deep inside the dead room? 

These types of books are my favorite lately, so I took the chance to read this book right away. It is always interesting to see how different authors make up the different post apocalyptic worlds. This was a world that I haven't read before. I have read books about post apocalyptic worlds that are on an island but they are very different from this one.

The story starts out with a funeral, and the questions about the island seem to begin right away. This book moves pretty fast, which isn't a bad thin, it makes it a fast easy read, but it definitely could have been spread out more, and some stories and different aspects given more time to read about. But it doesn't make the story any less interesting. Once things more to the point where the main character gets the chance to leave the island, that's when I couldn't put the book down.

**Spoiler** (Highlight to read)
Once Ashley and Mason get to the mainland, and discover it is in ruins and covered in ash and once they decided to sleep what happens next was just weird for me. Ashley gets killed off, quite abruptly too, and it took my completely by surprise and really changed the story for me. It seemed very out of the blue for her to die so quickly and in that manner. This is where my rating dropped a bit for this book.

The book moved very fast after this **spoiler** but it was very interesting how quickly things developed and I am very intrigued to see what happens in the next book, and even though I didn't like certain things, I will be reading the next one :)

About the Author:

Stephanie Erickson has always had a passion for the written word. She pursued her love of literature at Flagler College, in St. Augustine, FL, where she graduated with a BA in English. She has received several honors in her writing career, including recognition in the 72nd Annual Writer's Digest Competition. 

After graduation, she married and followed her husband in pursuit of his dream. The Cure and The Blackout were written to reignite Stephanie's passion, when she found the time. Now that he is settled in his career, it's her turn to devote more time and energy into writing.

Stephanie currently has 4 projects planned for 2015. Her latest release, The Dead Room, is a post apocalyptic set on a lonely island 300 years in the future. 

Stephanie, of course, loves to read and write. She also enjoys living on the beach on the Florida's Treasure Coast. Most of all, she and her husband are in love with their baby girl.

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