I originally had PODs set as today’s Waiting on Wednesday pick, but last week I had a happy surprise when the ARC arrived in the mail. Still, I was going to do WoW today as a apart of the PODs Blog Tour and then read the book for review when my schedule settled down some next month. However, the evening it came in the mail I made the mistake of picking it up just to flip through it. I figured, okay, one page and at least I’ll be able to see if I wanted to put it at the front of the review pile.
Four hours and half the book later I had to force myself to put the book down so I could go get some sleep. It was back in my greedy little fingers the next morning for another 4-5 hour session to finish it up. So, today’s WoW post turned into a review!
It is very rare these days for a YA book to suck me in so thoroughly that I lose all concept of time and place, I’m just too busy for that. But PODs did exactly that. I was pulled right into Eva’s world and stayed there until the end. If I had to pick out a flaw, (and really, it’s not one…), it would be about 50 or so pages through the middle. I THOUGHT as I was reading it that it was a little slow and I kept thinking “lets get a little action going… what’s REALLY going on?” But later, after I was finished with the book and started thinking back on it, I realized though those pages right in the middle are not “full of excitement” they are central to getting to know what Eva gives up, and what she risks her life for.
I want to say soooo much more, but I don’t want to give any spoilers. Suffice it to say, I really enjoyed PODs, and while I think Michelle Pickett did a beautiful job of winding up everything at the end, I’m thrilled there is going to be a sequel and am hoping to get my name on the ARC list for “The Infected” as soon as it’s announced!
All in all, I give it my rare 5 out of 5 stars with a warning: Do not pick this book up unless you’ve cleared your schedule for several hours!
PODs by Michelle K. Pickett
Seventeen-year-old Eva is a chosen one. Chosen to live, while others meet a swift and painful death from an incurable virus so lethal, a person is dead within days of symptoms emerging. In the POD system, a series of underground habitats built by the government, she waits with the other chosen for the deadly virus to claim those above. Separated from family and friends, it’s in the PODs she meets David. And while true love might not conquer all, it’s a balm for the broken soul.
After a year, scientists believe the population has died, and without living hosts, so has the virus. That’s the theory, anyway. But when the PODs are opened, survivors find the surface holds a vicious secret. The virus mutated, infecting those left top-side and creating… monsters.
Eva and David hide from the infected in the abandoned PODs. Together they try to build a life–a new beginning. But the infected follow and are relentless in their attacks. Leaving Eva and David to fight for survival, and pray for a cure.
Publication Date: June 4, 2013