Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Blog Tour: POD's by Michelle Pickett from Spencer Hill Press

by Michelle Pickett
Published:  June 4, 2013
Publisher:  Spencer Hill Press
Source:  ARC provided by publisher for honest review. 
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.

My Thoughts:  Eva was a normal 17-year-old girl, attending high school, going to the mall, hanging out with friends.  Suddenly, the world as everyone knows it changes forever.  A virus, incurable and deadly, swiftly moves across the planet leaving havoc in its path.  The government has an underground POD system set up in which they plan to house people for one year, to give the virus time to run its course.  The only problem is there are only a limited amount of spaces available.  A raffle is held where participants are drawn by their social security numbers.  Eva is one of the chosen.  Leaving family and friends behind, knowing she will probably never see them alive again, Eva enters into her assigned POD, where she will live with 9 other people, people who she grows to care about deeply, especially David, who she falls deeply in love with.  Unfortunately, love is the last priority the government has on their mind when the PODs are opened.  They tell you where to live, what to do, and who you can see.  The government also has been hiding something else.  The virus didn't just die, it mutated, leaving behind zombie-like creatures who are vicious and whose bite is deadly.  David and Eva must choose either a life of separation in the safety of the government controlled compounds, or risk it all to be together on the outside.  It is said that love conquers all, but can it conquer the attacks of the infected?

I haven't found to many dystopian books that have captured my interest over the past year, and I am a huge fan of this genre.  PODs, however, did capture my interest and I really enjoyed it.  A good portion of the book is about the actual time spent in the PODs, which was actually quite interesting and entertaining.  I loved seeing the relationships develop between the different characters, both friendships and love interests.  It is amazing what all can happen inside a POD where 10 people live together.  The romance that developed between David and Eva was great, and there were quite a few very steamy moments.  There are also intense battle scenes and run-ins with the zombie-like infected, which are action-packed, thrilling, and instill that fear factor that keeps you on the edge of your seat.  The ending surprised me a little, though I was happy about it.    I am really looking forward to the sequel, The Infected, which is scheduled to come out in 2014.  Overall, I really enjoyed this book and if you are a fan of dystopia, apocalyptic/post-apocalyptic, and romance, then PODs is definitely something you might want to check out.  

Favorite Quotes:

“Will you, Eva? WIll you risk everything to see David? Because that's what you'll be doing"
"I'm not risking anything. Theres nothing here I want if I cant have him.”

“I wish I had your talent, David."
"I like that," he said with a small frown.
"What? That I think you're talented?"
"No. I like how my name sounds on your lips."'

About the Author:

I'm a wife, mother, author, reader, although not always in that order. I've been an avid reader since a young child. I began writing for personal enjoyment in college, where I graduated Summa Cum Laude with a degree in accounting. Why I chose a degree that didn't encourage creativity is a mystery to me.

I'm addicted to Reese's peanut butter cups and eat way too many while I write. I have a weird obsession with hoodies and can't write without wearing one. I hate to cook, but love to watch cooking shows. 

I'm an unabashed romantic and love swoon-worthy happy endings that give me butterflies for days.

Born and raised in Flint, Michigan, I now reside in a small community outside Houston, Texas with my incredibly supportive, not to mention gorgeous, husband, three amazing school-aged children, a 125-pound lap dog, and a cat that thinks she's queen.

I write adult and young adult Sci/Fi, urban fantasy and paranormal romances.

I love to hear from readers and other authors, so drop me a note and say "Hi!"

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  1. Yay! I am so glad you loved this too Ellen. It really did surprise me with how much I enjoyed it. I can't wait for book two to be out either!

    Awesome review!

    1. Wasn't it good. I am looking forward to book 2.

  2. Thank you so much for reviewing PODs! I know there are a million books to choose from and I appreciate you chose to spend your time reading my work. BLoggers like you help writers so much. You truly are priceless to us!

    Michelle :)
    Author, PODs available June 4th
    Milayna (Milayna #1) available March 11, 2014
    Milayna’s Angel (Milayna #2), September 2014
    The Infected, a PODs novel available November 2014
    The Innocent (Milayna #3), April 2015

    1. YW. I am anxiously await book 2. I really enjoyed it.

  3. This book sounds really cool. I'm not the biggest dystopian fan, but I like zombies (they freak me out) and I like the idea that a lot of this book takes place in the POD which I wasn't expecting!

    1. I was really surprised by how much I enjoyed this. Thanks for stopping by.

  4. Congrats again Michelle. Everything I've heard about PODS has been excellent. I can't wait to get caught up and read it!


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