*** 3 1/2 Stars ***
This novella is based on earth; an earth were everyone has the potential to possess magick. At some point, each person is tested to see their level and we start this novella knowing that Orlando has yet to undergo said testing.
When Orlando is forced to move from Oklahoma to Los Angeles with his family, he has no problem exuding his irritation. Then, not 24 hours after moving into their new house, Orlando sees a man get shot out in the middle of the road in front of his house. No one sees it, no one hears it, and there is no body or proof that the event occurred and his mom automatically accuses him of making trouble since she knows he didn't want to move there in the first place.
Then, at the hands of his grandfather, Orlando is shoved into the world of zombie hunting. He is introduced to his grandfather's old friend, Maxwell, a zombie hunter. Orlando is introduced to another hunter, Ruben, who commences with the training of Orlando. Orlando later learns of treachery in Los Angeles at the hands of one of his newly found friends. Can Orlando end the zombie invasion, protect his family, and find the traitor in time?
The concept of this novel is creative and different. The story line mostly flowed well and was easy to follow. Unlike my complaints with most novellas, this book didn't seem rushed. There wasn't a ton of information crammed into less than 100 pages of dialogue. There were twists and turns and questions about who the good and bad guys really were which kept the pages turning. I did have a problem with some of the dialogue being choppy, uneven, and sometimes even forced sounding. Some of the conversations just didn't carry on smoothly and seemed uncomfortable. I recommend this to young adults who probably wouldn't have a problem with the dialogue.
I will continue to read the series because I really like the storyline!
(Book provided at no cost in exchange for an honest review)
(reviewed 59 days after purchase)