A copy of this book was sent to me in consideration for an honest review.
The Fearless. An army, powered by an incredible new serum that makes each soldier stronger, sharper, faster than their enemies. Intended as a force for good, the serum has a terrible side-effect – anyone who takes it is stripped of all humanity, empathy, love. And as the Fearless sweep through the country, forcing the serum on anyone in their path, society becomes a living nightmare.
Cass remembers the night they passed through her village. Her father was Altered. Her mother died soon after. All Cass has left is her little brother – and when Jori is snatched by the Fearless and taken to their hellish lair, Cass must risk everything to get him back.
The Fearless was my first Emma Pass book though I’d seen Acid around and heard good things. I had never heard of it prior to receiving a copy and after reading the summary I was very excited to read it. I’ve not read a zombie book in ages so it was a welcome change from my normal fare.
I enjoyed the start of the book and how we get to see a tiny sliver of Cass’ life prior to the invasion. Though we barely saw this life of hers I was sad when it was taken from her…especially the parting between her and her cat. I was impressed with Pass’ writing that with only a few pages she got me caring about this little girl and her relationship with her parents and pet. Once things start to progress and the invasion spreads like a plague through her village I was stressed for her though I knew her outcome from the summary.
The story fast forwards to Cass’ life on Hope Island and her new day to day life. I immediately enjoyed her relationship to her brother, Jori. I have a son so I tend to connect to characters caring for a young child. The Fearless had a fast pace and was told in third person. I didn’t connect as deeply with Cass as might have been possible had it been written in first person. This is solely a me thing so I can’t blame the book or writing. We do get some alternate point of view chapters which help to show the mindset of Myo and Sol.
I didn’t feel that this book had any mysterious aspects or big reveals. I can’t imagine that any of the story’s plot was supposed to be shocking since Pass led up to everything the reader learns. Never did I feel surprised by the plot points but I wasn’t bored either. This book was full of action sequences which made for a fun read.
There was a romantic side to the story but I was fairly removed from it the entire length of the story. It wasn’t all that prominent and did lend itself to the plot and character’s actions.
Once aspect I enjoyed about this book was that none of the characters came across as strictly bad…there was one that would be considered the most villainous (perhaps) but I could still understand his motives (though they were rather appalling). I enjoyed that each group that Cass encountered tended to have reasoning behind their more questionable actions.
I found The Fearless to be an entertaining, fast read that gave me some good zombie material though nothing about the book was overly surprising.