Review of The Fearless by Emma Pass

TheFearlessCoverThe Fearless
By: Emma Pass
Release Date: April 24th 2014
Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers
Source: Publisher

A copy of this book was sent to me in consideration for an honest review.

My Rating:

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.

My Thoughts:
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┬ácame across as┬ástrictly 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.

Final Thoughts:
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.