Em wakes up in what seems to be a coffin and uses every ounce of strength to break out. She's in a room with many other coffins. She tries to wake up the kids in the coffins, but some of them are dead. She does manage to wake up a few others. They all believe that today is their birthday. None of them can remember their names or anything about their pasts. "Em" gives herself that name because on the end of her coffin it says "M. Savage."
They are all in clothes that are too little for them, and believe they are 12 years old. But by their anatomy, they are much older.
They begin to explore to find adults and food and water. They find a lot of dead skeletons. Em becomes the leader. They do end up encountering some others like themselves. They also get into some dangerous situations, and Sigler isn't afraid to kill off some of them.
Then.....ha! I'm not going to tell you. That's all you're going to get about the plot. The tension mounts. It's frightening and sometimes a little gorey. It isn't easy emotionally for these kids trying to catch up with their bodies. Em's hold on her leadership is at times precarious. I felt myself reading faster and faster trying to "help" these kids as they figure out where they are and why they are there.
Alive has a nice resolution to this part of the story, but it's a series, and I am very interested to see what happens next. Teens who enjoy a fast-paced adventure/survival story will enjoy Alive.
Published by Del Rey, July 14, 2015
eARC obtained from NetGalley
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