A Matter of Days

A Matter of Days

A Novel

Book - 2013
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In the not-too-distant future when a global pandemic kills most of humanity, a teenaged girl and her younger brother struggle to survive.
Publisher: New York : Delacorte Press, 2013
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780385908047
Characteristics: 276 p. ; 22 cm


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Aug 10, 2018

This book definitely isn't one of the most eye-catching novels in the post-apocalyptic genre, but is still a good read. The characters are pretty solid and the writing is descriptive enough to paint a somewhat disturbing picture of the world after an extinction-level pandemic, but leaves more to be desired. For instance, there is little character development throughout the novel and the author does not really address issues regarding conflict between survivors (there is mention of violent/crazy survivors, but they are simply obstacles in the heroine's way rather than a challenge). In addition, there is not nearly as much action as I was hoping to find in this novel; being post-apocalyptic, I expected more fight scenes and, to be honest, drama, but there was little to be found. There was also a weird romance fluttering between the main character and Zack, which I felt was a bit unnecessary. The romance wasn't developed enough for the reader to really ship the two characters, but there was an obvious connection that wasn't really addressed, which made it more awkward than romantic. That being said, the book was still enjoyable and I appreciated the level of detail Kizer put into the medical causes/explanations behind the pandemic. The science aspect of the novel was very developed and really (for me) saved the book. I would recommend this novel for those looking to fill time or read a post-apocalyptic novel that isn't very scary or unnerving.

Jul 30, 2017

I enjoyed this book. It may have been a bit generic, but I found the writing pretty solid and the characters were well fleshed out. This is a gripping post-apocalyptic novel that you can still read at night without the worries of not being able to sleep. A girl and her little brother are journeying across an America devastated by an illness few have survived. They encounter (among other things): A boy, a dog, a few angry men, and a little girl living in a shopping mall.

ArapahoeKelsey Feb 14, 2017

This post-apocalyptic story is pretty generic. There is a teenage girl trying to take care of a younger sibling, a happenstance meeting of a boy that decides to help them, and a mixture of not so trustworthy people. Not a lot happened in this story that is different from the general formula for this genre.

Sep 18, 2014

Intense, realistic, and entirely believable, A Matter of Days really impressed me. Amber Kizer does post-apocalyptic in the most beautifully understated way and makes a disturbing pandemic and the world created in its aftermath feel absolutely plausible.
Just imagine if next week, your entire family had died in front of you. Your classmates? Dead. Your neighbors? Gone. Electricity? Running water? Fresh food? Gone, gone, gone. The effect is what Nadia and her brother Robert, known as Rabbit, have to deal with. They have to leave the marginal comfort of their home and make their way across a country where danger is present. I loved the realism in this. We see two siblings take care of each other, support each other, squabble and joke with each other. We see them break down and we see them make bad choices, but they pull through.
Action, introspection, and haunting encounters fill the pages of this well-executed story.


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Sep 18, 2014

a virus has swept the country, leaving the majority of the population dead, and a small number of shell-shocked survivors in its wake. Nadia and Rabbit, who watched their mother die a painful death from the virus, called BluStar because of the blue bruising that forms as the victim's blood hemorrhages beneath the skins surface, are two of those survivors. They're survival had very little to do with luck. Before the virus took hold, Nadia's uncle sent her a cryptic messages urging that she, Rabbit, and her mother administer shots he sent, with no explanation other than a mysterious and chilling insistence of importance. Nadia and Rabbit immediately followed through, but, by the time their mother complied it was too late. Now, left alone, the siblings set out to fulfill their uncles command that they make their way across the country to their estranged grandfather's well-stocked bunker in West Virginia. Thus begins a journey filled with danger, chance encounters, and a chilling look at the destruction BluStar has wrought in only a matter of days.


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