You know I’m a sucker for the apocalypse.
I’m also a sucker for new spins on the apocalypse, and The Colony by Kathleen Groger?
It is definitely that.
Book Review: The Colony by Kathleen Groger
This is the first book in The Rasper series, and those raspers? Yeah, they’re scary as hell. They aren’t zombies. They’re even more terrifying, because these babies learn as they go, and eventually they end up with weapons.
Of course, Val doesn’t know that when the story opens. See, a chemical company discovered a huge cache of oil in the Gulf of Mexico. She heard a news clip about it a couple of months ago, right before the world went to crap. Suddenly, everyone was falling victim to raspers–being stung and killed or stung and turned into raspers themselves. Val has been the only living human in her town for months, and she’s figured out that the raspers only come out at night and there are ways to avoid them. Which is great until something breaks into her house one night and she comes face to face with…
A boy. A real boy. No strings, raspy breathing, or anything.
So she shoots him.
The adventure that follows is one of those edge-of-your-seat tales that has you biting your fingernails and afraid to put the book down for fear that some calamity will befall the characters while you’re not looking. I mean, calamity aplenty happens while you Are Looking.
The cool thing about this book is that while one catastrophe after another happens as Val and Adam try to reach a safe haven, picking up other teens along the way, there was never a point when I thought, “Really? Something else they have to deal with?” No, this book is perfectly paced and the obstacles the teens have to hurdle are believable. As the raspers evolve, Val and Adam learn they are a colony and, like bees, have a queen. And the queen, for some reason, really wants Val. It kinda puts a damper on the love story.
The biggest problem is that the raspers have a collective conscious and every one of them knows what every other one of them knows. And they’re hunting Val. So the teens do their best to reach a government facility Adam has heard of, because surely the adults will keep them safe.
That’s a whole other can of worms, though. Every time Val and Adam think they’re safe, they discover that grown-ups pretty much suck. Also, it’s hard to tell sometimes when someone has been turned. Also, sucky grown-ups and raspers aren’t the only dangers in this new world.
If you have a teen who loves action and apocalypse, The Colony is a perfect reading choice. I’m not making this up, I cannot wait to read the second book. Because that ending?