Alive – Scott Sigler Review

  Oh my goodness, where do I even start this one? As asked by the author, this review will be spoiler free although I wish I could delve right into it.
I have never read anything by Scott Sigler before and I haven’t read a sci-fi in a very long time, but after reading this book, I definitely want to read more of his work and more science fiction in general.

This story starts off with a girl who wakes up in a coffin with no recollection of who or where she is and why she’s there. She escapes her coffin to discover that there are more people like her and that none of them remember anything about themselves except that it is their birthday. 

As the story unfolds, our main characters find themselves in some scary situations where sometimes, the enemy is yourself. 

Sigler’s writing is very easy to follow and hooks you in from the first sentence. Since the book is in first person, it is very important that the protagonist is likable. While in the beginning of the novel, M. Savage’s mind is a bit like a broken puzzle, she adapts to her environment very quickly and fully matures by the end. I liked the hint and idea of romance but it’s never the forefront of the plot. I like the unique characteristics that each character brings to the story and I really like that I could clearly picture the settings in my head. 

M. Savage is very relatable as a person but I really enjoy her interactions with Bishop. They have plenty in common but also have a lot of differences that I think compliments each other.

The book was very fast paced, with something important happening in every chapter. I found myself catching my breath and becoming nervous for these characters as I turned each page anticipating the end. 

If I had to compare it to something, personally I found it had a ‘The Lord of the Flies’ type feeling typically towards the middle. Although I did not enjoy that book nearly as much as this one. This is definitely one of the best reads of 2015 for me and I think everyone should give this a try! 

DO NOT READ ANY SPOILERS IF YOU WANT TO READ THIS BOOK! Trust me, this is a book you do not want to be spoiled for, you can thank me later. I recommend this for anyone who wants to read science fiction but doesn’t know where to start. 

5/5 stars

Sincerely,

B

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