Book Review: The Awakened by Sara Elizabeth Santana

My Rating: ★★★★☆

Genre(s): Dystopia; Young Adult; Science Fiction

Plot: [From Goodreads] Zoey Valentine is concerned with two things: surviving the multitude of self-defense classes her dad makes her take and avoiding Ash Matthews. That is, until the Z virus hits, wiping out a third of the population in a matter of weeks. If that weren’t frightening enough, the bodies of the victims disappear and suddenly reappear, awakened from their dead state. They’re faster, smarter, and they work together to get the one thing they crave, human flesh. The United States is in a panic and then the government decides the unthinkable: to bomb every major city overrun with the awakened. Now Zoey is on the run, with her dad and Ash, desperate to find a place of safety amongst the ruined remains of the country.


  • It was cliche, but done so well that it was actually kind of nice
  • Ash and Zoey
  • Zoey and her dad are baseball fans
  • Zoey makes up with her mom
  • The action scenes were so vivid
  • Really the entire book. It was so good


  • The typos. All. the. typos.
  • Seriously. The typos. They didn’t take away from the story but really…
  • I don’t know exactly how I feel about the epilogue. It seems sort of far-fetched.
  • The sex scene was totally not necessary, especially given the rest of the plot
  • How many times you gotta tell me that Ash is good looking and has blue eyes?? I get it. Move on, please. Please.

My Thoughts: I have been following Sara on various social networks since the dawn of time. Or at least since I started following book bloggers on social networks… anyway. When I found out Sara was publishing a book, I followed all of her updates closely. I even posted a cover reveal. I was so excited for this book that I pre-ordered it. And I am so glad that I did. This book was great. As I said earlier, it was pretty cliche. But it was so well done that I was able to overlook that detail and enjoy a really great zombie book. It kind of reminded me of In the After by Demitria Lunetta. Sara has a very realistic and enjoyable writing style, and her story held me from beginning to end. I would have given this book five stars, because I do plan to eventually reread it, but there were just so many typos, omitted words, etc., that it couldn’t be overlooked. However, I’m pretty sure that OfTomes Publishing is new and I understand that there may be kinks to work out for a while. If you’re looking for a great zombie thriller with a hint of romance, this is the book for you!

Sara Elizabeth Santana

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