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Reviewed by Scott Cahan for Readers' Favorite
Plagued by Garrison Scott is a fresh take on post-apocalyptic stories featuring a fresh new heroine. The end of the world as we know it comes by way of a giant asteroid and a little bit of alien influence. The aftermath leaves our main characters in a world full of destruction and decay. Half of humanity has changed into something a little less human, but they aren’t necessarily the monsters of the story. Those unaffected turn out to be the bad guys in Plagued. Skyler Campbell is the highly trained heroine with an attitude that we are privileged to follow in her journey through a world gone mad. She and her grandfather, Everett, meet up with others, some good, some bad, some simply deranged. Skyler, however, is a survivor who will do whatever it takes to stay alive and help as many others as she can along the way.
With a title like “Plagued”, I wasn’t sure what to expect with this book. It sounds like it could be just another sickness-wipes-out-humanity story. When you throw in the asteroid hitting the planet, it sounds like a story about an apocalyptic disaster. Plagued, however, has a little bit in common with both of those genres, but it offers a new twist that sets itself apart from any post-apocalyptic book that I’ve read. Its focus is squarely on Skyler’s character who is not only caught up in all of the mayhem, but she is partly responsible for it in her own way. She’s a solid, storybook hero with strong morals, but she’s carrying a darkness with her that makes her unique. Author Garrison Scott has done a great job in creating original characters that feel very human and are easy to relate to. The author has also created an exciting world for the characters to exist in with danger around every corner. I wholeheartedly recommend Plagued for anyone looking for a post-apocalyptic novel that will keep you on the edge of your seat, cheering for a great new heroine named Skyler Campbell.