The beginning of the end. The Apocalypse.
A nuclear fallout wiped out every living thing on the planet, except for a few thousand of us who took shelter in underground bunkers across the globe. Now, after thirteen long years, we were finally able to return to the topside to begin to rebuild.
We thought we were alone. We were never more wrong.
Before the fallout, scientists had worked on creating an anti-radiation vaccine (ARV). The first two attempts failed, but despite the incomplete tests and results, the government approved and distributed the third serum to the masses in an effort to aid those who had no shelter.
It worked, keeping those who remained on the topside alive, but it also altered and mutated them. This new and infectious threat had completely outnumbered us. Now, we not only had to rebuild our planet. We would have to fight for it.
My name is Abigail Park. I'm seventeen, and this is my story.
This novel is set 13 years after the nuclear power plants across the globe began to meltdown. That’s when Abigail Park and the 14 others in her group decided it was time to come up to the surface. They had spent 13yrs in a hive(shelter) trying to stay safe from the radiation of the nuclear plants. When they finally got the all clear they find out there was now another threat to them besides just the left over radiation. After leaving the hive, they set off traveling to the safe zone. The trip was action packed and they encountered many mutants along the way.
I absolutely loved all of the characters. I enjoyed getting to know them all as the book went along. Abi was great! She was such a strong heroine. She had trained with guns and was an expert marksman. Finn grew up in the bunker with Abi and was her best friend. They had a very close relationship and had very strong feelings for one another. Finn was great. He was such a sweetie pie! The romance factor was perfect. Then there was Tina. She was Abi's roommate in the safe zone and quickly became her best friend. Tina's father was the power hungry general there and he would do anything to “flex his muscles”, even if that meant arresting his own daughter. The story escalades once Abi and Tina find something very interesting that they only found by snooping a little. The story is every bit an awesome cliff hanger and I can’t wait for the next one!!
If you enjoy dytopian/post apocalyptic novels and a little human, mutant, “zombie” like action thrown in than you will love this. Cameo did an awesome job and I am so glad I decided to read it.
5 HOOTS for ARV-3
I walked up to the tarp and knelt down next to it.
“Abi, I don’t think you want to do that,” Finn whispered behind me.
“Why?” I breathed. My fingers brushed the rough fabric.
“Because, it’s just not a good idea,” he said.
He knew that wasn’t a good enough answer for me. This was something I needed to see now. I needed to know what I was up against, so that I wouldn’t freak out and freeze when I saw it for the first time, alive. This was my way. I knew myself best, and I didn’t like surprises.
My fingers carefully wrapped around the edge of the tarp and then slowly lifted. I gasped, but couldn’t tear my eyes away. Milky white eyes were wide and steeled on me. There was a strong, putrid smell the mask could not block.
The creature was completely hairless, and its skin was creased with countless wrinkles, appearing scabrous and leathery. It was horribly pale. Purplish blue veins protruded and snaked all over its body.
Its eyes were sunken deep into its skull; the teeth were horribly rotted and looked as if they’d been sharpened at some point. Each finger was bony and curled. The nails were long and sharp, covered with filth. I tried to search for anything that resembled humanity, but there wasn’t much left. It was a sickly, horrifying mutation.
Thick crimson liquid was seeping from a bullet wound to its chest. It was something right out of a worst nightmare. Suddenly its hand shot up and touched my arm.
I screamed and jumped back into the sturdy arms of Finn.
“Don’t worry. It’s dead. It’s just the muscles reacting to random impulses from the nerves,” Dr. Banks said, covering the body back up.” I don’t think the others should see this.”
Cameo Renae was born in San Francisco, CA, raised in Maui, Hawaii, and recently moved with her husband and children to Alaska.
She loved reading from as long as she can remember, and it was C.S. Lewis' - Chronicles of Narnia - which sparked a fire in her soul and made her want to create her own wondrous, magical worlds and awesome characters to go on adventures with.
In My Dreams & Hidden Wings were both recently published through Crushing Hearts and Black Butterfly Publishing earlier this year. Descent (A Hidden Wings novella) was released May 15, 2013, and Broken Wings (Book 2 in the Hidden Wings Series) was released June 1, 2013.
Her most recent release is ARV-3. A YA Post-Apocalyptic, Dystopian novel with a new twist on zombies.
She is currently working on the next Hidden Wings Series book titled: Tethered Wings. No release date yet. :)
One day she hopes to find her own magic wardrobe, and ride away on her magical unicorn... Until then... she'll keep writing!
Giveaway: A print copy of ARV-3 with an ARV-3 Swag Pack.