Monday, 28 July 2014

Review: The Army of the Lost by Lily Herne

The Army of the Lost (Mall Rats #3)
Released: 17 April 2014
Genre: Post Apocalyptic, Dystopian
Publisher: Much~In~Little (Constable & Robinson)
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At the Other End:
One of us is dead.
One of us is broken.
One of us will betray the others.
And one of us will have to sell her soul to survive . . .

It’s been eleven years since South Africa was ravaged by the walking dead. Johannesburg's impoverished survivors are ruled over by a minority of rich self-serving bureaucrats. As the remaining Mall Rats confront the dark heart of the twisted political system - in another part of town, Tommy dreams of joining the Army of the Left, a radical organisation intent on fighting for freedom.

While Ash is forced to face his traumatic past, and Ginger struggles to regain his sanity; Lele goes head to head against a powerful foe, and Saint is dead set on a mission of her own: a fight for survival. Welcome back to the Deadlands . . .

Author Bio:
Lily Herne is the pseudonym of mother/daughter duo Sarah and Savannah Lotz. A fan of fake identities, Sarah also writes an urban horror series with author Louis Greenberg under the name SL Grey as well as various crime novels, internationally anthologised short stories and screenplays under her own name. Savannah, a die-hard fantasy fanatic, is currently in her second year studying screenwriting at the University of East Anglia.

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Sum Up:
Another fantastic, mind blowing, heart stopping book in this amazing series!

Behind the 336 Pages 
Spoilers throughout. Highlight to read.

Wow. I just... I don't even know what to say after that ending. For me, it left on a high and a low. I am shocked...
I've got multiple blankets.......

So, I've only got one thing that I didn't like about this book, and I guess it's kind of a big thing, and I'm just going to get it out of the way so I can gush about how insanely amazing this book, and series is for the rest of this so called review.

I didn't like Tommy. He's a new character that we are introduced to, and he gets just as much POV chapters as Lele does, which is basically half each. I didn't like him at all. He was wimpy, he was soooooooooo childish and stuck in fantastical dreams that he wouldn't be able to achieve, because he is so wimpy and childish. We find out what he figures out at the end, only one chapter before he does from Saint. Coming from her, I'm not as skeptical as I would be if it was just coming from Tommy. Seriously, this kid acts like he is 10 years old. Ok, I admit that I can see him change from when we first met him, to seeing him at the end of the book... but not much. So, the bit where the ending was bad, was basically the fact that he is going to be in the next book. Damn.

I didn't see those two twists at the end of the book until they were actually there (or a few sentences before). I'm not sure still about how the story is go with one revelation about the Rotters, I guess it's still sinking in, but it does leave me very very curious. Now, that other massive twist.... just.... what. I'm still shocked. I don't trust Ash/Jack. I just don't, not after the way he acted in this book. Grrrrrrrrrrr. *face slap*

Just like the previous two books in the series, this one leaves you craving for more every time you finish a chapter. It's addicting, and if I had the time, I would have tore through it. 

I honestly don't know what to say about this book that I haven't about the previous two books. All I can really say, is GO READ IT PEOPLES!

Bring on the final book! 
Noooo, not the final book! I just...... I can't even..... NOOOO!

What's Next:
Deadlands (Mall Rats #1)
Released: 18 April 2013
Genre: Post Apocalyptic, Dystopian
Publisher: Much~In~Little (Constable & Robinson)
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At the Other End:
In Deadlands, life is a lottery.

Ten years have passed since Cape Town was destroyed in the war with the living dead. Now, human survivors are protected from the zombies that lurch around the suburban Deadlands by shrouded figures known as 'Guardians'. But the price for protection is steep: each year, the Guardians hold a human lottery in which five teenagers are chosen for a secret purpose.

Seventeen-year-old Lele hates everything about her life in the city: her new school, the brainwashed zombie-lovers, the way everyone seems creepily obsessed with teenagers . . . She wants out. Then she is picked as a Chosen One: but she's not prepared to face whatever shady future the Guardians have in store for her. So she runs for her life - straight into the Deadlands, and into the ranks of the Mall Rats - a renegade gang of misfit teens who have gone underground - and are preparing to take a stand.

Death of a Saint (Mall Rats #2)
Released: 17 October 2013
Genre: Post Apocalyptic, Dystopian
Publisher: Much~In~Little (Constable & Robinson)
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At the Other End:
Some secrets are so unthinkable you can't even admit them to yourself . . . 
Lele, Ginger, Ash and Saint - aka the Mall Rats - are hiding out in the Deadlands, a once-prosperous area of Cape Town, now swarming with the living dead. Exiled from the city enclave for crimes against the Resurrectionist State, the Rats face a stark choice: return and risk capture - or leave Cape Town and go in search of other survivors.But what if the rest of South Africa is nothing but a zombie-riddled wasteland? 

Now Lele has discovered the truth about why the lurching dead leave them alone, she can't bring herself to tell the rest of the gang. And she's not the only Mall Rat harbouring a dangerous secret . . . Can the friends' survive on the road if all they have is each other? Or will their secrets tear them apart?

This novel was received for review via Murdoch Books (Much-in-Little). This review is entirely my own, no bribery or any deals have been made to sway this review or change my personal opinion of the novel.


  1. Wow, sounds like this series really gave you a depth of emotion! I haven't heard of it before and the covers are really edgy, I love the sound of it. Great review Gina, thanks for sharing!

    1. Yes! I absolutely love this series, and it's definitely one you should try :) Thanks!


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