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Review: Frenzy by Casey Bond

Review: Frenzy by Casey BondFrenzy by Casey Bond
Series: Frenzy #1
Also by this author: 7, 1980: You Shook Me All Night Long
on February 11, 2016
Genres: Dystopian
Pages: 161

After the world was ravaged by a viral apocalypse, Blackwater is one of the only colonies that remains. The survivors came together to create this safe haven. Nestled between a fierce river and a city’s flood wall, the well-being of its residents hangs on a long-established treaty with the night-walkers. Sounds simple enough, but lately, the people of Blackwater have been dying, and the humans believe the night-walkers are to blame.

Porschia Grant starves for more than her parents’ affection. Forced to enter the rotation, she will be given extra food rations in exchange for becoming a vampire’s breakfast and dinner for a week. The rotation has an extra responsibility as well: leave the colony and enter the dangerous forest to hunt for food. A night-walker will protect the hunters from the infected that roam the woods. But with the treaty hanging in the balance and tension between the humans and vampires rising, anything could happen in the darkness.

What would you do if your only chance at survival might kill you?

I hope that I’ve established by now that I will read anything author Casey Bond writes. There’s just something special about all of her books that makes them must-reads for me. Frenzy, the first in her new novella series, is no different. Book 3 of the series, Frequency, releases today, and if you are new to the series, here’s my review of Book 1.

Porschia lives in the colony of Blackwater where food and other resources are hard to come by. So hard, in fact, that groups are sent out each night to scavenge for supplies. However it’s not an easy task. If it was, they wouldn’t need the night walkers. The problem? The infected (think a type of zombie). After her sister goes missing and is thought to be among the infected, Porschia steps up to go on supply runs in order for her family to survive, not that I necessarily think she should have helped them. Her brother and father are okay, but her mom is downright crazy, to the point where I was uncomfortable when she was in scenes. It takes strong writing for me to have a reaction like that. Her few friends were well written, and I just adored how loyal Saul was.

It’s through her learning that job that we find out more about the society and the relations between the village and the night walkers. There is of course more to it than meets the eye, right down to the clothes they wear (which I thought was a really neat element). Things are tense between the two groups and the treaty looks to be close to breaking, and Porshia’s distrust and hesitation at working with the night walkers is palpable. Add to that, two of the night walkers take particular interest in her. Add to that Saul’s affections, and the typical love triangle becomes a square. This ups the intrigue for sure.

The unique blend of paranormal entities will both delight and grab you through a wild ride. I loved how the humans and the village’s group of night walkers had to work together to survive in the dystopian society that Bond created. Frenzy’s fast-paced, gripping plot will have you wondering about the bigger threat to Porshia’s world. It might not be who or what you expect!