“On Day 56 of the pandemic called BluStar, sixteen-year-old Nadia’s mother dies, leaving her responsible for her younger brother Rabbit. They secretly received antivirus vaccines from their uncle, but most people weren’t as lucky. Their deceased father taught them to adapt and survive whatever comes their way. That’s their plan as they trek from Seattle to their grandfather’s survivalist compound in West Virginia. Using practical survival techniques, they make their way through a world of death and destruction until they encounter an injured dog; Zack, a street kid from Los Angeles; and other survivors who are seldom what they seem. Illness, infections, fatigue, and meager supplies have become a way of life. Still, it will be worth it once they arrive at the designated place on the map they have memorized. But what if no one is there to meet them?“
A Matter of Days is a middle-grade story about surviving after a worldwide plague decimates the population. It’s not poorly written, but reading this as an adult was lackluster.
A lot of the interesting details were glossed over, and the past tense narrative killed any sense of tension or suspense. It’s happy endings all around, with expected conflicts and one-dimensional explorations of emotion.
Not bad, I suppose, if you’re 10 and have never considered what it would be like to live in a post-apocalyptic world. Otherwise, it just wasn’t very engaging.