Sunday, 17 November 2013


Title:   PODs
Author:   Michelle K. Pickett
Genre:   Science Fiction>Dystopia, Young Adult, Zombies, Romance
Published:   June 4th 2013 by Spencer Hill Press
Page Count:   312 pgs

Seventeen-year-old Eva is a chosen one. Chosen to live, while others meet a swift and painful death from an incurable virus so lethal, a person is dead within days of symptoms emerging. In the POD system, a series of underground habitats built by the government, she waits with the other chosen for the deadly virus to claim those above. Separated from family and friends, it's in the PODs she meets David. And while true love might not conquer all, it's a balm for the broken soul.

After a year, scientists believe the population has died, and without living hosts, so has the virus. That's the theory, anyway. But when the PODs are opened, survivors find the surface holds a vicious secret. The virus mutated, infecting those left top-side and creating... monsters.

Eva and David hide from the infected in the abandoned PODs. Together they try to build a life--a new beginning. But the infected follow and are relentless in their attacks. Leaving Eva and David to fight for survival, and pray for a cure.

About the Author in her own words!

I'm a wife, mother, author, reader, although not always in that order. I've been an avid reader since a young child. I began writing for personal enjoyment in college, where I graduated Summa Cum Laude with a degree in accounting. Why I chose a degree that didn't encourage creativity is a mystery to me.

I'm addicted to Reese's peanut butter cups and eat way too many while I write. I have a weird obsession with hoodies and can't write without wearing one. I hate to cook, but love to watch cooking shows.

I'm an unabashed romantic and love swoon-worthy happy endings that give me butterflies for days.

Born and raised in Flint, Michigan, I now reside in a small community outside Houston, Texas with my incredibly supportive, not to mention gorgeous, husband, three amazing school-aged children, a 125-pound lap dog, and a cat that thinks she's queen.

I write adult and young adult Sci/Fi, urban fantasy and paranormal romances.
My work includes:

The Amazon Bestselling young adult novel PODs
Milayna, March 2014
Milayna’s Angel (Milayna #2), September 2014
The Infected, a PODs novel, November 2014
The Innocent (Milayna #3), April 2015.

I love to hear from readers and other authors, so drop me a note and say "Hi!"

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Review Time!

Title: PODs (PODs #1)
Author: Michelle K. Pickett
Genre: Sci-fi Dystopia, Young Adult, Horror, Romance
Rating: 3/5

It's a good book if you have never ever ever read any other book of this genre. If you did then it's awfully repetitive. While the protagonist Eva isn't a dumb blonde, she can come pretty close to it. She comes across as slow and silly at times but ironically she can identify every blonde airhead except her.

 I hate stereotypical characters and sadly in PODs we have a butt-load of them! The worst case would be of "Jai Li" (Yes her name is Jai Li, No I have no idea why anyone keep their character's name Jai Li). She is Chinese but has grown up in California, USA. Apparently she is really smart, have a social security number and is chosen to be a part of handful of survivors and she doesn't speak English at all. People in China can speak English but a super intelligent person living in USA can't speak English? Truly, that's racist! The explanation is that she studied in Mandarin speaking school and spoke Mandarin in home. Plausible? Maybe. But when Eva is teaching her that this is "Milk" and this is "Water", I want to shoot myself. Milk and Water? Even the people of remotest areas in India know what Milk and Water means. How were they shopping for groceries for so long?

The story itself is a mash-up of Resident Evil and 2012. But unlike those movies, the book had zero sense of urgency. The world is ending, people are piling up food and other stuff and Eva goes on a shopping spree with her mother AND they order Pizza! I knew Pizza Hut and Dominos pride themselves for their service but I am guessing when there is a lethal virus on lose and people are dying every week, they won't be delivering pizza. If not for personal reason then for the sake of public safety and health issues.

There is absolutely no feeling of loss or determination to rebuild the world. Recently Kedarnath was flooded and destroyed. People were trapped, many died, many lost everything they had. For months the whole country and International aide along with Indian Army tried to rescue people and work on reconstruction but when the whole world is ruined by lethal virus and is filled with monsters then nobody gives a Sh*t! As for writing - extremely juvenile. The book could have profited with a better editing. There are times it can be a nightmare.

But after a point Eva does a grow a little and became more likeable? bearable? David - Eva's love interest - might make many girl's swoon. He is a perfect YA guy. Loves her a lot, will do everything for her, give up everything for her, etc, etc. The thing I really liked was it works perfectly as stand alone.

PODs - either you will love it or you will absolutely hate it. It depends what kind of reader you are. Personally - as my mum says - I removed my brain from my head, kept it aside and then reattached it. It's an easy read. Until and Unless you don't think or rationalize or try to look into detail, it's a good book but if you are a Novel-Worms with OCD when it comes to reading books then Avoid!

Arushi Raj

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