The Forgotten by L.C. Mortimer
It’s been nearly eight years since the first reports of a zombie outbreak occurred, and Nicole Blue is tired of sitting around. The zombies pose no threat to her and she’s ready to start living her life. She decides to take control of her future and secures a job in nearby Breakside, a town known for its bars, night life, and zombie hunters. It isn’t long before she’s fully immersed in her life as a bar back at the Breakside Lounge, making drinks, friends, and a name for herself.
Nicole wrestles with her failing relationship while simultaneously falling for someone new in Breakside. Colin might be “just” an ordinary boy, but he makes her feel special and he takes the edge off Nicole’s anxiety. After only a few weeks at Breakside, however, there are reports of a new invasion. Colin plans an escape and brings Nicole with him into the nearby forest that surrounds the city. The two of them embark deeper and deeper into the woods, fighting for their survival and their very lives.
Will they make it through to the other side or will starvation get them first? What dangers lurk in the forest waiting for the unlikely couples? What about the tiny man who lives in a cabin in the woods? Will Raz be the friend they hope will get them through to the other side? Most importantly, can their relationship stand the stress of the apocalypse?
Find out in The Forgotten.
Publication Date: November 18, 2013
Many of the post-apocalyptic zombie novels I’ve read have focused on a protagonist’s dealing with the immediate effects of a zombie outbreak, so the fact that The Forgotten is set eight years after a zombie invasion caught my attention and was one motivating factor in my decision to read this book.
Nicole Blue has grown up learning to live in a new world where survival is always at the forefront of everyone’s mind. Nicole’s young life has been filled with tragedy since the zombies came to her hometown bringing destruction and death. With her father as mayor, the town has gradually been rebuilt and fortified with walls to keep the zombies out so citizens can try to have some of the normalcy from their former lives.
When the story begins, Nicole is now 24, her father has passed away, and she has very little to keep her in Altus except for her girlfriend, Megan. No longer content with her life, Nicole yearns for something more. When she moves to the much larger city of Breakside to start a new life, Nicole doesn’t realize how much she will come to question her decision to leave behind the few loved ones she has left in her life.
Breakside offers more opportunities for Nicole, and she experiences much more freedom than she had in Altus. It was intriguing to read about the logistics of living in a post-apocalyptic world where zombies and the risk of infection still pose a serious threat to society. The author paints a detailed verbal picture of what life is like now through Nicole’s journey, and, just when Nicole begins to get lulled into the false sense of security Breakside offers, the walls come tumbling down, literally, when the zombies arrive in full force for another invasion.
From this point the action and the danger escalate as Nicole and her new love, Colin escape from Breakside and struggle to make their way in an uncivilized world where their survival depends on their skills, resourcefulness, and determination. There are several gripping scenes where the outcome looks grim.
As I followed Nicole’s physical journey, I also gained insight into her tumultuous emotional state of mind as she traverses the dangers of this desolate, bleak world realizing that the only one she can rely upon is herself, and the decision to trust others is one not to be taken lightly. At the heart of this story is Nicole’s gradual acceptance of the past, the ones she’s loved and lost, her willingness to live in the here and now, and finally, to learn how to embrace the tenuous future that awaits her.
This book is a quick read and includes a sensual romance where love scenes are consummated but not explicit.
I received a copy of this book from the author for an honest review.
L.C. Mortimer was raised on a small farm in Kansas, which sparked her interest in going off the grid. Learning how to can, garden, and become self-reliant were all important parts of her upbringing. After pursuing her degree in English Literature, Mortimer traveled the country with her husband, living in Hawaii, Maryland, and everywhere in between. When she’s not busy dreaming up her next story, Mortimer can be found stocking up on canned goods for the zombie apocalypse.
GRAND PRIZE: Autographed print copy of Still Hungry For Your Love
RUNNERS UP: 3 runners up – each will win one copy of The Forgotten gifted through Amazon
LC Mortimer’s THE FORGOTTEN Book Blast Schedule 12/16 – 12/21
12/16 – Book Monster Reviews
12/17 Charlene Blogs
12/18 My Book Addiction
12/19 – Tome Tender
12/19 – Sun Mountain Reviews
12/20 – Mythical Books
12/20 For the Love of Bookends
12/21 – Book Pages and Dripping Ink
12/21 – Curling Up With A Good Book
12/21 – Dalene’s Book Reviews
12/21 – Kristina’s Books & More
12/21 – My Tangled Skeins Book Reviews
12/21 – Book Bliss
12/21 – Manga Maniac Cafe