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A Matter of Days

by Amber Kizer

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It is day 16 into the global pandemic when a mother dies leaving 16-year old Nadia to take care of her little brother "Rabbit". Their only hope as violence takes over the town of few survivors is to trek across the country to try to find their reclusive uncle in his stronghold. There are some strong scenes as the siblings try to find food, fuel and safe places to rest and the true apocalyptic feel of even if they survive today and get across country, will there be anything there to find? Excellent book for grades 8 & up. ( )
  sgrame | Oct 2, 2015 |
After a virus wipes out 90% of the population, Nadia and her brother decide that they have to travel across the country to find their military uncle who has been preparing for such an event and will help them survive. ( )
  JRlibrary | Aug 26, 2014 |
I love survival stories and I completely appreciated that there are NO ZOMBIES in this one! It is quite gruesome so you may want to apprise your younger readers of this. A very exciting survival story that can be emotionally difficult to read at times, but, unfortunately, true to life. ( )
  amandacb | Apr 2, 2014 |
Sixteen year old Nadia covers her mother's body tenderly as her brother- Rabbit finishes packing the jeep for a cross country trip hopefully to safety and family. The epidemic Blustar has wiped out everyone in their town, in most of the world actually. The kids are lucky (?) though, as their uncle is a military doctor who has worked on special projects over the past several years to develop vaccines against germ warfare and has helped them prepare. Their deceased father was a soldier who taught them many survival techniques, enabling them to " be the cockroaches' and survive the after effects of disaster. While meeting up with many undesireables, they also meet up with former LA's and current "Zacksville's" Zack and 2 pets who they adopt as they head east. Do they really stand a chance in this new world with all of its horrors? Can they find their family thousands of miles away? Will they even be alive? Recommended for grades 7 & up. 276 pages. ( )
  sgrame | Feb 18, 2014 |
This novel is a 2014 Lone Star selection. I would say this is a dystopian novel although it isn’t like the Hunger Games where one is fighting the government. Instead, it’s a story of survival in the face of no government.

In a matter of months, over 95% of the Earth’s population has died from a virus that was accidentally unleashed by a foreign country. Nadia and her brother, Rabbit, have stayed inside their home nursing their mom and preparing to leave once most people have died. Their uncle visited a few months ago and gave them a shot that would hopefully keep them from contracting the virus. Unfortunately, their mom didn’t get the virus in time. She finally succumbs, dying. Rabbit and Nadia are on their own. Waiting for most people to die makes the journey they must take a little safer. They are to travel from Seattle, Washington, to West Virginia where their grandfather and uncle have a bunker. Nadia doesn’t even know how to drive. Rabbit may be younger, but he is smart and has been preparing the car while Nadia has been nursing their mom. They are ready to leave.

The novel is about their journey as they encounter good and bad people who are trying to survive in their own ways. Their dad was in the military before he died and he always told them to “be the cockroach. Survive the effect, not the cause.” This advice keeps them alive as they must make difficult choices in order to live. ( )
  acargile | Jan 28, 2014 |
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   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?

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In the not-too-distant future when a global pandemic kills most of humanity, a teenaged girl and her younger brother struggle to survive.

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