Sunday, August 2, 2015

THE LIVING by Matt de la Pena

The Living by Matt de la Pena

"Best prepare yourself, young fella. The sea is fittin' to make itself known tonight."

You're going to want to carve out some time to dive into The Living by Matt de la Pena. Not because of the length, but because you will be obsessed. Obsessed with the writing. Obsessed with the main character, Shy. Obsessed with starting the next chapter.

Matt de la Pena hooks you in the first chapter. Clutch for many readers. Shy is on his first run for his new job on a cruise ship to help his mom with money when he is involved in An Incident that serves as the catalyst for the rest of the book. De la Pena slowly reveals Shy's backstory and we learn that in the world of The Living, an epidemic called Romero's Disease is quickly spreading. Though seemingly removed from the issues going on back home, things on the ship rapidly decline and that's when I got sucked in. It was right around page 100 that I knew I wasn't stopping any time soon. 

Get The Living today. And while you're at it, you're going to want the sequel The Hunted, too. 

Getting autographed copies at ILA in St. Louis