Review: Tomorrow Land by Mari Mancusi

Source: NLA/Netgalley – I received this book in exchange for an honest review. I received no compensation.
Publisher: NLA
Edition: E-Galley
Genre: Young Adult Science Fiction
Purchase: Amazon/ Barnes & Noble *
*I receive a small monetary kickback from Amazon purchases
Rating: 2/5

Can true love survive the end of the world?

Imagine finding your first love, only to be ripped apart by the apocalypse. Peyton Anderson will never forget the day she was forced to make a choice–between her family–and Chris Parker, the boy she’d given her heart. Now, four years later, as she steps from the fallout shelter and into a dead and broken world, he’s the only thing on her mind.

All Chris “Chase” Parker wanted was to take Peyton away and keep her safe from harm. But he waited for hours in the rain on judgment day and she never showed–breaking his heart without ever telling him why.

Now the two of them have been thrown together once again, reluctant chaperones to a group of orphan children in a post-apocalyptic world where the dead still walk…and feed. As they begin their pilgrimage to the last human outpost on Earth, can they find a way to let go of old hurts and find the love they lost–all while attempting to save what’s left of the human race?

Tomorrow Land has such a promising concept. Two people who finally come together are torn apart by the apocalypse and then unexpectedly find each other again years later. It’s a tale of a reunion that holds the pain of betrayal and even more reservation than the first time they came together.

The world in which we are introduced is still similar to our own physically but the actual society is ruled by technology. If you want to play sports or hang out then there is a good chance you’ll be doing it in a simulator, and if you don’t like your nose you can get your parents to pay for surgery. I liked that the society was superficial and at the same time much more strict when it came to medicines, news, and such. I didn’t feel like the world was fully realized though and there was a lot of potential to have more about the government explained, however it’s not. This is a stand alone so what you read is what you get, and while I’m glad that Mancusi could tell the whole story in a single book I really think it might have benefited from having at least one more or perhaps more pages. The one thing that I actually thought was a great addition to this was the drug abuse by one of the characters, it’s not something you see a lot in YA lit. It actually touches on a bit of mentality behind it and how it can go from being something that is needed to something that purely desired. The ‘zombies’ are interesting and still fairly human like, which I thought was a great addition to this but again it’s not a new concept.

Peyton and Chris are two people on opposite ends of the spectrum socially before the apocalypse, but both have their issues. Peyton’s is that she has a rather eccentric father who is obsessed with the possibility of their being an apocalypse and Chris is a bit awkward. It’s a well-used scenario and a bit expected, two people forced together by some rather odd developments. I did like Chris though, he’s really sweet and sees the value in Peyton when she doesn’t. However it took me quite a while to like Peyton, and even in the end I was still rather unfond of her. She’s a girl who is trained to take care of herself and she can hold her own in a fight, but mentally she’s more unsure and I found her personality a bit irritating. Thanks to her father she has some rather interesting accessories which instead of finding them cool I found them to be a bit silly.

I think overall I found the book to be okay and while it doesn’t really add anything new to the genre it’s still a decent read for an afternoon of reading.

2 stars

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7 Responses to Review: Tomorrow Land by Mari Mancusi

  1. I had problems with this book too. I read it awhile back, so I don’t remember too much of what specifically bugged me. But I remember thinking it could’ve been really good. So I’m with you on this one. πŸ™‚

  2. Aw, such an amazing premise the love and torn apart to find each other, sigh…
    Sad it didn’t live up

  3. kimbacaffeinate says:

    The synopsis had me drooling but there are a sea of books in this genre and a few have made the others sink. Great review!

  4. Lauren says:

    This premise does sound so cool, but it sounds like it didn’t really deliver anything special. Thanks for your honesty! Great review πŸ™‚

  5. trishhannon111 says:

    Even the synopsis doesn’t sound very unique, sounds like a mix of Uglies and Under The Never Sky plus some drug abuse issues. Thanks for the honest review (as always!).

  6. It’s too bad that this one wasn’t as good as it could have been. I might still pick it up for when I need a quick afternoon read but I think my niece would love this one. πŸ™‚
    Kimberly @ Turning the Pages

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