Review: A Matter of Days by Amber Kizer

A matter of Days

Source: Random House Kids– I received this book in exchange for an honest review. I received no compensation
Publisher: Random House Kids
Series: –
Edition: Hardcover, 269 Pages
Genre: Young Adult Survival/Post Apocalyptic
Purchase:Amazon  /Barnes & Noble / Book Depository*
*I receive a small monetary kickback from Amazon purchases
Rating: 4.5/5

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?

A Matter of Days is a survival book with a rare feature, there is no over the top sci-fi angle and there are no monsters waiting to destroy them. Instead it’s a survival book with an incredibly realistic feel and very realistic cause, and in it we watch a sixteen year old set out in a world half dead and fend for herself and her younger brother.

The book is very short and it moves quickly, literally counting the days that have passed  since the human population started to dwindle down to almost nothing. The cause isn’t really important, but it’s something that could happen incredibly easy in our world of fast travel and constant contact. A virus. The effect is what Nadia and her brother Robert, known as Rabbit, have to deal with. They have to leave the marginal comfort of their home and make their way across a country where danger is present. I loved the realism in this. We see two siblings take care of each other, support each other, squabble and joke with each other. We see them break down and we see them make bad choices, but they pull through.

Nadia and Rabbit are amazing main characters. They have been taught to survive by their military father and thanks to their uncle, who had enough warning about the virus spreading, supplies and a goal. With their parents dead they have to fend for themselves and I could honestly see how human these two were. There were moments when my purely logical brain would scream for them to avoid something, but in their real desperation they would go anyway. I also loved their banter and even their squabbles, because it’s rare to find a YA book (outside of contemporary) with a sibling relationship that truly seems real. We also have Zack, who is someone they meet along they way. He’s used to struggle and making things work to get by, and it was interesting to see how he fared as well as his dynamic with the siblings.

If you’re looking for a quick, addicting read then I completely recommend A Matter of Days. There is a ton of tension and a lot of true emotion poured into these characters. As an added bonus it’s a stand alone, so you know you’re going to get the answers you need before it’s all over.

4.5 Stars

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11 Responses to Review: A Matter of Days by Amber Kizer

  1. Christina T. says:

    This sounds fantastic! Great review!

  2. The virus sounds scary, but Nadia and Rabbit sounds wonderful. I think I would like this! Great review.

  3. lab1990 says:

    Sounds like an interesting book!! I like that it’s a stand alone and the sibling dynamic sounds realistic and great – I always like books with wonderful characters. 🙂

    Lauren from http://www.shootingstarsmag.blogspot.com

  4. Pamela D says:

    This book sounds very interesting. I love zombie books, because the idea of a virus exploding through the population seems like something that could really happen. This book seems to be in the same vein.

  5. Ooo this sounds good Michelle and I an excited that you enjoyed it so much!

  6. This sounds like my kind of book. I love YA post-apocalyptic stories. I’ll be adding this one to my GoodReads tbr shelf. Thanks for reviewing it!

  7. Oooo. I love standalones, especially if they’re not the contemporary kind. Waiting can be a pain sometimes. And this being a post-apocalyptic book makes it all the better. I’m assuming the focus on relationships would be on the siblings. Or will there be a romantic one? Anyway, this looks really good!

  8. Christy says:

    Even though there aren’t monsters or anything, that it’s realistic can be just as scary. Hell, who needs zombies when there are real scary people to deal with.

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