June 25, 2015
Alive, by Scott Sigler
A teenage girl awakens to find herself trapped in a coffin. She has no idea who she is, where she is, or how she got there. Fighting her way free brings little relief—she discovers only a room lined with caskets and a handful of equally mystified survivors. Beyond their room lies a corridor filled with bones and dust, but no people … and no answers. She knows only one thing about herself—her name, M. Savage, which was engraved on the foot of her coffin—yet she finds herself in charge. She is not the biggest among them, of the boldest, but for some reason the others trust her. Now, if they’re to have any chance, she must get them to trust one another. Whatever the truth is, she is determined to find it and confront it. If she has to lead, she will make sure they survive. Maybe there’s a way out, a rational explanation, and a fighting chance against the dangers to come. Or maybe a reality they cannot comprehend lies just beyond the next turn.
Don’t read too many reviews lest you spoil the story. Horror great, Scott Sigler, writes a great dystopian sci-fi adventure that is a journey of discovery to learn the cold truth of life: Some horrible things are simply out of our control.
We act in ways we think are noble, just or true, but what happens when we don’t have all the information? What do we do when we don’t know who we are or our position in the world we see?
It should come as no surprise that this book is dark. If there were a movie adaptation of this book, I would’ve expected H.R. Geiger to design all the sets. I actually enjoyed Alive better than the horror works he’s known for. The Infected trilogy will be usurped by the Alive trilogy.
Although the protagonists are YA, Alive holds nothing back. You can expect the full range of humanity: pride, lust, fear, anger, and the notion that everything we know is wrong adorn the cast of characters.
I’m glad I stopped off to the Del Rey booth at Phoenix Comicon to receive my autographed ARC of Alive. It’s a great story, and I look forward to reading Alight and Away in the next few years.
New York Times best-selling author Scott Sigler is the creator of fifteen novels, six novellas and dozens of short stories. His works are available from Crown Publishing and Del Rey Books. In 2005, Scott built a large online following by releasing his audiobooks as serialized podcasts. A decade later, he still gives his stories away — for free — every Sunday at scottsigler.com. His loyal fans, who named themselves “Junkies,” have downloaded over thirty-five million individual episodes. Scott is the co-founder of Empty Set Entertainment, which publishes his Galactic Football League series. He lives in San Diego, CA, with his dog Reesie.