BOOK REVIEW: Chasers: Alone  

Posted by Scott Wilson

Title: Alone - Chasers

Author: James Phelan

Publisher: Hachette

RRP: $16.99

ISBN: 9780733624797

Release Date: May 2010

Pages: 272


The gripping story of four teenagers who survive a devastating pandemic in New York City.


Jesse is on a UN Youth Ambassadors camp in New York when his subway carriage is rocked by an explosion. Jesse and his three friends, Anna, Dave and Mini, crawl out from the wreckage only to discover a city in chaos. Streets are deserted. Buildings are in ruins. Worse, the only other survivors seem to be infected with a virus that turns them into horrifying predators …

Outnumbered. No sign of life. Just Them. And you… ALONE.

James Phelan studied and worked in architecture before turning to English literature and graduating with an MA in writing. He divides his time between writing projects and post-graduate study. James has published four adult novels with Hachette: FOX HUNT, PATRIOT ACT, BLOOD OIL and LIQUID GOLD. Previous Books: Patriot Act (2007), Blood Oil (2008), Fox Hunt (2009), Liquid Gold (2009)


I wanted to read this book simply because I am a bit of a zombie fan, be it movie, graphic novel or book. While Alone – Chasers was classed as a YA book, I found it written in a style that would appeal to both the YA and Adult market.

Alone, starts with a bunch of teens travelling on a train in America’s underground system when an unknown and unexplained attack takes out the train and many of its passengers. When the kids regain consciousness and find their way out of the tunnel, they are shocked at the sight of people drinking from the bodies of the fallen, or unaffected.

The story travels along at a rapid pace from here, with the group fighting for survival in a strange and hostile environment while looking for answers as to who and why this attack happened.

This is not your typical clich├ęd zombie tale.

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