Review: Chasers by James Phelan

March 11, 2013 2 stars, Book Review, Young Adult 6 ★★

Pabkin’s One Liner: A great start but stutters out shortly thereafter.


The trip of a lifetime just turned into the end of the world.

When Jesse crawls out of the wreckage of a subway car and emerges into daylight, he’s greeted by a living nightmare. An unexplained force has destroyed New York City, turning skyscrapers into ash, cutting off all power and communication. Jesse and his new friends, Dave, Anna and Mini are dazed but unhurt. The other survivors are not so lucky. Every human being they encounter is infected, gripped by an unquenchable thirst that drives them to monstrous acts of violence.

Somehow, Jesse has to escape. But first, he has to stay alive.

Zombie fiction has become such a hugely popular thing lately and I can’t help it I’ve been swept up and can’t get enough.

Chasers is told entirely from Jesse’s POV. He is a decent character and I got to really like him. I did like the other kids different personalities, I thought a lot of their behavior probably spot on. But almost the entire book is just all of them being holed up on the restaurant level of a skyscraper. Repetitive daily scavenging and lazing around for the most part.

Now, what was seriously aggravating was the lack of dialogue punctuation through the whole novel!

Chasers sounded like it would be a good addition to the young adult scene. I felt that this wasn’t even a real zombie book. I tell you there were about FOUR zombie scenes. Four! What kind of zombie book only has roughly four scenes with them in it? The book is called “Chasers” and yet these “chasers” were barely seen, and hardly felt. Though admittedly I did like the concept of them being thirsty, not hungry for flesh like the typical genre zombie.

Depending on the kind of zombie book you are going, most of them still set your teeth on edge or instill this kind of tempered anxiety in you as you read. Unfortunately, I didn’t feel anything with Chasers other than bored out of my mind. There was an awesome twist ending that I didn’t see coming at all. It that made a lot of other stuff earlier on make sense, but it wasn’t enough to redeem the overall experience for me.

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Though I may not have loved it – Here are a few other reviews so you can get a different perspective!

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6 Responses to “Review: Chasers by James Phelan”

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    Hmm, it sounds like this book could have been very interesting, so it’s a shame it didn’t deliver. It’s great when there is an awesome twist at the end, but it’s just not enough when you are bored throughout the whole story. I think I will stay away from this one. Thanks for the great review 🙂

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    • Tabitha the Pabkins

      Very possible! Yeah I needed more zombies. This one is more hmmm survival and reflection…and all about being inside your own head I think. Not bad but I just wanted more action ya know?