Hi, there! Sorry for another late post, but it’s a holiday in my country and I only got home an hour ago, haha! Today I’m here to talk about a book that blew my mind: Omen Operation, by Taylor Brooke, the first in the Isolation series! I receive a review copy of this from Xpresso Book Tours in exchange for an honest review 🙂
After an epidemic spreads through the country, Brooklyn Harper’s high school years come to an abrupt end.
Implanted in a rural camp, Brooklyn and her friends are cut off from their families and the outside world. Each day is filled with combat training to assure their safety against the crazed, belligerent, and deadly— those infected with a mysterious virus.
If the world couldn’t get any crazier, a letter ups the insanity…
After being assured day after day that the world outside their little camp had been compromised, Brooklyn’s cabin-mate, Dawson Winters, finds a letter that turns everything they’d known upside down. There is a world outside the trees that surrounds their camp, and the virus they all feared seems non-existent.
Determined to see it herself, Brooklyn plots with others to attempt an escape…
On the outside, Brooklyn finds the world is as normal as ever. But when they are attacked in the city, they dispose of their attackers far more efficiently than any normal human.. Is there more to Brooklyn and her friends then just being highly trained?
As their exploration continues, the group is faced with impossible feats. Betrayal, love, death, and a powerful sense of camaraderie lead Brooklyn and her friends to fight for their life, their freedom, and most of all, each other.
Just remembering that those were my impressions and opinion as a reader 🙂
Can I just say something? WOW.
I wish I could say that’s my review, because I’m at a loss for words, haha! You see, I usually don’t read post-apocalyptic or zombie books – don’t really know why, as I liked all my reads from this genre to this day. Hum… Anyway, Omen Operation exceeded my expectative and I really enjoyed it. I only thought it a bit slow in the beginning, as it didn’t quite hold my interest. I’m glad I kept reading, because I had a mind-blow, haha! Overall, four stars 🙂
The narrative was third person styled (yay!) from several points of view. In the beginning, I kept losing focus of who was telling the story, but once I got used to it (I’m awful with names, haha!), I didn’t even feel the change anymore, it was something natural 🙂
The plot was very good. A bit complex and the start of the book overall is confusing, as I think Brooke wanted us readers to feel like one of the teens in the cabin, but it didn’t work out for me, haha! I felt like a complete outsider on the first half of the book. Oh, well.
The characters were a surprise. As they are rather thrown at the reader in the beginning, I didn’t expect to like them as much as I did! Also, I’ve seen some people exalting the diversity of characters in every sense of the world that was present in Omen Operation and, as much as I love it, I was afraid it would be too stereotyped. THANK HEAVENS I WAS WRONG! ❤ I liked them a lot and loved how things went between them and how they dealt with things. Awesome!
Oh, and of course, I have to comment the zombie aspect: highly surprising!! =O
I definitely have to invest more in zombie books, haha! I really enjoyed Omen Operation and can’t wait for the next volume!
Thanks for reading my review! Bellow, you can find information on where to find Omen Operation, more about the author, Taylor Brooke, and a giveaway!
You can find Omen Operation in both paperback and ebook formats!
Taylor Brooke is the author of the sci-fi adventure trilogy The Isolation Series. She started out as a freelance makeup artist, and quickly discovered her love of elves, zombies, mermaids, kaiju, and monsters of all kinds. After receiving eight professional certifications in special effects makeup, working on countless projects, and fleshing out a multitude of fantastical creatures, she turned her imagination back to her one true love — books. Taylor has had a knack for writing since she was a little girl, and received recognition for her skills throughout grade school and junior college. When she’s not nestled in a blanket typing away on her laptop, she can be found haunting the local bookstore with a cup of steaming hot tea in her hands, scanning the shelves for new reads, or hiking one of the many mountains that surround her home in Oregon.
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That’s it, thanks for reading the whole post and thanks again to Xpresso Book Tours for my spot on the tour and the review copy 🙂