Author: Cameo Renae
Title: ARV-3
Published On: 11-24-2013
Series: The After Light Saga #1
Publisher: Crushing Hearts and Black Butterfly Publishing
Pages: 370
My Rating:


The beginning of the end. The Apocalypse.

A nuclear fallout wiped out every living thing on the planet, except for a few thousand of us who took shelter in underground bunkers across the globe. Now, after thirteen long years, we were finally able to return to the topside to begin to rebuild.

We thought we were alone. We were never more wrong.

Before the fallout, scientists had worked on creating an anti-radiation vaccine (ARV). The first two attempts failed, but despite the incomplete tests and results, the government approved and distributed the third serum to the masses in an effort to aid those who had no shelter.

It worked, keeping those who remained on the topside alive, but it also altered and mutated them. This new and infectious threat had completely outnumbered us. Now, we not only had to rebuild our planet. We would have to fight for it.

My name is Abigail Park. I’m seventeen, and this is my story.


I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

A thorough and detailed introduction really paints the scene for this story and will have you in a post-apocalyptic mood faster than an atomic blast. Having recently enjoyed a Doomsday Preppers marathon on television I can completely believe the lengths these families went to set up their “hive”.

I’m actually pretty amused with myself and the selective suspension of disbelief that I’m able to bring to the table. Absolutely no problems with radioactive zombie-like mutants, but I balk at poor logistical planning and the absurdity of how anyone would move as much supplies as they would need, I mean it’s not like someone thought to pack the Lembas bread!

I would love for this to have been a 5-star read as I’ve been itching to read it for a while, but the feel of the story shifts around and has a hard time focusing between action, suspense, some romance, and teen drama in a way that I thought was really distracting. But that’s just me. Still an easy 4 star read that I can’t wait to continue the story with in book two!

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