It is silence, not screams of terror, which proclaims the end of the world...Minji Nordim is vacationing in Las Vegas with her small family when she witnesses the beginning of a terrifying apocalypse. When humanity is transformed into mindless drones by a terrifying supernatural event only Minji appears to be immune. Thousands die instantly, but the other affected people are drawn to the Nevada desert.
Nothing stands in the way of the mesmerized. Not fire, not heights, not rubble. As the bodies pile in the streets and the relentless wave of the mesmerized plods into the deadly desert, Minji is trapped in a burning city attempting to rescue her family. When Minji encounters other unaffected survivors, they band together to survive in a city that is crumbling all around them. With no hope of rescue and the event slowly spreading across the world, Minji and the others must decide who to save among the mesmerized and where to go before the city is in ashes. Even more unsettling is that Minji senses that the force behind the event is observing them...Can one woman save her family and the world?
I loved The Mesmerized... it was part horror, part mystery, part human survival, and part love story. And until the very end I didnt really know which way it was going to go. Rhiannon Frater has a way of writing that makes you feel like you are there... and she makes her characters truly easy to connect with... even if you hate them. I read her other book Dead Spots first... which is one my top 3 favorite books ever and SO amazing! so this one wasn't quite Dead Spots but still an incredible story that keeps you wondering and intrigued until the very end. The imagination and creativity that went into this story is just amazing. Definitely recommend!!!! :)
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I love Frater's zombie Trilogy (that I cannot remember the series name of! As the World Ends?) so I had high hopes for this story. I was not disappointed. I, like so many other reviewers, enjoyed the different take on the "zombie" Plague. I loved the way it ended, Minji's final warning to Alec. The family dynamic was refreshing, and I enjoyed the varied characters' reactions to the apocalypse. We all know that disasters and trials really do bring out the best and worst of people, and Frater did a good job of presenting that idea as well.