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Paige Miller is determined to take her basketball team to the state championship, maybe even beyond. But as March Madness heats up, Paige falls deathly ill. Days later, she wakes up attached to an IV and learns that the whole world has perished. Everyone she loves, and all of her dreams for the future—they’re gone.
But Paige is a warrior, so she pushes through her fear and her grief. And as she gets through each day—scrounging for food, for shelter, for safety—Paige encounters a few more young survivors. Together, they might stand a chance. But as they struggle to endure their new reality, they learn that the apocalypse did not happen by accident. And that there are worse things than being alone.
This… could have been better. I’ve read a few books by Rae Carson before and while they haven’t been my favourites, I’ve still enjoyed them. She has managed to create really fun fantasy plots previously, so I was looking forward to reading Any Sign of Life.
This one, however, ended up meandering a little and I wasn’t the biggest fan of it. I loved the premise of a teenage girl waking up to find everyone dead and being devoured by crows. That’s some horror movie stuff right there. The beginning of the book started off really well with Paige trying to figure out how she could survive. By the end, though, I was more than a little bored and I had started skim reading. I think the introduction of the new characters came a little too late, and I couldn’t bring myself to care for them. I did really like the two who showed up earlier though, and of course I loved the dog companion.
I wish the ending had been stronger because I was really enjoying this one up until the last third of the book.