Kill or Cure Series: Book 2 – Bloodlust by Pixie Britton (Book Review)

We continue the story of Alyx and Tommy in the Kill or Cure series with book 2, Bloodlust.

…possible spoiler warning…

The group are now on the run once more, after escaping Panama and General Sinter. With Tommy’s condition deteriorating they race to Alhena in a bid to find Mia Rose, but unknown to them General Sinter lies in wait with sinister plans in mind for Tommy. Will they find the help that they seek, or will the General catch them first?

There’s one thing in particular about Bloodlust which confuses me, in Kill or Cure Winter is described as being a six year old kid and since Paradise is a Club, I’m confused as to why they took Winter with them to meet Tyron. Suzie explains their need to remain under the radar, without drawing undue attention to themselves. But surely taking a young kid to a Club, especially when General Sinter would have made it known that the gang were travelling with a young one-of-a-kind kid, would surely be a bad idea? Would it not have been better to leave Winter with Suzie and Tommy, to help them remain inconspicuous.

Also, considering we’re in the middle of the zombie apocalypse, how did word spread so fast throughout the walled communities and shanty towns about Alyx and Tommy? Tyron claims their faces are plastered all over town? Surely this suggests that General Sinter is one step ahead of them, and has quickly made his way to Alhena to trap them? However, if Sinter had contact with Alhena direct from Panama, wouldn’t he either keep it quiet from those in Halo, or offer a reward for their capture instead, prompting Tyron to ensure Alyx gains access to Alhena and placing Tommy straight into Sinter’s hands? Maybe I’m missing something here, or looking into the story too deeply.

Otherwise, I’ve genuinely enjoyed the series so far, but would have expected a much more detailed analysis of Tommy’s condition, especially as the book doesn’t really do justice to its title. For a novel called ‘Bloodlust’ there’s very little discussion over Tommy’s lust for blood, with the story focusing simply on his ravenous hunger.

As mentioned in my previous review, the Kill or Cure series has an interesting dystopian world and we get to see a lot more of this in book 2, with the journey to Halo and Alhena. Living conditions in these towns appear to be realistic, but maybe have too much emphasis on modern conveniences like giant outdoor TVs for advertising and public announcements, or internet, which I’m assuming is how Sinter communicates between towns. While it makes sense for the military to still have internet or satellite communications, I’m still confused as to where the photographs and video footage of the group escaping Panama came from?

At 4 out of 5 stars, I’m thoroughly enjoying the Kill or Cure series, there’s a great story with a fast pace, which takes a different approach to the traditional zombie genre. Of course Bloodlust is not without its faults or issues, but is perfect for young teens who are just looking for a good dystopian read, who don’t mind reading about romance, love-triangles and typical teenage-angst. I tend to be overly critical sometimes when I find inconsistencies that confuse my logical brain, but don’t let this put you off an otherwise enjoyable series.

I received a complimentary copy of Bloodlust directly from the author, Pixie Britton and have voluntarily chosen to write this honest review.

Quick Review Update:

So, it turns out that my exhausted and stressed brain screwed up a bit, I made a mistake in thinking Winter was only 6 years old. I misunderstood the chapter where Winter was introduced, and confused Winter with the infected girl that attacked Alyx, stupidly thinking it was the same character. She’s actually a teenager, and everything makes a heck of a lot more sense now. Sorry Pixie, my bad.

See also:

Kill or Cure Series: Book 1 – Kill or Cure

Kill or Cure Series: Book 3 – Oblivion

Author: Sarah

I review science fiction, fantasy and horror novels.

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