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August 11, 2013

Review: A Matter of Days by Amber Kizer

A Matter of DaysTitle: A Matter of Days
Author: Amber Kizer
 Delacorte Press
Publication date: June 11, 2013
Genre(s): Young Adult (Post Apocalyptic/Survival)
Source: Publisher (RandomHouse Canada)
Format: ARC
Pages: 288
On Day 56 of the pandemic called BluStar, sixteen-year-old Nadia's mother dies, leaving her responsible for her younger brother Rabbit. They secretly received antivirus vaccines from their uncle, but most people weren't as lucky. Their deceased father taught them to adapt and survive whatever comes their way. That's their plan as they trek from Seattle to their grandfather's survivalist compound in West Virginia. Using practical survival techniques, they make their way through a world of death and destruction until they encounter an injured dog; Zack, a street kid from Los Angeles; and other survivors who are seldom what they seem. Illness, infections, fatigue, and meager supplies have become a way of life. Still, it will be worth it once they arrive at the designated place on the map they have memorized. But what if no one is there to meet them?
I went into A Matter of Days without any expectations whatsoever. I received this book in a surprise package and when I found out it was a survival novel I immediately picked it up. If you know me, then you know I devour every survival book that reaches my doorstop. So far I have loved every single survival book I've read, including A Matter of Days. 
The book starts on day 56 after the epidemic began. almost 98% of the world is dead but two survivors, who will headline this book, are still alive, and they are Nadia and Rabbit (Robert Jr.). The 16 year old girl with her 11 year old brother, in an almost deserted world. Now the main plot in here is for Nadia and Rabbit to travel from Seattle to West Virginia where their uncle is supposed to meet them. I can't give any more details in fear or giving up any spoilers. 
As for the main characters, I love love loved Nadia and Rabbit, as a team these two were just amazing. Also, I've mentioned this before but I love sibling bonding in dystopian and post apocalyptic/survival novels. I kept on being surprised and amazed by how mature Rabbit is and his wide knowledge in everything, from siphoning gas from other cars, to leading them to bodies of water by seeing where a flock of birds are heading. As for Nadia, she was just as fantastic, if not better. She always listened to Rabbit and they operated as a team. Of course we've got Zach who shows up later, and also a dog that became their companion. I do have to point out that this book does not contain any romance. So all you readers who are tired of YA books marketed as dystopian and post apocalyptic/survival only to be sucked into a dramatic love story, this book is for you. 
There were so many heart pounding scenes as well as some pretty freaked out ones where I was praying that Nadia and everyone else would be able to survive from. When I picked it up I didn't think I was even going to like it but what happened is that I ended up reading it in a single day and wishing that there would be a sequel for it. It isn't open ended or anything, but I did wish we got to live a little bit more in their world, especially with how short the book is, at 288 pages. A Matter of Days is another survival novel I will be sure to recommend to all the fans of the survival sub-genre. I will definitely check out any new releases by Amber Kizer and pray for more survival novels by her!


  1. This does sound awesome. Survival stories are sometimes a hit or miss with me, but this sounds like it will be one that I enjoy. Great review.

  2. I haven't heard anything about this book either, so I'm really glad you liked it! I think sibling relationships are really crucial and fun to read about in post-apocalyptic stories as well; Rabbit and Nadia seem like fantastic characters! It'll be interesting for me to read a story without romance, since I'm a romance junkie. I'll have to pick this one up soon, thanks for the wonderful review, Juhina!

  3. I'm kind of iffy on survival stories but glad you liked this one. I'll keep an eye out for it!
    Thanks so much for stopping by! Jen @ YA Romantics

  4. I don't read a lot of survivalist/post-apoc novels, but I do love the sound of those heart-pounding scenes and the compelling team of two that Nadia and Rabbit make. It's nice to know that this book doesn't turn into a dramatic love story either :). I hope that you get to read more books by the author!

  5. This sounds great! I usually like some romance in books, but the survival element of the story sounds like it keeps the book interesting. Nadia and Rabbit also sound like awesome characters. Amazing review :)

  6. Ooh, I've never heard of this book, but it sounds intensely good! Great review!

  7. I'm so glad you liked this one, because I also got an ARC of it and have been dying to read it!!