Review: Wisteria – Bisi Leyton
Wisteria’s life has been anything but normal. For several years, she and her family have had to scavenge for whatever they need in hopes of surviving amongst the undead. Nero, a medicine that was meant to help people all over the world, has inadvertently turned everyone into flesh-eaters. Everywhere she looks, biters lie ready to pounce and feed on the unsuspecting.
Determined to not become one of them, Wisteria has decided to follow in her mother’s footsteps and become a tracker. Their job is to note and catalogue the undead’s movements in hopes of gleaning as much information as possible in order to find a suitable cure for the disease. Every now and then, they’ll need to ‘cure’ the biters if they get too close. Unfortunately, that’s easier said than done. The biters aren’t your normal every day zombies. They’re relentless and hungry and are quite agile.
When an ordinary mission goes awry and she finds herself miles away from her beloved safe haven, the Isle of Smythe, Wisteria soon realizes she’ll need to use her wits and skills to survive the onslaught of biters intent on making her their meal. Help arrives unexpectedly in the form of a dark-haired, green eyed boy by the name of Bach. Part of her acknowledges that she finds him to be quite familiar. Unfortunately, the holes in her memory prevent her from remembering that which she needs to know.
As the situation becomes dire, Wisteria and Bach do everything possible to survive the nightmare they now find themselves in. In addition to the biters, they now have to fend off the Red Phoenix, a group intent on doing away with Bach and their friends, once and for all. Bach, on the other hand, refuses to fall prey to their machinations and tries to stay one step ahead of them.
When secrets of their past begin to surface, they soon realize there’s more at stake than they knew. Those they love and care for are intent on keeping them from ever knowing who they really are. Fighting their growing attraction, Bach and Wisteria do everything they can to make the most of the situations they find themselves. Despite the secrets they’ve discovered, neither can deny that they’re made for one another. Love is just around the corner, a certainty both are aware of. But first, they must deal with the obstacles that have cropped up a long the way in hopes of finding that light at the end of the darkened tunnel.
I found this book to be highly delightful and entertaining. Bisi has some great ideas going on. She really does. This isn’t your ordinary zombie story, that’s for sure. The alien theory adds a certain amount of intrigue to the mix and I find Wisteria’s vulnerability in the face of such adversities a little endearing.
The book does have quite a bit of editing issues that need to be fixed. If you don’t mind that and can allow yourself to read past them, this is definitely a story worth reading. I do wish that the history of the Family was expanded upon a little more. At times, it felt as if not much was explained about them or about how Bach and Wisteria truly came to meet one another. I felt that portion of the story would have benefited from a little more information. All in all, it’s still a good read.
Sixteen year old Wisteria Kuti has two options—track the infected around the Isle of Smythe or leave the only known safe haven and face a world infested with flesh eating biters. But even with well-armed trackers, things go wrong and Wisteria ends up alone facing certain death, until she is rescued by the mysterious Bach. Uninfected, Bach is able to survive among the hordes of living dead.
Eighteen year old Bach, from a race known as The Family, has no interest in human affairs. He was sent here to complete his Great Walk and return home as a man—as a Sen Son. The Family regard humans as Dirt People, but Bach is drawn to this Terran girl, whom he has never seen before, but somehow knows.
Hunted by flesh eaters, cannibals, and the mysterious blood thirsty group called Red Phoenix, Wisteria and Bach make their way back to the Isle of Smythe, a community built on secrets and lies.
About The Author:
Bisi Leyton was born in East London in 1978. She grew up in London, Nigeria and the States, listening to the stories life and love from aunts, cousins and big sisters.
She lives in London, but has worked around Europe including France, Germany, Ireland, Belgium and the Czech Republic. She has a fondness for reading graphic novels.
Connect With Her Online:
Current Blog: http://bisileyton.blogspot.com
Old Blog: http://bisileyton.wordpress.com
Audiobook Excerpt: http://youtu.be/ajkVrlUDrx4