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Edge of Mercy (Young Adult Dystopian)(Volume 1) (The Mercy Series) by [Marks, C. C.]
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Monsters at the gate. A world gone mad. A secret that endangers them all. Charlie Little is a girl pretending to be a boy and hiding from the threats outside. In this new and dangerous version of the world, where the friend beside you might be an enemy and an enemy might be your only friend, seventeen-year-old Charlie protects her baby sister inside the walls of the community, a group of men and boys who took in what remains of her family. Will the truth she discovers about her protectors save her or ultimately doom her to a fate worse than death?

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It all started with an old fashioned typewriter. When my family brought it home, for the first time, I knew what I wanted to do. All those stories rolling around in my head could finally get out. The press and click of the keys were satisfying in their own right, but when I pulled out a finished page, I knew this was for me. Since then, I've graduated to a laptop, but the stories still find a way out. I'm a breast cancer survivor, a teacher, a wife, a mother, and a writer. I continue to strive for less procrastination and more tact. The battle wages on. Connect Online: Twitter: Facebook Blog:

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  • Publisher: Timbercreek Press (Jan. 2 2014)
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa802c6e4) out of 5 stars A New Look on the Zombie Apocalypse Aug. 16 2013
By A. Ostrow - Published on
Format: Paperback
I received this book from Story Cartel in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.

General: I hate zombie stories- they've been done to death and back and I've sworn off al zombie related products. But this was a gift so to speak and thank goodness or else I never would have picked it up myself. Edge of Mercy puts a human spin on the zombie curse, showing the world of the people fighting to continue to live and not so much just senseless fighting off zombie attacks.

The novel has a few weak links and I figure start there so you don't keep reading how awesome it was if you don't like the weaknesses. The first weakness is perhaps the biggest flaw and almost had me putting the book down at first.The world building isn't done upfront. Only little tidbits of information are given at first and I almost felt it not enough to understand the world. I pushed past it and slowly things fall into place but the aggravation I felt didn't quite leave as it didn't seem to serve any purpose to play hide and seek with the information to the reader. Now there is a secret in the book other than Charlie's and I don't reference that, just the world building. The other is the logistics of her being in a compound for 8 months and actually hiding her femininity from the men. I'm all for the occasional joke that men are blind and don't pay attention but boobs? Not questioning why she didn't shower or pee in front of them? Some things were addressed but for the most part I felt it implausible.

Now on for the good stuff. The world once built was amazing. It was a nice spin on the zombie side that they had more limitations than strengths in this book. It was also awesome to see the dystopia actually play out, it was a perfect addition like Lord of the Flies and The Hunger Games to show just how humanity can fall in the right circumstances.

Charlie "Charlotte" is new to the compound and doesn't have many people she can trust and not to many she even likes. On top of that she despises the Council, the rulers who decided the fate of everything. She's learned to not question anything but has millions of them running through her head. And why are there no women in the compound but her little sister can stay? This book served mainly to enter into the world and build a fondness for Charlie and it worked perfectly. My only real complaint...CLIFFHANGERS. I'll leave it at that.

Characters: Charlie- So much of this character is wonderfully believable. As a female posing to be a male there were so many moments when the young lady slipped through and made it so much more true to the reality of it. She was obstinate and fearful at the right moments. Confused and lost as someone who had lost their whole world would be.

Thomas: I loved Thomas from the get go. Silent and with eyes that never aren't watching his hero attitude goes no further than that, wanting to help. His manner suits someone who holds the knowledge he holds and I cannot wait to see more of him.

Zeke: Zeke I'm on the fence about. I know I should love his jovial manner right away. But in the face of such circumstances he read more like a pest to me than a comedian. His acts of heroism were plentiful and seemed to counteract and contradict his goofiness and possibly why I found it hard to connect with him.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa802c738) out of 5 stars Great read Aug. 10 2012
By ACRunner88 - Published on
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This post-apocalyptic zombie-esque tale is worth the read. While there are many undead apocalypse novels, this one has a new spin. Rather than focus on the "creatures" so much, the writer focuses on the society formed by necessity in this new world. The story outlines the teenage protagonist's struggle to keep her secret identity hidden in order to remain in the safety of "the community". There are many twists and turns--damning revelations within the community, ominous plots, and a little love. It's an exciting story line that makes you want to keep reading. While I haven't read anything else by this author, I'd definitely read the sequel. I have high hopes for the series. :) Can't wait for the next book.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa802ca14) out of 5 stars ok but little variation on the theme July 31 2014
By pterpening - Published on
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This story is better than most of the Kindle freebies but I am not a fan of the zombie/apocalypse theme. I was hoping for more variation from evil inside the gates and death outside.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa802c90c) out of 5 stars a fight for survival, and worth the read May 10 2014
By Loren Weaver - Published on
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Edge of Mercy begins with a young boy after the world ends. Draghoul, the zombie-like disease that infected the world, scrabble at the edge of the compound where Charlie and her friends live. Except, Charlie isn’t a boy, and girls are particularly sweet meat to the infected.
I liked Charlie, as a character, because she’s scared and traumatized, and it shows. She has been through more than any seventeen year old should have to, and it affects her decisions. She scared, nervous, distrusting, frustrated. She can envision a better world, but no one will help her reach it. Fiercely protective of her baby sister, Star, Charlie is trying to survive in an environment tailor made out of her own worst nightmares.
Thomas and Zeke, the only two boys she really trusts in the entire complex full of men, are polar opposites. Zeke is the exuberant, boastful, try-to-hide-all-scars type while Thomas is steady, focused, and protective. The two boys are tested to their limits in just how far they’re willing to go for the girl they call their friend.
Edge of Mercy is book one in the series, and I’m definitely going to find book two!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa802caf8) out of 5 stars Fans of The Hunger Games and The Walking Dead will love this book! May 17 2014
By JDB - Published on
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Edge of Mercy by C. C. Marks is a fast-paced, well-written, exciting story that I could barely put down. The story is so compelling that I’m already immersed in the second of the series, Heart of Mercy.

From the first page, the author throws the reader into the action as our heroine Charlotte (pretending to be a boy named Charlie) hunkers down for another night amidst the shrieks and pounding from the zombie-like Draghouls outside the walls of an isolated community of surviving humans. I haven’t read any other zombie-themed books, but I am a fan of The Walking Dead, and there are striking similarities between the infection that causes the “turning” of humans and the way the disease spreads. Nonetheless, Edge of Mercy is a unique story about a young woman’s fight to survive in a world gone mad.

Edge of Mercy is told from Charlie’s point of view in a voice that rings strong and true. Charlie is smart and impulsive and her courage grows as she learns more about the people in the community and their terrible secrets.

Fans of the Hunger Games and The Walking Dead will love this book.