Saturday, October 21, 2017

[Book Review] Humanity's Hope by Pembroke Sinclair

Book Review of Humanity's Hope by Pembroke Sinclair

Humanity's Hope by Pembroke Sinclair is a story that takes place once the world has begun to level out after the zombie uprising.

Zombie novels can be tricky. In my reading experience, I have seen a number of authors handle it really well, while others totally tanked... In this case, I think the author put a fun twist on the zombie! I absolutely loved the first half of the book, but unfortunately, I didn't really care for the second half.

Full disclosure: I was given a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. This did not affect my rating in any way. 

Humanity's Hope by Pembroke Sinclair

I think the full synopsis gives too much away! So here is just a blurb from the synopsis.

Synopsis blurb: 

Caleb, a 17-year-old boy, survived the zombie uprising, but he didn’t come out of the ordeal unscathed. He’s been scarred—both mentally and physically. The rest of humanity is trying to rebuild, to make the world normal again. Caleb is trying to return to a normal life also, but after all he’s seen, after the loss of his family and friends, the transition is difficult. The darkness that led him down a path of self-doubt and self-harm keeps trying to creep back into his mind.

My thoughts:
Though the zombie content was pretty light, I did really enjoy the scenes where zombies were present. I also loved the explanations regarding the three different types of zombies and found each of them really interesting.

For the first half of the book, I just could not put it down! I was loving the flow and the elements of the story that were presented! Unfortunately the book ended up taking a turn that I didn't care for, but more on that later.

The story really centered around the main character, Caleb, who has a great job as a computer tech at Zomtech, but he toes the fine line between being stable and collapsing into a dark place filled with guilt and terror. As a character overall, I did like him. However, I found that he was pretty whiny and self-indulgent. It wasn't enough to make me flat out dislike him, but I certainly didn't love the character. 

The other three characters that we got to see the most were Samuel, Matt, and Jan. I found each of these three to be very interesting, but I was bummed that we didn't really get to know them.

I'm not usually a fan of book with lots of political elements, but the complexity here in relation to the required blood work and the treatment of the zombies was really interesting. 

The overall story arc was fun. It certainly left me thinking that there will be a second book (fingers crossed!).

Beware, the negatives:
Going into this book, I didn't really know what to expect. The synopsis seemed interesting, but as I was reading, I decided that it gave way too much away! I'm a bit fan of books that throw in twists that totally catch me off guard, which did happen once here, but I wish that one specific element had been left out of the synopsis so I could have discovered while reading instead.

Once I hit the halfway point, I began to find that the book was becoming more and more repetitive in both the descriptions and the inner monologues of the MC. Per usual, this is my major reading irk. It wasn't so repetitive that it made me want to DNF, but I definitely think another rounds of edits could help balance it out. 

Also at this halfway point, I felt that the story kind of stalled out. It went from being really intriguing to rather irritating as we just followed Caleb and his inner thoughts. I don't think it would have been so rough for me if it wasn't as repetitive... but unfortunately I just found it boring. I kept putting it down or taking breaks because I just wasn't engaged with the story anymore.

When I reached the ending, it felt very abrupt. I'm not really sure how I feel about it... The twist sort of felt like it was added in just so there was a shock. Unfortunately, it just left me a little confused. The ending also left a lot of loose ends, which I'm not a fan of.

My favorite passages:
The farmhouse was still ways away, about 50 yards. At least that was what Caleb assumed. He was horrible at judging distances. It didn't matter anyway. Which the zombies in front of them, the house was as accessible as another planet.

Caleb zig-zagged across the field. He ducked under a pair of arms, then shouldered a zombie out of the way. Its bones crunched against his shoulder, teeth gnashed close to his ear, driving him forward with more urgency.

Schools still existed, but now they taught trades that were useful to rebuild the world.

Originally, the living shot the undead, making sure their bodies never rose again. Then a group formed and protested the act. They claimed there was a cure, that the zombies could be human again. The world listened- no one knew exactly why- and areas were set up to contain the walking corpses.

He had discovered long ago that the people who preached the loudest about the ethical treatment of zombies were the ones who had never been outside the safety of the city.

This wasn't the way it was supposed to be. It was supposed to be simple- us versus them. The humans against the monsters. But the line of who the real monster were was becoming blurred.

He was free to leave if he wanted to. That was the million dollar question: did he want to?

The slightest sense of relief flooded through him as his voice came out calm and controlled. He gave himself a mental high five, but then had to clench his jaw to keep his teeth from chattering. 

My final thoughts: 
Overall, I would still recommend this book to fans of light YA zombie reads. Personally, I wouldn't read it again, though I would read a second book if there was one.

Thanks for reading!
Do you have a favorite zombie novel?


  1. Sounds pretty good, the first half anyway! Have you tried Patient Zero and Rot and Ruin by Maberry? :)