How We Became Wicked

How We Became Wicked

A plague, called Wicked, is pulsing through the world; and in its wake, it’s dividing the population into thirds:The WICKED: Already infected by the droves of Singers, the ultraviolet mosquito-like insects who carry the plague, the Wicked roam the world freely. They don’t want for much—only to maim and dismember you. But don’t worry: They always ask politely first.The...

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  • Shannon (It Starts At Midnight)

    .

    I have no idea how this book isn't on

    the radars, but it isn't. And that's a complete shame, because it is

    . The kind of book I flew through reading, but was also sad cause I never wanted it to end. You know the kind. So let us chat about why I am such a fan, yeah? Though I am purposely keeping this short, because it's best to go into this knowing as little as possible, like

    .

    I have no idea how this book isn't on 

    the radars, but it isn't. And that's a complete shame, because it is 

    . The kind of book I flew through reading, but was also sad cause I never wanted it to end. You know the kind. So let us chat about why I am such a fan, yeah? Though I am purposely keeping this short, because it's best to go into this knowing as little as possible, like I did!

    It fit perfectly with the vibe and tone of the story, and made me feel like I was on this secluded island. Think 

    meets the apocalypse. Good stuff.

    • I cared about the characters immediately. And never stopped. There are two main POV characters, and I adored them both. I also enjoyed learning about their families, and in some cases, the other people around them. This is so wonderfully vague that I am probably confusing more than helping at this point, but just trust that

    .

    . Wow I love a twist. And this book just keeps them coming! It's like a layer is peeled back, we learn something about the characters or world, but then we get 

    questions. Remember what I said about not being able to put it down? Yeah, that.

    The world itself, the plot, how everything turns out... it just feels

    . Like nothing I've ever read before. Sure, there are bits here and there that you can compare to other books, obviously, but as a whole it's an incredibly unique story that captivated me from the start.

    Eerily atmospheric, genre-bending, and wholly unputdownable,

    is one of the best books of 2019.

  •  Amelia

    wow. WOW. guys. please read this. now.

    I don't remember the last time I saw something original like this, something fresh, something unique. The concept is so delightfully creepy and disturbing - a virus making people into child like murderers. They act and talk like kids, but want to take your eyes out and eat them. And they're gonna tell you all that and think it's a good thing. I love it when a horror book actually turns out to be a horror book and not some hyped up thriller. I was genuinely

    wow. WOW. guys. please read this. now.

    I don't remember the last time I saw something original like this, something fresh, something unique. The concept is so delightfully creepy and disturbing - a virus making people into child like murderers. They act and talk like kids, but want to take your eyes out and eat them. And they're gonna tell you all that and think it's a good thing. I love it when a horror book actually turns out to be a horror book and not some hyped up thriller. I was genuinely scared for the characters and the creep level is unbelievable.

    The whole book has this eerie atmosphere and I loved every second of it. When you add that it happens in a small town/ tiny island, and there's nothing around you for miles except for those bloody mosquitoes that caused this chaos, buzzing around. It's definitely scary.

    Another thing I liked is that it deals with small communities. The book is written in dual POV and one is set in this small town that's basically under a dome, it's surrounded with glass like tunnels and structures. The other is set on an island with a lighthouse and there are only 3 people there. The characters were AMAZING. I loved both Astrid and Natalia - they were such strong, kick ass characters. They were smart and resourceful and I love how they handled all the situations.

    I'm not gonna say anything else because it's best if you go into this knowing as little as possible. The plot will surprise you, the characters will surprise you and the plot twists are gonna shock you. Definitely recommend to everyone looking for something original to read :D

    *book #5 of the Reading Rush challenge - purple cover

  • Michelle

    My full review can be found on the

    !

    This book is a science fiction apocalypse story, but really it's so much bigger than that. Between the brillant world-building and the strong characters with deep back stories, you are lulled into the idea that this is your standard tale. However, under the careful details and immensely impressive connections, there lies a story about asking where wickedness truly comes from. Is what should be feared something that is induced by a

    My full review can be found on the

    !

    This book is a science fiction apocalypse story, but really it's so much bigger than that. Between the brillant world-building and the strong characters with deep back stories, you are lulled into the idea that this is your standard tale. However, under the careful details and immensely impressive connections, there lies a story about asking where wickedness truly comes from. Is what should be feared something that is induced by a disease or what comes naturally by human behavior? The way it plays out in this story absolutely blew my mind. 

  • Stephanie

    Loved loved loved this book!!! Right balance of mystery and dystopia. Two strong female characters that you hold your breath until you know they are ok. Did I say I LOVED this book?!?!

  • Jackie

    Nothing makes me happier than a book I’m not sure about being one of my favorites of the year and this book is exactly that.

    “How We Became Wicked” draws us into a world where The Wicked spend their time gleefully hunting those who have yet to be infected trying their best to kill everyone they can when Astrid and Hank find themselves face to face with someone new just behind the wall who speaks of life on a nearby island but when things take a turn the two are faced with a choice, to abandon

    Nothing makes me happier than a book I’m not sure about being one of my favorites of the year and this book is exactly that.

    “How We Became Wicked” draws us into a world where The Wicked spend their time gleefully hunting those who have yet to be infected trying their best to kill everyone they can when Astrid and Hank find themselves face to face with someone new just behind the wall who speaks of life on a nearby island but when things take a turn the two are faced with a choice, to abandon everything they’ve ever known or to stay and watch it all burn.

    This book had probably one of my favorite twists in a story of this nature and though I can’t speak to what it was, for obvious reasons, it actually made me gasp out loud when I caught on to what was happening so bravo to the author for that.

    Astrid and Natalie were two young women who have known nothing but this world of death and the Wicked and they both managed to rise to the occasion and survive even when the odds were stacked against them and I loved each step in their journey. Hank was touch and go but I think he is an important piece in their puzzle as both his presence and absence in certain scenes brings out some of the strongest qualities in both of these characters so for that I have to appreciate him but it doesn’t absolve him.

    The Wicked themselves and the way they spoke of their plans was borderline comical but in that way where you’re laughing but inside there’s this unsettling weight in your stomach. The overall story arc was something that we’re all familiar with as it has happened time and time again with everything from diseases and social injustices and that paint a smile on it lack of remorse was also something we also unfortunately see to the point that you almost find yourself thinking like the Wicked waiting for it all to crash and burn and when it does you can’t help but smile as karma is served.

    If you’re looking for something with a bit of a similar setup like ‘Bird Box’ this is perfect for you but all in all this was a great read and I can’t wait for everyone else to get a chance to read it too!

    **special thanks to the publishers and netgalley for providing an arc in exchange for a fair and honest review**

  • ♠️ TABI ♠️

    This is one of the unexpected books that swoops in to take you by surprise.

    WHERE IS THE HYPE FOR THIS QUIETLY HORRIFIC EXCELLENCE??

    and while I was a bit confused at first, things began to make sense. And of

    This is one of the unexpected books that swoops in to take you by surprise.

    WHERE IS THE HYPE FOR THIS QUIETLY HORRIFIC EXCELLENCE??

    and while I was a bit confused at first, things began to make sense. And of course that TWIST came at me sideways and made me sit in gleeful shock for a few minutes as all the pieces suddenly made sense. This deserves more people reading and talking about it, okay.

    I really love books set in a world trying to survive after some apocalyptic, disastrous change.

    because that juxtaposition just really tickles my brain the right way. And this is one of those books that does the world-building right; not too much, not too little . . . except regarding the Singers

    that's also, methinks, done purposely. Some things are never truly explained, and it just felt like an acceptable fact in this book, once again kudos to the good writing.

    . . . but they were also the biggest weak point, too. Now I loved the dual-POV of Astrid and Natalie (

    ) and the multitude of side characters were written in a way that didn't make them all seem like cloned versions of one person with slightly different quirks and names to "make them different". However,

    I think I liked Natalie's POV better because the interactions between her family and their Wicked grandfather were so fascinating. And of course the eventual, unexpected plot twist reveal about the characters and the POV was superb.

    . . but I couldn't help but notice the ideas presented inside the apocalyptic horror story here about the different kinds of wickedness. Was it actually a terrible disease that destroyed the world, or was it terrible actions that enabled the disease? Would the survivors have been a higher number if certain things had happened or been prevented? Since it's been a few days since I finished book AND I chose to focus more on the plot than all the intricate details, this section of the review is gonna be the most muddled

    and was one the aspects I loved the most.

    The actual virus itself, one of the most obvious horror elements of the story, was quite unique. I originally thought it was going to be a more zombie-like thing, but the actuality was even better.

    . . . like a five-year-old bent on obtaining snacks but easily distracted by something they find more desirable.

    And the fact that the victims could talk and think only added to the creeptastic element, as well as brought about some heart-touching moments.

    Honestly, I didn't expect to be happily shocked by this book.

    It's the kind of thing that I'm probably going to have to do a recent re-read to fully soak up the epic foreshadowing and chortle in satisfaction over good plot twists.

    Overall,

    I would have loved it absolutely if there had been a few more things (

    ) and some more character development. And while the plot was hands-down the absolute best and strongest aspect of this book, the odd shifts in POV made the pacing feel a bit odd. But I still loved this so much!!

    So I do recommend this to dystopian and horror fans alike, especially if you're looking for something new and refreshing out of the mix of same-old plots and characters. And finally, I would greatly appreciate a sequel for many reasons the top of which is desperate curiosity.

  • JenLovesBooks

    This novel here was more than I was expecting. Once I started reading, I got so many feels from it. Mainly, The Walking Dead, mixed with a little bit of World War Z, and tons of what you might expect in an apocalyptic setting (with a twist). Yes, it might seem played out, another zombie type book, but it was a lot more than that.

    The wicked are more intricate than a normal zombie would be. And, in a way they aren't really zombies if they don't necessarily eat people right? I mean, yes, they are

    This novel here was more than I was expecting. Once I started reading, I got so many feels from it. Mainly, The Walking Dead, mixed with a little bit of World War Z, and tons of what you might expect in an apocalyptic setting (with a twist). Yes, it might seem played out, another zombie type book, but it was a lot more than that.

    The wicked are more intricate than a normal zombie would be. And, in a way they aren't really zombies if they don't necessarily eat people right? I mean, yes, they are violent, uncaring, sociopaths, but still not actually zombies. That being said, it still has zombie vibes, like the fact that once you're turned, you can easily infect others, and much of humanity is wiped from the planet.

    Yes, there are still the True (those who are not infected), the Wicked (which, as the book goes, they became so much more), and the Vexed (those who have become immune). The premise might be close to all other books and movies, but it's the story, the way they co-exist in this world, and what the virus is and will become, that makes it its own.

    And, even when I started figuring out what the plot twist was, it was still interesting the way it played out. Even more so, I connected with so many of the characters in this book. Who they were to each other, what made them who they had become, the tenacity the main characters had in surviving in this broken world. The craziness that engulfed them, from many that were far worse than the Wicked.

    All in all, I really enjoyed this book. It's a little sad when you think about it. Yes, I know any world made this way would be, but what made it even more so was what choices do to a person, what a broken world turns someone into. But, that ending, that ending does leave the reader with something more than just the Wicked, hazmat and bee suits, it leaves the reader with the possibility of hope? I'd really like to think so.

    ***I received this copy from Atheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy Books via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.***

  • Jenny Ashby

    I am enthralled with this book and could not put it down! I'm going to start with four stars but I might be bumping it up as I ponder more. The general story arc is not that different from other post-apocalyptic stories but the details are unique and chilling. Of course the ever-present threat from the singers, insects that infect people, is real, but the real eeriness comes from the Wicked with their innocent musings of bashing your skull in or seeing you without your skin. The horror is all so

    I am enthralled with this book and could not put it down! I'm going to start with four stars but I might be bumping it up as I ponder more. The general story arc is not that different from other post-apocalyptic stories but the details are unique and chilling. Of course the ever-present threat from the singers, insects that infect people, is real, but the real eeriness comes from the Wicked with their innocent musings of bashing your skull in or seeing you without your skin. The horror is all so perfectly understated that it is amplified all the more. The pace is great and I liked how each section was long enough to give me time to really get absorbed in both Astrid's and Natalie's story without that annoying switching of POV every chapter. I can honestly say that I did not see the twist coming until the chapter where it was revealed. At that point I put the Kindle down and thought back over all that had come before and it made perfect sense. It has been quite a few books since I was anxious to get back to reading while I was doing something else. I can't think of a single complaint about this one. 100% like!

  • Peter

    I enjoyed that more than I was expecting to. While I love a good dystopian setting, the YA genre generally doesn't do much for me which is probably why my expectations were quite low. And to be honest, the moody overreactions did annoy me on several occasions and the endless monologuing got a bit much at times. However, there were enough mystery elements and suspense to keep me interested throughout, so It's fair to say that while it had its issues, it was a fun ride regardless.

    The

    I enjoyed that more than I was expecting to. While I love a good dystopian setting, the YA genre generally doesn't do much for me which is probably why my expectations were quite low. And to be honest, the moody overreactions did annoy me on several occasions and the endless monologuing got a bit much at times. However, there were enough mystery elements and suspense to keep me interested throughout, so It's fair to say that while it had its issues, it was a fun ride regardless.

    The world-building was quite good with a nice balance of information about the (very silly sounding) virus and its effects on the world. Just like the characters, we didn't know everything that happened, but we knew enough to enjoy the story. In terms of creativity, I liked how the virus affected people and the consequences on the world because of it, but there were a tad too many inconsistencies for my liking. Things like how the virus started and spread didn't line up and the seemingly random mutations that they created in people were a bit far fetched. With all that vagueness also came the issue of the infected people acting exactly the way the author needed them to act in certain scenes.

    As for the characters, they were alright. There were 2 main pov characters and both were your typical, angsty teenage archetypes. It's pretty much what you'd expect from a YA book and to be honest, I wasn't ever really worried about them, nor did I particularly care anyway. That's not to say they were bad or poorly written. They were perfectly fine for the book which was very much story-driven. The rest of the cast was decent as well with some outliers that I didn't buy, but which worked for the story nonetheless.

    I liked the concept of how the infected people were affected mentally and the subsequent interactions with them. The setting was also well thought out, although it did seem a little too convenient for certain scenes. So overall, the writing was decent and for the genre and target audience, I'd even argue it was spot on. Unfortunately, the number of smaller issues did tally up for me towards the end.

    So if you're a fan of the YA genre, I'd definitely recommend this. The dystopian elements are nicely executed and the story has enough mystery and tension to also appeal to people who like that in their stories. It has its faults, but if you can get into the story as I did, they're not that distracting.

  • P.M.

    This is my second end-of-the-world-due-to-a-plague book whose setting is Maine. I am beginning if all these authors know something that I don't. Or maybe they just think of Maine differently since they are from "away." I again wanted to like this book more than I did. None of the characters were particularly likable. However, I must say the author did surprise me when he revealed the identity of Natalie's mother.

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