Book Review: ARV-3 by Cameo Renae

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The beginning of the end. The Apocalypse.

A nuclear fallout wiped out every living thing on the planet, except for a few thousand of us who took shelter in underground bunkers across the globe. Now, after thirteen long years, we were finally able to return to the topside to begin to rebuild.

We thought we were alone. We were never more wrong.

Before the fallout, scientists had worked on creating an anti-radiation vaccine (ARV). The first two attempts failed, but despite the incomplete tests and results, the government approved and distributed the third serum to the masses in an effort to aid those who had no shelter.

It worked, keeping those who remained on the topside alive, but it also altered and mutated them. This new and infectious threat had completely outnumbered us. Now, we not only had to rebuild our planet. We would have to fight for it.

My name is Abigail Park. I’m seventeen, and this is my story


Cameo Renae is an author to watch! She’s one of the few YA authors left that keep the story clean while giving the reader tons of action, emotional roller coasters and unpredictable twists. With ARV-3, she takes the tired old zombie troupe and ramps it up by using not only fast “zombies”, but smart ones…with an extra strength add on (which would be a spoiler if I mention it). This makes for potentially one of the most terrifying infected types that are out there.

Now the story is a bit slow going at first, with a large cast of characters who need introduction and a situation that could have been more delicately handled than dumped in our laps, but the author attempts to give the reader a ton of background so that she can get on with the action, so it’s forgivable. Once the group starts on their trek through the post-apocalyptic wasteland, we become attached to the characters and grow to love them. Then we take a hard left turn into a truly dystopian society and that’s when the book really starts to get interesting!

If you liked Sanctuary and were looking for another post-apocalyptic book with a touch of faith, give this one a try!