All That Remains - Al Barrera, Jenn Loring

All that remains had a lot going for i. The amazing cover was the first thing that caught my eye, but the post-apocalyptic premise was another, although I recently had a lot of mwah encounters with the genre, while I can really enjoy myself some post-apocalyptic novel. All That Remains, unfortunately, was one of the former.

It follows the travels of a small group of survivors, 13 years after the big apocalyptic thing happened. What this was is never explained, but they are constantly on the run from zombies on the one hand and more sinister hunter-monsters on the other. They need to rub themselves in vinegar to hide their scents (where they get vinegar after 13 years is anyone's guess). Seriously, with the number of attacks they endure just in the span of the novel, it is a miracle anyone survived this long.

But there is more. Sara, the only female in the group has a special power which allows her to communicate with the monsters, but this also makes her more vulnerable to them. When they stumble onto a small girl, the sole survivor of a group of scientist, they learn there might be salvation after all. But first, of course, said girl plus her information needs to be brought somewhere, so to give the characters a purpose.

There is not a dull moment in the book, as it is very action packed and the characters are in constant (mortal) danger. However, still I felt something was missing. I didn't really care for any of the characters and I found that the world building was not very great because many things remain unexplained while I think they should be. Nevertheless, it was a fast read and I wouldn't say I didn't enjoy myself, but I'd expected more from it and the story was rather forgettable.

Thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for providing me with a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review!