Publisher: Razorbill (February 24th 2015)
Series: Corpus #3
Hardcover: 368 pages
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Rating: 4 of 5 stars
When an educational safari goes wrong, five teens find themselves stranded in the Kalahari Desert without a guide. It’s up to Sarah, the daughter of zoologists, to keep them alive and lead them to safety, calling on survival know-how from years of growing up in remote and exotic locales. Battling dehydration, starvation and the pangs of first love, she does her best to hold it together, even as their circumstances grow increasingly desperate.
But soon a terrifying encounter makes Sarah question everything she’s ever known about the natural world. A silver lion, as though made of mercury, makes a vicious, unprovoked attack on the group. After a narrow escape, they uncover the chilling truth behind the lion’s silver sheen: a highly contagious and deadly virus that threatens to ravage the entire area—and eliminate life as they know it.
I was skeptical about the desert setting in Kalahari, but I enjoyed Kalahari a lot more than I thought I would. However, it wasn’t as creepy as I expected to be like it was in Origin and Vitro. I did like the tension and suspense better than Vitro to be honest. I liked how everyone in the group had their own problems. They aren’t perfect and it took a while for them to work together. And yay for diverse group.
I liked Sarah. Nothing about the wild seem to freak her out (except maybe deadly snakes) as she grew up in the semi-desert. So she knows the place inside and out. She’s smart (not Avani smart) enough to track and know which berries are edible and which plants are poisonous. Sarah is one person you’d want to be a part of your Hunger Games team. There were times that she didn’t feel friendly, but she has a reason to be cold and uncaring because she knows that everything isn’t permanent; therefore, she can’t get attached because she’ll get hurt in the end.
Then, as if things weren’t bad enough already, there’s her relationship with Sam which is obvious from the start he’s interested in her the moment they meet. And I liked Sam as much as Sarah. Though most of the group freaks out, Sam is eerily calm throughout everything. He’s also caring and mature despite the troubles that he’s burdened with.
I was disappointed not to have learn more about Corpus, even though we did learn their real nature. I expected more from that front, but in the end I shouldn’t have been surprised considered that we didn’t learn much about the corporation from Vitro either.