Blog Tour & Giveaway: Kill or Cure by Pixie Britton


Today I’m excited to participate in the Creative Blog Tour for Kill or Cure by Pixie Britton hosted by MTMC Tours! Kill or Cure is the gut-wrenching first book in the Kill or Cure post-apocalyptic dystopian teen fiction series. If you like feisty young heroines, struggles against chaos, and teenage love, then you’ll adore Pixie Britton’s action-packed trilogy! The ebook is ON SALE for 99c during the tour!


Title: Kill or Cure

Author: Pixie Britton
Series: Kill or Cure #1

Publishing Date: February 8, 2018
Genres: YA Dystopian

Purchase a copy: Amazon | Audible | Book Depository

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She’s on a desperate quest to protect her family. But will defending them save the planet or result in her doom?

 

Alyx Silverthorne’s broken world is falling apart. With her parents dead and her little brother Tommy infected, she fears she’s about to lose everything that matters. But when her beloved sibling dies and returns to life stronger than before, their only choice is a dangerous cross-country journey to the capital for answers.

 

Teaming up with her deserter uncle and the best friend in love with her, they arrive at a secret military base wondering if Tommy is in fact the cure. But the affection of a strapping young soldier is cold comfort when his sinister commander takes a terrifying interest in her family.

 

Will Alyx survive the lies of the living or be consumed by the mouths of the dead?

 

Kill or Cure is the gut-wrenching first book in the Kill or Cure post-apocalyptic dystopian teen fiction series. If you like feisty young heroines, struggles against chaos, and teenage love, then you’ll adore Pixie Britton’s action-packed trilogy.

 

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The audiobook edition:


Audiobook sample: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RkD1DQmdInk

Animated version for the third book in the series: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4cyr1ZOxOmo&t=1s

 

Audiobook trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CjrKP1uMIFY




Enter the rafflecopter below to win a paperback copy of KILL OR CURE. Open internationally! (And make sure to grab a copy of the ebook which is on sale for 99c during the tour!)




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Follow the tour!

February 8 - Paperfury
February 9 -
The Book View
February `10 -
Melancholic Blithe
February 11 -
The Reader and the Chef
February 12 -
Books, Tea, Healthy Me
February 13 -
L.M. Durand's Little Book Corner
February 14 -
Books on the Bookshelf
February 15 -
Sprinkled With Words
February 16 -
Yours A-fiction-ately
February 17 -
Vanilla Moon Books

 

About Pixie Britton:

Pixie Britton is an Amazon best-selling author, occasional podcaster and public speaker. When she’s not writing her debut YA series, Kill or Cure, she’s working with local schools running creative writing workshops and taking pictures of her cat.

Her author career started on the social media platform Wattpad, where her debut novel gained 100k reads within five months. Shortly after, she approached Troubador publishing in the UK and subsequently published the Kill or Cure series.

She lives in a small town outside of London called Leigh-on-sea with her husband and adorable fur baby Pudding. As an all-round book nerd and fan girl, she loves to discuss Stranger Things, The Handmaids Tale, The Walking Dead and any film in the Marvel Universe.

Website | Instagram | Twitter

 


Reading zombie-apocalypse books is something I am known to do every few years. There is something about how fast-paced and plot-driven they are that gives me the feeling I'm smashing that reading challenge right in the face - much like I would do to a zombie's head. Or at least I hope I would be able to do that and not just sit there wallowing in fear and/or soiling my pants. Yikes!

When Kill or Cure got into my radar, I kept getting ads for this mobile game called State of Survival. I was very happy to be able to participate in my first MTMC book tour and I took it as a sign to both start reading the book and playing the game the exact same night. And that was a marvelous idea!

Getting into the book, I felt a bit confused about the year everything was taking place. I could only assume it was close to our time since guns and medical research were being mentioned. The year does get mentioned later in the book, as well as some hints about how everything went down and I can only guess the entire timeline of how zombies came to be would be revealed in the sequels. The first book is also very short compared to books 2&3, and I felt that was a minus that could've been filled with more worldbuilding.

Our main character is Alyx, whose younger brother, Tommy, gets infected but somehow survives and doesn't turn into a full-zombie and instead gains some superpowers. For their safety, they are forced to leave their survivor camp behind the walls and venture into the forest in search of medical help, to discover what Tommy has turned into and if it could possibly be the cure for zombieism. Alyx and Tommy are not alone in this dangerous adventure, they are being followed by the uncle who acted for many years as their father after their real parents were killed by zombies, and by Alyx's best friend, Will, who is in love with her.

What I like about zombie stories is how they're more about what becomes of humans when faced with having to survive, how they are reduced to what they actually are deep inside when society norms don't matter anymore. Only the strongest, most cunning and adaptative person can live to see another day. 

The writing style is simple, very fast-paced, and you can easily finish the book in a day, in about four hours. The characters are a bit one-dimensional, and I think the love-triangle was unnecessary, but it didn't really bother me. I expected to be a whole lot more zombies, but for a very long time, while camping in the forest, our characters don't have to fight any, so that made me question whether there aren't many zombies since they were killed already or that the population wasn't very dense in that location, to begin with. One character I particularly liked and hope to read more about is a deaf/mute girl they discover in the forest who becomes their ally. I think I would've absolutely loved the story if it were from her perspective, how she could survive on her own despite her inability to hear the danger closing in, using her other senses. 

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Uncle Joe was another interesting character. He deserted the army and became a wanted man when he decided protecting and raising his niece and nephew was the most important thing in the world. He is a many with many secrets, who knows important people and I was frustrated when he chose to enter the military base, knowing he would be immediately in danger if recognized. 

The story uses many tropes and I was skeptical at how the characters always found allies in the key moments. However, I couldn't help but enjoy it and would definitely read the sequels.

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