Tomorrow Land by Mari Mancusi

Posted March 28, 2012 | 12 Comments

Tomorrow Land by Mari MancusiTomorrow Land
Author: Mari Mancusi
Published by: NLA Digital LLC
Publication Date: March 7, 2012
Format: ARC
Pages: 300
Source: Publisher
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Can true love survive the end of the world?

Imagine finding your first love, only to be ripped apart by the apocalypse. Peyton Anderson will never forget the day she was forced to make a choice--between her family--and Chris Parker, the boy she'd given her heart. Now, four years later, as she steps from the fallout shelter and into a dead and broken world, he's the only thing on her mind.

All Chris "Chase" Parker wanted was to take Peyton away and keep her safe from harm. But he waited for hours in the rain on judgment day and she never showed--breaking his heart without ever telling him why.

Now the two of them have been thrown together once again, reluctant chaperones to a group of orphan children in a post-apocalyptic world where the dead still walk...and feed. As they begin their pilgramage to the last human outpost on Earth, can they find a way to let go of old hurts and find the love they lost--all while attempting to save what's left of the human race?

I’m not sure how to start this. First of all, I love zombies; I’ve loved zombies since I was a little girl.  With that being said, I don’t know if I liked this or not.  I don’t like writing negative reviews, but the fact that part of me did like Tomorrow Land, and I know that this book will appeal to some people, makes me want to give my thoughts on it.  I’m right on the borderline of “yeah, it was good” and “no, it was more miss than hit.” I honestly can’t decide.

Let’s start with the format of the book.  Now, I’m one of those people who love alternating point-of-views, or an alternating time; it keeps me interested.  Tomorrow Land packs it all.  It jumps back-and-forth from 2030 to 2034 every other chapter, plus alternating POVs.  I was so confused in the beginning, and it took me awhile to get used to it.  It’s basically two timelines that merge at the end.  This was something I both liked and disliked.  I’ve read other books that did this and loved them, but they were only one POV.  So, take that as you will.  Some will love it, and some will hate it.

The characters were okay.  Peyton is mostly like the characters I like: a tough, kick-ass girl.  She’s fifteen in 2030, her father is the town crazy because he rants about the apocalypses coming, and of course she has boy issues.  Turns out daddy was right, so Peyton and her mom go into a locked underground bunker that won’t open for four years.  Four years later: she’s nineteen, has been made into weapon, and is expected to trek from North Carolina to Disney World as part of a mission.  The other POV is Chris, Peyton’s dorky neighbor who is in love with her.  He’s left on the outside during those four years Peyton is safely tucked away, and that changes him – some good, some bad.  Honestly, I didn’t care for Chris that much; I could take him or leave him.

The relationship between Peyton and Chris is a major focal point of this book.  The story tells how the relationship developed pre-apocalypse and how it redeveloped post-apocalypse.  I honestly have nothing good to say about this aspect of the book – it came across as extremely immature.  I took into account that Peyton was locked away with no social interaction for four year, but still.  And it’s not like drug addicted Chris was any better.

Obviously Tomorrow Land is set in the future – high five for that.  Something I enjoy in books set in the future, are little pop culture references to current time.  The author did this quite a bit regarding movies, music, etc.  Unfortunately, every time something like that was mentioned, the author had to throw in that it was a reference to this time period, as if it wasn’t obvious.  I just wish the author didn’t have to explain how the person would have known the reference or explain it every time.  It’s not set that far into the future where it would be odd for them to know these things.

Sigh… this review isn’t turning out quite like I thought.  There are still a few things that I planned to mention, but I feel like this is coming across as a lot of gripping.  So I’m going to leave it here.  Again, I do think this particular story will appeal to some.  I did enjoy the overall idea of it, but there was too much that pulled it down for me personally.

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12 responses to “Tomorrow Land by Mari Mancusi

  1. Sam

    I was unsure about this book and I still don't know quite if I would like it. The alternating POVs isn't something I always get along with to be honest but I do like the premise for this book. I may put if off for a while. Great review! 🙂

  2. Oh I can see it getting confusing. I love multiple POVs usually as well but this one still intrigues me. I guess I'll see a few other reviews before I decide.

  3. Yeah, I actually prefer multiple POVs, but I so wasn't expecting it. Then it would throw me with the alternating timeline, so it took a little while to adjust to. But definitely try the book if it sounds good, I'd actually like to know what you think of it.

  4. See, I know there are people that don't always like that. I knew that I needed to say something about that aspect, because maybe if I knew that it was set up that way when I started it, it wouldn't have been such an adjustment.

  5. Okay, that's one killer cover. Unfortunately, I have this feeling that the storyline has been done before – more or less. I think that's why we have the jumping timeline and jumping POVs – to make it different. And while I think yes, it's different… I believe I'd find it confusing!

    But anyway. The other particularly original part, the romance after… betrayal? defection?, doesn't seem to be particularly well developped going from your review so, while I love zombies, I think I'm going to sit this one out…

    Thanks for the review, Christy! It's awesome, as always 🙂

  6. Yes, the cover definitely appealed to me. But it's interesting that you say “I have this feeling that the storyline has been done before.” That was actually another thing I planned on mentioning. I very much felt that way.. strongly.

  7. I am sorry thie wasn't a better read for you Christy, You did a great job on your review though. I know mutiple POVs can be confusing and sometimes do not work well. I know negative reviews are hard to write. Thanks for doing a great job on this,

  8. I love the cover and is the Eddie scissor hand or Freddy Kruger's glove on her hand? I like the concept of this, but your review has me thinking this is a library pick up.

  9. Alternating POVs and timelines sounds like a bit much, but if you thought it worked, I'll trust you on that. 🙂

    I love zombie movies, but have a hard time getting into zombie books for some reason. But I didn't know that Mari Mancusi had a zombie book out. Thanks for letting me know.

  10. I'm with you! I love zombies! I actually just finally finished catching up on The Walking Dead last night. With that being said, immature relationships seem to come a dime a dozen in YA lit these days, and I'd rather not jump into a book with another one. I'm not saying I'm swearing this one off…but it's not on the top of my to-read list either. Thanks for sharing your thoughts, Christy! 🙂

  11. Dude! This is what's throwing me! I couldn't figure out if it was the alternating timeliness or the fact that hes addicted to pain killers. I've still got about 30% left of this one… so we'll see!

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