Waiting on Wednesday: Alive by Scott Sigler

Posted May 6, 2015 by Lisa Mandina in / 33 Comments

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine where we spotlight upcoming releases that we’re eagerly awaiting. I’ve chosen a book by an author that I don’t think of with YA normally, but I’m pleased to see one.  I’ve really enjoyed his Infected series, and was so excited when I got to meet him last summer at BEA.  It looks like a bit of a dystopian type of story, although from the first few lines, I feel like they left out one book for comparison, The Maze Runner.  Here is the blurb from Goodreads:

For fans of The Hunger Games, Divergent, and Red Rising comes a gripping sci-fi adventure in which a group of teenagers wake up in a mysterious corridor with no knowledge of who they are or how they got trapped. Their only hope lies with an indomitable young woman who must lead them not only to answers but to survival.

“I open my eyes to darkness. Total darkness. I hear my own breathing, but nothing else. I lift my head . . . it thumps against something solid and unmoving. There is a board right in front of my face. No, not a board . . . a lid.”

A teenage girl awakens to find herself trapped in a coffin. She has no idea who she is, where she is, or how she got there. Fighting her way free brings little relief—she discovers only a room lined with caskets and a handful of equally mystified survivors. Beyond their room lies a corridor filled with bones and dust, but no people . . . and no answers.

She knows only one thing about herself—her name, M. Savage, which was engraved on the foot of her coffin—yet she finds herself in charge. She is not the biggest among them, or the boldest, but for some reason the others trust her. Now, if they’re to have any chance, she must get them to trust each other.

Whatever the truth is, she is determined to find it and confront it. If she has to lead, she will make sure they survive. Maybe there’s a way out, a rational explanation, and a fighting chance against the dangers to come. Or maybe a reality they cannot comprehend lies just beyond the next turn. 

I don’t know about you, but I think it sounds really good! And I know I enjoyed his writing in the other books I’ve read, so I can’t wait for this one.

So tell me what book or books you are eagerly awaiting this week!! 

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33 responses to “Waiting on Wednesday: Alive by Scott Sigler

  1. This one is a new one for me but after reading that blurb I AM SOLD! Definitely adding this one to the ever-growing tbr pile 😀 Thanks Lisa^^ and happy reading! x

  2. I LOVE the sound of the blurb! It does sounds VERY similar to The Maze Runner, though, and I'm a little bit scared that it'll be too similar to both it and The Hunger Games … but if it becomes it's own story, oh my gosh, it'll be EPIC! *Fingers crossed* it'll be unique and amazing 😀 Great pick, and I hope we love it!

    My WoW
    Alma @ Journey Through Fiction

    • It has been a while since I read The Maze Runner, and I kind of see where they're saying it will be like it, but I feel like it sounds like its own kind of story. Can't wait to read it and find out! Thanks for visiting!

  3. Wow, love the post and all the delightful reactions. I, too, hope this book is going to be big.

    While the marketers had to put their spin on it, I'll go out on a limb and say it's quite different from THE HUNGER GAMES and THE MAZE RUNNER, and I dig both books. The opening chapter does feel a bit MAZE RUNNER (I wrote the first draft of ALIVE five years ago and hadn't heard of that book at the time) , but stick with it after that and I think you'll dig where it goes.

    • First, I'm going to squeal like a fangirl having the author comment on here! 🙂 Then, I'm going to say that I know first your name made me look at the synopsis, then the comparisons made me more intrigued, but I didn't necessarily get that it would be just like those stories from what I read in the summary. I've got an egalley of this now, and can't wait to get to it! Thanks so much for commenting on my blog!

  4. This sure sounds like a totally GRIPPING tale!! What an AWESOME pick! I'm not a "Hunger Games" fan, so I'm glad the author commented that his book is very different from that series.

    I especially like that Sigler has a strong female protagonist! I LOVE reading about girls or women who actually lead, instead of waiting to be "rescued". Lol. So KUDOS to the author for that!!

    This book will be joining my collection as soon I can get it! Meanwhile, I'm adding it to my Goodreads shelves.

    Thanks for sharing!! : )

  5. Anonymous

    This does sound like it starts off very much like The Maze Runner! I'd read it! Thanks for sharing. Here's my WOW! 🙂

    • It does sound like the Maze Runner story from that, but also has it's own twist I think. Plus I know how much the author's other books have seemed pretty original to me, so I'm sure I'll love it. And how cool is it that the author commented on my post? I'm squeeing like a fan girl! Thanks for stopping by!

  6. Is it weird it reminds me of the Uglies series by Scott Westerfeld? I haven't read sci-fi fantasy in a really long time but jumping back into it with this book sounds good! Thanks for stopping by & sharing this book!

    • Yeah, I have seen a few that aren't my cup of tea on other blogs, but it's still exciting to see all the new books that everyone else is excited for as well! Thanks for returning the visit!

    • I always wonder though how much something really is like what the blurbs say. Because most of the time I don't think they are the same. But hey, you never know! Thanks for stopping by!

  7. Hi, Lisa – Your choice sounds like a good read. I just checked fantasticfiction.co.uk and found I, Ripper by Stephen Hunter will be out May 19th. I'd love to read it; will probably scare me half to death. 🙂
    @dino0726 from 
    FictionZeal – Impartial, Straighforward Fiction Book Reviews

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