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Mad World: Epidemic (Volume 1) Paperback – July 28, 2012
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Her love of paranormal stories, odd plots, and unique tales as well as the works of Neil Gaiman, Terry Pratchett, Susan Cooper, Madeleine L'Engle and Stephen King has deeply influenced her writing.
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One problem I did have was the basis for the zombie crisis. I don’t buy that the bubonic plague could cause the problem as the author described. The bubonic plague is a bacteria, which can be killed antibiotics, particularly since the strain in question is supposed to be the 14th century version which was never ever exposed to modern antibiotics. Just dose everyone up with some streptomycin or doxycycline and call it good. A more plausible reason for a zombie epidemic would be a virus, which cannot be so easily defeated.
I did have a few small issues with this book - firstly, one of the main characters picks up a gun and immediately takes four perfect head shots. It is mentioned that his family has an interest in guns, but this seems a little improbable - from what I understand, hitting a target in the head from a distance is quite difficult, let alone four times in a row. Secondly, as they travel to Los Angeles they find multiple gas stations that are fully manned, without any looting or rioting mentioned - surely the residents or staff would get wind of a possible disease outbreak and start stocking up, whether legally or not.
Apart from these niggles, I did enjoy the story - the disease angle is interesting and not one I've read before, there is a wide range of characters (including the token pregnant lady), and it's not all puppies and flowers - some characters die, there are bloody scenes and the zombies are proper freaky.
Mad World: Epidemic was a fun, roller-coaster read - I liked the characters, and there's a lot of potential in this for a great YA zombie series.
The story arc has major, MAJOR suspension of disbelief, fact checking, and internal consistency issues. As it's written, this is not so much about a Zombie Apocalypse as it is about a 'Zombie Annoyance' or a 'Zombie Inconvenience'.
The west coast and adjoining states are abandonded to a fast acting zombie plague, but the rest of the country (and the world) doesn't really seem to be much affected.
They pop up outside the quarantine zones, but never seem to be more than an occasionally deadly nuisance. Life continues pretty much as it did pre-zombie era; houses, businesses, and public buildings aren't fortified or made zombie-resistant; zombie-resistant private vehicles aren't rolling off the assembly lines (and no-one is privately doing Mad Max-type conversions), and non-essential consumer goods like junk food and sodas are widely available, as is gasoline for civilian use.
The main protagonists keep making the same stupid mistakes and the same bad, BAD decisions and NOT dying: let's drive cross-country back into the quarantine zone; let's join a giant crowd at a relocation information center and set ourselves up for a Who-concert type stampede when (surprise, surprise)infection breaks out in the crowd; let's keep going into hospitals even though we know they're death traps and centers for the spread of infection; let's leave the guns in the car every single time we get out of the car, and put the guns out of reach in the cargo area when we get back in; let's split up and go rushing off into the dark looking for a lost child, and make lots of noise as we do so.Read more ›
I always enjoy a good zombie book and this one didn't disappoint me. The kids in this book grow to become tough as they have many challenges to face. Just imagine knowing something bad is happening but not knowing where your family is or in some cases going home to see the bad thing they have become. They are not only trying to find family and friends but also trying to beat the spread of the virus and find safe places. Even if you don't like books with zombies this is still a great read. How the author gives the take on how the virus started and spread is a new one and I really liked it. The only thing I wanted to see was more details I guess you could say. It just seemed a few times it was missing. It is still a great and wonderful read for anyone who likes books with zombies or just a refreshing change of books. This has an original background that you will enjoy.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A very good book. It held my interest until the end. You can't put it down. You just want to keep reading to find out what happens next. I highly recommend reading it.Published 7 months ago by Kindle Customer
The plot is very basic and the writing Style simplistic . The idea that they can be running across the country escaping a plague and following mass evacuations out of California... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Laurie
I am not really a zombie fan, but this was pretty good. I will be reading the next book too.Published 11 months ago by Kindle Customer
I did not realize this was yet another zombie apocalypse story. Might be a good one. To me they are all Same Song Different Verse.Published 11 months ago by jerri
Same old thing. Over and over and over. How about originality and mature characters?Published 13 months ago by Amazon Customer
This was a very amateur effort. Perhaps the author's skills will improve over time. As to the book itself, I did not get very far before I bailed. Read morePublished 13 months ago by KLP
I choose this book because I like to read all kinds of science fiction. There were parts of the story that made me cry. This story was very compelling I couldn't put it down. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Amazon Customer