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State of Decay (Revivors) Mass Market Paperback – February 2, 2010
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What if your level of citizenship depended on your answer? To gain a chance at a better life, or feed your family, which would you choose then? Or would you choose neither, and accept a life of hardship and poverty?
What if you came face to face with your own death, and realized too late you had made the wrong decision?
Nico Wachalowski is a war veteran. That makes him a first-tier citizen. Formerly a police detective, he has reintegrated into civilian life as an agent in the FBI. During his time in the war, he encountered the reanimated soldiers known as 'revivors' many times. When they begin to turn up inside the city, he is tapped for his expertise in a field he'd rather leave behind.
Faye Dasalia is a police detective. She and Nico worked together long ago, but while he decided to serve, she opted to be wired for reanimation. That makes her a second-tier citizen. In the course of investigating a string of murders, she stumbles on a situation that brings her face to face with the revivors she will one day become herself.
Calliope Flax refused to serve. She also refused to be wired for reanimation. That makes her a third-tier citizen. As a result, she ekes a living in a housing project which has been mostly abandoned. Highly taxed, and with few rights, she seems to be on a path of self-destruction until circumstance drops her in the middle of the biggest terrorist plot the country has ever known.
Zoe Ott is a third-tier citizen as well, but unlike Calliope, she was born with a gift. Zoe can manipulate the thoughts of others. This ability allows her to live above the poverty line, but just barely. The gift also comes at a price; she is constantly assaulted with visions from both the past and future, with no way of knowing which is which. In the depths of late-stage alcoholism, she has long since stopped trying to make sense of it all when a particularly persistent vision prompts her to contact Nico just as events begin to unfold.
The four are drawn together by circumstances which at first seem unrelated. By the time they realize their fates are connected to a fifth, unseen enemy, that enemy has nearly gathered the power to strike a blow that has the potential to change everything, forever.
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Top Customer Reviews
To Everyone Else: This book is well worth the time and money. The other 5 star reviewers covered all the main points so I won't rehash them here. This is not a zombie book even though it deals with the walking dead. Not sure about the other lower rated reviews. If you're not a science fiction fan, then you probably won't like this book. Happy reading.
I thought the writing was great. there are 4 POVs all told in first-person; there are about 3 POVs per chapter. I liked how the Knapp developed the characters, even though there were four vying for air-time in a novel that's less than 400 pages in paperback. I loved how all the plots converged and began to intertwine about 1/3 of the way through the book. Each POV character is handling their own plot and problems and nothing is rushed with any of the plots.
The problems I had was with the dialogue. It was hard to follow sometimes without proper attribution, so I became confused many times about who was talking.
Knapp did a good job with the climax and continuously raising the stakes for the main POV character, Nico. I think the author is great plotting and State of Decay has some of the best plotting I've read in a book. I liked the intricate plots and storylines and how they all came together.
My least favorite character was Caliope Flax and my favorite character was Zoe Ott. There was a weird bit of almost-romance between Nico and one of the other POV characters that would have made me vomit had it actually happened. I just can't see Nico with any of these characters except the one he actually had a relationship with.
But, despite all of this, I can't say that I'm tempted to read the sequel.Read more ›
What I got was something miles beyond anything I've read recently in the sci-fi/urban fantasy genres. I was completely blown away.
This book is brilliant. I would say it's more comparable to Philip K. Dick than anything else, and most certainly does not qualify as "zombie fiction," as the review on Amazon says.
It is full of action and proceeds at a break-neck pace, but at the same time manages to achieve levels of complexity and intelligence rarely seen in a genre novel nowadays. It also features some truly creepy moments.
But the strongest element of the book, for me, was the mystey. The book is almost like a puzzle - the narration rotates between 4 characters, and and information is given in such a way that you'll want to go back and re-read some parts to fully appreciate all the references. With all the mysteries, one can at first get a bit overwhelmed. But fear not - everything ties together beautifully by the end, and once you finish the book, you'll be itching for the next one in the series.
I am surprised and disappointed at how poorly it's being marketed. It needs a new, more distinct cover, as well as a bunch of blurbs. I hope that it won't deter readers from picking up a copy, and that the book receives the attention it deserves. It is one of the best, most engrossing novels I read recently, and I can't recommend it enough.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Fantastic fast paced entertaining read. It's a high tech suspense adventure that quickly rotates around different characters in the story; and it all somehow eventually fits... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Eric A. Dill
I prefer first-person point of view and am also not a fan of scifi fantasy. Not a zombie apocalypse book, but more of a creatures controlled by man-made brain implants. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Carlos S. Miramontes
I'm not a fan of zombie stories but this isn't your ordinary zombie story. The tech used creates people who are dead but have memories of their lives and are essentially the same... Read morePublished on April 29, 2013 by Jean Oldham
Book came on time, was in excellent shape and it's already in the hands of a friend who wished to read it also. Great service !Published on January 12, 2013 by Robert M. Root
STATE OF DECAY (Revivors #1) is a read I'd picked up solely because I was fortunate enough to win a copy of ELEMENT ZERO (Revivors #3) from the author James Knapp on goodreads. Read morePublished on August 14, 2011 by Kindle Customer
This is one of the scariest books that I've read in a long time. The whole premise of the book gives me shudders.
In the future, there are distinct classes of citizens. Read more
I started the second book first and was a little confused and went and got the State of Decay. Solved all of my confusion. Read morePublished on June 1, 2011 by Loves to Read
Kudos to Knapp for an original take on "zombies" with reanimated corpses used for military purposes. Read morePublished on February 9, 2011 by Jeffrey Swystun
An impulse buy this - in retrospect perhaps a mistake.
This is not an addition to the current crop of zombie thrillers, this fits easier into Bladerunner territory. Read more