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A "Gray" Character,
This review is from: Zomblog II (Kindle Edition)
Today's review is by one of my favorite authors, TW Brown. It is the second book is his Zomblog Trilogy: Zomblog II. I started reading this series a while back, and I finished it in three days. I have reviewed the first book in the trilogy, and you can read what I thought in this post: [...]
Brown developed a character in this book that was very different from the usual. Instead of having "good people" and "bad people" - ones that I usually love or hate with a passion, the main character, Meredith, is someone that I admired, but also detested. After an apocalypse that pretty much destroys life as we know it, most characters in dystopian books can be seen in two "colors", if you will. They are either at the lighter end of the spectrum (good), or all the way at the darker end (bad). I've never read a book with a "gray" character - someone who fit in the middle of the spectrum. That is what Meredith is, a gray character.
She had some qualities that I liked: strong, independent, and not afraid to get her hands dirty. However, she was also selfish and, in my opinion, not someone that could be counted on. It is the first time that I have ever had a love/hate relationship with a character. That is just one of the many reasons that I love TW Brown's books so much. I never know what is going to happen!
In this second book, Meredith takes over the blog for Sam, her boyfriend who started it in the first book. It amazes me how the author can write an entire book from one perspective and then jump into a totally different character for the second. Sam and Meredith are nothing alike, and yet, both books were written in voices that were believable.
It was hard to tell from the end of the first book how Meredith's character would develop. Zomblog is written from Sam's point-of-view (for the most part), and he painted her in words of kindness with a touch of adoration, as any man in love would. Oh, how men can be fooled! He saw her as the woman he could spend the rest of his life with and she saw him as someone to have sex with. Isn't it usually the other way around?
So, the burning question after reading the second book is: Will Meredith be the same person in the last book, or will she change and, like the Grinch, grow a bigger heart? The first two books in this series were excellent! Although they are zombie-literature, in many ways (and this is one of Brown's trademarks) they AREN'T. After all, there is a lot more to an apocalypse than what caused it and that is where Brown hooks and reels his readers in. You really have to read his books for yourself to understand where I am coming from. But BEWARE, after the first few paragraphs, there is no turning back! LOL! You will become a member of the Brown-Groupies Fan Club with the rest of us (T-shirts are only $15, BTW)! It's tough to be one of TW's minions, but so worth it, and it has been a hell of a ride so far!