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Mr. Molles has some good ideas and conveys them with a pretty clean writing style. The Remaining is on the whole a fairly standard zombie story, wherein the hero is one of a number of trained military men salted around the country in bunkers to serve as seeds for the rebirth of the country. This of course requires a government that is remarkably far-sighted but so inept as to be unable to take any other effective steps to preserve itself against the spread of the infection. Lee, the man in the bunker, is equipped with all sorts of nifty equipment, all lovingly described, but as things play out he ends up relying more on his own training and grit to move his mission along. One of his most important tools is a canine companion, also highly trained, and I found the scenes involving "Tango" to be some of the most effective in the book.
The story follows a pretty predictable path but is entertaining nonetheless. Refreshingly, Lee is no superman and makes his share of mistakes. But he is dedicated to his mission and doesn't let the hordes of zombies stand in his way. It is not clear why the government chose to place single individuals into its bunkers, rather than teams or even families. Do such questions matter in a zombie tale? Mr. Molles has a habit of ending a chapter with a statement about what is to come next, and if he is really dedicated to such a device I recommend that he try subtler forms of foreshadowing in his future work. In sum, The Remaining is a good story that is worth a read.
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Initial post: Oct 31, 2012 7:51:14 AM PDT
I agree with your review entirely - my biggest complaint about the book is the premise that the government would create a system relying on one person per state (less Hawaii and Alaska, for some unknown reason) to rebuild America. Perhaps this is resolved in a later book, but I'm not going to bother to find out.
In reply to an earlier post on Oct 31, 2012 10:22:19 AM PDT
Thanks for the comment. Apart from the premise -- and how much plausibility can one reasonably demand in a zombie story? -- I thought it was a pretty good yarn.
Posted on Mar 4, 2013 1:59:42 PM PST
c adams says:
After a big shoot out in his neighbors house and all were bloody, he told the lady to go to the creek to wash blood off. If there was a creek handy why were they so desperate for water. Why didn't the infected use the ladder to get on the roof to get to mother and child ? Did I miss something?
In reply to an earlier post on Mar 4, 2013 3:47:52 PM PST
I'm afraid I don't recall the details sufficiently to give you much help, but most people would be too scared to venture to the creek as long as they thought they were being staked out by zombies. And ladders and doorknobs are usually too complicated for the dead to use. Does that work for you?
In reply to an earlier post on Apr 6, 2013 11:23:43 PM PDT
You bring up a very good point, or two I guess. Regarding the creek, perhaps it's not a clear water source, and that you might risk infection or disease if you drink from it? A weak argument perhaps, but maybe enough to let it slide and not condemn the story as a whole.
Regarding the ladder, I too had questioned at first why the infected hadn't simply used it, but I rationalized it by assuming that their cognitive skills had deteriorated to the point where the thought of using the ladder to reach the roof was beyond them.
In reply to an earlier post on Apr 7, 2013 3:52:41 AM PDT
We shouldn't spend too much time holding a zombie story to rigid standards of plausibility. But for a good read, please try "Life Among the Dead".
Posted on May 27, 2013 7:46:35 PM PDT
Pat Gallagher says:
A very good review with relevant points. I especially agree about the foreshadowing statements that ended many chapters. You almost expect "BUH BUM BUM BUM!" music to be added, haha. It wasn't hard to predict where some of the chapters were going, but a fun read nonetheless.
In reply to an earlier post on May 28, 2013 3:04:21 AM PDT
Thanks for the comment. Please see above for personal recommendation.
Posted on Aug 3, 2013 6:29:57 AM PDT
I loved the premise and the first 3rd. But, my god, the main character does one dumb thing after another and he is military trained. Yes there's zombies and they arent real; but that doesnt excuse character decisions that make no sense whatsoever. It was a fun book for a while though.
In reply to an earlier post on Sep 16, 2013 7:37:27 PM PDT
I appreciate your taking the time to comment. Whether characters make sensible decisions or not reflects one's view of the real world, I suppose. More amazing to me, however, is that a book that I reviewed as average, at best, manages to attract so many favorable ratings of my simple review, so many comments, and presumably so many who go on to read it. Go figure.