- File Size: 1775 KB
- Print Length: 213 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publication Date: July 19, 2016
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01IS9ATA0
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #169,474 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Apocalyptica (Ran Book 1) Kindle Edition
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The main character, Ran, has an interesting back story that establishes her as a complex and compelling character. Her level of preparedness for something like the zombie apocalypse seems almost ridiculous at first as the events of the apocalypse start to unfold. After all, who among us is really, truly ready for an apocalyptic scenario? But I was curious enough to keep reading, and my curiosity was rewarded. The more her back story is revealed over the course of the novel, the more reasonable her level of preparedness seems. With 300 million people in the U.S., surely a few of them must be highly prepared for an apocalypse, right? Why not tell their stories? She also makes enough honest mistakes and faces enough challenges along the way that she seems like a well-prepared real person rather than an impossible action hero. There are a few other interesting characters thrown in the mix too, but she's really the star (whether she likes it or not!). Her inner monologue and banter are what keep her interactions with the other characters interesting.
I can't say too much about the author's take on the zombie apocalypse except to quote a part of the novel's description: "...men driven insane by the virus that caused the dead to rise." This aspect of the plot sets this story apart from the majority of zombie apocalypse tales. It's not just a battle between the living and the undead. People are affected by the virus in other ways. That adds to the challenges -- and the horrors -- that the characters face. It had a big impact on events in this novel, and I'm curious to see how it plays out in any future novels in the series.
Overall, I really enjoyed Apocalyptica. I've read the author's other zombie fiction series and wasn't sure what it would be like to read an entirely new story of his set in an entirely different zombie apocalypse setting. I'm pleased to report that it was an entertaining read. I can see some parallels to his older work -- a few related themes, a few common survivalist tactics, etc. -- but there were also many interesting differences. This is definitely a new story, and it was definitely worth the read.
I like the characters and the writing but this method of drumming up more sales pretty much sucks. I'm bailing out before I finish this book, AGAIN
You should read this book to find out. You won't be disappointed.
I couldn't stop reading.