- Paperback: 232 pages
- Publisher: Deadite Press (March 1, 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1621052168
- ISBN-13: 978-1621052166
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.5 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 10.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars See all reviews (87 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #139,786 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Complex Paperback – March 1, 2016
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A group of disparate residents of an apartment complex deal with interpersonal and group dynamics, attempting to see past their petty differences, to survive in a world suddenly gone mad. And I do mean mad. Most of the town has stripped off their clothing and are now running around killing whoever they see by whatever means they can. Is there a reason for this sudden attack? And, more importantly, does it matter?
This is book that, while clearly reveling in extreme violence, uses the horrors as a tool to delve into character study. As such, there's a bit more going on under the surface than the joy of just watching brains and viscera splatter against the proverbial walls. But, as a master of horror like Keene knows, it's important to not get TOO bogged down in the "message" so the book leaves plenty of room for gory thrills and shocking turns.
It's a fairly quick read and a good time if you've got an iron stomach.
More than anything, it reminded me of an homage to Richard Laymon. Within a few pages, you've got naked people with machetes and other weapons attacking and killing anything that moves. There's no explanation as to why the world is suddenly filled with naked homicidal maniacs. It simply is.
But, while light on explanation, Keene still excels at characterization. He gives us a motley crew of people trying to survive the onslaught, and by the end of the book, you feel like you got to know each one intimately. You find yourself breathless as they try to escape and incredibly saddened as some of your favorites find themselves...in pieces.
Again, you'll miss some of the usually impeccable Keen plotting, but the book is pure fun - action packed, gory, and full of bloody goodness.
The book begins and ends in the midst of some sort of attack. For some reason, people are removing their clothes and attacking "normal" people with whatever weapon happens to be handy. If there is no weapon, they will attack with hands and teeth. There is a young boy who seems to know something about the leader, a grotesquely obese man whose head moves back and forth like a pendulum. It is never explained what the boy knows or how, but then nothing is explained in this book. We do not know if the attackers' behavior is an illness or if they are some sort of zombies. We just know that they want to kill everyone who is unaffected. Throughout the story, we are introduced to various characters who live in or around this apartment complex. It is a wide variety of different people and they all have their own back stories. The characters were interesting, and I liked what I learned about each of them, but it was a shallow learning. That is the problem with the book. It's interesting, well written, and I like the characters, but everything is shallow. You never get answers to any of the questions raised in this book
As a postscript, Mr. Keene writes about how none of us really gets to know our neighbors, and that was the point of the book. Well for the characters in this book this is true, but just portraying them meeting each other under such odd circumstances and how they interact is not enough.
Anyhoo, I really enjoyed this one from Mr. Keene. The dude tells a good tale and The Complex is definitely better than just a good tale. It is exactly what it should be. While the cast of characters was largely what you would expect, there were a few pleasant surprises, such as Tick Tock, Stephanie and The Exit. In the author notes, Keene mentions several short stories and a novel that The Exit are in so, I will be looking those up for sure.
There better be a sequel to this bad boy, Keene, or you will have some serious splainin to do. Hello Kitty man boobs with the mad clock rhythm better be there too. Just saying.