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on December 25, 2010
Yet another badly written zombie novel, full of amateur writing mistakes and a clear lack of a decent editor.
I understand that zombie horror is not expected to be a Masterpiece of Literature, but if you require polished prose, logical plot points, and good pacing, then this falls way short. All that can really be said about it is that it IS about zombies, and it's not the worst writing I've ever seen. But it's not really very good either.
Some things that I particularly disliked:
Obvious references to modern day zombie movies and zombie lore. This always bugs me - I prefer my zombie novels set in a world that doesn't know about zombies. I don't want the characters to discuss how amazing it is that George Romero predicted all this or to debate the philosophical ramifications of "zombie consciousness" as found on an internet discussion board. I was especially annoyed that one character in this book had "run" a website on zombies.
The use of the word "zombie." I know that's ironic, but I really prefer when then come up with something a little more original.
Surprisingly for a zombie novel, this one had a lack of scary tension. There weren't any of those moments when the character is going into the basement and you're screaming in your head for him not to go into the basement. It was just flat. Lots of gross descriptions of zombies, but they were unoriginal and just there for the gore factor. Nothing surprising, nothing that was really interesting. None of the situations encountered were anything but totally predictable and boring. I generally like when an author sticks to the formula, but there has to be some spark to keep me reading. There was nothing here.
The plot was weak. The main character is a cop who finds himself on duty in the middle of the apocalypse. He decides pretty quickly he needs to go home and save his wife and child, but he takes his sweet time getting there. Instead of going straight home, like any normal person would, he wastes a ton of time driving through the worst parts of the outbreak looking for, of all things, a firehouse. Because they might have a first aid kit there that can help his zombie-bitten friend, who he knows perfectly well is going to die. He's constantly taking detours - is that a cop car down there in the middle of a crowd of zombies? Better go take a look. He even spends a lot of time just kind of standing around thinking. It doesn't make sense.
All these things added up to really make it difficult to suspend disbelief while reading this book. I just couldn't get into it, and was so annoyed by all the amateur writing mistakes that I ended up not finishing it.