- Paperback: 218 pages
- Publisher: Apex Book Company (October 17, 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1937009017
- ISBN-13: 978-1937009014
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.6 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 9.9 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 40 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,388,447 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Escape from Zombie City: A One Way Out Novel Paperback – October 17, 2011
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"ESCAPE FROM ZOMBIE CITY is a really fun read and welcome addition to zombie literature." - Shroud Magazine
About the Author
Ray Wallace hails from the Tampa, FL area and is the author of THE NAMELESS, THE HELL SEASON, the short story collection LETTING THE DEMONS OUT, and the One Way Out novels ESCAPE FROM ZOMBIE CITY, ESCAPE FROM ZOMBIE ISLAND, and ESCAPE FROM ZOMBIE PLANET. He also writes reviews for SFReader.com.
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Hard to believe that an adult version of the Choose Your Own Adventure concept has not been done like this before... the possibilities are endless here. I could see Wallace developing a cult following with these books. I'm definitely looking forward to the next one...
That said, I did enjoy the book. I took me a while to find the right path, and the choices made sense for the most part. The writing style was entertaining, though I did find myself skipping ahead to see if I would actually die, because the death scenes can sometimes take a very long time to develop, and it makes no sense to read ahead five minutes only to find out you have died.
Nevertheless I found myself having a lot of fun with this one. The descriptions of the zombies are really good. It is truly the most challenging CYOA I have ever done, though unfortunately there was a lot of randomness to it as far as choosing what direction to go/what street to go down, choices you really cannot solve using logic or zombie survival intuition. I wish there was less of a luck element to it.
Also, you shouldn't get this if you are annoyed at having to backtrack after you've gotten to a dead end. There is a back button that usually takes you back built into the Kindle device, but sometimes it won't work. It would be nice if back links were included at the end of death scenes. I had to start over from the very beginning several times just to find my way back.
If you're a fan of the CYOA genre or zombies in general, then you will probably enjoy this book. It is reasonably priced...only be ready for a challenge.
On a positive note (SPOILER ALERT) the author puts a new spin on the entire Zombie genre in that it deviates from the done to death story line about John or Jane Doe and how they overcome endless attacks of the undead. For once someone gives us a storyline that is plausible and refreshing. One other twist that the author gives us is that he has added a transition period before becoming a full-fledged zombie referred to as a howler. Howlers can move about swiftly and have reasoning capability and are hell bent on one thing and one thing only and that is infecting others.
I guess I will recommend this book, but it does take getting some use to.