- File Size: 2269 KB
- Print Length: 164 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1944044078
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Sinister Grin Press (November 19, 2015)
- Publication Date: November 19, 2015
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B016JCW7RG
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I enjoyed Gunnells' take. He goes with a slight nod to Lord of the Flies without ripping it off. The characters are well- crafted, the action and gore is perfect, and loved the ending.
Although the "before" sections littered throughout the novella added to the characters, I felt they were mostly unnecessary interruptions. The story was strong enough without them. I felt they just slowed the fantastic present story. I almost stopped reading the book because of them, but I'm glad I didn't.
For the ending and the overall execution, I give FORT 4 stars!
Unfortunately we do not get to see what happens initially after the dead rise; there is no account given of the night of "the party." Instead we skip forward in time and pick up the plot weeks to months later in what is essentially a prolonged survival scenario. A group of varied, but still fairly typical, college students cluster together as zombies bang on the doors.
The author gives the reader brief glimpses of the different characters going about their lives at college before the zombies rise. We get to see their personalities in both conditions, under the pressures of college, and under the pressures of being at college and trapped in one hall of a dorm for months on end by walking corpses who desire nothing but to consume fresh human flesh. Overall though, the characters and their motivations seemed to be a bit simplistic, and much of their discussion sophomoric.
There is love, heroism, selfishness, and insanity - all on a collegiate level. The majority of the book is really about what is going on inside this dorm. It actually has little to do with zombies as anything other than a plot device, which could have as easily been some form of illness, natural disaster, nuclear war, or other dangerous calamity that would keep people locked inside long enough to start to crack.
The ending was abrupt.
Bottom line: The writing was pretty good, if a little sophomoric (yes, yes - that is twice with the pun, just deal with it), and the work appeared to be carefully proofed (huge kudos for that). However, without much action the lack of real depth in the characters' motivations was an issue, and there are crucial elements of a zombie apocalypse missing for a serious zombie fan.