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The Infection Paperback – August 30, 2011
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About the Author
Craig DiLouie is the author of the bestselling zombie novels The Infection, Tooth and Nail and The Killing Floor. His latest apocalyptic horror novel, Suffer The Children, is now available from Simon & Schuster. He blogs about horror media regularly at CraigDiLouie.com.
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I've seen other reviews reference Steven King's 'The Mist', and there is some of the same nightmarish feel in the story. However, at its core it's the story of a small group of people escaping Philadelphia during the first weeks of a Zombie uprising. The story is at its most compelling when dealing with details: the characters mulling the meaning of notes to other survivors left in a shelter; the internal debate of a police officer deciding whether to confront a heavily armed group of bandits on herown; the million little things lost in the fall of civilization.
I found the slow unveiling of each character's backstory to be an effective plot device, as it radically adjusted my view of some of the characters as their origins were revealed,
The book could have used a little more editing, but the story is so well plotted that even a nit-picker such as myself could hardly care.
This story dovetails nicely with the sequel, which I think is even better.
If you enjoy stories like "The Walking Dead" or survival horror in general I recommend you give this one a try. I'm looking forward to more from this author.
As always, I despair at the state of the editing profession. The author uses phrases like '"off of" (which appears at least twice) and to switch tenses in mid-paragraph. Simple editing should have caught such egregious missteps. Also, in the Kindle edition at least, the table of contents is useless.
I probably would buy another book by this author.
By the way, although this book comes up when one searches for "28 Days Later," the book plot is entirely different to that of the movie. Perhaps the sequel book, "The Killing Floor," is closer to the movie content; I don't know.
This book actually reminds me more of Stephen King's short story, "The Mist."
I will also say that the extraordinarily weird monsters that appear well into the story seem like a pasted on afterthought. They are a jarring addition to the story that adds very little except for an amped up weirdness factor.