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The Killing Floor (a novel of The Infection) Paperback – April 10, 2012
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I downloaded the new book unto my kindle, and clouds parted while angels sang. I devoured The Killing Floor in just a couple of days, and felt it was as good, if not better, than The Infection (and The Infection rocked). Great new characters, familiar old friends, some flashbacks, and of course, brutal action throughout, made this book 5 stars for me. And a great ending, although the window remains open for potential sequels-----I'm waiting patiently---the earth abides.....
Great writing, Mr. DiLouie.
The Killing Floor moves between various groups that are trying to survive the mass infection that has destroyed American society. DiLouie spends more time digging into the minds and motivations of the individuals that make up the primary story. Hope, anger, despair... DiLouie nails it. Unlike most zombie novels, DiLouie goes beyond the "walking dead" plot line and introduces mutations that give the survivors much more to deal with than shuffling dead people who don't give up. Throw in his rich detail when it comes to the battle carnage, and you don't have to work very hard to paint a vivid picture in your mind.
For me, the best part of the novel is what DiLouie did with Ray Jones. Unlike all the other infected victims, Ray survives his encounter with the mutated creatures. DiLouie gives the reader two ways to go with Ray's situation... is Ray a solution to the infection, or has he become something more dangerous? The twists and turns are unexpected but executed perfectly to complement the story.
In my mind, The Killing Floor (combined with The Infection) are must-reads if you're interested in the zombie genre. Craig DiLouie has cemented his place as a top author in my "read immediately" list.
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The first book was about a group of survivors trekking their way thru Pittsburgh tofind a government camp with an epic conclusion followed by the military returning to take back the USA. This one focuses now on three groups which definitely kept the pace up the entire book.
The Killing Floor switches between the survivors on the first book, The US Military returning from overseas bases.. which also adds a nice military perspective similar to "Tooth and Nail" (another awesome book by Craig Dilouie). And the third follows Ray Young which adds a nice "Zombie: Ohio" twist to the Infection saga.
Throughout the book he jumps around from group to group which is a good thing because once you get right into it, the chapter ends and you keep reading because you keep wanting more. Craig Dilouie has definitely nailed this one. This book is a fantastic sequel, but I do recommend you pick up the first one and read it before going thru this.
Although it can be read as a stand alone title. It's always good to read the prequels to get a better understanding of whats going on.
The Killing Floor picks up right where The Infection leaves us, bringing back all of the characters who survive the first story, even one special character whom we think is doomed when we leave The Infection, and introducing many new characters. Like Infection, itself, DiLouie allows his zombie mythology to evolve and adapt, and therein he finds the central plot of The Killing Floor. It threatens to become hackneyed, but DiLouie jumps in with both feet and develops it enough so that it feels legitimate, natural, and unique.
The Killing Floor differs from The Infection a bit in style. While The Infection jumps between characters' perspectives, most of the ensemble sticks together, providing a single stream storyline. The Killing Floor is a much more ambitious story in that the main characters are broken into several groups, which all have their own storylines and themes. It also follows many more characters. This technique can often be challenging for newer writers, as it takes balancing chronology to tell a coherent story, and it takes discipline to give the reader what's important to know, else the novel risks running hundreds and hundreds of pages. The Killing Floor never misses a beat here and keeps us engaged and pushing the story forward. It never is confusing in the sense that we aren't quite sure how to distinguish characters or settings even though it jumps around often. It never is scant on the details. Overall, it gives us a really well-done wide-angle view of the world DiLouie has created and the characters he so obviously loves.
The characters make DiLouie's stories stand out in the sense that, while it isn't completely without plot devices, it's character-rich fiction. The stories are driven by both plot and character, and that's really how genre fiction is meant to be. It's an interesting world with interesting people, yet so many genre writers lose themselves in their worlds and forget to include interesting characters. DiLouie does not fall victim to that pitfall.
Over the course of at least DiLouie's last three books, he seems to have a fascination with the U.S. armed forces and the idea of fighting wars in the Middle East only to be called home to have to fight on U.S. soil. It's a recurring theme, even in his zombie novel that predates The Infection, Tooth And Nail, which also is fantastic but has no relation. Service men and women are a big part of his stories, and as such, DiLouie seems to have done due diligence to make the dialogue and facts as authentic as possible. I've read some other reviewers who have criticized his stories for being inaccurate, but having never had the honor to serve our country in that capacity myself, it at least appears to me that this aspect of his writing is authentic, and it seems he's dug even deeper in The Killing Floor.
When it comes to the zombie genre, it's clear Craig DiLouie is writing exceptional material. The Killing Floor is a frantic yet focused read. It moves your heart and your mind, and short of a few typos here and there (which, as an editor myself, I can say it's nigh impossible to squash every typo if you're working on a deadline), it's clear DiLouie put painstaking effort into ensuring every word and detail was exactly what he wanted. I stopped after many chapter and section breaks just shaking my head at how good the scene I'd just read was. The Killing Floor is as perfect as the end of the world gets.
If you're a fan of the zombie or apocalyptic genres, I highly recommend The Infection series and The Killing Floor in particular. If you're thinking about getting into the genre, you can't go wrong by starting with Craig DiLouie. His writing stands out as both entertaining and thought-provoking. It's always good to know when you invest in a series and a writer that it starts on a good note and only gets better. The Killing Floor is a testament to that and what we can look forward to in the future from Craig DiLouie.