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- Publication date : December 25, 2014
- Print length : 364 pages
- File size : 699 KB
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Language: : English
- ASIN : B00RG5ZHUK
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #836,838 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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There is a lot to love in this novel. The pacing moves at that overclocked, zombie-plot speed that makes a book hard to look up from. A LOT happens in a couple of days, so much that it seems like weeks. As the story progresses the author reveals the edges of the hidden, sinister truth about the cause of the fall of civilization. This opens up the scope and scale, expanding the stage upon which the action is occurring. Throughout it all the characters are engaged in surviving moment to moment and even taking a leak is terrifying.
The characters are cool, and the author keeps showing glimpses of depths that make them human and interesting. There is enough revealed that you want to know more, and the writing never drifts into the exposition that marks a lot of indie authors' early efforts. Our author gets the "show, don't tell" dictum. Is this really her first novel?
The interactions between characters are intriguing. These people, who would never have spoken before the fall of the world, are now sharing a tooth brush and sleeping in a car together on the road trip through hell. (Again, a classic zompocalyptic element - the loss of social barriers, not sharing a tooth brush.)
One of the things I really enjoyed in this narrative was the lust. There are a lot of asexual female characters out there, (many are "a-sexual" even when they aren't "a-romantic") and the humorous, down-to-earth way the character deals with her sexual side was fantastic. In the midst of the way-out circumstances, that somehow grounded the story.
Where this novel lost 1/2 a star for me was the handling of firearms. While some video games teach you about sight picture - and there are some in which breathing is a accounted for- there is a lot that goes into shooting that you just don't get until you put in some time actually firing a rifle or pistol. There were some significant inconsistencies regarding the heroine's proficiencies. Maybe the character is a natural, but the idea that she would be able to pick up an assault rifle - cold - and standing, unsupported, confidently nail a long shot that would impress a Sergeant in the Marine Corps.... That sort of thing took me out of the moment a few times.
In the end this was a great zombie novel that I did not want to end. I immediately went looking for other books by the author.... No joy. Damn. Here is my bottom line: this is an author to watch if you like zombies. I am going to be pumped if I see a sequel show up on Amazon. If you are a zombie fan I think you will enjoy this one!
Top reviews from other countries
SPOILER ALERT: Towards the end of the book there is a graphic rape scene which is completely unnecessary in the story progression (the savage beating was surely more than enough to make the point). Given that this book had been, until that point, a humorous 'romp', the insertion of a serious subject was gratuitous and made for uncomfortable reading.
Also, the 'spaced out' post injection scenes were boring beyond belief.
But, there were several pages detailing her drug induced 'trip' that I felt was just padding really and added nothing to the story.
Would definitely read a second book if there was one.