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I have to agree that I feel their should have been a bit more of a character development done in this story, but I guess given how long some of the characters were in the story it did not matter. As always their is a lot of zombie love which is one of the reasons why many of us read these books.
It is clear that the prospective of the book has been passed on and for me the development of the main character was on point. I found myself not putting the book down once I got it. I think the only thing that really bothers me is how the book ends. I am sure some of you know what I am talking about. I thought I was going to pull my hair out. Though for me that just means that the author did his job. Good work.
Anyone looking for a zombie book to read you must read this one.
It's not a good thing when you start feeling remorse at spending $3.99 by the second chapter. I love zombie stories and have forced myself to finish even awful ones. This book was a struggle for me to finish and I had to think really hard about giving it 2 stars. Disclosure - I've stopped reading at 2/3 through and haven't been able to force myself to pick it back up yet.
Jack Wallen is not a bad writer. He just needs to think through his plot planning more and hire an editor to fix the continuity on his story. There were plot issues in the first book that I forgave but they were really bad in this sequel especially when it referenced the first book. It was like reading Swiss cheese because you can drive a tank through the logic or action every other chapter. The characters really failed in this sequel so the plot problems are more noticeable.
Plot: Super girl hacker, Bethany Nitshimi, escaped to Paris after the death of her lover, Jacob. She's pregnant with a hybrid zombie/human and has an encrypted file that may have the cure to the zombie situation. She's interacting with the world through a blog that she posts on the internet. Bethany is trying to stay alive long enough to find the cure.
PROS: Descriptive zombie fight scenes (just suspend any logic and ignore impossibilities). Zombie Radio - internet streaming show talking about zombies by survivors.
MAJOR SPOILERS ALERT -
CONS: The setup failed within the first two chapters. It took Bethany and her group a week to reach Paris from Munich because of massive hordes of undead and crowds of rioting humans. However, as soon as they entered Paris, there's nothing there. No undead roaming, no large group of humans. They waltzed into a hospital and simply started living there.
Bethany's first priority is to set up servers to check her email and post her blog. FAIL. They didn't bother to clear or check the hospital for any zombies or other humans until later. I don't know about you but there is no way that I wouldn't check every single inch of that hospital and locking things down before I even rest. After fighting for my life for several weeks through ZOMBIES, I would be super paranoid.
Bethany's super hacking skills come from downloading programs from a hacker forum. My opinions keep going down.
After being attacked by a zombie in their room, the group finally decided to check out the hospital. Well, zombies and humans are in there. All the food had been stolen and hoarded by someone that Bethany saw running around. So Bethany decided that, oh well, we'll just ignore the hostile human or humans in the hospital. Let's pretend they don't exist and don't tell anyone else in the party.
They trapped 5 zombies in the stairwell because there's apparently nothing in the hospital that can be used as a weapon. Have you ever been in a hospital? There's a ton of things that can be used vs. a scalpel. Heck, looking around at my office, I can see at least 3 items: trash can to hold off zombie, power strip and chair leg for my partner to smash the skull to bits.
Then they decided that they've done enough and don't need to check out the rest of the hospital. Of course, this means that someone gets killed later by going alone to a different floor that has not been cleared to take a shower. Why can't you take a shower in a room next door. Every hospital room has a shower.
Almost every chapter has stupid setups like this. For example, Bethany and Gunther barely survived a trip outside to get food yet two days later, she decided to send out 2 survivors unarmed. What was the purpose? She wanted a gourmet French dinner. These 2 young French survivors had to go out shopping. Needless to say, that didn't end well. The group flip flop between starvation (in a hospital with a food court) and wanting gourmet meals to raise their spirits. Apparently, this hospital didn't have snacks at the nurse stations like all US hospitals.
Sorry Bethany, for someone with an IQ higher than most Mensa's members, you're super stupid and lacking in basic common sense. I would put my faith in a paranoid 14 years old zombie geek over you.
Next are the MAJOR plot fails:
The virus was created by a physicist (Dr. Godwin - let's not talk about how difficult that is). He vaccinated himself and Susan (his fake daughter) before the release and yet they both got infected (from 1st book). In addition, Dr. Godwin created a cure just in case and left a message that he left clues about it on the CDC website. However, this man who created both the virus and the cure couldn't figure out how to synthesize the cure to save himself after he turned into a zombie. (In the first book, he was frantic and had no clue about the virus - now in the sequel, he seemed to know everything and put them in a riddle.)
By the way, Bethany can't figure out the difference between a vaccine and a cure. The idea keeps switching back and forth.
Susan, the fake daughter, is actually the child of a powerful US senator who lets her 10 years old daughter travels alone to Paris with a maniacal, money/power mad physicist so she can watch him commit mass murder on the entire country of Germany. It just happened that he killed most of the world. Oh yes, he spread the virus through a quantum fusion generator. Yep. It makes perfect sense.
I started talking to myself a lot while reading this book. The main phrases were: really? seriously? how stupid! and fail!