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The Oasis of Filth - Part 1 (Volume 1) Paperback – July 4, 2013
About the Author
By day, Keith Soares runs an interactive game, web, and app development agency. But by night, his imagination runs wild. A fan of classic authors such as Stephen King, Robert Heinlein, Arthur C. Clarke, and newer writers like Justin Cronin, Hugh Howey, and Andy Weir, Keith writes stories of science fiction, the apocalypse, fantasy, revenge, and horror. He lives in Alexandria, Virginia, with his wife and two daughters, who are all avid readers.
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The Oasis mentioned in the novel is a place that accepted people with this type of disease where all other cities built a wall around themselves to keep the infected away. Whoever tried to get past the barricades were warned first and if they persisted to get beyond the walls they were shot dead. Once the disease has interacted with the body it soon alters that body and mind to the point of disfigurement and madness. However, so many people had heard about the Oasis and traveled the earth to find the place, which found a cure…or did they??
For a short story this is where it gets intense. Wouldn’t everyone want to be cured if that was the case?? Did they have a chance to be cured or were they to far gone? What was the cure? Would society pick who should live and who should die? Would people get greedy? …“OH Absolutely!! To all questions.” …Were all human and humans don’t want to die. That’s why there are places like, The Oasis; researching and finding a cure, a bunch of caring people wanting to help others but can, “The Oasis” hold up the weight of the world??
I will say this novel shouldn’t rate high because of the length and some things predictable but it left me thinking about our world and its society….
While still somewhat far-fetched (again, zombies -- what isn't?), this is one of the most believable explanations for zombies that I've read. More importantly, however, is the rather realistic (if a bit too black-and-white) responses to the outbreak. The sense of fear and dread in the people, capitalized on by the predatory government feels right, especially in light of the War of Terror that we've seen unfold as a war on civil liberties and common sense. The discoveries at the Oasis strike the right chord, and it's ultimate fate also seems in-line with the way people act in groups during periods of stress and fear.
Of course, any work that can poke both at the anti-vaccer crowd and our society's infatuation with overly clean and antiseptic conditions is okay in my book.
While the work was short, I like where Soares let this one end. It feels like a complete story and allows the reader to both digest the work and decide for himself whether or not to pick up the next book. I, for one, am opting to do so and will be purchasing book 2 as soon as I finish writing this review.
There will be scary zombies, nervous excitement, and when all seems well....
A reader will find cliffhanger and will ask themself, "what could possibly happen next?".
This further captivates the reader. The characters are interesting and developed well. The scenarios they find themselves in are well describe. This is Part 1 of Spares' series.
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