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Patient Zero: Post-Apocalyptic Short Stories Kindle Edition
- ASIN : B077BCSHMB
- Publication date : November 8, 2017
- Language : English
- File size : 1331 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 119 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #582,971 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Set in the UK, in 2024, bat fever is spreading, and except for the lucky few who are given vaccinations, Death is an equal-opportunity killer. Within these standalone stories, are slices of life, of humanity infected by the inhumane, and portraits of people dealing with a dying world they have never known.
Even the prepper who was planned for years, no longer knows what to do with himself. I was quite intrigued by this story because I always wondered why anyone would want to be a prepper, and as our world hasn’t quite reached a doomsday scenario, I was very interested that the author chose to explore this subject.
Well-written and insightful, Tyler’s stories captured many end-of-life scenarios for everyday situations: how to deal with a cheating girlfriend, deciding whether to unburden oneself to a dying sibling with a hurtful truth, and creating a brilliant new Twitter hash tag in a world where there is no Twitter. #horrorsindeed
As the author notes at the end, these stories are a sidestep from her Post-Apocalyptic Project Renova series, which I hope to read in the future. Excellent storytelling; an easy recommendation.
I downloaded a sample some time ago, but I wasn't interested enough to pay for the book.
And then, last night, there it was. So I reread the sample, bought the book, and really it fits the mood.
I don't think the world is ending. I do think a lot of people are having hysterics over very little. Just think about how many people have caught influensa, tuberculosis, malaria, hepatitis C, HIV, leprosy etcetera just this last night. Just think about how many have died, from these and other causes.
Why are so many people panicking?
This is a good take on the end of the world. It is so much nicer to read about it, don't you agree? But if I had bought this one a month ago, I would probably have given it 4 stars. Timing is everything.
I'll give Tipping Point a try.
There are nine shorts in Patient Zero. My favorite stories were Jared: The Spare Vial, Flora: Princess Snowflake, and Aaron: #NewWorldProblems. My least favorite was Meg: The Prison Guard’s Wife. Oddly, I have mixed feelings over the one that involved Patient Zero. While it made me want to pick up Tipping Point and find out how he got the virus, I didn’t particularly care for him or the other character.
While I didn’t care for some of the stories included in Patient Zero, it was never because of the writing itself. The author’s writing remains consistently strong in each story. She writes about the people you’d know at the end of the world. We all know someone who fulfills the various character roles in these stories. And, I think that’s where her strength lies. The virus sounds horrible, is horrible, but Patient Zero isn’t about the virus. It’s about your family, friends, and neighbors.
Patient Zero was an interesting read, and goes on ‘the shelf’ as one of the few collections of short stories that I can truly say I liked as a whole. I don’t mind individual short stories, but I rarely even go in for collections. Experience has proven that there’s almost always stinkers paired with greats, to the point that my overall feeling is generally a resounding ‘meh’. Not the case with Patient Zero.
Overall, Patient Zero is worth picking up, and you can read it without having read any of the Project Renova series. It comes in at about 120 pages, and you could easily spread them out as lunch reads. Or, do as I did and sit down and read it all in one go.
Disclaimer: Though I purchased this book of my own choice, and the author did NOT ask me to review it, I am on Rosie's Book Review Team with the author. This does not influence my review of the book.
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Jared: The Spare Vial - Jared is given two vials of the vaccine that will prevent him and a friend from catching the virus. Angelina is his girlfriend and assumed recipient of the second vial, but not all is as it seems and as she makes her own bed will Jared leave her to lie in it, or not?
Flora: Princess Snowflake - 'Daddy used to say that the best thing to do about anything nasty. Just don't think about it.' Flora had lived a protected life, shielded from the worst the world has to offer by doting parents but when they die, despite having had the vaccine she is all alone. You're left really concerned by what will happen to this naïve girl.
Jeff: The Prepper - his bunker was mentioned several times in Tipping Point so it was great to find out more about that.
Karen: Atonement - this story really shows what a great understanding this author has of women, and what they can be like.
Aaron: #NewWorldProblems - Aaron is missing social media more than anything else but gets himself set up well when the virus strikes. However he can's stop thinking about his ex, Luisa. 'You said you'd die for me.' She reminds him. Are those words going to come back to haunt him?
Evie: Patient Zero - where it all started...
You can find out what happens after the stories end by reading the series. You won't be disappointed. As always Tyler's writing is excellent and her story telling inspired. I have enjoyed everything I have read of hers and have no hesitation in recommending this one.
I loved ‘Tipping Point’ and ‘Lindisfarne’. You know when you read a book by Terry Tyler that the writing will be excellent, the characterisation brilliant and the stories themselves compelling and a pleasure to read. ‘Patient Zero’ is no exception.
What I found reading these stories was that just like with the main novels, this series is all about the people, as I delved into each of these stories I became engrossed in the characters, what happened to them, why it happened, how could certain things have been avoided or changed?
Some of the characters I remembered better than others, some clearly, some not at all, regardless I was completely engrossed in their stories. It was also clear that you don’t need to have read the first two books to enjoy these stories. They are completely standalone and would be suitable for you to pick up and read with no prior knowledge of this world. This is also a short read, it took me just over an hour to read this fantastic post-apocalyptic book.
Terry Tyler is a fantastic author and these are some great stories to keep you going.
The nine stories in Patient Zero each feature a different character, all of whom are in some way affected by a disease epidemic sweeping across the UK. Despite all the stories being short, I felt I got a good sense of the overall chaos and panic as well as understanding the situations of the people Tyler introduces us to. There's lots of excitement and tense scenes, but alongside strong character portrayals so there is more to these dystopian tales than just action.
On the strengths of Patient Zero I am intrigued to find out more and have already bought myself a copy of Tipping Point. Expect its Literary Flits review soon!