- File Size: 1328 KB
- Print Length: 120 pages
- Publication Date: November 8, 2017
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B077BCSHMB
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #326,660 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Patient Zero: Post-Apocalyptic Short Stories Kindle Edition
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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.
Amazed by the candid realism of the nine story apocalypse collection that is Patient Zero, I could not wait to write about this intrinsically haunting book of deeply poignant finality. Fascinating! The author has a fluidity of writing ease that makes for skillful storytelling. The basic premise is a dangerous virus, but the book is full of mesmerizing characters facing the end and what their summation means in the not so grand scope. The author has profound understanding of people and modern times, and one easily imagines listening to her ramble about things current in a restaurant. The reader immediately gets floored (knocked cold as mackerel) with the opening Jared story, and next the author raises the stakes and the smelling salts to your olfactory with Flora “from the perfect family”, which is stupendously mind blowing and a favorite. There is a satisfying plethora of diverse characters that come to surging life in these stories, and it reminded me of the excitement we got each week in the 1960s as a new Twilight Zone episode came on. That pattern of surprise and thrilling characterization continues! Jeff the Prepper shows why it is all a waste, depicting the whores and losers that come with the current society. Karen making atonement, is my favorite, a tale so critically key to our times concerning the justice borne of jealousy, that it should be posted in every town square on this planet. As the stories roll on there is this near breathless anticipation of the author’s soulful knowledge of the animal nature of how useless most modern people have become, with a highlight on men and women lacking common sense for what is good for them and greater society by example. What is most notable about this author is that she seems to have mastered “the ending” with crackling energized stories culminating in a merciless whack right over one’s head for thinking and realizing ---there really isn’t anything to hang onto once it all goes down, our story has been told. Going to meet your maker and escaping this wonderfully beautiful planet that also doubles as a cesspool of misguided intent is best. By sheer exposition lacking any preach, Patient Zero tells me to make the right choices and offer solutions in the here and now. Something I am about anyway, but am always grateful for the reinforcement. This is an author of awakened reality, a sanctioned scorekeeper.