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But... what happens next? You see, eight years after the world came to a shuddering halt, here we have survivors. More than that, the zombie threat has been fading away. Humanity has survived. So what is the next step? That's the starting point for Daniel Humphreys' humdinger of a tale set in an America many years after the plague that ravaged the globe.
A walled community has more or less come to terms with how to deal with the zombie threat - and faces threats from within its own walls as the need to bind together for day-to-day survival starts to drift into the kinds of things that people do when they start to become too bored, or when they start to snap under the constant strain. The community may just be becoming its own worst enemy.
Humphreys rattles through the action sequences here, and depicts the detail of the world of the survivors. There's something of a wealth of detail when it comes to military hardware - you'll find detailed descriptions of the guns on show for starters, and their loadout in terms of bullets, choice for penetration, types of scopes and so on. Whether that sways you for or against, be aware there's plenty of that. A lot is in context though of these hardened fighters and the tools they use to stay alive.
As the tale unfolds, the threats within the community come face-to-face with the re-emergence of the surviving US military presence, and perhaps, just perhaps, a solution to the zombie threat. But things are never that easy, as the zombie threat might not be fading away as much as people thought it was...
Humphreys has a good writing style - I think he crams in a few too many characters and definitely two or three too many subplots that could have been trimmed to give the book a better pace, but this is a good, solid read, and offers a refreshing new twist to the traditional zombie apocalypse tale. Well worth getting your teeth stuck into.
When I first started A Place Outside The Wild, I was admittedly daunted by its size (it's been awhile since I've tackled a 600+ page book and free time is not something I have much of). But every single page was worth it!
The world was built in painstaking, marvelous detail. The ingenuity of the survivors truly amazed me. Some of their survival was luck (the right people being in the right place at the right time). But this luck was paired with a whole lot of skill and hard work. The characters were expertly crafted and I found them easy to relate to. Some were snarky or lovable and some were just outright deplorable. God, I love Charlie! But then again I love a good redemption story. The zombies were...just something else entirely. Like George Romero's Land of the Dead with a dash of Michael Crichton for flavor. Just a whole new beast that was even more terrifying. All of this was thrown in with a story that twisted and turned in the most thrilling ways. There was never a dull moment. And the ending! A raging zombie battle unlike anything I had ever read that was so gripping I literally could not put the book down.
I loved this book. I can't wait to read more by Daniel Humphreys.
Probably one of the best bits of zombie fiction I've experienced in a while. Go read it.
The long version:
Yes, I know what you are thinking to yourself here: "Merciful heavens, not another self-published zombie book." And I get it. Trust me. I thought the same things as I downloaded the sample for this book.
I was halfway through the sample when I bought the book.
This might be one of the best zombie books I've read. True, that's not the highest bar in the world (and if you've read some of the self-published zombie books out there, you know <i>exactly</i> what I am talking about), but <i>A Place Outside the Wild</i> clears that bar with room to spare. The characters are good and react in a way you would expect people to react (as compared to how a person in a horror movie would react), and the tension builds nicely until fecal matter hits the rotary propeller.
Not quite good enough for a 5-star rating, but a solid 4 star book.
Some of the concepts used in this novel were adapted from the Black Tide Rising series by John Ringo.
There were a lot of interesting, multi-faceted characters in the book. This was actually a problem. There were too many sub-plots in the book which in total detracted from the main plot. At least one of these should have been edited out to keep the story moving along more smoothly. For example, if the plot of the children going outside the wall, or the plot of the receptionist for the wall guards were removed the book would have been improved.
I cannot discuss without providing spoilers, but realistically I would be terrified if I was one of the living after the conclusion of the book. Based on the events in the book, I would have far less hope for the future than I would before the roughly two week period covered in the novel.
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