A Place Outside The Wild (Z-Day Book 1) Kindle Edition
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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.
This book is the real deal. It started out a bit low-key. But, I soon began to see strengths, and, those strengths compounded nicely, throughout. The plot is outstanding… spinning out gradually from a number of subplots. Everything eventually pays off in what has been added to the main story. Each subplot brings in more characters and their back-stories, and details about the zombie onset.
The scenes are well described, and all of the details ring true -- including computer networks, firearms, military hardware, criminal tendencies, agriculture, engineering, basic humanity, etc. It’s refreshing to find a book with guns, where a magazine is a magazine, and a clip is a stripper clip! But, there’s sooo much more, for those that enjoy firearms and firepower.
A lot of zombie stories have the undead evolving greater capabilities. This story does too, but, lays groundwork wherein the reader can actually accept that evolution as plausible -- no small feat, there!
There were a fair number of references to current culture. My favorites included catching a subtle reference to Breaking Bad, and, from a cagey Marine Captain, this quote from General James Mattis, appointed in 2017 as Sec. of Defense of the USA: “Be polite, be professional, but have a plan to kill everybody you meet.”
There are occasional typographical errors, and a few misapplied words. Not bad. I really only have two minor gripes to get off my chest. 1) I do not believe that bridges might rust and fall after only 8 years of neglect. Probably more like 20-30 years. 2) The author used a form of this bit at least 4 times: “Miles let out a breath he hadn’t realized he’d been holding.”
I could almost say that I never need to read another zombie book… because this book is it. Done. Nothing left to be said. Oh, ONE THING that I really want to see in a zombie book, would be more of a quicky apocalypse -- where zombie flesh more realistically dries out and fails after a few weeks or months. If anyone reading these words can recommend such a book, please do so in a comment, below.
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