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I read a LOT of post-apocalyptic and without question, this is a top of a line story. There is good character development, some realistic science considering there are zombies involved and a copy editor worth their weight in gold.
Highly recommend and look forward to the second installment.
ETA: I just read it a second time and didn't realize just how much I missed the first time. Cannot wait for the next book. Bravo!
Many thanks to Mr. Humphreys, both for a very fine story and for NOT pulling a cliff-hanger ending, as so many series-writers are fond of using to push their next book. The next in any series should be desired because of the quality of the writing, as with John Conroe, James N. Cook, Matt Bracken, and J.L. Curtis, all excellent authors.
On to Book 2, A Place Called Hope.
I must say that I was surprised. To be clear, this is a first effort by a young author so it isn't perfect. His exposition is detailed and very precise but not entirely necessary. There are also a couple of pop culture references that some readers may not pick up on. But as someone who is picking up their first zombie novel, these aspects are by no means deal-breakers.
To me the real surprise of the story is its interesting and diverse cast of characters. Most of them reside in a walled-off community in rural Indiana and have eked out an existence for themselves eight years after the apocalypse, or "Z-Day." They engage in behavior and conversations that I'd picture normal, average people to be having in an extreme scenario such as this. Though the teen and child characters are smart and resourceful, they speak and act as actual young people. A military convoy discovers this community. Though they are soldiers first and foremost, they are also depicted as humans and not just simple caricatures.
Of course there is gore! Though I'm not sure how it stacks up against your average zombie apocalypse novel, it never felt overpowering or extremely disgusting. Despite the aforementioned detailed exposition and the requisite amount of world-building (necessarily done, as this is book one of a three-part series), there is plenty of action and nice storyline intersection. I'm still hedging on The Walking Dead but happily look forward to reading the sequel of this book! A strong 4 out of 5 stars.
Second, the title is the only weak link in this work. Generic nouns don't tell you how thrilling, moving and ridiculously engaging this story is. The genre is zombie apocalypse, but don't prejudge. If you like zombie, this book will pleasantly surprise. If you don't, the human drama will make you forget the genre.
The greatest pleasure is that Humphreys is so confident a writer. You can trust him with your time and emotions. Enjoy the ride.
This is a solid work, some rough spots but I'm interested to read the next installment.
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