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Plague Nation (Ashley Parker Novel) Mass Market Paperback – April 9, 2013
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“If you like your heroines smart and sassy and kick ass capable, Ashley Parker has what you need. And Plague Nation is exactly what the zombie genre needed." – Joe McKinney, Stoker Award-winning author of Flesh Eaters and Inheritance
“Plague Nation is a rollicking zombie thriller packed with action, chills, and biting humor. Brava!” – Jonathan Maberry, New York Times bestselling author of Patient Zero, Fire and Ash, and Dead of Night
"A cool, hip zombie apocalypse novel. With crisp writing, a cast of memorable characters, and tons of undead combat action, it’s a zombie lover’s literary dream. When the dead rise, I’ll want the wild cards by my side."– Roger Ma, author of The Zombie Combat Manual
"Fast, furious, and fun, Plague Nation takes the promise of Plague Town and builds upon it, delivering bigger and better zombie mayhem. Top-notch gory goodness."– Mira Grant, author of the Newsflesh series
Praise for PLAGUE TOWN:
One of the Top Ten Zombie Releases of 2012— BarnesAndNoble.com
“A gruesomely good read that has me panting for the next book in the series. As hard to put down as a swarm of zombies. When's the next one? – Kat Richardson, bestselling author of the Greywalker novels
“Fredsti’s writing is razor sharp as her heroes fight off the horde while fighting their attraction for each other.” – Stacey Graham, author of The Zombie Dating Guide
“Plague Town is a fast-moving zombie tale that reads like a blast of energy. If you like zombie apocalypse stories, this is a must read!” – Lois Gresh, New York Times Best-Selling Author of Blood and Ice and Eldritch Evolutions
“More action than season two of The Walking Dead.” – Horror Talk
About the Author
Dana Fredsti is the Bay Area-based author of Plague Town and Murder for Hire: The Peruvian Pigeon. A past president of the professional organization Sister in Crime, she has also appeared in various zombie/horror movies projects, and worked on Sam Raimi's Army of Darkness as an armourer's assistant, sword-fighting captain, and sword-fighting Deadite.
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Storylines continue to impress and develop, new characters provide opportunities for more mayhem and compassion, as well as some real creepiness, and balance is found in the real-time vignettes at the end of each chapter. Also looks like we'll be getting a visit from a nasty self-important jerk from the previous book. G's house, really a character of its own, G, and JT add more zaniness and some relief to the overall story, something often missed in other zombie tales.
I will be waiting impatiently for the next book.
Fredsti's love for the zombie genre in film and text is definitely clear in this book, as well as her love for San Francisco. I loved the details of her heroes' physical journey, and as much as my heart ached for Ashley and the punishment she was going through (it's really remarkable how many obstacles Dana can come up with, short of an earthquake sinking the whole place into the Bay), she struck the right balance with references to key moments and quotes in many of the films and books I love. I found myself snorting aloud, even when reading in public places. It's both funny and poignant.
If you are a fan of the zombie genre -- if you love reading about shambling, rotting, moaning, undead flesh-craving killers -- this book is 100% for you.
Ashley Parker is once again a wonderful heroine. She's strong, but still sympathetic and emotional, and she's grown a lot since the last book. Although still fun, the whole novel takes on a darker tone. There are less references (OMG that Great Race reference!) and jokes than the previous books and some truly sobering and tearjerking events happen. I like that the tone isn't completely lighthearted because it would feel jarring to go from something depressing to silly jokes right after. Ashley has to deal with very harsh truths. Even though she's superhuman, she can't save everyone. Sometimes people are going to die on her watch and she will be powerless to stop it. A lot of the things she goes through is reminiscent of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, which I love! She has to deal with all this supernatural stuff and still maintain fairly normal platonic and romantic relationships within that crazy world.
Plague Nation doesn't suffer from second book syndrome. It's just as captivating and action-packed as the first book. The plot twists and turns so I don't know what to expect next. Intermixed with Ashley's story, little vignettes describe how the zombie plague is advancing in different parts of the US and how a Typhoid Mario spreads the disease through sleeping with people. The new creepy organization that wants the zombie plague to spread is very human and terrifying. It makes me wonder how a person could want that for the world, especially when it puts them at great risk as well.
Plague Nation is almost as good as Plague Town. The only negative thing is that the book meanders until the halfway and then picks up momentum. Dana Fredsti takes some risks and reminds us that not every character is safe. I really want to read Plague World now, but it's not out until April 8th, 2014! Ugh, why must I wait so long? Highly recommended!