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The Rising: Author's Preferred Edition Paperback – June 1, 2013
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Now, about that ending…
It’s a good ending. Anyone who says otherwise is looking for a reading experience that holds their hand and leads them to an obvious conclusion.
I was a listener before I was a reader, and always wondered what that question referred to.
Now I know and I'm happy I do.
I don't know why it took me so long to read Keene's first book. Having only read two later published works, The Complex and Ghoul, I was now ready to see how far he'd come as a writer. It's obvious Keene has an original style and voice. From the start, he paces his words with great execution. He gives just enough detail to put the reader in each scene, and writes characters that are strangers but soon become old friends.
With any novel of this length, it is difficult to create a world of many characters and story arcs but Keene does so with ease, turning a complex task into something clear and easy to follow. He does so with clarity, and talent, and The Rising displays all of that.
There's action, horror, love, and, above all, suspense here. I became nervous reading the final five pages, unsure of how it would end.
The emotional ties I had with the characters were worth the time I spent with The Rising. And so was the carnage.
In the end, Keene did indeed conquer. Most importantly, so did the characters. And for this reader, sometimes that's all that matters.
HA Buddy Read for October
The Rising is a book selected for a buddy read that I joined over on HA. I was told this was the start of the zombie genre and that it couldn't get any better than this. So I joined in expecting a good read and a fun time discussing this book.
I thought the book had too much of an introduction before the actually story started. Then I realized part of the story, I believe, Mr. Keene was telling was the story of the characters. All of these seperate stories were interesting. Of course one knows that eventually all these characters will meet and either save the day, become part of the problem or die trying.
In this zombie book all living creatures that can move are susceptible to becoming a zombie. Becoming a zombie is not really a virus in this book as it is in I believe all the other zombie books I have read. I'm not a big fan of our domestic pets and wild life becoming zombies...it is a personal preference and not a reflection on this story or the author.
The characters are well written and their development showed superior writing.. I could see what Frankie looked like from her first introduction until the end of the book. Wonderful character development. One character had a lot of solid believes and was a great support to his friend. That friendship was nice and helped the less developed character reach many of his character goals.
Over all I liked the book OK. My main purpose in reading it was to discuss it and I hope that soon our group can begin discussing the stories different aspects. Because the characters are so well written, planning a character discussion would be a good idea.
I give this book 3.5 stars, rounded up to 4
Recommended with caution (not just human zombies)