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While the story follows two survivors of an apparent apocalypse, it isn't your typical 'zombie' book. What makes it unique is how close to real life I feel an actual apocalypse would be. The characters in this story don't know what's happened. There's no news story at the beginning informing the reader of what's happened. You are transported into the story with as much information as the characters. You follow them along their journey seeking the same answers.
I feel like Christina Bergling has an amazing way with her words, and the amount of detailed description she provides is impressive. Each scene, each landscape, I can picture perfectly in my mind.
The character development in Savages is crucial to the flow of the book. Since everything is centered around just the two main characters and the Savages, having such an in depth look into the characters and their own personal plight definitely kept the flow of the story on track.
As I said, I thoroughly enjoyed this book and can't wait to read the future works of Christina Bergling!
I really hope they make it into a movie. Personally, I would cast Sam Rockwell as Uriah. I could picture him in the role as I was reading the scene (my favorite of the book).
My only gripe with this book was that I didn't feel like there was a definite ending, but I feel that was deliberate.
What you need to know about this tale: everyone who is still human carries a massive amount of mental baggage with them. The vast majority of humanity isn't. They're mindless eaters. And that carries a huge psychic weight for the few remaining actual people. When most of us become animals, what remains for the remaining few? Can we hang on to humanity when something tries to rip it away?
Read to find out. And don't expect anyone to ride off into a sunset happily ever after.
Savages by Christina Bergling is one of those rare gifts. A tale of two survivors of a zombielike apocalypse (the Savages are not quite zombies - they remind me more of Romero's The Crazies, thinking murderers consumed by madness, than of the traditional idea of the mindless flesh-eater), losing their humanity to the wilderness until the arrival of a newborn baby where one should not be possible causes their carefully constructed stoicism to unravel and their past traumas to rear their heads.
Savages is a story about what makes us human in an inhuman world, and is ultimately a redeeming story about love and survival. Well done.
Excellent first novella from Christina Bergling! I can't wait to read more from her!