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- Print Length: 634 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1537621416
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- Publisher: Smarmy Press (September 9, 2016)
- Publication Date: September 9, 2016
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01LW9UXFG
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Weaving together strands from the characters who fascinated us from the previous books with unpredictable newcomers, The Scattered and the Dead Book 2 takes us on a journey through the worst of human nature: A sadistic psycho driven to torture and kill. A corrupt community where no one is going to punish a murderer because he has connections. The creation of a cult by false prophets preying on their follower's desperate desire for miracles. The realities of scarcity and the lengths the survivors will go to take supplies from each other.
However, unlike some post-apocalyptic series, The Scattered and the Dead isn't a complete condemnation of humanity. The authors didn't just slap some evil characters onto the page and call it a day. They built real, living, breathing humans out of words, then let those humans interact with the world. What came out was dark, definitely, but there was light in it, too. Book 2 is both a look at how awful humans can be to each other...and how beautiful they can be to each other. While reading, you get a sense of hope, a sense that maybe goodness can even survive a zombie apocalypse. The darkness in these books just accentuates the moments of light all the more.
Of course, there's also a bunch of zombie-smashin', Bind Torture Killin', and revenge-soaked deliciousness in there, too. Even more of the disparate strands our favorite author duo started with are coming together in new, sick, and satisfying ways. If you see this ending coming, then you should probably check with your local psychic, because you might be clairvoyant. It's so inevitable and yet so unpredictable--and that makes it downright awesome. Just read it already!
If you haven't read the other books in the series, I recommend starting there first, but I don't think it's entirely required. There is continuity between the books, and I personally found interesting to follow the developments and see how each character adapted to their new life.
The story jumps around, following some characters only a few months after the event, and some characters many years later. It may sound confusing, but it does work, and it's interesting to note the contrast.
I found some portions of the book very poignant, and the story was certainly unpredictable. McBain and Vargus have a knack for VERY vivid mental imagery. I found the story very engaging and stayed up until nearly 4:00 am to finish it.
If you're already a fan, and have read the other books, then this is a "must read!"
The main focus of this book is on Erin and Izzy, Ray, Lorraine and their encampment of survivors, and Decker, and Teddy in the most recent months after civilization ceased to exist.
Baghead and Defino also continue to figure prominently in the future segments of the book. In this portion, we are also introduced to a new character: “The Father”, a mysterious, yet very powerful man who rules over a large post-apocalyptic settlement.
I really had a hard time putting this one down and I loved how all of the storylines are starting to come together. The addition of “Squirrelman” in Erin and Izzy’s timeline was a nice change of pace and I loved seeing Erin struggle with having her authority threatened and tested. As the trio now set out for bigger and better places and stray closer and closer to the domain of Teddy the psychopath, I felt genuine anxiety for the group as I kept hoping that these paths would not cross.
And speaking of crossing paths, our resident agoraphobic, Decker, who watched the end of the world from the seclusion of his apartment all those months ago has found himself right smack in the middle of the new settlement that is being nurtured by Ray and Lorraine. To see him struggle with daily human interaction and his attempts to fit in (or not) made for a good story.
The future portions of the story set in the compound controlled by “The Father” I can only describe as “bleak”. Nine years after basically the end of the world, and people are still flocking to charismatic personalities like moths to a flame. For as advanced as these people were after basically losing everything, there was also a primitiveness to it all… very Jonestowny or Heaven’s Gateish.
I would definitely recommend not reading this one until after TSATD 1.0 so that the storylines and events to date make sense but if you have the time and are so inclined I would also recommend reading the interim books (0.5 and 1.5). While not necessary to understand the dynamic of this world, these in between books have been instrumental in introducing new characters and providing a backstory to who they are and how they came to be in the world where we find them.
About 90% in, I had developed a few theories about what was going to transpire in the closing chapters of the book. While I was sort of correct on one account, I was completely wrong on the other. This provided a twist that I had not even seen coming and… it completely knocked my socks off! Now I start my long wait until the next installment to find out how the current and future survivors are faring.