- Paperback: 220 pages
- Publisher: Permuted Press (February 26, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1618680196
- ISBN-13: 978-1618680198
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 38 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,014,891 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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I also have to admit I'm not a zombie fan, it's an overdone concept and I'm tired of it. Even so, I enjoyed every page of this book. The plot was well written and the suspense kept me on edge the whole time. I will be looking for more of this author's books.
WARNING: If you do not like profanity, you will not like this book. It is full of it. In context, I understand why the author wrote it that way, but I know some people do not like to read profanity.
Boy, I'm glad I did.
The Seven Habits of Highly Infective People begins with a narrative that might appear as off-putting as it is interesting. Told from the perspective of whom we initially assume is a crazed druggy, the novel begins by telling us of Bosley Coughlin's exploits with a great `Eye' that shows him a vision of the distant future, which is not pretty in the least. Even he can hardly believe the idea of an America and a young girl who, at only fourteen, is struggling to survive and starving amidst the undead, but when a woman he knows begins exhibiting what he calls `The Seven Signs,' the future becomes a distinct possibility, and he must do all he can to stop it.
Perhaps the most distinct and well-done thing about William Todd Rose's The Seven Habits of Highly Infective People is its ability to seamlessly transport you between not only two different characters, but two different settings. Told, as I said, partially from Bosley's view in the present, the narrative shifts to the future where we run into Ocean, the fifteen-year-old girl whose fate our present-day narrator desperately wants to change. This presents us with an incredibly-easy and cohesive story to read. It seems like it could be two distinct tales, yet at the same time are intertwined; one plotline is so radically different in idea from another they don't seem to make sense; and the two narrators, an older man and a young girl, seem completely unlike one another, yet here's the thing: it's so seamless that your subconscious allows the two to merge to make the story one. That's no easy feat, all things considering, but Rose's power not only lies in interconnecting plots. Suspense, here, is key. Never is a chapter ended on a cliffhanger that doesn't make sense, and while in some cases you would rather just skip ahead to see what was going to happen, Rose wrote the suspense so deliberately that the events coincide with one another. It's like watching two rows of dominos fall at the exact same time. The pace never falters, the dread never lets up, and the mystique of the matter continues all the way up until the end, and persists even after it.
The Seven Habits of Highly Infective People is one of the best genre novels I've ever read. I can't call it just sci-fi, and I can't call it just zombie-horror, but I sure as hell can call it amazing. Five stars to this incredible work of fiction. This marks Rose as a name that has to be watched.
I have to say that it is extremely rare for me to be surprised by the plot of a story. I have read so many that they sometimes just mesh together. It is the rare circumstance that I am completely surprised and blown away. This story did that. Also, I loved the ending, and I have not been able to say that too many times as well. There were many things that I loved about this book, but I could not give it 5 stars due to the errors in it. This usually does not bother me, but the errors really take you out of the story in my opinion.
All in all, as a huge zombie, infected, apocalypse fan, I did enjoy this story.