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I really enjoyed reading this for several reasons. It was a quick read, it was tense, and it was brutal. Plus there's one scene where we get the POV of a cat. I do have a few quibbles with the structure of the collection, though not enough to make me give it four stars. I wish the last story either went full circle back to the first one, or that it somehow felt like a last story. The current structure kind of left me feeling unfulfilled, wanting more, as it ends fairly abruptly.
That said, the writing is solid. The short vignettes still pack an emotional punch, despite their length. I think most zombie fans would enjoy.
This is not a 'chick book' - it's a straight-up 'beginning of the ZOMPOC' story told as a series of neatly interconnected vignettes chronicling the wildfire transmission of the disease.
This is good stuff - it's well written and well edited. There're a few minor Grammar Nazi issues, but not many and not bad. The narrative flows well and smoothly; the dialogue is unforced and natural. There are no plot holes, continuity issues or suspension of disbelief difficulties.
There are no main protagonists as such; the subjects of each vignette are presented with enough depth to give the reader a good feel for them without going all overboard about it. I particularly liked the OCD prepper and the comeuppance dealt to the creeper at the campground.
There's a fair amount of gore and violence that's well-presented and germane to the particular vignette.
I read this in one sitting, and liked it well enough that I bought 'When The Dead' - the book that this is prequel to - without worrying about trying the free sample first.
This is good - try the sample and see.
This has left me looking forward to WHEN THE DEAD, the authors first book, and hoping her next comes out soon.
The Spread tells multiple tales of the beginnings of a zombie apocalypse, detailing how the virus progressed from one incident into an epidemic. We don't so much get to read about how patient zero was infected but we do go through the first transfers and see how quickly it moved through the population pretty much by coincidence and pure chance. It's an interesting look at how easily a virus can be passed along. Actually a little unnerving if you think about it and how we do pass germs along daily without thinking about. Seriously, don't start thinking about. You'll want to live in a bubble for the rest of your life.
This is a well written compilation of separate peoples lives becoming connected as they cross paths on just a regular day. I saw a few connections to When The Dead but you don't need to have read that one first to enjoy this book, although you should read it too because it's awesome.