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State of Decay (Revivors) Mass Market Paperback – February 2, 2010
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From Publishers Weekly
Knapp's intense debut is a high-adrenaline thriller that takes the familiar zombie story down a radically new path. In a future America deeply embroiled in global conflicts where undead revivors are used as soldiers, Nico Wachalowski, a military man turned FBI agent, stumbles upon a weapons smuggling operation while breaking up a ring trafficking in revivor sex slaves. The ensuing investigation leads him into a web of murders, terrorism, and conspiracies. Knapp's writing is sharp and his fast and furious plot twists keep the pages turning. He sets his stakes so high, however, that the book's last section often feels rushed and its resolution is somewhat muddled and anticlimactic. Still, fans of zombie fiction and readers looking for a good thrill will find it here. (Feb.)
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From the Author
Would you allow the military to reanimate your corpse, knowing it would commit atrocities, if it meant avoiding service in a brutal war during your lifetime?
What if your level of citizenship depended on your answer? To gain a chance at a better life, or feed your family, which would you choose then? Or would you choose neither, and accept a life of hardship and poverty?
What if you came face to face with your own death, and realized too late you had made the wrong decision?
Nico Wachalowski is a war veteran. That makes him a first-tier citizen. Formerly a police detective, he has reintegrated into civilian life as an agent in the FBI. During his time in the war, he encountered the reanimated soldiers known as 'revivors' many times. When they begin to turn up inside the city, he is tapped for his expertise in a field he'd rather leave behind.
Faye Dasalia is a police detective. She and Nico worked together long ago, but while he decided to serve, she opted to be wired for reanimation. That makes her a second-tier citizen. In the course of investigating a string of murders, she stumbles on a situation that brings her face to face with the revivors she will one day become herself.
Calliope Flax refused to serve. She also refused to be wired for reanimation. That makes her a third-tier citizen. As a result, she ekes a living in a housing project which has been mostly abandoned. Highly taxed, and with few rights, she seems to be on a path of self-destruction until circumstance drops her in the middle of the biggest terrorist plot the country has ever known.
Zoe Ott is a third-tier citizen as well, but unlike Calliope, she was born with a gift. Zoe can manipulate the thoughts of others. This ability allows her to live above the poverty line, but just barely. The gift also comes at a price; she is constantly assaulted with visions from both the past and future, with no way of knowing which is which. In the depths of late-stage alcoholism, she has long since stopped trying to make sense of it all when a particularly persistent vision prompts her to contact Nico just as events begin to unfold.
The four are drawn together by circumstances which at first seem unrelated. By the time they realize their fates are connected to a fifth, unseen enemy, that enemy has nearly gathered the power to strike a blow that has the potential to change everything, forever.
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I thought the writing was great. there are 4 POVs all told in first-person; there are about 3 POVs per chapter. I liked how the Knapp developed the characters, even though there were four vying for air-time in a novel that's less than 400 pages in paperback. I loved how all the plots converged and began to intertwine about 1/3 of the way through the book. Each POV character is handling their own plot and problems and nothing is rushed with any of the plots.
The problems I had was with the dialogue. It was hard to follow sometimes without proper attribution, so I became confused many times about who was talking.
Knapp did a good job with the climax and continuously raising the stakes for the main POV character, Nico. I think the author is great plotting and State of Decay has some of the best plotting I've read in a book. I liked the intricate plots and storylines and how they all came together.
My least favorite character was Caliope Flax and my favorite character was Zoe Ott. There was a weird bit of almost-romance between Nico and one of the other POV characters that would have made me vomit had it actually happened. I just can't see Nico with any of these characters except the one he actually had a relationship with.
But, despite all of this, I can't say that I'm tempted to read the sequel. I'd probably recommend this book to anyone who wants a different take on zombies. I might change my mind later about reading the sequel because something keeps gnawing at the back of mind about this book and what happens next, but I"m just not compelled at the moment to want to read more.
To Everyone Else: This book is well worth the time and money. The other 5 star reviewers covered all the main points so I won't rehash them here. This is not a zombie book even though it deals with the walking dead. Not sure about the other lower rated reviews. If you're not a science fiction fan, then you probably won't like this book. Happy reading.
What I got was something miles beyond anything I've read recently in the sci-fi/urban fantasy genres. I was completely blown away.
This book is brilliant. I would say it's more comparable to Philip K. Dick than anything else, and most certainly does not qualify as "zombie fiction," as the review on Amazon says.
It is full of action and proceeds at a break-neck pace, but at the same time manages to achieve levels of complexity and intelligence rarely seen in a genre novel nowadays. It also features some truly creepy moments.
But the strongest element of the book, for me, was the mystey. The book is almost like a puzzle - the narration rotates between 4 characters, and and information is given in such a way that you'll want to go back and re-read some parts to fully appreciate all the references. With all the mysteries, one can at first get a bit overwhelmed. But fear not - everything ties together beautifully by the end, and once you finish the book, you'll be itching for the next one in the series.
I am surprised and disappointed at how poorly it's being marketed. It needs a new, more distinct cover, as well as a bunch of blurbs. I hope that it won't deter readers from picking up a copy, and that the book receives the attention it deserves. It is one of the best, most engrossing novels I read recently, and I can't recommend it enough.
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