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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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Top Customer Reviews
Although undeniably graphic and dark and set in a thoroughly grungy environment; I really enjoyed this sci-fi urban fantasy world Knapp has created with its layer upon layer of plot twists and turns. I have to say the cyberpunk spin on zombies (known as Revivors) was a new one for me and a completely welcomed one at that.
Now there is a lot going on in STATE OF DECAY and a ton of sub plots to keep track of, but to Knapp's credit, he does an expert job of keeping the reader on track and the story moving forward with lots of heart pounding action. Even with the multitude of characters, each with their own agenda, surprisingly none of them felt like filler or unnecessary; to the contrary each was well thought out with a sub story line that was easy to follow and in the end held an important thread in the overall plot.
Even though I have only just read the first of the Revivors Trilogy, I could easily see this series being turned into a movie or TV series. STATE OF DECAY`s plot is unique and thrilling with lots of techy-bits and characters that are all well developed and interesting. I'm looking forward to working my way through the next two installments.
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