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The writing is great too, there's a couple of passages in particular that I can't really talk about (no spoilers here) but I went back and reread them, just because they were so well put together.
Overall, a fast paced read that just kept dragging me back for one more chapter. Highly recommended and I can't wait for the sequel.
The arrogance of science coupled with the wrath of Mother Nature brings Southeast TX to its knees. The Maestro, a guinea pig for the Serenity Strain, is a formidable and disturbing representation of evil who, with a following of equally twisted convicts, is hellbent on carrying out his prophesied mission. The arrival of the worship evoking goddess Id establishes the hierarchy of evil and promises the coming of a being darker and more evil still.
The deck is stacked against the estranged family who, not of want but seemingly of destiny, is placed in the path of unfathomable challenge and circumstance. Together, with the family dog and ultimately an inevitable partnership with the scientific author of the Serenity Strain, they stand toe to toe with sheer evil.
Chris Pourteau does a masterful job with his rendition of the Apocalypse Weird world. I hereby mandate this one as a must read!
I feel ambiguous about this installment of the Apocalypse Weird shared universe. The first book was an excellent tale of a family’s struggle to survive during and after a hurricane, and tension built as the ‘patients’ escaped their confines and began their rampage.
The starting concept for the specific nature of the subhuman rampagers was intriguing, instead of the walking dead or a diet drug that turns people into cannibals, we have an attempt to genetically rewrite the DNA of murderers which backfires.
There are some elements of the greater storyarc that may prove invaluable, and the intro of a character from the novel Tunnel Rats was the most intriguing element of the second, but the story in the second book feels padded and the amount of villain perspectives didn’t add to the story.
Well-written, and like all the Apocalypse Weird books it has a strong sense of place, and the characters are the strongest suit. The author starts off with one character, only to see what I assumed would be a supporting character move into a heroic role. Likewise, the author could have easily made Stavros a stereotypical egghead character, but instead he rises to the occasion.
However, the villains themselves never gelled with me. I didn’t find them worth the amount of words they got, and the overtly supernatural element, the goddess of chaos and appetite, I did not find alien and overwhelming.
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