- Series: Z.A. Recht's Morningstar Strain
- Paperback: 320 pages
- Publisher: Gallery/Permuted Press; Original edition (June 19, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 145162882X
- ISBN-13: 978-1451628821
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 118 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #874,164 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Survivors (Z.A. Recht's Morningstar Strain) Paperback – June 19, 2012
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Z.A. Recht (1983 — 2009) authored the Morningstar Strain series.
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Survivors is a good zombie book, and a fitting conclusion to the series, my only beef is that it doesn't live up to the previous two books. The characters develop little throughout, and are a bit trite and 2-d. The bad-guys are unequivocally nasty and rife with infighting, the good-guys are full of humorous banter, and the twain only meet for the climax in which the show-down between Sawyer and Mason was pretty epic, but all-over too quickly. This brings me to the action which is of the high impact calibre expected by this series, a flaw being nothing much unexpected occurs (the occasional death of minor characters, lots of head-shots, etc etc.)
There seems to be an intended theme of human infighting becoming the new danger in this zombified world, which is partially explored, however the majority of the book surrounds attempting to find a zombie vaccine and resolving the Sawyer/Lutz vs the Mason/Sherman conflict rather than developing this theme to anything worthwhile.
The prose is relatively shallow and blunt, which Recht previously put to good use, but in Survivors feels childish.
I realise this probably sounds overly negative, which is not intentional, Survivors was not a painful or unenjoyable read, simply not the same as its predecessors.
To my shock, the author, ZA Recht passed away. So I thought the trilogy was over and then it was found that some mystery author was going to take over writing the book. I was please but felt that we'll never know how the series was suppose to end. I believe ZA Recht had started on the third book at the time of his death but was mostly unwritten.
The one memory I always had of ZA Recht was that he commented on my review of his second book here on the site. I felt it was great and was always happy that he reached out to his fans.
The series start off with the infection known as the Morningstar Strain that turns people into either a shambler (the slow walking dead) or a sprinter (zombie runners). The first two book stars a cast of characters that all connect to one another in that they want to reach Omaha, Nebraska where they believe they can find the cure. By the end of the second book, we realize that there is one person who is immune to the virus and he too must make it to Omaha so that they can find a cure.
The entire third book centers around concluding the journey of everyone reach Omaha, and defeating their one enemy a rogue NSA agent known as the name of Sawyer.
The series I believe ended not so well. While the main story concluded with everyone reach Omaha, I believe the length of the series didn't give way to a very good amount of conclusion. At least not the way I was expecting. However, given that ZA Recht didn't actually write the book, I really don't know what to make of it under than to say that I'm glad some ending happened to the main trilogy rather than having fans wondering what could have been. At the very least, ZA's work, however partial it may be, came out to the public. For that I'm really thankful.
Note that this book does seem kind of choppy in many places, almost like the ghost writer was just stringing together the original author's notes and ideas. Sometimes, it seemed that paragraphs would "repeat" itself from previous scenes; again, as if the ghost writer was just connecting the original ideas/notes from the author's material, without actually reading and condensing what was there to make the story flow better and smoother. It did seem kind of rushed in some sections, and especially the ending. Also, expect several "twists & turns" with the characters! 'Nuff said... ;-)
If you are a fan of the zombie genre, and especially wanted to find out what happens after the 2nd book of this trilogy, then this is a must buy. Even with what I wrote in my previous paragraph, I do recommend this book. :-)