- File Size: 1496 KB
- Print Length: 171 pages
- Publication Date: June 2, 2015
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00YSJORNU
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #459,098 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Wye: A Zombie Novel Kindle Edition
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Wye was a complex character; brave and scared, vulnerable and determined, lonely and profound. She poured her humanity into the pages of her journal and it made for a captivating read.
This is not your typical zombie eat brains apocalyptic thriller, and I'm thankful for that.
Inspired by his short story X, Wye is a novel which follows a young teenager as she embarks across post-apocalyptic England after an unknown illness claims the lives of millions. Wye is very much a survival novel, but with a difference. Not only is it told in the first person, but also in a journal/diary format, which gives it a very personal and shocking tone. Like reading someone's diary, Wye recounts the innermost thoughts of a girl who is struggling to come to terms with her existence. What are the things roaming the cities? Why must she stick to the Wasteland in search of her uncle's cabin?
I loved Wye's pace; some may find it a little slow in places, but I loved the claustrophobic atmosphere the author so effectively creates. The lack of dialogue also adds to the tension as we discover, one journal entry at a time, the truth behind everything that has lead to The Spread, and how it affects Wye.
And there are some shocking truths to be discovered along the way - Wye is not the person we think she is. And this adds to her characterisation. She is a complex young woman, a person who must find her place in the world. I certainly would have gone mad if I was in her shoes, but she must be brave and strong. It is no wonder she notices the fine details of the world - and the lack of human interaction makes for a most emotional connection later in the novel with a goldfish. I particularly loved that bit.
Wye is very much a bookish-type's novel. It even gives a few nods to Keats, Shakespeare, Pullman, and Sant. This was a nice touch. But it is its originality within the dystopian and zombie genre that elevates it. Journal formats are hard to pull off, but I think Wye is certainly Croxall's most interesting work to date. His understanding of the world shines through in a world that has died with disease.
I really thought that I was going to like this book. I'm a big fan of dystopian fiction, and it being written as a journal was intriguing. However, there were a few things that really disappointed me. The story jumps back and forth so often in the timeline that it got confusing at times. Wye's "companions" are interesting, and I like that we, as the reader, get to know what bit of her memory she has pulled them from. I think, though, that if an actual teenage girl were writing this journal, and speaking of her companions that she knows aren't real (and says as much in the very first sentence), that she wouldn't say, "He made dinner." Perhaps, "He showed me how to make dinner," or some other variation would have made more sense.
I am also quite put off by the sudden change in the central conflict - There are zombies. The whole world is crawling with zombies. We have to avoid the zombies. Oh, wait, I made that up. There were never zombies. Really? I just don't feel that this was handled well in the writing. Honestly, when I finished the book, my first words were, "What a letdown." I suppose that "Emo girl with hallucinations is the last person alive and writes in a journal" as a description wouldn't generate nearly as much interest. I think that very similar stories have already been told, and told better.
I was fortunate enough to find this book for free on Kindle, and I'm glad I did, because I would have been very disappointed if I had paid money for this book.
The title character is Wye, a frightened Teenage girl who has to survive in a world after “Something” happens to most of its inhabitants. She is a normal person who has their life completely turned on its head. How would anyone cope with that? We get to see it through her eyes, or should I say her diary entries. For that is the format this book takes and it is a device that works very well.
The writing is wonderful, the descriptions breath-taking and detailed and the characters and plot draw you in; which I would expect from the author.
Overall this is a joy to read and I would recommend it to anyone and everyone.
Jack Croxall has written a real page turner. Get reading people.