The Zona Kindle Edition
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Gritty and graphic, I would recommend this book to anyone who is a fan of the post apocalyptic genre. And the book ends with the possibility of a sequel, which I would be very interested in reading if it is written.
Reading Level: Adult
Recommended for: fans of dark post-apocalyptic fantasy
Trigger Warnings: religious persecution (by which I mean the persecution of people by religious dogmatics), torture, murder, killing, violence
My Thoughts: I decided to go ahead and read this book after reading Automatic Woman and liking the writing style. This is a very dark book, but a most engaging one. I was impressed by the author's ability with description; each scene was sharp and distinct in my inner eye. This would make an amazing movie.
A lot of this book is basically about man's inhumanity to man, about what happens when power-hungry dogmatics take control and continue to live by the old memories. The destruction of the peaceful people by religious nuts who remember how things used to be and use those old memories rather than learning if things have changed made me furious.
There's some interesting ideas put forward in this book. Like this one:
"Church and God ain't the same thing. From what I know, God's perfect. The Church makes mistakes... God's about order, Church is about power, as best as I can figure, to be against one is not to be against the other."
Then also: "Good people will outlast the rule of the Church. No rule of law lasts for long, and there is nothing that can wholly destroy the good and evil that lives in man. It's ours to own for the duration of time and whatever exists beyond."
A common problem with all Curiosity Quills publications is a problem with editing. I have yet to read a CQ book that is well edited, which is a shame because they put out some really excellent books and stories that some people will refuse to read due to the haphazard editing. In this book there was a lot of problem with homonyms, such as "shown" for "shone", and missing and extra words. I would recommend CQ find some good freelance editors to supplement their editorial staff, which should improve their overall reputation. If you aren't bothered by editing errors, if you're willing to look beyond that and enjoy a really good story, you really can't go wrong with a CQ book, however. This one I would recommend to anyone interested in post-apocalyptic dark fantasy, especially as relating to how religious zealots can make things that much worse. I really enjoyed the book, but it was a downer. I need to find something light and cheerful to perk myself back up.
Disclosure: I picked this book up for free on Amazon. All opinions are my own.
Synopsis: The Storms came, and with them disease and blight like mankind had never experienced. Most died, and those who didn't were quick to scramble for weapons, wealth, and control. Petty lords gave way to new societies, and from the ashes of old came the Reformed Arizona Theocracy, or simply put, the Zona. The laws are simple, all sins are punished swiftly and violently. The enforcers, otherwise known as Preachers, roam the lands hunting disgraced men and women. But what happens when Preachers stop killing? What happens when men of honor take a stand against their rulers?
But I went back to it, and I'm glad I did because the center section of this book rocked. Once the author started doing some character development I became engaged in the story, and either his writing style/editing improved or I was just reading too fast to notice. The character of Terence really brings the book to life and makes the main character, Lead, change and grow. That was a great thing to read.
I understand about "throwing the reader into the action" without a lot of explanation, and that often is a good way to get the reader interested. It didn't work (for me) in this case because with little interest invested in the characters and not understanding what was happening with the plot at first, I was ready to give up on the reading. But once I started reading some of the personal stories of the characters, I was totally immersed in the story. In fact, I liked the character of Terence so much that the latter part of the book without him lost some of my interest.
I had a bit of a problem with the over the top Purgatory scenes, but being unfamiliar with this genre it may be typical exaggeration. I found the scene unrealistic in a book that seemed full of gritty realism.
I probably would have given this book four stars if the typos hadn't been so tremendously bad. And this was the revamped version that Amazon recently updated. I'm really glad I didn't try to read the previous version. I'll be looking for future offerings and hope the author finds a good editor.