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Zombie Island (Monster Island #1)

3.59  ·  Rating Details ·  8,746 Ratings  ·  485 Reviews
Il mondo è in mano agli zombi. La razza umana sopravvive solo in poche aree depresse del pianeta, organizzata in stati-roccaforte. In uno di questi, il Somaliland, governato da un matriarcato di origine tribale, la reggente si ammala di Aids e nella situazione disperata in cui versa il pianeta, ormai privo di leggi comuni e infrastrutture, l'unico luogo in cui c'è speranza ...more
Hardcover, Omnibus , 309 pages
Published February 12th 2007 by Mondadori (first published January 1st 2004)
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Robin Wiley
Mar 09, 2010 Robin Wiley rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: zombie
Oh, this started out so good! Ship going through the fog at night, and as the fog clears - there is the Statue of Liberty looming overhead with people milling about the island just like any other day in New York City - except it's at night...and those people aren't tourists anymore.

I was ready for a Zombie book. I loved World War Z! I dug the premise - teenage girl army, with a native New Yorker (and UN worker) as a guide - on a mission to get AIDS drugs for their beloved leader - to Zombie fill
Jun 16, 2008 Kerry rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people bored at work
Shelves: post-apocalyptic
Read this online. I'm not interested in zombies per se, but I do like post-apocalyptic stories.

Ugh. I mean I got all the way through it, so it wasn't the WORST book in the world. And there were some interesting parts. But overall the thing felt very amateurish, it read like fan fiction. Any hard facts that were in there sounded like stuff the author already knew, random shit about guns and NYC locations. The characters were inconsistent, and the "explanation" for the zombies felt very much like
Mar 01, 2007 pinkgal rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: creepy-creepy
Darn it! It's so hard to find a good zombie novel these days! This follows the current trend where zombies aren't just zombies; they're actually demons from another dimension/world. It pisses me off, because then there's no real point in even trying to win since the one advantage humans have over zombies is the brain portion. One good thing; the idea of being dead but retaining your own mind. And the hunger. Lots of gore and viscera if that's your cup of tea in terms of zombie novels.
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This is not a pure zombie book, it jumps into some paranormal stuff too. But there are plenty of dead bodies walking around, blood, guts and guns. I just finished it and I feel a bit ill. I need a cute romance or something now to walk it off.
Oct 03, 2011 Robert rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
David Wellington takes a shot at the ever-expanding Zombie literature market with his own take on the oft-explored theme of a major city overrun with the living dead. How well does he do? Well, for the most part he does very well indeed.

First off he chucks the incongruous team of a UN Weapons Inspector and a group of female Somalian child-soldiers into New York City, on a quest to find AIDS medicines for an ailing third-world Warlord. If that isn't entertainingly ludicrous enough, the main baddi
I went into reading this figuring it would be a semi-mindless but fun read, and to my surprise it turned out to be much better than I expected. Pretty awesome and hard to put down.
May 17, 2010 Dora rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Elf M.
Oct 30, 2011 Elf M. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've just finished reading Monster Island, which has to be one of the best, most unapologetic zombie books ever written. After the big brouhaha last year in which some NY Review of Books reviewer didn't "get" the whole zombie thing, looking desperately for allegory and meaning in the zombie genre (and to which David Langford gleefully pointed out "They don't have to be an allegory. They're zombies. They eat people. What more do you need?") it's refreshing to read a really gross, horrifying, not ...more
Oct 17, 2011 Lauren rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fail, zombies
I know zombies are far fetched (which doesn't stop me loving them). But David Wellington takes it to a whole new level, bordering on being plain stupid. It's poorly written but the plot itself irked me to the point I wondered why I was still reading it.
I don't like the idea of a walking/talking zombie, I never really have, but I like the idea of ancient Egyptian mummies still being able to walk around even less. Not to mention the random Scottish ghost/thing that, for some reason, could control
Jul 30, 2009 Tom rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This book was apparently first published online, and it shows. The chapters are all between 4-6 pages in length and the characterization is about as thin. The characterization in this book is so thin, its friends fear it might be anorexic. Twiggy wishes she was this thin in her prime. This lack of character development and other details make the book's characters hard to get into, and whatever interesting ideas Wellington has (and he has more than a few) are squashed by my inability to feel any ...more
Patrick D'Orazio
Nov 05, 2010 Patrick D'Orazio rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When I first saw this title I presumed it was about a bunch of giant nuclear radiated creatures who occasionally attack Tokyo. Instead, it is a book about a bunch of diseased undead that attack New York. Not that I was disappointed since I am big fan of the zombie genre.

David Wellington's book starts out like a lot of traditional zombie tales, with those that remain after the undead holocaust doing whatever it takes to survive. In this case, a group of Somali schoolgirls armed to the teeth head
Sep 05, 2010 Jennifer rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: para-zombies
David Wellington originally published Monster Island, as well as many of his other books, online in a serial format. Had I realized that before buying the book, I would have checked out his website first, as it is still available as a free read.

As I've said many times in the past, I am not a zombie purist. I love when authors get creative with the mythology and traits of their zombies, just as long as they still want to eat people. Monster Island has cannibalistic zombies, which immediately put
Jun 23, 2009 Holly rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of horror/zombies
Shelves: 2009, horror
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Oct 26, 2016 Amy-chan rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Aquellos que no buscan el típico zombie
Shelves: dystopia-sci-fi
Yo esperaba de este libro una historia de zombies (como su nombre indica) no un pupurri de zombies, druidas escoceses y momias del antiguo Egipto. Creo que en la edición española deberían haber dejado el titulo original "Monster island" para no confundir a la gente.
Recomendado para aquellos que no buscan el típico zombie y mantienen su mente abierta.
K. Fritz
It's several months after the Epidemic and Dekalb is set with the task of giving his daughter some kind of future. Though his options are slim, giving her the "opportunity" to join the Somali all-girls army (run by a female warlord) is better than letting her die. In the very least she'll learn the fighting skills her new world requires. But the Somali's don't trust Americans and only agree to take her in if Dekalb can provide them with medicine. After confirming nearly every hospital has been t ...more
Paul Hamilton
A decent zombie tale overall, but many of the mystical elements that power the undead in this book feel a little undeveloped. Perhaps it is that they are presented in a very deus ex machina fashion that allows them to be whatever is necessary for the progression of the plot, but while a departure from the trendy virus explanation is nice, this feels a bit hokey.

In many ways the book reads like a novelization of a video game or a B-grade film, with some odd stylistic choices and a peculiar bit of
Karl Drinkwater
Mar 09, 2012 Karl Drinkwater rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
David Wellington's 'monster' series is made up of: Monster Island, Monster Nation and Monster Planet. I had bought them on a day trip to that world of books, Haye-on-Wye. Together they make up an interesting and innovative take on the zombie apocalypse genre. If you like this kind of escapist fiction then I really recommend this trilogy, and I should add that any of the books can be read standalone, though obviously reading them all does add some extra context.

Monster Island shows us a world ove
Dec 28, 2010 Michelle rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Monster Island is the first book in the Zombie series by David Wellington and a Novel from Running Press.

Book Blurb:

It's one month after a global disaster. The most "developed" nations of the world have fallen to the shambling zombie masses. Only a few pockets of humanity survive — in places rife with high-powered weaponry, such as Somalia.

In New York City, the dead walk the streets, driven by an insatiable hunger for all things living. One amongst them is different; though he shares their appet
Matteo Pellegrini
Jan 22, 2014 Matteo Pellegrini rated it liked it
Shelves: fantascienza, horror

Dopo una spaventosa epidemia, l'intero mondo industrializzato è caduto nelle mani degli zombie. La razza umana sopravvive solo in poche roccaforti, nelle regioni più arretrate della Terra. L'americano Dekalb, ex ispettore agli armamenti per le Nazioni Unite, riesce a trovare rifugio insieme alla figlia in uno di questi baluardi: la Libera Repubblica delle Donne della Somalia, governata da un matriarcato di origine tribale. Ma ben presto è costretto a rimettersi in viaggio per fare incursione nel

Rachel Pieters
This book had potential. It's not that David Wellington is a bad writer, b/c he's certainly not. But the book needed much more polish.

There were sentences that were unclear, that needed to be reworded for clarity and flow throughout. I didn't mind the style, kind of a Hemingway shortness to it, which works in a quick, in-your-face story like this. But, the characters needed better motives to do the things they were doing. In a zombie apocalypse, my first concern, as a parent, would not be the e
Andrea Blythe
May 04, 2011 Andrea Blythe rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
In a zombie infested world, only third world countries, those who have suffered constant military insurgencies, have been able to sustain themselves, the heavily armed population able to hold the undead back. Somalia is one of these countries, but the warlord in charge has aids and medicines are in short supply. Dekalb, a UN official and his daughter have been promised safety within Somolia if he can bring the warlord the medicine she needs.

In desperation, he leads a troop of school girl soldier
Mike Rogers
David Wellington's "Monster Island" began as a serialized blog about zombies which has now been published in book form. I hadn't heard of the blog before I started reading the book, and really only picked up the book because my dad has a weird sort of fascination with zombies (and does a very convincing zombie walk).

Monster Island starts after an epidemic has wiped out most of the human population of Earth and turned them into zombies. Mr. Dekalb is a United Nations weapons inspector who has sur
Feb 26, 2011 Jason rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: e-books, read-2011

4 stars but note that I am  a confessed zombie-afficiando...

First, this is a short, fast, and fun read that is well written and a real page turner. Yes, there are all the trademark undead classics here, and not a lot that is really new.  There are a few original action sequences, kills, and concepts that make this a quality read.

Wellington has done a great job at creating interesting characters. Dekalb is a good protagonist that I was routing for. Gary is a great bad guy and his back story is on
Pedro León
Divertido libro de zombies del que había escuchado muy malas críticas. A mi me ha resultado entretenido. Es como una peli buena americana de acción, no es para un oscar pero te hace pasar un buen rato. Yo no suelo pedirle mucho más a los libros así que encantado con éste. Lo que peor me ha parecido es el comienzo. Muy apresurado y explicando regular las motivaciones de los personajes. Con el paso de las páginas va ganando en entretenimiento y el final es también muy propio de las pelis americana ...more
Beverly J.
I understand every novel needs a hook to be unique amidst the masses. I also know that all zombies are not created equal. The idea that zombie can feed on life force by eating grass, licking lichen or snacking on spiders is a bit much, in my opinion. This is another with a "cognizant" zombie and the way he stays that way is.......lame. No amount of medical jargon could make this work for me. The protagonist had a way about him that made me lack empathy for him. All in all this was just a severe ...more
May 05, 2008 jess rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
loved this. no clue I could really enjoy zombies, but now I'm a big zombie fiction fan. this was my favorite out of the trilogy, by far. characters, storyline, history, and no visible gore! excellent.
Jan 11, 2012 Elorigan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Was not impressed at first, but like many a good book, the first 100 pages of plodding were necessary to set up a terrific story...disturbing and with an ending that I didn't quite expect.
Ralph Pulner
Jul 17, 2016 Ralph Pulner rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved it. Zombies plus magic. What's not to love? There are so many moments in this book that are just iconic for me. Will defend it to my grave.
Jun 10, 2016 Claire rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A really original story. I did not see some of the twists and turns coming.
Jan 27, 2017 An rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
It was ok. That describes my feelings towards this book. It wasn't particularly bad or good. It's an okay book if you want to read something on the bus and you only have 10 minutes because you can read 2-3 chapters from this book then. I actually found the first couple of chapters pretty good, I enjoyed the chapters with Dekalb and Ayaan, but I didn't like the ones with Gary at all. Gary was the flimsiest character ever going from "I had to choose this" to "I will devour all humans" in a heartbe ...more
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David Wellington is a contemporary American horror author, best known for his Zombie trilogy as well as his Vampire series and Werewolf series. His books have been translated into eleven langauges and are a global phenomenon.

His career began in 2004 when he started serializing his horror fiction online, posting short chapters of a novel three times a week on a friend’s blog. Response to the projec
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