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Monster Island (Monster Island #1)

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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 t ...more
Paperback, 282 pages
Published March 24th 2006 by Running Press (first published January 1st 2004)
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Jun 19, 2008 Kerry rated it did not like it
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
Robin Wiley
Aug 08, 2010 Robin Wiley rated it did not like it
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
Mar 01, 2007 pinkgal rated it did not like it
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.
Jul 15, 2013 Elisa rated it liked it
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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
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
Nov 02, 2007 Greg rated it really liked it
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.
Elf M.
Oct 30, 2011 Elf M. rated it really liked it
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
May 17, 2010 Dora rated it liked it
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Nov 09, 2011 Lauren rated it did not like it
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
Aug 15, 2009 Tom rated it did not like it
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
Jul 11, 2011 Jennifer rated it liked it
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
Patrick D'Orazio
Nov 05, 2010 Patrick D'Orazio rated it really liked it
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
Aug 25, 2009 Holly rated it liked it
Recommends it for: fans of horror/zombies
Shelves: 2009, horror
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Feb 27, 2011 Jason rated it really liked it
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 one o
K.Edwin Fritz
Jul 16, 2013 K.Edwin Fritz rated it liked it
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
Jun 06, 2009 Paul Hamilton rated it liked it
Shelves: novel, zombies
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
Matteo Pellegrini

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

Dec 28, 2010 Michelle rated it it was amazing
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
Andrea Blythe
May 04, 2011 Andrea Blythe rated it liked it
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
Jan 16, 2012 Mike Rogers rated it it was ok
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
Karl Drinkwater
Mar 09, 2012 Karl Drinkwater rated it really liked it
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
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.
Mar 13, 2013 Beverly J. rated it it was ok
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
Alex Bergonzini
Comienza como el típico Apocalipsis donde los muertos son la masa predominante y los vivos, bueno, los vivos es un grupo reducido que como siempre tiende a zero. Esta vez la historia no se centra en la supervivencia ni en la psicosis del miedo, sino que es un libro más pensado para la aventura y el disfrute del lector.

El libro es pura aventura, pasa de misión en misión, donde la adrenalina va cambiando a medida que los problemas crecen, con lo que se consigue la aventura se dilate sin perder el
Jul 15, 2016 Claire rated it really liked it
A really original story. I did not see some of the twists and turns coming.
May 05, 2008 jess rated it it was amazing
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 23, 2012 Elorigan rated it really liked it
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.
Dec 28, 2013 Trish rated it it was ok
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Marion Kuehne
May 24, 2016 Marion Kuehne rated it liked it
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Jan 20, 2016 Quiet rated it did not like it
Monster Island is a dumb book. It's an entertainment book so sure; it gets somewhat of a pass. But really, Monster Island is dumb: writer David Wellington doesn't seem to know anything at all other than the fact that he wanted to write a zombie book. And while that's neat, and Monster Island is sensational fun, it's also a bit too vacant of detail or idea to provide compelling entertainment.

It's exciting things happening endlessly. New York City post-Zombie Apocalypse. Guns go bang, bazookas are
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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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