Monster Island (Zombies, #1)
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Monster Island (Zombies #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 / online serial novel, 282 pages
Published March 24th 2006 by Running Press (first published January 1st 2004)
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Kerry
Jun 19, 2008 Kerry rated it 1 of 5 stars
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...more
pinkgal
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.
Greg
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.
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
Robert
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...more
Dora
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Robin Wiley
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...more
Patrick D'Orazio
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...more
K.Edwin 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
Holly
Aug 25, 2009 Holly rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: fans of horror/zombies
Shelves: 2009, horror
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Tom
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
Elisa
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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.
Michelle
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...more
Jennifer
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...more
Andrea Blythe
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...more
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...more
Karl Drinkwater
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...more
Lauren
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...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...more
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
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

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KristenR
This started off great. I love the idea that the more 'undeveloped' countries, the more war torn, warlord, militia states would be in a better position to cope with a zombie apocalypse.

I love zombie stories. I love how the good ones end up as not only a horrific element, but as a magnifying glass to human response and character.

This didn't do that for me. I hated the introduction of Gary as a non zombie zombie. It turned the book away from that visceral reaction to the undead and how to surviv...more
jess
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.
Elorigan
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.
Trish
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Serena!
Ci sarà pur stato un motivo se non ho mai giocato a Resident Evil, dopotutto!
Iuuu, che impressione!
I morti viventi sono esseri schifosi, c'è poco da fare.. E per di più pire tonti! :D
Non è sicuramente un libro che vincerà il Nobel, anzi..!! Ma come piccolo intrattenimento ci può stare! (Anche se è un'opera estremamente splatter e trashissima.. :D)
Una cosa che sicuramente non mi è piaciuta è lo stile con cui la storia è scritta. Insomma, è veramente imbarazzante.. Ripetizioni a go go e una si...more
Robin Cicchetti
Feeling sorta snarky, I checked eating disorders as a tag for this book. The Earth has been overrun with a Zombie virus, and our hero, DeKalb, a former U.N. arms inspector working in Somalia, is on a freighter bound for what is left of NYC. Turns out the countries that have fared best in the zombie wars are those with the highest gun/survivor ratio, because the only thing that will kill the undead is a shot to the head.

DeKalb has left his young daughter in the care of an Islamic madrass in excha...more
Jessica
Well for less gore than I was promised, I still devoured(HA! devoured..zombies..) this book in a day & an half.
I try not to read other previews before I read a book because I feel I get swayed w/o intention but I did so & was worried about the less than usaual reasoning for the dead to reanimate. But I really liked it, not necessarily all the magic hubbub but a different twist on things was neat. His 'depth' of knowledge about New York & his past job got a little tiresome for me, ve...more
Gina Woyicki
**This entire review is basically a spoiler**

I'm torn... I honestly hated this book from the second Gary came back to life after being shot in the head by one of the teenage soldiers up until the very last page. I think I was too busy hating every last word I read to even see the ending coming.

So there is Dekalb, he's on a mission to find AIDS medication for an African war/drug lord. If he doesn't he'll never see his daughter again. Ok, that is motivation. And when we meet Gary in the beginnin...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...more
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