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Monster Island (Zombies #1)

3.57 of 5 stars 3.57  ·  rating details  ·  7,538 ratings  ·  440 reviews
Welcome to New York City, Population Zero? The power grid has collapsed. There is no running water, no light, no heat. The massive neon signs of Times Square are dark now, and the subway trains crouch silent in their tunnels, waiting for commuters who will never return. An epidemic of staggering lethality has passed over the city and left nothing living in its wake. And ye ...more
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Published (first published January 1st 2004)
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Jun 19, 2008 Kerry rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  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
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
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.
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.
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
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
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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
Aug 25, 2009 Holly rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of horror/zombies
Shelves: 2009, horror
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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
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
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
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

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

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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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.
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Cheryl Marie
I really did end up liking this book. That being said it started out a little hard for me to get into. The beginning of the book skips around in time a lot and is written from a few different perspectives.

I put this book down a few times but when I finally really gave it a shot a got through the first couple chapters, I dove into it. It became a page turner for me.

Now I'm a fan of sci-fi books as well as zombie novels and all, and if you're not you probably wouldn't have picked this book as a "
Dekalb was part of a UN peacekeeping mission in Africa when the zombie apocalypse broke out, he falls under control of a warlord dying of AIDs without access to medication. He is sent on a mission to find the stockpile of medication held in the UN building in New York (yes it does stretch credulity a bit), there he finds much more than merely a city abandoned to the zombie horde.

I feel like I should have liked this more than I did. It has all the right elements; an interesting twist on zombies,
I love David Wellington. Everything this man writes about monsters is pretty much how I feel about monsters all the time. Does that make him my spirit animal?

Monster Island has been on my radar since I first saw it years ago on the shelf (I picked up 99 Coffins instead, because hells yeah, killing vampires needs to happen). I put it on my kindle a while back to make sure I found time to read it, and made time this summer.

I was not disappointed.

While the book has some obvious First Book problems
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
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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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