Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “Flu (Flu, #1)” as Want to Read:
Flu (Flu, #1)
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

Flu (Flu #1)

3.58  ·  Rating Details ·  1,188 Ratings  ·  139 Reviews
There's a nasty flu going round. An epidemic, they call it. The posters say to cover your mouth when you sneeze, and throw away the tissue.

But such simple measures won't help.

Because when you catch this flu, armed police come and lock you in your house to die alone.

When you catch this flu, it kills you in days.

And two hours after it's killed you, your eyelids snap open
Paperback, 310 pages
Published April 2010 by Snowbooks Ltd
More Details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about Flu, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about Flu

Community Reviews

(showing 1-30)
filter  |  sort: default (?)  |  Rating Details
Carolyn  Storer
Jan 06, 2010 Carolyn Storer rated it it was ok
2.5 Stars

I am a huge zombie fan. I love watching movies about them, reading books about them, basically I can't get enough of them. So when I saw this beauty, with the pretty awesome cover, a while back, I knew I had to have it. Unfortunately, Flu just didn't hit the mark for me and I found it rather disappointing.

Flu is not a particularly original novel, although it does try to be, but where it tries it falls flat due to the lack of explanation. People are dying after catching a new strain of f
Greg at 2 Book Lovers Reviews
*4.5 Stars

I’ve been having quite a bit of luck lately with my zombie/post-apocalyptic books. I’ve had Flu for a while now, so I thought, let’s keep the good times rolling.

With Flu, Wayne Simmons has given his readers a good old fashioned zombie book; it has the spirit of Dawn of the Dead with all of the feelings of 28 Days Later. I found myself going through a bit of internal turmoil as I read. I like to think that I’ve read a considerable number of books in this genre, so when I pick up a new o
Mar 24, 2012 Jason rated it it was ok
Shelves: e-books, read-2012
2 Stars

I love all things post apocalypse and for that reason I was able to read through this book easily. This is a fast paced, completely been done before 1000 times type zombie thriller. There is a tiny backstory and explanation. The world building is also extremely limited in its scope. The ending only reads as one due to the fact that there simply are no more pages to turn.

I liked quite a few of the characters. Simmons gives us a diverse cast to like and to hate. There are aspects to this st
Timothy Ward
REVIEW SUMMARY: A character-focused zombie story whose characters you’d rather ignore.

BRIEF SYNOPSIS: A flu outbreak in Northern Ireland overcomes quarantine efforts as the dead rise and survival efforts bring out the worst in most people.

MY RATING: 2.5 stars

PROS: A few memorable scenes; Irish accent in narration added to immersive experience.
CONS: Characters mostly unlikable; rambling plot; obtrusive prose.
BOTTOM LINE: The story is dominated by people being jerks, mixed in with some zo
Patrick D'Orazio
Nov 05, 2010 Patrick D'Orazio rated it really liked it
Wayne Simmons has returned with another tale of the apocalypse that transports the reader back to the streets of Belfast, Northern Ireland, much like he did with Drop Dead Gorgeous, although this tale is very much distinctly different in its approach to the dead who rise up in the story. IN DDG, the undead are VERY unique and take most of the story to appear-perhaps they are not even undead, as it were, given how they act and react. Much will be revealed in the sequel to that tale, I would gathe ...more
Jun 12, 2012 Lalinilla rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: terror, en-inglés

Pandemia llegó a España hace relativamente poco, en pleno apogeo de la oleada de novelas de zombis que han salido a la luz en los últimos años. Quizás por eso no ha recibido todo el éxito que en realidad se merece.

Y es que Pandemia no es otra maldita novela de zombis. Además de una trama ágil, rica en personajes (es una novela coral con diferentes líneas argumentales que se cruzan y que recuerdan lejanamente a Descansa en paz, de Lindqvist, pero con mucha más a
Sep 29, 2011 Lainy rated it it was ok
Blurb from Goodreads

There's a nasty flu going round. An epidemic, they call it. The posters say to cover your mouth when you sneeze, and throw away the tissue. But such simple measures won't stop this flu. Because when you catch the flu, armed police come and lock you in your house to die alone. When you catch this flu, it kills you in days. And when you catch this flu, two hours after it's killed you, your eyelids snap open again..."Flu" is a pacey, terrifying, frighteningly real zombie horror
May 16, 2011 Sam rated it really liked it
Oooo I liked this one, it is very fast paced and with the familiarity that Belfast holds it made it just that bit more 'poignant' and real and the use of a very well known and common virus such as the flu really added a real-world edge to the story that lacks in some zombie stories that use the ever ellusive mystery virus. I found the characters well written and enjoyed the gradual build up of their stories through flashbacks, dreams and conversations added a human angle to the story without los ...more
Jul 18, 2012 Victoria rated it liked it
I hate zombie novels. They make me groan and roll my eyes, perhaps a little unfairly and perhaps a little judgementally. I do try, however, to read a novel from each genre that irritates me, every now and then, in order to confirm my fears and give me an argument to back up my inward crying. So did this novel do as I expected? You know, I’m really not too sure.

I was a little worried that ‘Wayne’, my colleague, would colour my view of his book (having never read anything by anyone I know in re
Jul 02, 2012 Jitka rated it did not like it
Nebylo to nějak šíleně napsané, ale ta knížka měla několik významných mínus, pro která jsem jí nakonec udělila jen 1*. Přeci jen některé knihy v dvouhvězdičkově poličce ji o něco předčí...a teď mluvím zejména o Lesu kostí a zubů, který se také zabývá zombie-tématikou...Navíc jsem si řekla, že bych mohla konečně začít brát v potaz ty popisky k jednotlivým hvězdičkám - a u téhle knihy platí: "didn't like it"

1) zoufale neoriginální příběh - zajímavý byl jen nápad z chřipkou, pak nastalo jedno velké
Glenn Bowlan
Jun 17, 2013 Glenn Bowlan rated it did not like it
This is the first new-wave zombie book I've read and I'm not impressed. A Zombie flu wipes out most of Belfast and a handful of survivors pass their days in abandoned buildings or scrounging for resources. There is no real mystery, suspense, action, comedy, horror, intrigue or plot. These are not fast-moving zombies or clever zombies - they are more like the slow, uncoordinated, shambling zombies of plants-vs-zombies. In short: not very scary or interesting. When these zombies attack, you need t ...more
Aug 16, 2012 Josephine rated it really liked it
This was not a book for the faint hearted!
It was violent and gruesome in places, the description of the 'zombies'
who had succumbed to the deadly flu virus was absolutely horrid. It is strange that I wanted to keep reading, but I did. Most of the characters were alread flawed prior to the outbreak of the virus. For some of them it is the opportunity to play out their natural tendency to violence, for some it was the reverse and they eventually began to feel some empathy for the beings that had on
Jan 06, 2013 Rhiannon rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Brady and anyone who loves a good scary zombie book!
People in Ireland are getting the flu. But this isn't any normal kind of flu.
The flu has mutated into something worse. first theres the sneezing and coughing, then the throwing up and dizziness, then your dead. But two hous later your back up, back from the dead. Hungry, only hungry for the taste of human flesh.
Wayne Simmons writes about three stories going on, Jackson is at the quearentine with some scientist trying to find a cure while Pat and Karen are only just figuring out how to kill the
Jul 22, 2016 Elisa rated it liked it
This was good. I had a general level of anxiety and dread the entire time I read the book. Sad, gross, violent, horrifying yet with a teeny tiny bit of hope thrown in. It was somewhat a character study, seeing how these disparate folks all come together during the apocalypse. And there is obviously another book somewhere, as we are poised for SOMETHING ELSE.
Anyway, solid, easily readable with pretty 'realistic' zombies.
I need to get my hands on the next one, I want to know where Simmons takes
Adam Baxter
Dec 03, 2015 Adam Baxter rated it it was amazing
This was a gripping read from start to finish but if you're off work with the flu, don't read this book. The characters are strong and believable with a few shaky pasts steeped in the Troubles in Northern Ireland. Police, punk, former IRA operative must all work together to survive in a world torn apart by a deadly virus. This is so much more than a zombie apocalypse survival book. It is a chilling account of destruction and devastation and the redemption this offers. Old battle lines are crosse ...more
Jun 04, 2016 Irene rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm a huge fan of all things zombie related so I was quite excited to get a copy of Flu.
I did like the premise of this deadly virus that zombifies you shortly after death. I listened to the audio version and while it was convenient to be able to listen to the story while I puttered around the house I think I may have enjoyed it better without the narration.

I received a complimentary audio file for review
Jan 05, 2013 Katie rated it it was ok
I disliked this book so much that I don't want to spend very much time on a review so it'll be short. My biggest gripe was how stereotypically annoying the 2 (yes, only 2) women were. One finally stands up for herself and then immediately draws a bubble bath?? Really?? The author did manage to get me to care about the characters though so I gave it 2 stars instead of 1.
I'm not sure how I feel about this one. There is no final resolution as it clearly leads into a second book and, while I enjoyed the story, I don't think there is enough here for me to want to continue on. Hmm..
Joanne♥~Bookworm Extraordinaire
This book was good. This book is an adult book which is unusual for me to read. I thought it was a y.a but after reading the first chapter, I realized it was an adult book.

The cover is terrifying and I can't look at to long or I get really creeped out.

The book is basically about a zombie apocalypse. The flu is how the zombies started rising. A sneeze here and cough here and it was enough to quarantine a person in their house or apartment. And when I say quarantine, I mean that the police force
Jan 03, 2017 Sue rated it it was ok
I couldn't lose myself in the story but maybe I've read too many books like this one. It isn't awful and I can see why many people have it a higher rating.
Jennifer Nanek
Jan 10, 2017 Jennifer Nanek rated it liked it
this book was ok.. is a zombie story different slightly in how it starts.. everybody starts off with the flu and the flu eventually kills them and they turn into zombies. The book takes place in Northern Ireland..which is the most fun feature. this is essentially The Walking Dead in Ireland.

There were several sets of characters many of which were hard to keep straight but it didn't matter as many of them died anyway. The "evil" doctor the most interesting.

There are plenty of good gory scenes fo
Silver Thistle {adores JAFF & TEOTWAWKI.  Oh, and accronyms :P}
Irish zombies? Bring it!

This is another good one! Nothing fancy with this one and there's no Hollywood treatment, just honest to goodness rotting foulness and the rising dead causing havoc.

I don't really know much about Irish politics, apart from what I've seen on the news over the years, usually referred to as 'The Troubles in Northern Ireland'. The news events were peppered with acronyms so I had a fair idea of what they were when they were mentioned in the book. The IRA (Irish Republican Ar
Robert Beveridge
Feb 15, 2012 Robert Beveridge rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Zombie fans everywhere!
Recommended to Robert by: already a fan of the author
Wayne Simmons, Flu (Snowbooks, 2010)

I get that damn shot every year, and for what?

I have seen a few reviews of Wayne Simmons’ Flu that take it (and him) to task for not pushing the envelope here. Most of those reviews gave no indication if the reviewer in question had read Simmons’ first novel, Drop Dead Gorgeous. If they had, well, I can kind of see where they were coming from—for that is very much a book that pushed the envelope, zombie lit-wise, and to this day it’s one of my favorite novels
David McDonald
Mar 29, 2012 David McDonald rated it it was amazing
After reading Drop Dead Gorgeous by Wayne Simmons, I was keen to get started on Flu, another post-apocalyptic zombie tale set in Simmons' native Belfast.

On the face of it, Flu appears to be a bog-standard zombie book; and to a certain extent, that's true... there's an outbreak of an unidentified virus, all hell breaks loose, authorities try to quarantine, disparate groups of survivors, etc... but to leave my critique of Flu at that would simply not be fair and similarly to Drop Dead Gorgeous, Fl
Aleksandra Royzen
Jan 29, 2013 Aleksandra Royzen rated it really liked it
Yet another zombie book under my belt. Lately I've been a bit obsessed with this genre and recently started to think of moving on to something else, but decided to stick to it for a few more books. And I'm glad I did since Flu was next on the list.

This was a quick and light read (that is if you can use word "light" when describing a zombie novel). It is definitely one of the dark novels and contained no humor, like some zombie books do. It covers several stories of various flu survivors in Irela
Jul 20, 2011 chucklesthescot rated it did not like it
I have always loved picking up zombie or flu virus apocalypse books and I picked this up with a pile of similar books. I did not find this to be one of the better ones. In fact it was a bit of a let down.

The problem lies with attention to detail and a lack of world building. I don't mean that I need a description of everything that is seen but most people when reading a zombie novel want to know how the people became infected. Nuclear war, bio-terrorism, infected water supply, vaccine gone wrong
Christopher Hyett
Mar 30, 2013 Christopher Hyett rated it really liked it
I found this book in a local charity shop and was drawn to the cover and the haunting eyes of a little girl, too creeped out to say no to buying it for the 50p that was being asked for it. Now after finally getting round to reading it I now know how lucky I was to find it. Not being the biggest zombie fan when I started this book I was not sure what to expect. I found the characters very deep and the theory of how zombies could exist well thought out and original. I liked the nice little details ...more
May 12, 2016 Colleen rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror, zombies
Not an earthshatteringly original or new book, but a very respectable first entry. Does 3 relatively different things, worthy of mention:
1) The zombies secrete a mucusy sweat that preserves them, which is a nice addition to the magical preservative in most books. Goes into far more detail about their capabilities.
2) Can easily become a zombie via airborn methods. The disease originally starts as a flu, but can also be spread via bites. However, you can be cowardly and not go outside and still c
Apr 29, 2012 Michelle rated it liked it
Flu is the first book in the Flu series by Wayne Simmons and a novel of Fiction from Snow Books.


A Deadly Strain Of Flu Has Mutated...

Two cops fight their way through an angry and frightened crowd to gain entry to an apartment block in Belfast. They have received reports of a fresh outbreak of the virus and are met with the bloodshot eyes of a six-year-old Lithuanian girl.

Out on the streets, Geri finds herself looking down the business end of a ski-masked man’s revolver. Nearby, hell-bent o
Miz Love
May 17, 2011 Miz Love rated it it was amazing
First off, I will admit to buying this book based only on the cover as I browsed my Facebook updates. What a good decision I made!

While thinking of this plot, I imagined Wayne Simmons doing a Stephen King and having the subject of Swine Flu on his mind then thinking: What if…? Wayne came up with people dying of a flu epidemic, only for them to come back to life as the un-dead. A chilling idea, and he showed the fear of those uninfected really well. Average people battling to stay healthy and ali
« previous 1 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 next »
topics  posts  views  last activity   
Read by Theme: Flu by Wayne Simmons 1 13 Mar 13, 2013 08:59AM  
  • The Infection
  • Grey Dogs
  • Domain of the Dead (Domain of the Dead #1)
  • Plague Zone
  • Mutated  (Dead World, #4)
  • White Flag of The Dead (White Flag of the Dead, #1)
  • Lakewood Memorial
  • Among the Living
  • Dead Living
  • The Dead
  • Eden
  • Twilight of the Dead
  • Kings of the Dead
  • Voyage of the Dead (Sovereign Spirit Saga, #1)
  • Dying to Live: Last Rites (Dying to Live, #3)
  • After the End
  • Sadie Walker is Stranded (Zombie, #2)
  • After Life
Belfast born, Wayne Simmons, has loitered with intent around the genre circuit for some years. He penned reviews and interviews for several online zines before publication of his debut novel in 2008.

Wayne’s work has since been published in the UK, Austria, Germany, Spain, Turkey and North America. His bestselling zombie novel, FLU, was serialised by Sirius XM’s Book Radio.

He’s a regular contributo
More about Wayne Simmons...

Other Books in the Series

Flu (2 books)
  • Fever

Share This Book

No trivia or quizzes yet. Add some now »

“There wasn’t much to coo at when driving along a post-apocalyptic motorway. A stalled vehicle here, a mini pile-up there.” 2 likes
“Karen was a rarity in every sense of the word. She had become precious to him, like she was his own child, and he had to protect what was precious to him. This was something he had learned the hard way.” 0 likes
More quotes…