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State of Decay (Revivors #1)

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Just because you're dead doesn't mean you're useless...
A thrilling debut novel of a dystopian future populated by a new breed of zombie
They call them revivors-technologically reanimated corpses-and away from the public eye they do humanity's dirtiest work. But FBI agent Nico Wachalowski has stumbled upon a conspiracy involving revivors being custom made to kill-and a s...more
ebook, 384 pages
Published February 2nd 2010 by Roc (first published January 19th 2010)
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Leah
In my quest for zombie fiction, I was recommended State of Decay by James Knapp. Let me say this upfront: State of Decay is not a zombie book. It uses the concept of reanimation in a modern, technologically-oriented way to explore unsettling questions about identity: what makes us who we are? Is it the delicate spark of life that sustains our bodies that makes us human? Are we our memories? And what if we have reason to doubt those memories?

Science fiction has rehashed these ideas for decades, m...more
Alex
When I first found this book (here on Goodreads) I was really intrigued by the story concept. It turns out I was on the mark as State of Decay was a book I really liked.

The book is a mixture of horror and science fiction with a mystery developing throughout and is written from the alternating perspective of some of the main characters. This was to the advantage of keeping suspense up as you are often dropped into another character at cliffhanger moments.

My only real problem with the book was th...more
Theresa
Vampires and werewolves have been all the rage for awhile but zombies are rapidly becoming the "it" thing in paranormal fiction. Most zombie fiction is typically envisioned in the style of Night of the Living Dead, in which the shambling undead attack the living in an attempt to assuage their insatiable hunger. James Knapp's new book, State of Decay, takes all the familiar tropes of zombie fiction and gives them a real world spin that is both convincing and plausible.

Nico Wachalowski is an FBI a...more
Jessica Strider
Pros: well imagined world with a 3 tier citizenship system, interesting characters, extremely complex plot, lots of plot twists, keeps you on your toes and guessing about what will happen next

Pro/Con (depending on your point of view): everything that happens is important, so pay close attention when you read

Cons: redundant repetition

If you don't like the think when you read, you won't like State of Decay. So much happens all at once, and all of it is important. It took me about a hundred pages o...more
Beatrice
This is one of the scariest books that I've read in a long time. The whole premise of the book gives me shudders.

In the future, there are distinct classes of citizens. 1st Class citizens either have a lot of money or have chosen to serve in the military. 2nd Class citizens either have money as well or have agreed to give their bodies over to become Revivors after their death.

Revivors are corpses that have been reanimated, but have only the purpose set for them in their programming. Everyone be...more
Brad Clarkston
This a great zombie book with a modern twist. It's as much a thriller as SciFi with just a dash of dystopia thrown in for good measure.

It's well written and fast paced and doesn't start to drag until the end which is understandable since there isn't a happy ending in site.

Well worth the read especially at $6.39 on the Kindle.
Alicia
I am going to recommend this one with reservations. On the plus side, it was fresh, innovative and exciting until.... they introduced the psychic which marred the believability of the plot a bit. It was still a very unusual premise and the writing style sucked you in. Worth reading and an author to watch.
Michelle
State of Decay is the first book in the Revivors series by James Knapp and a ROC Fantasy.

Book Blurb:

They call them revivors - technologically reanimated corpses - and away from the public eye, they do humanity's dirtiest work. In the near future, where a never-ending war drones on, they are the infantry. Back home, they sustain a black-market trade in labor and pleasure models.

If Nico Wachalowski never sees another revivor, it will be too soon. He chose to fight alongside - and against - them ra...more
Stacy
This book was interesting. It gives a different take on zombies, though in a way they didn't really seem like zombies; in the book, they're called "revivors," which are reanimated bodies with electronic parts that makes them obey commands. People in this dystopian society can volunteer to become revivors after their deaths in exchange for a better life. These are definitely not your "eat your brains" zombies.

I thought the writing was great. there are 4 POVs all told in first-person; there are a...more
Marcus
I just could not get into this book and ended up setting it down about a quarter of the way in.

Set in a dystopian future world where people are segregated into Tiers and the dead (Revivors) are converted for use as servants, workers, sex slaves, etc, State of Decay never really grabbed me. The story follows several people. One is a federal agent looking into some kind of illegal business involving revivors. Then you have a beat cop, a professional female fighter, and a girl with some kind of par...more
Michael
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Cristy
STATE OF DECAY (Revivors #1) is a read I’d picked up solely because I was fortunate enough to win a copy of ELEMENT ZERO (Revivors #3) from the author James Knapp on goodreads. Not yet being familiar with the trilogy, I thought I’d better check the first two books before diving into my prize. To be honest, this is a series that probably would never have hit my radar had it not been for the giveaway. I do enjoy sci-fi, which is why I threw my name into the hat when EZ came up on the giveaway list...more
Amy
Nov 14, 2012 Amy rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: sci-fi fans
So this was an interesting read. There was a lot of interesting things, but some things were confusing.

First of all, this was a fascinating take on the whole zombies thing. It talks about these things called "revivors", which are reanimated people (aka zombies) but they are more like trained zombies. They don't go around eating human flesh. No, in this almost dystopian world, the government uses these revivors for all sorts of things, from war soldiers to hookers (yea that part was a little awk...more
Nicole L Bates
Intense and gritty, this hard sci-fi thriller is a must read for any fans of the darker places that speculative fiction can take you. James Knapp has blended the best elements of the first and third person perspectives in order to allow the reader to see the story from several different angles, yet still feel a near-visceral connection with each of the main characters. Initially this made it difficult to decide who to care the most about. I soon discovered that I cared for each of the characters...more
Whitney
This book ended up being completely different from what I expected going in, which was a very good thing! Not your typical zombie narrative, State of Decay involves a lot of technological science fiction, futuristic dystopian cities, combined with a healthy dosing of an old fashioned mystery novel. I would honestly have tried to market this book as Cyberpunk instead of a zombie horror novel.

I'm loving the characters I met in this story. They are a nice blend of realistic and gritty, which ties i...more
Sara
Plot: 3.5 Stars
The zombies in this novel were very interesting and original. And so were the regular citizens. There were different tier to citizenship, depending on your job and whether or not you decided to allow yourself to become a revivor, or zombie. It was an interesting play on the normal class structure. Some parts of the novel were a touch confusing or glossed over, but I love a good government conspiracy theory. Something plot points left me scratching my head for chapters on end, but...more
Megan E. McCarthy
I just re-read this for the... 3rd time, I think. I unabashedly love this book, even though I admit I fell slightly less in love with the series as it went on. Fine literature perhaps it ain't, but I think it's a really fascinating and well-fleshed-out interpretation of the zombie theme. I love that it explores the commodification of conscious, thinking, semi-human beings in a way that feels completely plausible (and therefore extra creepy) to me.

It's interesting to me to read other people's rev...more
Virginia
I have to be honest - I would have NEVER picked up or even looked at this book had it not won the Compton Crook award. I think this is mostly due to the cover - it's okay, but I think it does a disservice to the book - I was under the distinct impression that this was a military action book (with zombies) while it was MUCH more like a murder mystery (with zombies). I am a big fan of mysteries, and have read a lot of them, and I am ALSO a fan of scifi/fantasy - these two genres rarely meet. (Or r...more
Angela
Oh, this was a fun one. James Knapp's State of Decay, the first of his Revivors series, put forth a nice take on zombies: a futuristic society where people can be reanimated via technological means. Volunteering to have yourself reanimated upon your death comes with the temptation of improvement of your citizenship ranking, and many unknowing citizens go for it. But there is, of course, the obligatory Dirty Secret.

The so-called "revivors" are kept out of the public eye, serving as mercenaries in...more
Eleanor
Whoa. Totally did not expect this book to be like this, or to have any of the cool surprises. Nico, Faye, and Zoe are awesome, and I love how Knapp made his third female main character a kickass professional fighter. I'm really impressed a guy made three of his four main characters female and totally cool.

I always seem to find the atypical zombie novels, even though I've never really been into zombies, and am not looking for zombie novels. They just sort of shamble into my way. But I've already...more
Angela
I read this much faster than I thought I would.

The world has changed (or perhaps it is another world...it is never quite clear) -- there are tiers of people (made me think of the Indian cast system) -- while it is possible to be born into tier one, it seems you need something special to be there, or you need to serve in the military (as there is an ongoing-neverending war) -- you can also sign up to serve in the war posthumously -- yeah, as a revivor (read - zombie) -- kind of creepy. You sell...more
Tabitha (Pabkins)
This book has a completely different approach to "zombies". Are they dead, yes, do they eat brains? Not really. But hey they are dead that qualifies as zombie-esque for me.

They are really "revivors" - people die and they are brought back with technology to be used in this seemingly never ending war (which you really don't learn much about). They are also used for other sordid things, like blow up dolls, without the blowing up of course.

It is well written and paced and I already own the next one...more
Hali Sowle
A good first novel and a different take on the zombie story. Revivors are people who agree to be turned into zombies. These revivors are used as troops in war and as riot control in cities. They are also abused as sex toys and slaves. Someone is selling black market revivors and Agent Wachalowski, former soldier, now FBI agent, is trying to find out who and why, because some of these revivors are not following orders. The book is told from a few first person view points - Nico Wachalowski, Zoe O...more
A.B.
The first chapter and a half of this novel are rough. The author crams 4 perspectives (5 perspective shifts) into the first 44 pages of the book. It’s too much bouncing and while things eventually reveal themselves to be relevant in the end, you do feel as though half of what you’re reading is utterly unimportant. And the perspective switch – via bold heading – is a bit jarring at first.

Luckily, that little bump is the only thing that holds this novel back.
The plot itself is beautifully – or in...more
Danja
I liked the opening, so I bought this book expecting it to be okay. I was pleasantly surprised. I stayed up way too late and finished it the same day I got it. Now I am excited to read the sequel.

It had some problems. Hollywood hacking and some questionable (minor) plot points kept me reminding myself to suspend disbelief. To help with that I like to sing part of the MST3K theme song to myself. "If you're wondering how he eats and breathes / And other science facts / Repeat to yourself 'It's jus...more
Loopy
I seem to be in the minority but I didn't think much of this book. Initially, I found it a bit confusing but kept at it because I was sure the stories of the different people would mesh (they did) and things would be explained (not so much). I felt like I was missing paragraphs or chapters that would have more fully explained the world these people were living in. I must admit that at the end of the book I didn't really 'get' what the whole hoopla was about, yep, definately felt as if I was miss...more
Snail in Danger (Sid) Nicolaides
Somehow I never reviewed this, despite having read it. I liked it. My take on it in one of the groups I belong to was "Imagine if Philip K. Dick wrote a zombie book." There are some aspects of the Starship Troopers service-for-citizenship concept, which is why an important corporation in the book is named Heinlein Industries. It intrigued me enough to make me want to read the sequels.
Louisa
I loved this book! I picked it up from the library becuase I won the second one, The Silent Army, from Goodreads, and I hadn't read this one yet, so I wanted to know what the story was like.



Man, was it good! I just loved it, the characters, the complexity, all the jumping around from character from character, and I really enjoyed it, thought before I got to know the characters, it was a bit confusing, but then it made sense.



This was a good book, and it made me very glad that I won The Silent Ar...more
Steve


I cannot claim lack of bias, I read James' book because we went to high school together. It took me a little to get going, but once hooked I was all in.

The world is a fascinating dystopian place like a dark, grungy p k dick. The revivors are NOT zombies and we are all so much the better for it. They are fascinating and force the reader to contemplate the meaning of consciousness - not light stuff.

Gruesome in parts? Absolutely.

I look forward to reading book 2.

Well done James! Oyster River sh...more
Hugo
The only real faults with State of Decay seem to be the province of the publishers, whose cover design obscures both the fact that this is very much the first in a series and that three of the four viewpoint characters are female.

Otherwise, Knapp creates a believable future filled with interesting and well rounded characters, and with a snowballing plot that brings all of the protagonists together in a satisfying and logical way. I'll be looking for the sequel, especially if it continues the goo...more
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