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Monster Nation (Monster Island #2)

3.68  ·  Rating Details ·  4,236 Ratings  ·  169 Reviews
In the heart of America, in the world's most secure prison, something horrible is growing in the dark. A wave of cannibalism and fear is sweeping across the heartland, spreading carnage and infection in its wake. Captain Bannerman Clark of the National Guard has been tasked with an impossible mission: discover what is happening — and then stop it before it annihilates Los ...more
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Published September 28th 2006 by Running Press (first published January 1st 2004)
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Imogen
Jul 02, 2008 Imogen rated it really liked it
Yeah, zombies are the new pirates, as in they were a hip/boring/cutting-edge hipster allusion a few years ago, and now they are over and kind of annoying. But they are also the best monster! Except for the Cloverfield monster. They are scary and they just keep coming and they symbolize modern american stupid culture AS WELL AS face-eating awesome gore.

And this one is full of missteps, oh boy. Like the ancient deity from the beginning of civilization is from... Ireland? And the zombie who feels
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Kalyn
Aug 18, 2009 Kalyn rated it it was ok
Shelves: completed-series
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William M.
Jun 28, 2011 William M. rated it liked it
Shelves: horror
2 AND 1/2 STARS

I decided to read this series in chronological order after buying both the first two books. The writing is not bad, in fact, it's quite good. However, once the story got going, I quickly began to hate the Nilla storyline and her ridiculous invisibility gimmick. I couldn't believe what I was reading. Yes, even in a zombie novel, suspension of disbelief can only take you so far. There were a few other problems I had with the book. In one scene, a zombie (with human teeth, remember,
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Stacie
Oct 29, 2008 Stacie rated it did not like it
This is the second book in Wellington's trilogy, but functions more as a prequel to Monster Island. This is about the origin of the zombies - sounds good, huh? And Wellington really pulls through with the amounts of gore and violenece you would expect from an initial infection.

The problem comes in with the super-powers he starts giving some of the zombies. Invisibility, mind reading, healing, etc. Also, the mystical 'Source' of the infection - just give me a good old-fashioned government develop
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Justin
Oct 12, 2009 Justin rated it liked it
David Wellington's first zombie apocalypse novel, Monster Island was startling in its originality and quality of writing. Wellington has a creative writing MFA and all that cute stuff, and the dude can twirl a sentence. His taut, powerful prose and lucid pacing suggests he's probably capable of writing any kind of prize-winning literary fiction he wants, but is for whatever reason fixated on zombies, werewolves, and other monsters that populate his books.

Monster Nation is a prequel to Island. Wh
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Danielle
Didn't love it. Didn't hate it. Still an interesting read. And shorter than what I'm used to. Part of me wishes that i read this one first, just because it really is the beginning even though it was the second book in the series. If you read them back to back anyway you'll probably be fine. I read the first one closing in on a year ago now and spent some time wondering if I had also seen some of the characters in the other book. On a funny side note did any one else notice tha the two guys we ge ...more
Thomas McBryde
Dec 31, 2012 Thomas McBryde rated it liked it
Not great, not bad either...just expected more. Part of me feels like the novel tried too hard to differentiate itself from other zombie novels, when there's really no need. Everyone knows about zombies and what to expect, that is not the fun in reading about them. The thrill of zombie literature is the post-apocalyptic backdrop the reader finds themselves in. Part of me feels like he went a little Twilight here (a la sparkling vampire) and tried to put that onto the zombies.

The action was touch
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Joe Robles
Dec 03, 2009 Joe Robles rated it it was amazing
Shelves: zombie-fic
Had to give the first in the series 4 stars because this one was so much better. This is a prequel to Monster Island and we find out how it all started. The story is also a nice commentary on the strengths and weaknesses of our modern military. Sometimes America will face problems that don't have military solutions, and using the military to try to solve those problems can sometimes make the problem worse. Suffice to say, David Wellington is a person I'll be reading for a long while.
The Crimson Fucker
Mar 06, 2010 The Crimson Fucker rated it liked it
Kind of lame… the first one was good till this dude tried to put on all the “spiritual” crap… then this one did the same thing… it started so good! And then bang! The whole spiritual crap! I want my zombie books to be crazy zombie mayhem from beginning to end! This one only has it at the beginning! So a 3!
Dale
Oct 21, 2011 Dale rated it liked it
This was good enough - but for reasons I can't quite articulate I didn't like it as much as Island. I'll read Planet next and see how that goes.
Ralph Pulner
Jul 17, 2016 Ralph Pulner rated it really liked it
The weakest of the trilogy but essential to read the 3rd in the series. I give it a lot of levity, deserving or not.
Loschuler
Jul 08, 2013 Loschuler rated it liked it
Don't love this series, but like it enough to keep reading the trilogy.
Cheryl Marie
Monster Nation...where do I begin. This is the 2nd installment in a trilogy, the first being Monster Island, the last being Monster Planet. I'm going with a solid 3 star rating on this one and here's why.

Although I did enjoy this book, it took some time to follow the writing for me. Now, at first I thought, maybe it's me. Maybe I'm just a slow reader that has a hard time grasping what people are saying, but then I though, no, it's only with these books that I've really felt this way. So, here's
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Patrick D'Orazio
Nov 05, 2010 Patrick D'Orazio rated it really liked it
I read Monster Island and this is a good side by side story along with that. It is a flashback to the beginning of things, providing a clearer idea of why the undead have started walking and a little more detail on our ancient scottish undead chap that was in the first novel.

Unlike the first book, this one really cannot stand on its own as I am sure the series of events will be completed in Monster Planet, the third and final (I assume) installment in this series.

Mr. Wellington does a good job
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C.V. Hunt
Mar 22, 2011 C.V. Hunt rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own
Monster Island took place six weeks past the beginning of the zombie apocalypse, where only 10% of the human population survived. Monster Nation takes us back to the first days of the pending doom, and again David Wellington does not disappoint.

In book one we are shown the methodical and strategic planning of the dead versus the living. In book two we are shown the down and dirty siege of the dead onto the living. We find the heart of every zombie story within Monster Nation’s pages: chaos and
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goldslippersandpinkheels
Feb 21, 2017 goldslippersandpinkheels rated it really liked it
I loved getting to see what happened before Monster Island. This is such an original take on the zombie trend. Nilla is such a good character and the book isn't confusing when it switches from one character's perspective to another.
Jeff Jellets
Mar 23, 2015 Jeff Jellets rated it liked it
Shelves: zombies, horror

Not quite as good a 'zombie apocalypse' story as I'd hoped.

Monster Nation is book two in David Wellington’s zombie trilogy and, while well-crafted and plotted, it didn’t exactly electrify me in the same way his Laura Caxton / Vampire series did. Perhaps it’s simply symptomatic of the glut of ‘zombie apocalypse’ stories shambling across the shelves that led to my malaise or perhaps I simply let too much time lapse between reading the first installment of this series and the second book, but this
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Heather Dalgarno
Jul 25, 2011 Heather Dalgarno rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi
I am a massive fan of zombie films, and I decided to give zombie fiction a go. This book is actually the second in the zombie trilogy Wellington has written but is the only one that I've read.

My overall review of this book is that it's pretty average. It's a reasonable diversion if you've not got anything else to read. It is well written, but it doesn't really offer anything new to the genre.

In my opinion, a good zombie story (be that in film or book form) is not supposed to be about the zombies
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Rudy  Guglielmi

This is where it begins. This is where the end of the world begins? She wakes up alone and feeling like she's half-dead. She can't remember her name. She staggers outside, looking for help--and that's when she sees that the dead have returned to life, that zombies are running in the streets and devouring the living. And she's one of them. She isn't breathing. The zombies leave her alone. Because they know she's one of their kind. And yet she differs from the brainless ghouls around her in some c

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Jason
Feb 27, 2011 Jason rated it really liked it
Shelves: e-books, read-2011
4 Stars.

This is a great second book in a trilogy as it fills in lots of details and back story and combines them with the first book Monater Island. This really sets up the final book Monster Planet to be one hell of a ride.

This book technically takes place immediately following the first, the story itself is a prequel and tells the reasons behind the undead getting up again. Gary and Dekalb are still here but this one really focuses on a new character, a young, blond, beautiful girl, albeit an
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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 Nation takes place before M
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Chris Peters
Aug 29, 2013 Chris Peters rated it liked it
This is Wellington's 2nd zombie apocalypse book, and it overlaps the first. This one actually starts a bit earlier than Monster Island, but towards the end the first one catches up. Similar to the first, there are some mechanical issues that might really get you hung up. This line was one page 3, and I couldn't get it out of my head through the whole thing: "Then pain, intense and real, far more real than anything else in her memory, as thirty-two needles sank into her shoulder, into her skin, h ...more
Chella LaNiece
Apr 13, 2011 Chella LaNiece rated it really liked it
Monster Nation is the 2nd book in David Wellington's zombie series. This time, we start out with 3 living people at the beginning of epidemic that is causing the dead to rise. First you're introduced to an unnamed, blonde, California girl, a reporter named Dick, and a 60-something national guard commander named Bannerman Clark. Clark is charged with trying to contain the outbreak before it sweeps the nation, and believes the California girl is at the epicenter.

The book is written in short bits,
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Rice
Apr 26, 2011 Rice rated it liked it
After finishing this book, I had a hard time deciding whether or not this book should have been the second in the series. I understand the concept of a prequel, but I feel like there wasn't much information in the the first book, Monster Island, that justified the reasoning of having the second book as a prequel. I can't decide if readers would be better off reading Monster Nation first, and then Monster Island second. However, if Wellington intended it to be read this way, then I suppose that's ...more
Jennifer Wardrip
May 06, 2008 Jennifer Wardrip rated it really liked it
First off, I didn't realize when I began reading MONSTER NATION that it's the second in a trilogy. I'll now have to go back and read MONSTER ISLAND, just because I do want to read the entire story, but MONSTER NATION can and does stand on its own.

The story is basic enough: zombies are taking over the US; the career military person in charge, Bannerman Clark, wastes a lot of time refusing to believe these creatures are actually dead; there are a couple of more-intelligent-than-normal zombies tru
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Jennifer Thomson
As a big zombie fan I was really looking forward to reading Monster Nation as I'd heard a lot of good things about David Wellington's trilogy. Unfortunately I was disappointed.

The book started well enough with lots of zombie action, but then it descended into a bit of a shambles. For one thing, one of the undead had the power of invisibility. The 'infected' were also able to think and act like humans. And, this is the biggie. Despite having ready access to humans the central female character ea
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Terry Douglas
Dec 29, 2012 Terry Douglas rated it it was ok
I know this is supposed to be a prequel to "Monster Island", but it felt really disjointed, probably because the only thing connecting the two books is a secondary character and one throw-away reference towards the end of the book. As a stand alone book, it was okay, however I'd give it a lower grade when ready it in the context of the trilogy.

It is supposed to be an origin story for the epidemic that has swept the world in Monster Island, but 90% of the book is a slow build up to how the two (
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Leif Anderson
I liked the second half of this book much more than the first half. The structure was the classic group of seemingly unrelated narratives that all end up converging together. However, as I started reading, for whatever reason, the different unrelated narratives seemed a little too unrelated. I couldn't feel the overall purpose of the book, or see where the narrative was driving. Of course, you're not supposed to see, it's supposed to be sort of mysterious, but somehow it just didn't click togeth ...more
Anna
Nov 28, 2011 Anna rated it did not like it
Recommended to Anna by: Ralph
Just like Monster Island this one starts out GREAT!

Lots of characters and interesting concepts, a dramatic twist here, some crazy zombie developments there... and then he bravely blazes the trail into a wall and crashes. All the brilliant ideas are never followed through properly and just dumped halfway ("infection" origins from prison? The "Source"? Turning by any death or those bitten by the undead first?)

What the writer did however, can only be described as a "bad MarySue fanfic doing a Wolve
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Edward H. Busse, III
Sep 02, 2012 Edward H. Busse, III rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-owned
OK - I liked this book but not as much as Monster Island. There are some "psychic" capabilities that Mr. Wellington has given to the zombies that, in the first book (Monster Island), didn't detract from the overall story. However, in this book, those capabilities are amp'ed up tremendously, and, in my opinion, took away from the overall story. In my opinion, too much time was devoted to the zombies and their "leader" and these psychic abilities. I would have liked to see more writing devoted to ...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
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