Monster Nation (Monster Island #2)
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 ...more
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, ...more
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 ...more
Monster Nation is a prequel to Island. Wh ...more
The action was touch ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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...more
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 ...more
Monster Nation takes place before M ...more
The book is written in short bits, ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ( ...more
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 ...more
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