I waited over two months to review this book and now I've forgotten most of what I wanted to say. I hate leaving a general review but it just can't beI waited over two months to review this book and now I've forgotten most of what I wanted to say. I hate leaving a general review but it just can't be helped here. I'll start with the cover - I don't like it. The three portrayed don't look - to me - anything like how they look in my mind. They don't fit at all, even if I stretch my imagination. I really like when a cover with characters on it shows the characters as they're shown in the book. It doesn't actually take away from the book for me when they're not but it was definitely on my mind. Honestly, I didn't expect this to be all that great. "Good" was what I was shooting for. I'm not sure why, maybe because I hadn't heard the authors name before and most of my zombie reading has been by established authors. Well, I ended up surprised because it's a damn good book. I really thought it would get boring and it never did. It's different enough to make it worthwhile in that regard while not straying too far and going into the sci-fi-type of zombie thing that I don't like. My only complaint was that the characters could have been explained a little more or better or maybe in a way that stuck with the reader. I had a hard time keeping a few of them apart for awhile. But I was definitely surprised at how it kept me reading. I wouldn't hesitate try another book by Dulaney - especially if it's a zombie book. I'd say it's worth the money and coming from me that means something - I don't buy many books. ...more
Fictional stories - no matter the kind - set overseas usually don't take up space on my 'favorites' list. When I first started reading Breakdown I wasFictional stories - no matter the kind - set overseas usually don't take up space on my 'favorites' list. When I first started reading Breakdown I was a little nervous because it was obviously set in the U.K. and the characters speech reflected this. One other thing that could have gone the opposite way for me was the details. Usually I go for writing that isn't very detailed. Some details are crucial of course but I've read authors before with what I call "flowery" writing. I wouldn't call Katherine Amt Hanna's writing 'flowery' or 'overly detailed' in any way but.... with another author I might have. Or, I should say, with another author's way of writing. I've always just attributed this pet peeve of mine to the author using too many descriptive words for my taste. But after reading this, I think it's more an issue of how and why said words are used. Breakdown isn't overly detailed at all - I loved the details. (I doubt I've ever said that before!) I wanted more, even though I have to admit it didn't need more. I told a friend this morning that I actually felt a bit of sadness when I came to the end of the book. That's not something that happens to me often. I usually dislike a lot of prequels, sequels, and series, because single books, with a clear ending, are more my taste. Normally, no matter how much I loved the story, I'm okay when it ends. And sure, I'm okay that this ended. But I can't deny that feeling of sadness and wanting to continue reading - especially about Chris and Pauline and Brian. Those three characters made the book for me personally. The relationship between the three was perfect. Or what I would imagine would be perfect for that type of setting. I still consider myself fairly new to the genre but I have read a decent amount and more often than not, one of the major things that end up bothering me is the relationships between characters. While no one can tell what would be "realistic" in some setting like this we can try to imagine how one would act. I've read books where, IMO, the authors have just totally missed the mark with this aspect. The characters in Breakdown are complete and maybe even awe inspiring. Believe it or not, IMO, 'complete' is the bigger compliment there. I'd recommend in a second to anyone who already likes the genre but I'd also recommend to anyone thinking about trying this type of book. Thinking back to when I first tried the genre myself, I think Breakdown could have easily hooked me. I'm eager to read another book by the author and if and when there's one available I'll be more than happy to buy it. (It's a good feeling in today's world when there are so many books - ebooks in particular - that are a waste of money (IMO) that I know I can buy a new book from an author I've only read once and I can be relatively sure I'll be happy with it.) ...more
I really, really, really, really loved this story! I took longer reading TJP than I normally would only because I was reading it on my laptop which I'I really, really, really, really loved this story! I took longer reading TJP than I normally would only because I was reading it on my laptop which I'm unaccustomed to. Had I had this in print I'd have been done it in one day. I agree with my friend Jeannie, who also reviewed this, on a number of points but definitely about the news reports in the beginning. They seemed just a little too long to me but it's something I easily got past because of the story itself. I loved the main character, Alex and his family. I loved, loved, loved the drama with his work toward the beginning of the book. When he was dealing with his supervisor I actually felt nervous myself, like I was the one dealing with this sort of this. That doesn't happen all that often. When I have to keep myself from peeking ahead I know I have a good one on my hands. Alex's wife played a pretty small roll in the scheme of things but man I loved her too. She's freaking awesome. Like Jeannie said in her review, I can totally see the majority of people on this earth acting just as Alex's neighbors did. I can't think of a more realistic portrayal to any of them. If (I can't bring myself to say 'when'!) this ever happened we'd be dealing with people just like Konkoly created here. I think that's what's so darn scary. While I do love apocalyptic novels and others that could be/are considered horror, horror isn't a huge genre of mine so the fact that I loved this as much as I did really speaks volumes. The reason I wade through smaller known authors is because of this right here. Every so often you find one that is out of this world and Konkoly is it. I have no doubt that anything he writes will be worth reading and I look forward to reading his next book. This is a scary book but at the same time it really has other great things about it. How family oriented Alex is for instance. He's willing to let go of all else to make sure his family survives this and he's smart enough to do just that. If anyone is thinking of reading this and is on the fence because of the genre or because of assumptions about what it'll be like I urge you to just try it yourself. You'll probably be very surprised. I can see this being read far and wide, not just by readers of the genre.
**I just looked on amazon and the ebook is $3.99 and the first chapter can be read free. No excuse to miss it therefore. Four bucks is nothing to spend for this story, trust me. I may buy a print version to keep because I can see myself rereading this one day.**...more
A friend of mine let me borrow this because she knows much more about the zombie genre than I do. She got me started on "zombie" and "end-of-the-worldA friend of mine let me borrow this because she knows much more about the zombie genre than I do. She got me started on "zombie" and "end-of-the-world" books and even though I have quite a few under my belt I'm still eager to hear her recommendations. This took me longer to read than it usually would have and I'm still not sure why. That's not to say it's bad, it's not. I liked it a lot. I loved how "realistic" it was. The characters were just like you would imagine yourself being. Not everything happens perfectly, or perfectly wrong like in some books, it happens like you would think it might happen. The actions in the book aren't forced (unlike these other "reviews") and flow along great. The characters are ones that I didn't just love or hate - it went both ways. And then back again. And THAT makes dor a good character with a story like this. The fact that the reader knows right up front that this is the first of a trilogy goes a loooong way with me also. I'm looking forward to reading the following books. Oh and Patrick, you don't "need" the forced "reviews" on PBS - just hand a few zombie lovers the book and ask them to review. You'll get much more honest, more heartfelt, more REAL reviews. ;-)...more
4.5 - Wow. Both this and the book before it, The Declaration are close to close fives. Just about as close as you can get IMO. I started thinking abou4.5 - Wow. Both this and the book before it, The Declaration are close to close fives. Just about as close as you can get IMO. I started thinking about the cover when I started this. I don't think he looks Peter to me. But then I had to wonder why it didn't matter because to me covers have always been fairly important. Then I realized why I didn't care, it really didn't matter. I already had a clear, bright picture of Peter in my head. And all with only Malley's words. I can't remember ever having such a thing happen. Sometimes a book can be overly description for me, it's a fine line. Malley walked it perfectly IMO. I'm very, very excited to read The Legacy. I only wish I had it in my hands right now so I could open it immediately. This isn't just for teens, please don't let the genre fool you. Adults can, and will, enjoy this just as much. If not more in some cases. I was able to lose myself fully in the story and the story itself is downright horrifying. The way it's laid out is all so easy. So easy. And it's scary. This is as close to 'horror' as one can get without actually delving into that genre. Read it! You won't be sorry! ...more
Do I detect an opening at the end of this story? Or is that just wishful thinking on my part? This is one of the few stories that actually could be coDo I detect an opening at the end of this story? Or is that just wishful thinking on my part? This is one of the few stories that actually could be continued in my opinion. So often the crap stories are expanded upon while the great ones end. So sad, so sad. :( Okay, this was just as good as the first two, The Declaration and The Resistance. I'm usually skeptical of stories set in the future, they've just never been my thing. Then again, I'm very much into YA now and my mind is much more open to sci-fi and mysteries than it's ever been. This is truly scary. It's hard to imagine a world like the one Malley paints here. I know, beyond a shadow of a doubt, that I'd be an Opt-Out. There would be no way I could ever give up being a parent. Even before I was a parent I wouldn't give it a thought. Not for eternal life, not for eternal beauty or riches, not for anything. To imagine a world where that could basically be forced on me is mind boggling. I love Peter and Anna beyond words. They have to be in the group of my all-time favorite characters. Jude, Pip and all the rest, even the vile, treacherous characters, are all stunning. I said this just this morning about another book (Wish List) and I mean it here also, it's hard to comprehend, for me, how anyone could even fathom this enough to write an entire book - or numerous books - about it. This is another edge-of-your-seat're IMO. I just had to find out what was happening next. With a book like this it's so terribly hard for me not to skip ahead a few pages but I make myself wait and I never regret it. I doubt I know any young people who wouldn't really like these books and I doubt I know too many older people who I can say the same about. I told my sister about the series and she's read the first two and loved them also and she's not into the genre at all. She reads your regular old fiction, Dean Koontz, James Patterson, etc. She normally doesn't stray too far from her comfort zone so for her to have loved these as much as did is telling. Try the first one - I bet you won't regret it! And read these in order - that's a necessity with this series!...more
4.5 - Yikes. If there's anyone out there who thinks only the horror genre can scare them they need to pick this up. I have a hard time with the classi4.5 - Yikes. If there's anyone out there who thinks only the horror genre can scare them they need to pick this up. I have a hard time with the classification of some books, YA in particular. Why is this YA? Because of the main characters? There are more than a few supporting non-teen characters. What are they? Nothing? I mean, I'm a decent ways past my teens and I can say that I'd recommend this more to adults than to teens. Now, I know more adults than teens so that may play a part, but it's also not the entire reason. This book is just as made for adults as for teens IMO. Malley managed to pull me right in, something not easily done. I read a lot so I tend to find many books I love, many, many that I like, and many that I don't like. But out of them all, even some of the ones I've loved, only a small percentage took me in like this did. I felt like I wanted to jump in the book and change all of the rules. I wanted to save Anna Peter, and her parents and ever other Surplus. I think what I liked most was what happened with Anna's parents. That sounds strange right? Yeah. It does. Allow me to explain. I don't like pat endings. I like when they're as realistic as possible. This is probably my love of non-fiction streaming over into my fiction reading but either way, a 'happily-ever-after' ending rarely does it for me. What happened with Anna's parents needed to happen. If it wouldn't have happened the story would have lost all meaning (for me) around that time. I've already started the sequel which I'm happy that I have available as this is one I wouldn't have wanted to wait in between on. ...more
When I first picked this up I didn't expect to like it, honestly I didn't expect to even finish it even though all of my friend Felicia's recommendatiWhen I first picked this up I didn't expect to like it, honestly I didn't expect to even finish it even though all of my friend Felicia's recommendations have been on point. The cover is hideous and that's saying it lightly and covers are somewhat important to me. So that was my first impression. The second impression (sometimes just as important as the first) was the obvious lack of editing. Another important factor in a book for me. One other "problem" (you'll see why the quotations are needed) was the amount of characters in the beginning. I had trouble keeping them straight most of the time yet somehow, by the middle-late middle, when there were more characters I had everyone straight. I don't get that but it worked out so in the end it's all good. So I started with two (three?) strikes against the book in my mind. Then, before I knew it, it was over and I was still breathing hard. When you read a zombie book and have to watch your breathing you know something was done right. There are some unanswered questions and even with books where I know another is coming this tends to bother me. It didn't here for some unknown reason. I can't figure that out either. Todd Sprague is quite obviously talented. I have no doubt he'll be writing many more books and that they'll only get better and better with time. I'm definitely looking forward to the sequel for this and for me to say that speaks volumes since I'm in the midst of hating all series/sequels/prequels. The main characters are such that you're sucked right in and rooting for them the entire time. John and his wife were a little too mushy for my taste, especially for what they were going through but that's almost too minor to even mention. The editing mistakes aren't so bad that they glare up from every page so it can be worked around but I do sincerely hope the next one is edited.
**Note - I'm not going to change my review but I did just look and see that his wife edited the book. And I feel like of bad now. But I'm sure Mrs. Sprague isn't an editor and that she did this for her husband for whatever reason which is admirable. Hopefully they'll decide to keep her creative input and not editing abilities for the next book.**