*Note* This was the paperback edition, not kindle. Or as I call the "Real Book" edition.
Overall, there's nothing new under the sun in this zombie ta...more *Note* This was the paperback edition, not kindle. Or as I call the "Real Book" edition.
Overall, there's nothing new under the sun in this zombie tale. It does have some good twists as well as the usual blood and gore(not a whole lot), but the story and characters are very strong--both have depth. While this book does follow a somewhat predictable zombie formula it doesn't matter. I don't mind zombie stories following that same conventional pattern(how many new ways can you come up with this type of stuff? It's zombies trying to eat people, after all!). As long as the writing is good(and of course the story is engaging and the characters are strong) than I am hooked. Having said that, this book is kind of unique in regards to a trait that exists in the main character(no spoilers).
In many ways this book reminded me of Kim Paffenroth's "Dying to Live." It has that type of feel to it. The characters are in many ways similarly drawn as Paffenroth's book. And they are very believable, which I like. The dialogue, while at times comes across as a bit cheesy, seems very natural and real. This would be what I call a good, "soft" zombie story. While harsh things happen in the world the author creates, this isn't what I'd call a hard hitting zombie book.
I really enjoyed this a lot and would recommend it to those looking for a well written story with memorable characters. Well done!
If Goodreads allowed halves I'd give this one 4.5 stars.
(My spoiler free very short review)
This is a very well written, tense zombie tale. In the in...more If Goodreads allowed halves I'd give this one 4.5 stars.
(My spoiler free very short review)
This is a very well written, tense zombie tale. In the increasingly popular world of zombie books that aren't offering much new, this one introduced a unique twist to the origin of zombiehood. It brought in a nightmare Frankenstein's Monster element to it that I found really refreshing and cool(as well as sinister and creepy!). A quick read(for me, anyway..I finished it in 2 days) but by no means a "light" read. Very intense.
Images: I love it when you're done a great book and you're left with images from the book in your head; certain scenes that capture your imagination and stay a while. To me that is a sign of a great writer. This book left a handful of such images that stuck in my brain.
Endings: The ending was done right. A good book can be made great by a great ending and a great book can be made just good by a horrible ending. This was a perfect ending that I read three times. Actually, the ending here is the most powerful image left in my mind from this book. Awesome.
Well, looks like I'll be picking up more works from Mr. Mayberry soon:)
In this new book--in what is turning out to be a truly amazing series--we are introduced to some new characters while some old ones make an appearance...moreIn this new book--in what is turning out to be a truly amazing series--we are introduced to some new characters while some old ones make an appearance. The story directly ties in with the other books--sort of--but yet feels like a stand-alone book(although reading the 1st two books in this series before this one is a must).
The writing here is...gritty. There is something about the way Tony writes that I find really engaging. You are instantly drawn in to the world he creates, the time, place and the characters lives. And the characters: they are very real, very multi-dimensional. You know you're reading a truly great book when you find yourself actually feeling what a character feels: Sweating, nervous, etc. I felt it all. He makes very human characters..flawed characters. That's the thing that maybe separates these books from a lot of other zombie books I've read: These books are very character based. Of course there's lots of zombie action and a good, solid plot, but these characters are so real. You feel you know them as friends...or as enemies.
I read this book--and lost a lot of sleep in the process!--all night during the recent hurricane. Outside the wind was blowing and torrential rain was falling but I hardly noticed it I was so engrossed in this book. A hurricane outside? Pah! That's nothing. I was in the Wastelands fighting for my life.
So...if you're following this series and haven't picked up this book yet I highly recommend it. If you're a fan of the zombie genre but haven't read this yet check out book one and go from there.
Thanks for the great ride so far, Tony. I'm looking forward to continuing it in book 4!