I really loved this book for the first 240 pages, but I felt the last pages really rushed through some crucial parts of the development of this story....moreI really loved this book for the first 240 pages, but I felt the last pages really rushed through some crucial parts of the development of this story. Which is why I can only give it 3 stars. But overall I really enjoyed this story. Very creative, very unique.(less)
With all of the hoopla about this book, I was expecting a little something more than what it was. While I did like the Lois Duncan feel to this story,...moreWith all of the hoopla about this book, I was expecting a little something more than what it was. While I did like the Lois Duncan feel to this story, I felt the story was more choppy than a truly eerie novel. It was like "scream here, move over there, scream there, move down here..." etc. There was just a lack of true suspense building for me. Plus, I HATED Minnie. One of the worst characters ever.(less)
From the very beginning, this novel is intriguing, exciting, and pretty horrific! The world that Andrew Fukuda creates is intensely frightening, and t...moreFrom the very beginning, this novel is intriguing, exciting, and pretty horrific! The world that Andrew Fukuda creates is intensely frightening, and the story he tells is one of survival among your enemies. A great premise, a driving story, and plot twists that will keep surprising you until the very end. Definitely a worthy read!
What if you woke up to a world that was no longer human? Not a zombie world, but a world of Vampires.
From the get-go, this novel plunges right into this intensely frightening world of monstrous Vampires. And Gene seems to be the only "Heper" left in civilization. Having meticulously learned how to survive from his father, Gene spends every second of the day...or rather, nighttime, pretending to be one of these creatures too. This task of hiding in plain sight proves difficult, as these vampires do not sweat, they do not laugh, they do not make quick movements, and they show no emotion whatsoever. But Gene has trained himself to act exactly like them, and he has survived for ten years by himself. But then, The Heper Hunt is announced. And Gene holds the lucky lottery number. He gets to participate in the most exciting event of the decade! But how can he survive a hunt for Hepers when he is a Heper himself?
Andrew Fukuda showcases his talent and skill for writing by creating this truly frightening world. He draws you in from the very beginning and KEEPS you in for the duration of the novel. Then he spits you out in "OH EM GEE where did this story just go! WOW!" land, leaving you yearning for more! That, my friends, takes a special talent!
Our narrator, Gene (who actually does not name himself until about halfway through the novel), is a unique individual. For years he has been living strictly in survival mode, hiding amongst his enemies, taking every precaution to keep his humanness under control. But when taken out of the safety of his home and dragged straight into living among the vampires, Gene struggles with keeping his secret a secret. As a main character, Gene exhibits both strength and vulnerability in his situation, which makes him a very interesting and intriguing individual, both to readers and to the other characters in this story. Everyone is interested in Gene--the director, the other hunters, and the imprisoned Hepers. As a reader, I was interested in Gene, too, and I felt myself wanting just a little more development from him. We get some factoids about his past interspersed with the present, but I just wanted to see a little more dynamics with the MC.
The other characters in this novel definitely add intrigue and fear to this storyline, but there were moments when I was really confused about who they really were. The director, who is this grimacing vampire man, becomes very suspicious when he takes a personal interest in Gene and Ashley June. But then there was a point in the story where he was in the middle of the scene and then just disappears, with no explanation. And it was kind of awkward and kind of confusing, and it made me infer certain things about him that ended up not being true. Maybe we can chalk this up to being a draft inconsistency? I don't really know. And then Ashley June, the apple of Gene's eye, is both cute and slightly creepy at the same time. But in her case, I am just blaming social awkwardness in really intense situations because I really did like her. I think the most interesting character in this novel has to be Sissy, the leader of the Hepers, the only female. Mr. Fukuda pays special attention to her development and spends a lot of time including little details throughout the whole story to add to her intrigue and development as one of the last identified Hepers.
When I picked up this book, I was really expecting a stand-alone novel. About halfway through reading I found out that this was a proposed series, my initial reaction was WHY? And HOW? But never fear, Mr. Fukuda constantly twists and turns this plot from what I thought was going to be a Hunger Games-like scenario into something COMPLETELY different and unique. And his set up into book two of this series is ingenious and unexpected.
Now, I do feel like I just didn't get enough world-building in the sense that I have NO IDEA why this world is the way it is. Where did these Vampires come from? How did they turn into vampires? I loved the action-driven plot, but I really wanted to know more about this world in which Gene and Ashley June and Sissy find themselves trapped. Hopefully, with all of the developments with the Scientist's journals, we will learn more about this world in the sequel!
Overall, I thought this novel was superb. It is always surprising you and keeps you guessing until the very end! And then it leaves you wondering "What will happen, now?" A vampire novel that takes out the sparkle and adds back the original creepiness of Dracula. A must-read for lovers of paranormal, horror, and/or dystopia!
Find it in a store near you on Tuesday, May 8th!(less)
The collection of comics (graphic novel? I don't really know what to call it lol) continues with an interesting plot development. The group of survivors finds a prison facility and decide that it is fortified enough to settle in. When they get the yard cleared out of the zombies walking around, they begin to explore the inside of the jail. They open a locked door and discover...4 living inmates playing cards?! Yes sirree. The addition of 4 new men to the group (and criminals at that) creates a dynamic that is a little creepy and a lot darker.
And do not fear, folks, there are a lot more zombie attacks, which is great for a Zombie series. But this second collection also contains a sense of the decay of humanity. That seems to be the struggle in this part. Now that the group of survivors has found a place that--for once--feels safe to them, each and every individual in this group begins to feel the strain of being alive in a world like this. There is suicide, there is murder, there is adultery, there is giving up. Even though they all live in a group, there is still an "every man for himself" mentality, which is understandable but does lead to a lot of extra stress and trouble in this zombie apocalypse.
Not gonna lie, at the end of Season 2 of AMC's The Walking Dead, a new character Michonne was introduced that looked TOTALLY AWESOME! So I was most excited to be introduced to her character in this series because everyone was SO EXCITED for her to be entering the show, including the producers. What I found in this series is that she is kind of a jerk. I mean, I understand that wandering around the outside by yourself with two "trained" zombies in tow might make a girl a little crazy, but I don't know if I like her. She is a hot mess, but she also has no regard for anyone else. Maybe this will change in Book Three,especially after she stole someone's man?
I did love that, after the degrading of women in Book One, some of the women in Book Two stood out as strong and fierce. Obviously Michonne is one of them. She is depicted as a ripped, in shape woman who is a force to be reckoned with. None of the men even question her true strength. But Andrea also proves herself to be strong and useful in this zombie-filled world. After escaping from the crazed psycho-killer and drawing him out in the open, she gains the respect of most of the men in this group and is allowed to start going on hunts and making plans. You know, the men's jobs from the last book. I am glad that women are starting to find their place!
Overall, I really enjoyed how the story continued. I think that not having any expectations from the show (and knowing that the graphic novels and the show are SO DIFFERENT) really allowed me to enjoy this book for what it was. And the ending speech by Rick was so epic that I will be reading Book Three very soon(less)
Compared to the previous few volumes of this series, volume 16 is really quite subdued. This volume is not about zombie excitement but rather the worl...moreCompared to the previous few volumes of this series, volume 16 is really quite subdued. This volume is not about zombie excitement but rather the world that lies outside of Rick's survival group. Very interesting, can't wait for volume 17 to come out soon!(less)
If you are looking for zombie movie action in book form, then this is the book for you! To dissect this a little bit, I found this to be half A Clockw...moreIf you are looking for zombie movie action in book form, then this is the book for you! To dissect this a little bit, I found this to be half A Clockwork Orange and half The Walking Dead, Book One. This book showcases some not so great people and A LOT of gory zombie killing!
And maybe it's just me (and now that I have read some people's reviews, I don't think it's just me), but (view spoiler)[ B IS A GIRL??? I DIDN'T CATCH THAT UNTIL 20 PAGES FROM THE END! WHAT THE CRAP! (hide spoiler)]["br"]>["br"]>(less)
What a fantastic novel! This has all of the elements of a great and eerie crime mystery, set in a a 1970s amusement park. And not only is this a myste...moreWhat a fantastic novel! This has all of the elements of a great and eerie crime mystery, set in a a 1970s amusement park. And not only is this a mysterious story, it is also more than that. This is also a "new adult" coming of age story with such a unique and beautiful narrative style. Michael Kelly did a phenomenal job making this story come to life in the audiobook format. I never wanted to stop listening! Absolutely wonderful!(less)
I have mixed feelings about this book. There were a lot of things I liked about it--i.e. the parasite concept and Sal's character development--but the...moreI have mixed feelings about this book. There were a lot of things I liked about it--i.e. the parasite concept and Sal's character development--but there were things I didn't like so much, like the pacing. There was a lot of tension and suspense built up throughout the novel, but that was countered by the sections of info-dumping. I understand that it was needed, but it just slowed the pacing of the novel down tremendously. I am interested in reading the second one and hoping I will like it more than this one.
I will first say this: I still love Faith Erin Hicks' illustrations. I am obsessed with her art!
That being said, this graphic novel as a story was ext...moreI will first say this: I still love Faith Erin Hicks' illustrations. I am obsessed with her art!
That being said, this graphic novel as a story was extremely underdeveloped. While I really enjoyed Joss as a character, I just thought the plot was very mehh. And the ending was just meeeeghhhhhh. I would have liked it more if we found out a little more about HOW the zombies came to be. And if the ending was better.
Oh well. Love the pictures. And the character development. (less)