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Devil's Wake by Steven Barnes
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Jul 02, 2012

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The novel Devil’s Wake is the first in the new Devil’s Wake series from husband and wife writing team Steven Barnes and Tananarive Due. In this novel they create a world of horror so frightening as to be almost unbelievable. Set in contemporary United States, the novel begins as residents of Seattle become aware of a strange epidemic that is sweeping the city, and ultimately the country and the entire planet.

As victims are bitten by other infected individuals, they in turn attack others in a “zombie-like” manner. But they are more than zombies. They are the products of an alien life-form with designs on control of the earth through their horrifying plot that pits humans against each other in a life and death struggle. No one is safe. People unhesitatingly kill those they once loved in order to survive.

The novel moves at a relentless pace that only increases as the horror the characters face builds, and they give up life as they have known it to only have a chance to live. The main characters, juvenile offenders spending time at a summer camp, must rely on their own initiative to survive, as well as learn to trust each other. They must cross what once was their country, evading human and non-human dangers, without losing their own sense of humanity.

The book is an assault on all the senses, and emphasizes a fear that barely be imagined, when everything we depend on for safety, from our closest family members and friends to all our modern technology, is taken away.

Do not read this book before you go to sleep at night, unless you have a very strong sense of reality. This story takes you to the edge and holds you there until the end.
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