A riveting novel of suspense and terror from the Bram Stoker award-winning author of The Cabin at the End of the World and A Head Full of Ghosts.In a matter of weeks, Massachusetts has been overrun by an insidious rabies-like virus that is spread by saliva. But unlike rabies, the disease has a terrifyingly short incubation period of an hour or less. Those infected quic ...more
It's a very straightforward, timely book about a fast-acting, rabies-like v…moreCabin at the End of the World punted on the ending. Survivor Song doesn't.
It's a very straightforward, timely book about a fast-acting, rabies-like virus outbreak. It features two main characters (both female, one pregnant and infected, the other a young doctor). It also has present tense narration, an odd choice. It's got a race-against-time plot (will the pregnant woman buy the farm?) that occurs mostly in real-time. The book feels a bit thin (like a padded novella), but there are plenty of tense horror scenes to please the fans. I read it in one day. It's like 28 Days Later meets Thelma and Louise. B-movie quality, but still a lot of fun.(less)
months later, i am still in quarantine, wondering if all of this has been an extremely ballsy publicity stunt by paul tremblay to promote this book. WELL PLAYED, TREMBLAY!
when is a zombie novel not a zombie novel? when paul tremblay’s writing it!
I was kind of joking when I said zombies, but not joking at the same time. They’re sick people and they turn delusional and violent and they bite, but i...more
There will NEVER, EVER be a better time to read Survivor Song than 2020.
After the Commonwealth of Massachusetts is hit by a highly contagious strain of a rabies-like virus, spread by saliva, the entire state goes into lockdown.
As a result of the emergency, hospitals are overrun, public resources drained and the citizens ordered into quarantine.
Dr. Ramola 'Rams' Sherman receives a frantic plea from her best friend, Natalie, who is currently 8-months pregnant with her first ...more
1. Never leave you door open while bringing in the groceries
2. People who force their way into your home are dangerous
3. Rabies sucks
4. Paul Tremblay has done it again
Massachusetts has been overrun by a rabies like virus that affecting both animals and humans alike. Its incubation period is short. Symptoms will come on fast. If bitten you must get help faster than the virus can go through your system. Plus, hospitals are inun ...more
In the coming days, conditions will continue to deteriorate. Emergency services and other public safety nets will be stretched to their breaking points, exacerbated by the wily antagonists of fear, panic, misinformation, a myopic, sluggish federal bureaucracy further hamstrung by a president unwilling and woefully unequipped to make the rational, science-based decisions necessary; and exacerbated, of course, by plain old individual everyday evil.There is something very eerie at work in Paul ...more
SURVIVOR SONG consists of the fastest 320 pages I've ever read!
Nats, (Natalie), is waiting at home for her husband to return from the store. This is no ordinary trip, however. In the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, there is a virus loose...a fast acting rabies virus that turns its victims, (animal and human alike) into rabid, (see what I did there?), strong, uber-violent attackers. Those infected will attack cars, humans, pretty much anything at all, and Natalie's husband is late. Wi ...more
WTH, a high tension, heart throbbing, body hair epilator, jaw dropping, teeth rotting sto ...more
Beware! Paul Tremblay is not interested in writing stories readers can walk away from unscathed. Survivor Song will leave emotional trenches in your heart long after you’ve finished trying to ugly-cry and read at the same time.
Massachusetts becomes ground zero in a rabies-like outbreak. Readers follow a pregnant woman named Natalie as her life is upended by the quickly spreading disease. In a panic to ...more
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This book holds all the trademarks of a classic Paul Tremblay horror novel and fans of his work will not be disappointed. Compared to his other horror books, this one most closely follows the narrative structure of Cabin at the End of the World with a similar level of action and suspense. Once again Tremblay provides his own literary spin on a classic subgenre of horror. In this one, he takes on the apocalyptic horror, but chooses t ...more
I never in my life thought I would ever say this but I'm setting a Paul Tremblay book aside. Gah. That hurts so much to say because I've enjoyed all of his books until this one.
I only made it to 25%. I'm bored to tears. I don't like Natalie or Ramola - Nats and Rams - as they are referred to constantly. *Grinds teeth* The dialogue is irksome and cheesy. Just nothing about this is working for me.
If you are looking to read a boo ...more
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This book left a deep impression on me. I picked it up cause I saw apocalypse, zombies, and rush to save people which I knew meant a great book but it went so much better than that.
So, what's this book about?
In a matter of weeks, Massachusetts has been overrun by an insidious rabies-like virus that is spread by saliva. But unlike rabies, the disease has a terrifyingly short incubation period of an hour or less ...more
Crank this up inside your mind.
Your husband calls to say he's only minutes from home with the groceries. He pulls into the driveway and you sidestep against your very pregnant belly as he balances heavy bags in his hands. From out of nowhere comes a beast of a man with all the tell-tale signs of that horrendous rabies being inflicted upon the Boston area. Said man has forced his way into your kitchen and is viciously attacking your husband.
But this is a lightning bolt of ...more
Wow, what an ...more
A timely & terrifying read
A viral strain of rabies is spreading across Massachusetts. It moves quickly among animals and people, with those being bitten rapidly (think hours) losing their minds and then biting others to spread the disease. Hospitals are overwhelmed. People are under quarantine, with packets of vaccine being dropped from the sky to try to control the animal population. Chaos reigns. Dr. Ramola "Rams" Sherman is a pediatrician, about to be called in to help at an overflowing hospi ...more
Tremblay also correctly imagined how the government would enforce quarantines. In addition, he included those “it’s all a hoax” groups and the anti-vaccine groups. The fear factor leads to violence. Th ...more
The man comes with the sounds of barks and unintelligible sentences crashing through the doorway into the space of Natalie and Paul's home. They will fight him to protect one another and their unborn child, but because of the man's size and manic determination, he will win. Bite and bite and bite. It will become the beginning of an unwanted journey for Natalie, and a race against time. One that is forever without Paul, but necessary to save their chil ...more
Survivor Song let me down. Big time.
To get this out of the way: because this is a Tremblay novel, it is competently written. Meaning there are no glaring errors or lapses in verb tenses, and the author seems to have a firm grasp on his characters. The basics are handled well, becau ...more
Survivor Song takes place in the not-so-distant future, where ironically, there's a strain of rabies contaminating creating a country-wide pandemic in the United States. Natalie and her husband Paul are expecting a baby and have to navigate through this unconventional time with Natalie's best friend and doctor, Ramola. With this strain of rabies being so contagious and fast-acting, the country is in quarantine. When an affected person breaks int ...more
I read this one in one day! It seems WAY too timely since we are currently battling COVID-19. In the book, a rabies virus has taken over pets and wild animals and they have then infected people as well. There doesn’t seem to be much that the authorities can do – people should stay inside, keep their pets inside, etc. There’s a short incubation period and no vaccine.
This one starts with a chilling scene when an infected man breaks into Paul and Natalie’s house. The man attacks them ...more
October 21 ~ ~ What a Day ~ ~ from hell!
Warning: There's a new virus, a deadly, aggressive rabies-type virus on the streets of Massachusetts that travels from animals to humans causing fever, confusion and hallucinations quickly progressing to extreme aggression. Panic, riots and shootings have broken out as food rationing becomes imperative. Government mandates advise to stay home and quarantine in darkness. Bright lights may attract the infected.
An intruder gets SURVIVOR SONG off...more
Survivor Song follows very much as the blurb on the book states, but it is the eerie experience a reader is placed in with the setting and circumstance that is happening with the rabies pandemic that makes this novel a dish for the senses.
Natalie is 8 months pregnant. Her husband comes home with groceries and somehow, a zombie like and rabies-infected person gains access into their house at the same time and attacks them both. As her husb ...more
Paul Tremblay did it again. My second book by him and i absolutely loved it. it's a very small and contained post-apocalyptic book and it's really fast read (like the way the virus spreads here).
There is nothing extravagant here. No big action sequences that will leave your blood pumping. Even though i found some moments pretty intense in their own sort of way. The real deal is with the 2 survivors that embark on this obligatory journey.
I feel this woul ...more
What makes Paul Tremblay’s books so freakin horror-licious and freaky-tastic is how realistic they are! I mean A Head Full of Ghosts is one of my all time favs and I still half wonder if that was a true story (when I’m not wondering if her he ...more