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Hater (Hater #1)

3.65  ·  Rating details ·  8,236 Ratings  ·  784 Reviews

Soon to be a major motion picture—produced by Guillermo del Toro and directed by J.A. Bayona

REMAIN CALM DO NOT PANIC TAKE SHELTER WAIT FOR FURTHER INSTRUCTIONS THE SITUATION IS UNDER CONTROL Society is rocked by a sudden increase in the number of violent assaults on individuals. Christened 'Haters' by the media, the attackers strike without warning, killing all who cros

Hardcover, 281 pages
Published February 17th 2009 by Thomas Dunne Books (first published July 17th 2006)
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i know exactly which side i fall on. and i am ready.
Oct 19, 2010 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: do-not-bother
Have you ever had one of those dreams where you're trying to run as fast as you can, but your legs feel like they're propelling themselves through wet, dense mud? Now, imagine that for every 10 minutes you jog through this sludge, you're allowed 8 seconds to run at a pace of a 4-minute mile, before having your feet once again encased in cement bricks. You now have some semblance of my excruciating experience reading this dreadful, heinous, poorly-written dribble.

The author needs to take a lesson
Feb 14, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction, horror
I don't want to say anything about this book because it will probably give away something if I do. I think that Alfonso should read it, because I'm a little worried that he might not have a contingency plan in place for this scenario. Maybe people of the Haters group should too, just because it has some interesting ideas on hate. If this is made into a movie properly it could be totally fucking amazing. If it's not then it will be stupid Hollywood shit.

A nice book to read on Valentines Day.
It's difficult for me to explain this book without giving away something vital. But I'll try anyway.
The advent of internet brought a few changes to the world. Okay, it changed the world immensely if not completely. So I wonder if self published writers like David Moody would have otherwise achieved such recognition in such a comparatively short time if not for the exposure gained through the internet.

Maybe he might have eventually got his books published or maybe he might have been just another author destined for oblivion and failure.

While latter is not the case with him (and I am glad for
Wayne Eury
Jan 06, 2010 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Jul 17, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
4.5 Stars

This was my second read of Hater. I thought that I needed to reread it before moving on to book number two. I have recently read the Autumn series and loved it, solidifying me as a fan of David Moody. This return to the world of Daniel McCoyne and that of the haters was better the second time around.

"               REMAIN CALM
                 DO NOT PANIC
                 TAKE SHELTER

Moody's Autumn series worked by creati
It’s US versus THEM with no idea whose side you’re one until it’s too late! What a twisted world. I was completely captivated by this story. It felt very similar to a zombie book without the walking undead if that makes any sense… No? Well if you read it (and I suggest you do) then it will. :)

We follow one man, Danny, who is discontented with his job, his family situation and life in general. There were times at the beginning of the novel when he was frustrated with kids pulling him every which
First and foremost, I have to make something clear. In my opinion, and obviously many people disagree with me, this is not a zombie book. I kind of want to yell this but I figure capital letters would be inappropriate. Caps might hint that I care more for this book than I do.

The writing is mediocre, the characters flat, boring, and whiny. I initially sympathized with the main character but after hearing him tell his children to shut up for the millionth time, I lost any remaining interest. I fin
Matt Garcia
Jan 02, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Hater is an interesting novel with a unique premise. I enjoyed it and felt a great deal of remorse for Danny and the life that he was forced to have to struggle through day after day. I felt that David Moody did a superb job of creating a cavalcade of characters that were realistically ordinary and relatable. The book moves along at a very fast pace and contains many thrilling sequences throughout. The novel is essentially a character study of Danny and his gradually declining lifestyle. The onl ...more
Apr 13, 2009 rated it did not like it
4/14: So far, I am not terribly impressed with this. Sure looked to have potential sitting there on the "New" shelf at the library...but Moody is a hackneyed writer without any kind of subtle touch or character insight, and the two main female characters thus far are the stock nagging, shrewish, and shrill bitches that lead me to believe male writers most of the time do not know how to write women. I don't even know if I'll be finishing this one. :P

4/16: I actually finished it. It could just bar
Cristina Nomuh
My ratings: 3/5 | 6/10

I have many thoughts about this book that I'll write in a review soon and also on video maybe next week. :))

Ruby  Tombstone [With A Vengeance]
Wow. This was an unexpected turn of events! I spent the first two thirds of this book in admiration of the way Moody portrays an average working class guy, with all the pressures of daily working and family life, but still a little irritated with the character himself. While it is a novel experience to see an apocalyptic event through the eyes of an average person, who hasn't put all the pieces together, (he barely gets time to watch the news), and with no fortuitous circumstances that put him a ...more
Nicole Roberts
Feb 15, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I started this book as a recommendation from a friend. I am a huge zombie fan and even though this book is not about zombies it’s closely related, in a 28 Days Later-esk theme.
The story starts when the ‘Hero’ sees a gentleman start attacking a little old lady on the street, seeming to try and kill her. Everything unfolds from that point, getting more and more violent as the story goes on. The ‘Hero’ of the story watches as everything unfolds around him and he tries his hardest to protect his f
Oct 16, 2011 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: I have no idea...
Shelves: books-i-own
4 Stars

I know, I know. This is not literature. It didn't make me want to change my life and do worldly things...but I could not put it down.

This book reminded me a little, of The Cell by Stephen King, and 28 Days Later. Both of which, tackle extreme violence caused by signals, experimentation gone bad, etc. etc. I really enjoyed, liked, inhaled this book... the telling of a story, and all you want to know is, why? Why? Why did this happen? Who made this happen? When did it start happening? Why,
Feb 17, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I had three reasons why I bought this book. 1) the cover is fantastic. 2) Guilermo del Toro is recommending this. 3) it was very cheap. And I have to thank my classmates for telling me to read this book.

Humanity has in front of it a new threat: the human itself. But not usual humans, but humans that has changed from the nice and familiar people we know into "haters" that kill with cold blood the person next to them. While the crimes are becoming more and more frequent, Danny McCoyne tries his be
I remember reading a comic strip where a man was watching the news. Almost all of them consisted of catastrophes, terrorist attacks, murders, thievery and corruption. While the newscaster was relaying all these horrible things, mad preachers in the background ranted about the end of the world. Maybe this is the end of the world? - the guy though, standing up from his chair. The strip ended with a drawing of him opening his closet door and taking out an axe.

I finished Hater yesterday night (well,
Jun 16, 2009 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dystopian
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Apr 13, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
From the author of the classic post-apocalyptic zombie series 'Autumn', David Moody's new ultra-violent novel 'Hater' is a masterpiece of dark and bloodthirsty fiction. From the very first page the reader is thrown into a downward spiral of seemingly unprovoked and extreme violence. As civilisation is slowly torn apart from the inside, fear and confusion take over.

David throws up a cloud of unnerving mystery as the reader is taken along by this unrelenting wave of violence. The novel homes in o
This is a VERY intense book that's extremely well-written. I also gave 4 stars to Scott Sigler's book Infected, (which has a similar plot), just for its sheer, rollicking energy. But in many respects, Moody's Hater is the better book. While Infected is plot-driven, action-packed all the way, Hater is much more emotionally charged. Danny McCoyne's character is well-developed and I found him to be very sympathetic. Hater is told in the first-person from McCoyne's point of view and this made him ve ...more
Yomna hosny
May 25, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: i-own-a-copy

I am not a kid person. sure, I like them when they're cute and clean and inadvertently say something clever. but whining and screaming and the general child douchebaggery that comes with the job, that stuff I just can't deal with.

The protagonist has three kids and they. fight. constantly.

It was literally too irritating for me to even read about it.

Lizzie is an atrocious parent. She's almost like a fourth child.

I thought this would be really gripping but it felt fragmented and incoherent. it
Awesome, original read, do not want to give anything away therefore cannot say too much, but do yourself a favor and read this book.
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When a book begins with a man brutally gutting a female stranger with an umbrella, I'd say "Buckle those seat belts, readers! Looks like we are in for one helluva ride!".

David Moody, author of the novel Hater, paints a grim and twisted picture of "us" against "them", a world where people have to learn to live in fear of being suddenly and violently attacked by strangers, coworkers, and loved ones. It can happen almost without warning. And no one knows for sure wh
Jun 07, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I thought this was an interesting book, if somewhat confusing at times.

The portrayal of a man worn down by his dead end job and frustrated with his home life was painfully honest. I've been in that kind of rut before where you literally dread Mondays. I feel his wife's pain, too. Taking care of 3 kids is no doubt exhausting.

I was really surprised at how he spoke to his kids though. My parents may have told me to be quiet but they never told me to shut up. I'm sure they were probably tempted, b
I love zombie books and those that deal with a virus, plague or incident causing people to go mad etc. I've read a lot of books in this genre but this was memorable for the wrong reasons. The idea of the book is good, which is why I bought it despite not loving a previous series by the author. The sections of the story which deal with the sudden change in a human to make them a hater are well written and interesting but these sections get lost in the family life of a guy that is a giant pain in ...more
Jul 07, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Hater has been on my TBR list for a long time, and as a fan of David Moody's Autumn series, I was looking forward to getting into this one and reading something a little different, and despite my assumptions, is not a zombie novel.

Essentially Hater is the story of one average guy, Danny, who has a job he hates and lives in a flat on a dodgy council estate with his partner and three children. As a series of seemingly random attacks take place in the city where he lives and works, he takes the ste
Jan 01, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2009-reads, arc
Paranoia at its Finest

Hater is a great mixture of a lot of themes in recent popular culture mediums. Similarities can be drawn between widespread viruses, zombies, war, and near Armageddon scenarios. However, while this book seems similar to many movies (28 days later, I Am Legend, etc.), Hater is still a unique book with a compelling and equally unique storyline.

Hater is a narrative told from the perspective of a father and husband in a world that, day by day, becomes more chaotic and dangerous
Greg at 2 Book Lovers Reviews
I don’t usually read a book more than once, but when I was planning my month of horror I knew that Hater had to be involved. Hater redefines the whole post-apocalyptic genre and turns it into, “It’s the end of the world as we know it.”

What is great about Hater is the normalcy of everything. Danny McCoyne is not your typical PA hero, he is a normal family man, just trying to get by. He has a crappy job, three disgruntled kids, an exhausted wife, and a father-in-law who loves to rub in his superio
Mar 14, 2010 rated it really liked it
Great concept, much more original than i thought it was gonna be.

Man, the lead character was such a miserable ass imo though. I don't understand how people can be that miserable in their life and not change. After 12 years i am still excited to see my man every night. In the morning even if i'm pissed at him for something i always kiss him goodbye and tell him i love him. I always have this nagging thought that what if it could be the last time i see him (god forbid) and i acted like an asshol
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David Moody was born in 1970 and grew up in Birmingham on a diet of trashy horror and pulp science fiction books and movies. He worked as a bank manager and as operations manager for a number of financial institutions before giving up the day job to write about the end of the world for a living. He has written a number of horror novels, including AUTUMN, which has been downloaded more than half a ...more
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