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3.65  ·  Rating details ·  9,786 ratings  ·  894 reviews
A modern take on the classic “apocalyptic” novel, Hater tells the story of Danny McCoyne, an everyman forced to contend with a world gone mad, as society is rocked by a sudden increase in violent assaults. Christened “Haters” by the media, the attackers strike without warning and seemingly without reason. Within seconds, normally rational, self-controlled people become fre ...more
Paperback, 281 pages
Published April 13th 2010 by St. Martin's Griffin (first published July 17th 2006)
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i know exactly which side i fall on. and i am ready.
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
Feb 14, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Wayne Eury
Jan 06, 2010 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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It's difficult for me to explain this book without giving away something vital. But I'll try anyway.
Jan 02, 2014 rated it really liked it
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
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
Jan 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Wow! This one hit on all cylinders for me. I just finished it and I started it the other day, but I finished reading it the second sitting! I have read a little of the author's zombie books, called Autumn I believe.
What you have here is an epidemic of Hate. Normal people begin to turn into murderous killers, taking other's lives for no reason other than the fell they need to. After they do it it seems they are afraid and don't understand why they did it. As more and more people turn they tend t
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
Mar 04, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: reviewed
I liked it but it wasn't as good as I had hoped it would be. I wanted a bit more from this and it really wasn't as creepy as I had hoped. More of a survival in a apocalyptic type of book. With our power out it makes reading more fun for me. Will do a full review on the blog once I am up and running again.

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I liked the book, but wasn't a favorite. I like the concept of people turning due to ...whatever it was that turned them (disease). I liked that the survival instinct takes ove
Apr 13, 2009 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Dawn Ang
Nov 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I’m glad this book was a blind buy because I feel strongly that the reviews are unfair. This is absolutely a 5 star read.

This novel is refreshing in the way that it handles disturbing violence with a chilling casualty. “Hater” forces the reader to grapple with the idea that there may be a monster hiding in all of us. And, if that unsettling reality isn’t enough, Moody prods us further by asking the fundamental question: “how much are you willing to do to survive?”

It’s not often that a novel pu
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. :))

Jun 16, 2009 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dystopian
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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
This got a much lower rating the first time I read it - on revisiting it, I can see why - we have one of the least likable protagonists I've ever had the pleasure of reading.

Daniel is a man who has fallen into a life he no longer recognises and certainly never wanted. Married, with three surprise children (you'd think they'd have figured out the problem by at least number two!), stuck in a dead end job - and blaming everyone else for it. Certainly not someone you'd pick as a potential survivor o
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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
Doug Roberts
Sep 07, 2010 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Alondra Miller
Oct 16, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: I have no idea...
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,
Nov 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own-audible, re-read
Review to come. . .
Aug 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book is totally awesome.
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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
Feb 17, 2015 rated it really liked it
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,
Mar 14, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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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
Sep 14, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Excellent and graphic book detailing the 'it's us versus them' mob mentality.

Very claustrophobic feel due to Moody's writing - I could feel myself getting pissed off at the same characters as the main protagonist.

If you like your horror mixed with a bit of socialism then give this a go.
Awesome, original read, do not want to give anything away therefore cannot say too much, but do yourself a favor and read this book.
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
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A pioneer of independent publishing, DAVID MOODY first released HATER in 2006, and without an agent, succeeded in selling the film rights for the novel to Mark Johnson (producer, Breaking Bad) and Guillermo Del Toro (director, The Shape of Water, Pan's Labyrinth). Moody's seminal zombie novel AUTUMN was made into an (admittedly terrible) movie starring Dexter Fletcher and David Carradine. He has a ...more

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