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Beginnings by Danielle Blanchard Benson
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Mar 06, 2012

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Read from March 29 to 31, 2012

A rogue scientist sells a specially engineered virus to rid countries of undesired populations. The rich would be vaccinated, the poor would die. Or would they? The brilliant plan backfires as the virus travels the globe creating zombies in its wake.

What a scary world this is. It is incredible how quickly the virus spreads from country to country. Lawlessness ensues and governments fall. The scientist that brought about this plague Charles Jessup begins to feel a little remorse for his actions.

The book focuses on Charles’ family: Caroline his young trophy wife, their teenage son Jonas, and Charles’ older son Bradley. A few other characters round out the cast as their paths cross early in the book: Florestana, a Brazilian porn star, and the IRA couple Cillian and Nieve.

I did like some aspects of this book. The author captured the complete devolution of society well. The despair, the panic, and the utter chaos was well done. The characters’ journey through France to Ireland highlighted the total devastation and danger brought about by the plague. The plague’s unintentional side effects were also original: the vaccinated person could still contract a form of the plague if bitten. They became sociopathic and lost their humanity. Interesting twist.

I had several issues with this book. Why did the characters need to travel from France to Ireland to get guns and ammunition? Surely there would be armories somewhere in France. There were a few uncomfortable moments for me in the novel. Both instances were rape scenes. The first rape scene had the character join up with her rapist and become lovers later on. The second was an unexpected rape scene that just seemed unnecessary to me although I understand why it was placed where it was. I found some of the dialogue did not flow naturally and a few phrases were repeated several times.

This is a gory zombie book. Not for the faint of heart. Recommended for people who enjoy brain and body part eating zombies.

Book provided by the author for review.

Review posted on Badass Book Reviews.
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message 1: by Steph (new)

Steph Sounds interesting. I'm looking forward to your review, AH.

message 2: by AH (new) - rated it 3 stars

AH I'm about 10% in. Looks to be scary....

message 3: by Steph (new)

Steph Oooo, I like scary. :)

Michelle, the Bookshelf Stalker  Queen of the Undead This looks interesting.

message 5: by AH (new) - rated it 3 stars

AH It had a bit of a rocky start for me, little niggling things that kind of threw me off, but I am enjoying it now.

Greta is Erikasbuddy That sounds awesome~!!


Most awesome review ;)


message 7: by AH (new) - rated it 3 stars

AH Thanks, Greta.

message 8: by Steph (new)

Steph Great review, AH. Part of that synopsis sounds a tiny bit similar to one I recently read. Not sure I'll grab it right now, but it's on my "gore" list, just in case. :)

message 9: by AH (new) - rated it 3 stars

AH It has it's gory scenes. The sociopathic aspects kind of added to the horror.

message 10: by Steph (new)

Steph Sounds like it (from your review). Thanks.

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