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This Dark Earth by John Hornor Jacobs
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Jun 25, 2012

it was amazing
bookshelves: arc-2012, best-of-2012-list-pick, favorites, great-zombie-read
Read from June 25 to July 12, 2012

This is a zombie experience like no other...
Let me explain.

Though there are zombies galore in this book (I mean, of course there are...It's a zombie book. Duh!)
This book is about so much more than the shambling undead.
It is stories of people who survive the end of the world as we know it and the creation of another as they come to understand it.
The dialogue and situations are raw and real, as they would be in any war. This is after all a collection of stories detailing a fight to the death for the human race.

The most compelling aspects of this read lie not in the humans' battle with the zombies, but in their fight with each other and with themselves. It is exciting to see how the threat of extinction effects the moral compasses of each of the players in this drama. Driving a select few to the basest parts of themselves, making heroes of some, and causing others to question the existence of a true right or wrong at all.

The number of fully developed characters that Mr. Jacobs was able to include in this read while still maintaining the break-neck pace of the novel and the edge-of-your-seat action is simply phenomenal.
Cases In Point:
Lucy- the doctor, the mother, the wife, the leader of a new nation
Gus- the son, the prodigy, the confused shy boy, the prince
Knockout-the trucker, the father, the lover the friend, the martyr
Tess-the mother, the whore, the victim, the murderer
Konstantine-slaver, pimp, tyrant, PURE EVIL
Though this book is categorized as YA, this is by no means a book that be recommended for anyone under 16, due to graphic scenes depicting rape and violence.

This is a story not to be missed, and one that once read...will not be forgotten.

You can find this review on my blog at: WTF Are You Reading?: "This Dark Earth" Sheds New Light on the Zombie No...
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