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Head Dead West by A.C.  Davis
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really liked it
bookshelves: apocalypse, horror, christian

Probably closer to 3.5 stars. It's a very wild ride that's only let down by a little too much soliloquizing by the main characters and an ending that gets out of hand.

Blake Prose wants little more to head to Portland, Oregon to join his family and his church congregation. Unfortunately, he happens to live in the middle of a world suffering from an insane zombie apocalypse, and that makes it a little hard. On the train there, he meets a woman named Milly, a little girl named Jenny, and her hard-as-nails guardian Yaverts. From there Blake has to deal with hostile townies, hordes of undead, lawmen, fanatical cults, and a lot, lot more. Can he ever make it to Portland in one piece?

It's one crazy world. It seems to take place after the initial apocalypse, where people have more or less reverted to a semblance of daily life. But the world is still full of cruelty, violence, and danger, and Blake has to rely on his faith in God to make any sense of it all. The book has some great scenes and action to it, and the world itself is almost mythic in its scope; bandits, brigands, the undead, and far worse than those inhabit it. Blake also is a great character, and makes for a winning protagonist.

There's only a couple problems. The first is that the book gets a little too out there in the end, piling (admittedly awesome) plot development on plot development to unravel a bit, especially when the Nameless One is introduced. The second is that the characters like to monologue a bit too much at times, and when it comes to how this new world deals with faith it can feel a bit too much. The monologues admittedly are interesting; having to deal with faith and religion in the post-apocalyptic world gives them a less strident and more self-searching feel to them. They do get a bit much at times though.

Still, this is a great novel. The ebook is well designed, too. Definitely worth picking up.

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Reading Progress

August 23, 2013 – Started Reading
August 23, 2013 – Shelved
August 24, 2013 – Shelved as: apocalypse
August 24, 2013 – Shelved as: horror
August 24, 2013 – Shelved as: christian
August 25, 2013 – Finished Reading

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