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  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam; Game Tie-in edition edition (8 Sept. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0857501038
  • ISBN-13: 978-0857501035
  • Product Dimensions: 12.8 x 2.2 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 291,888 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Based on the terrifying new video game, a novel of the zombie apocalypse...

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Welcome to Banoi

A tropical island paradise where you can leave the world behind.

Welcome to the Royal Palms Resort

Offering its guests from around the world the ultimate in luxury and relaxation.

Welcome to the place where your dream holiday is about to become your worst nightmare...

Suddenly, and without warning, a terrifying plague breaks out on Banoi. Resort guests, hotel staff, islanders are infected overnight...and transformed into the ravening, flesh-craving living dead.

For those few who, for some reason, are immune to this apocalypse it becomes a race against time. To survive, to get off the island and warn the world before it's too late. But first they must escape the clutches of the zombie hordes...

Welcome to Dead Island

A paradise to die for...


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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By hjacko on 3 Oct. 2011
Format: Paperback
Dead Island is a decent book - I haven't played the game as of yet.
I thought the plot was good and kept the reader hooked, the book also leaved room for a sequel.
The characters were well developed if not a little too generic.
The only downside to this book is that the plot and writing are like so many other zombie books so not really anything different.

If you want a good zombie read, go for it.
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I thought I'd give this book a shot as I'm hugely enjoying the Dead Island game (apart from a glitch where it crashed and lost all my accumulated equipment, weapons, and money!). The story introduces the characters from the game with a little background info to build their worlds up ~ it actually uses the first three chapters to reach the point where you begin gameplay ~ and then it follows them through the narrative with references to recognisable parts of the game.

Unfortunately I feel that it neither adheres faithfully to the 'reality' of the game world, nor steps away enough to create a strong credible novel in its own right. As a game fan I was disappointed that most familiar places have changed in the transfer from game to book. For example the hotel is now right by a main shopping street, the stone-built church is now a dilapidated wooden structure, the geography is completely different, main characters have disappeared, and key game experiences have changed. I don't see why someone would defamiliarise the world like this when the setting is so key to feel of the game world. For me it felt like it was written by someone with a hint of experience of this game world but had nothing of any real depth, and it skims through the game scenario touching just enough to be an 'official' Dead Island tie-in novel. It does give some more depth to the characters, which is interesting, but there doesn't seem to be enough substance to the narrative or storyline. There's plenty of gore, as there is in the game, but not really a whole lot of zombies, and I felt that it lacked a real in-depth experience and certainly the feeling of suspense that Dead Island gameplay gives so generously.

I'm currently on chapter 19 of 24, and heading rapidly towards the end.
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By S.Cowley on 30 Sept. 2011
Format: Paperback
I picked this up, not from Amazon, but from Waterstones. However i'm going to provide my view on it in the hope that others may find it useful if they plan on buying this.

I've watched the game on youtube, and i know the plot of it from that, but i would never actually buy a game like this (while i can read about horror, actual scares are a bit too much for me!) I picked up the book hoping for a much more complex version of events i had seen in the game so i could properly get my head around the plot.

When i started the book, it kept me hooked. I found Zombie encounters to be well described, to the point where you can easily imagine very gory images of what you've just read. I managed to read all the way to the halfway point of the book in 1 sitting. To me this is praise because not many books have kept me that hooked in, however..

After the halfway point, the book seems to go a different way from the games plot. Characters in the last few chapters have their roles changed, and the actual ending is pretty short and blunt. After reading through the first half, this left me pretty disappointed.

Overall, the book is not awful if you are into this kind of literature, but if you are looking for it to be entirely faithful to the games events, you'll find this isn't the case.
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I've been a fan Mark Morris' books for a while and I've enjoyed reading this novelisation a lot. He does wonders to disguise a series of game missions into something that feels like an organic story. I haven't played the game yet, because I've already got a pile of Xbox games to work through and some of the reviews have been less than kind, so I can't compare directly but as a zombie survival horror this novel certainly stands proud in an overcrowded sub-genre.

The characterisation is the strongest part, especially the two leading men, Sam and Logan who are both heroic but flawed in interesting ways. It's their reactions to the zombies that makes all the gore effective. Purna is a very admirable kick ass babe but possibly a bit too good to be true. The author does a good job in keeping finding new ways to describe zombies being clobbered and shot too. It's grim horror tale but it just stops short of becoming so relentlessly downbeat that it becomes hard work to read. Best sequence is possibly the exploration of a secret lab and uncovering the unpleasant devastation, then rescuing Yerema, the one surviving human. Well worth trying for genre fans or gamers hungry for more background to the game.
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What a fantastic book. I am not really into reading many books but I thought as a big fan of Dead Island it's worth a shot so I bought it and started reading it. Normally I find books fairly boring as I prefer to play video games but no, not with this one. It's gripping from the very beginning however I do feel you need to play the game through first to full understand it. Reading this book has changed my ideas about books and I find them a lot more interesting now. For people who are fans of Dead Island it is a must have because it goes into a lot more detail about the locations and characters etc so it can make the game even easier to understand it your struggling to follow the plot.
Now I just hope for a Dead Island: Riptide book for the upcoming sequel!

Great read, worth every penny. 5/5
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