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Monster Nation (The Monster Island Trilogy, 2)

Monster Nation (The Monster Island Trilogy, 2) [Kindle Edition]

David Wellington
3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)

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This is where it begins. This is where the end of the world begins? She wakes up alone and feeling like she's half-dead. She can't remember her name. She staggers outside, looking for help--and that's when she sees that the dead have returned to life, that zombies are running in the streets and devouring the living. And she's one of them. She isn't breathing. The zombies leave her alone. Because they know she's one of their kind. And yet she differs from the brainless ghouls around her in some crucial ways. Somehow she's kept her intelligence intact, if not her memory. And being dead has certain compensations. She has developed strange powers. She calls herself Nilla, and all she knows is that staying alive only gets harder after you die? Meanwhile the National Guard has its hands full with the worst epidemic ever to strike the American west. From California to Colorado every town, every city is being overrun. Captain Bannerman Clark isn't prepared for this. He's semi-retired and he hasn't fired a gun in years, not since the Vietnam war. Yet it seems there's no one else around to take charge. As the world we know collapses he must find in himself the brains, the guts, and the moral courage to lead the survivors to safety, if there's any to be had. Meanwhile, behind the scenes, shadowy players are just beginning to show their hands. There's more going on here than meets the eye, and Clark and Nilla both have parts to play in a game they can't comprehend? 


In the heart of America, in the world's most secure prison, something horrible is growing in the dark. A wave of cannibalism and fear is sweeping across the heartland, spreading carnage and infection in its wake. Captain Bannerman Clark of the National Guard has been tasked with an impossible mission: discover what is happening - and then stop it before it annihilates Los Angeles. In California, he discovers a woman trapped in a hospital overrun with violent madmen. She may hold the secret to the Epidemic but she has lost everything - even her name. David Wellington's first novel, "Monster Island", explored a world overcome by horror and the few people strong enough to survive. Now he takes us back in time to where it all began - to the day the dead began to rise.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 725 KB
  • Print Length: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Open Road Media (1 April 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00J90BRCC
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #541,640 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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David Wellington was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, where George Romero shot his classic zombie films. He attended Syracuse University and received an MFA in creative writing from Penn State. He now lives in New York City with his wife Elisabeth and dog Mary Shelley. Visit him at

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not the best zombie book ever, but enjoyable. 11 Nov 2007
OK, so I guess you've read Monster Island and decided to read the sequel - or prequel in this case - to David Wellingtons first zombie novel. Though new readers to this series please note that this book is more than suitable to read as the first in the series before moving on to Monster Island.

Maybe I am in the minority of people out there reading zombie novels, but when I started hunting Amazon for zombie novels I bought a whole host of them by various authors in the hope of some good old zombie nosh entertainment. But what I find is that the books I bought all seem to have either thinking zombies, talking zombies, zombies with rocket launchers, animal zombies and now in this book INVISIBLE zombies. What happened to good old Romeo 'Dawn of the Dead' zombies ? Maybe I am stuck in the past and that Zombies have evolved in the last 20-30 years !

Don't get me wrong the book is entertaining, but what sticks out in my mind after reading the book is not so much what I enjoyed about it, but what I did not like about it - or found confusing. I hated the thought of Invisible zombies and I was confused by there seeming to be two different reasons for the dead coming back to life - Mael's God and the mad scientist Vronski working to save his wife Charlotte. And the introduction of psychics seemed to push what could have been a great book a little further over the top.

Wellington does do a great job in telling the fall of humanity to the undead hordes from start to finish in the book, and that to me is what saves this book. From the first sporadic outburst of the dead returning to life through to the eventual full on zombie apocalypse. The military jargon is easily understandable, and the little notes make fun reading at times.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Author Should Write Screenplays, Not Books 2 Jun 2009
By Ursula K. Raphael TOP 1000 REVIEWER
I've never read anything by David Wellington before, so I have no point of reference - not sure if this is worse than Monster Island: A Zombie Novel, or better...not sure if I want to read anything else by this author, but don't get me wrong, Wellington is definitely talented. I'm thinking that this book was simply the wrong choice for me. It was something I had on my wishlist for a long time, and I finally bought it one day, thinking it was a zombie novel.

It does have zombies, but it's not a straight-up zombie story. There were a lot of supernatural elements in this book, which I like, but not necessarily all together. It's enough of a reach for me to accept the latest trend of zombies that think, etc., but a zombie that can control her aura, or zombies speaking psychically were too much.

While I'm used to apocalyptic stories with more than one point-of-view, this book switched between three POVs, and it was a little hard to follow at first. It did get easier the farther I read into the story. To be honest, though, between the "invisible" zombie effects and the constantly switching between POVs, I actually considered not finishing the book.

This brings me to the last problem I had with this book, the ending. After sticking it out, and reading all the way through, that had to be one of the worst endings ever written. Ironically, if Wellington had ended the book after Nilla walked away from everything, I wouldn't have a problem with the ending. I didn't care if I ever found out her real name, since I never found out more about Mael (not sure if I want to buy Monster Planet: A Zombie Novel just to find out)...and I was also wondering what happened to Bannerman...
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This prequel to Monster Island has some nice touches. I particularly liked the use of newspaper articles and other bits of media to demonstrate the increasing panic and breakdown of human society as the book progresses. There is also some attempt to explain the source of what caused the zombies in the last third of the book.

I didn't like it as much as Monster Island though, as the characters didn't seem to be as interesting - most of the time they are in "what the hell is going on?" mode. Neither of the two main characters are very well fleshed out - one can't remember who she is so is a bit of a blank slate; the other is an army guy who's trying to stop the zombie outbreak, but not very successfully. I also had difficulty accepting that characters could make themselves invisible, read minds, predict the future etc (though I guess if you're able to accept that people can come back from the dead then you should really be open to everything). I guess I just like the Romero zombies.
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2.0 out of 5 stars A zombie story? 16 Sep 2008
By Evvaa
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I brought both Monster Island and Monster Nation and DONT plan on getting the third part.

They were an OK read if you have nothing else, these were given to my local charity shop as they had no re-read value to me.

The Zombie idea has been going for decades now and yes things need to be done to change the same old story BUT zombies that can go invisible or have telepathic powers to control other zombies or even humans is WAY to far.

I would suggest you leave this book and try David Moody and his Autum series.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Not as good as the first but still worth a buy
I won't bother explaining the plot as others have done that better then i ever could. I bought this in book form and then re-bought it on the kindle. Read more
Published on 25 Sep 2012 by N. rees
1.0 out of 5 stars Invisible Zombies....????
So poor I used most of the copy from my Monster Island review just so I could give this a review.

I know zombie lit involves suspension of belief, however this really... Read more
Published on 27 Dec 2011 by Longshot
5.0 out of 5 stars "His face had puffed up and turned black with rot and . . .The smell...
A vital young woman is thoroughly enjoying the pastorally bright summer day when a man, obviously in distress, staggers in front of her. Read more
Published on 7 Jan 2011 by Mark Louis Baumgart
1.0 out of 5 stars nah
nope, not for me.
Published on 26 Aug 2010 by Martin Loughlin
5.0 out of 5 stars Zombie-tastic!
Wow, what I first thought was going to be an okay-novel turned into a real page turner and I can't wait to read the other two books in the series. Read more
Published on 3 Mar 2010 by Shinobi
4.0 out of 5 stars Not Bad
Was not too bad a story, I agree with most of the others though, could have done with leaving out the magic as this brought down the story quite a bit. Read more
Published on 30 Oct 2008 by Yellow-Sn0W
3.0 out of 5 stars good read but doesnt want me to read the next one
i thought the invisable zombie bit was a tad OTT but it worked in the context, should have been more abt the mad professor, the ending with Bannerman was most disapointing, i did... Read more
Published on 7 May 2008 by T.
1.0 out of 5 stars Don't waste your time
I have now read all three books in this trilogy by David Wellington. The story is ok and I would have given it a three if it stood alone as a zombie novel, however after reading... Read more
Published on 3 May 2008 by David
2.0 out of 5 stars Could have been so much better
Started out good, but when the author introduced the magical girl zombie who could do everything apart from fly, some hippy bs characters, and started to inject as many sop opera... Read more
Published on 29 Mar 2008 by Mr. A. Farrell
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