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Better than average zombie antics
on 30 March 2013
This book isn't a masterpiece but it's certainly not as bad as a lot of zombie novels out there. The story itself is nothing particularly original, but it's written in an exciting way. I didn't see the need for the slightly out-of-place sub-plot involving the cabin that's revealed near the end, and some of the phrasing is a bit odd. For example, the rather distasteful "as black as a paedophile's sins" is used twice! Additionally, there are quite a lot of typos, grammatical mistakes, inconsistencies and strange choices of words that any decent proof reader would have spotted. That sounds like a lot of negatives, but the book is pretty enjoyable if you're not bothered by these sorts of things. I don't think more than one or two of these sorts of things is acceptable in a published book, but this one is nowhere near as bad as a lot of zombie books I've read.
The story centres around a more-sensitive-than-average bouncer who wakes up one day to find Canada has been over-ran by a pandemic that turns its victims into rabid zombies. He makes a journey to try and find his parents, so nothing new there for these sorts of books. There are a few minor characters who get involved, but with a couple of possible exceptions they don't add much to the story. For fans of the genre there won't be many surprises about the sort of things that happen along the journey. The action scenes are pretty good and the zombie descriptions are good.
A decent story, but left a bit open ended (for a potential sequel I guess).