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Average story, poorly executed.
on 8 January 2014
I struggled through this infuriating book as I wanted to see it through to the end so that I could write a review and hopefully make people think twice about purchasing it.
The story itself is not bad - it is set in Britain so does not have an abundance of guns or weaponry - but the dialogue is terrible, clunky and sometimes cringe-worthy. I agree with a previous reviewer who suggested that the author sat with a thesaurus by his side as some of the language used is quite out of place in the context that it is used.
It is almost like he is fresh out of a GCSE English Language lesson, eager not to repeat certain phrases, but that just leads to quite baffling descriptions of the main characters.
There are also some strange decisions made. I have worked in a prison before and there is no way that I would willingly invite a rapist to team up with me no matter what the consequences were - the officers behaviour did not ring true at all.
The author goes into massive detail over the least interesting details and often refers back a number of times to something that is just not important to the character or the storyline. A good example of this is just how many times we are told Jack had been on a bender the weekend that the pandemic started. It is also very repetitive going through the same places in Staffordshire over and over again. I get that the author knows the place inside out, but after this book I feel like I do too and not in a good way.
He also goes into massive detail when characters vomit and yet most of the 'snatchers' aren't described at all. I also find it strange that a zombie novel never actually has any character refer to the 'snatcher' as zombies, although it is such a well known term in popular culture.
A pet hate of mine has always been use of 'would of' and 'could of' instead of 'would have' or 'could've' and this happens a lot in this book.
I think the final straw was at the end of the book, where the author writes what I can only describe as a defence for the criticism he is sure he will get when the book is released. If he felt the need to defend it so vigorously, why not improve it in the first place and save himself the bother of writing a justification at the end.
Needless to say I won't be buying the sequel. If you want to read a really good book set in Britain with references to actual places that doesn't drill it into your brain then 'The Undead - days 1-14' is a good place to start.