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Great idea, poor execution,
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This review is from: Can You Survive the Zombie Apocalypse? (Paperback)
The positives first: the concept is a great one. If you're into zombie fiction and ever read any kind of CYO adventure book, then this will appeal massively. Another positive point is that the book is actually good fun in places. It's written with tongue firmly in cheek and a good dose of humour. Some of the characters are enjoyable and some of teh set pieces you find oyurself in are memorable. For these points, two stars.
However, there is a major nagative for me. It seems to me that whichever path you choose, the story ends far too quickly. When I've read this kind of book in the past, you make choices that lead you onto the next stage of the story, and you are then confronted with another dilemma, which leads you on and so forth. You build your own story, and that story can be legnthy if the choices you make are the "right" ones. In this book, each path you choose lasts on average another 2 or 3 choices, then you're dead or rescued. That's it; all over and start again. In addition, some of the consequences of your choices just don't make much sense, so you may as well just not think about it, shut your eyes and stick a pin in the page to decide your next move.
It's simply not been well thought out. However, I salute the idea, the design and some of the writing. The execution, sadly, lets it down.