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Dull urban 'Platoon' with zombies.,
This review is from: Zone One (Hardcover)
After checking some reviews in newspapers, Zone One sounded highly intriguing. A zombie novel leaning over into the literary section? Sure. Patrick Ness gave it a thumbs up in The Guardian? Ok. But, while the premise is good, there is, to say the least, a lot of air that needs taken out. Just when it builds, it rambles on down a road laden with past memories and...it's book that needed a really good editor. I actually feel a little ripped off. It took me several attempts to finish it, almost to the point that I was going to leave it on the shelf or give it away to a charity shop. Pointless anecdotes, satire that doesn't bite, Zone One could be a great read, it just suffers from being frustrating, lacking in any real pace when it needs it, and in the end, I sat reading it into the very late hours with my ipod on playing some atmospheric music (the band/artist Oneohtrix Point Never) just so I could get it read. I feel bad for writing this review. I just can't recommend it to anyone. This was mind-numbing.
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Initial post: 31 Jan 2013 19:18:48 GMT
This says it all really, I also read decent reviews of it and was utterly disappointed, I found it really frustrating as you said they would build up a situation and then wander off down some anecdotal side street which you have no real interest in at that point as you're waiting for the conclusion of the main event. My housemate said I've never complained about a book so much whilst reading it. There were interesting and probably insightful glimpses of how people might cope in such an apocalyptic scenario, and I did briefly consider if the sense of hopelessness and apathy you get reading it was a clever attempt at empathy with the desperate characters in the book, but I don't think so.
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