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All Roads Lead To Terror: Coming of age in a post apocalyptic world (Dreadland Chronicles Book 1) Kindle Edition
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And it's good. Like, really good.
I don't generally read books that have little gore, scares, and general horror (but I am expanding my horizons) however, I couldn't put the book down.
The way Schiver emotes the characters, the fact that they are all well defined, different, people, even though still young, was refreshing. I believed in them. I wanted them to live. I wanted them to fight. And when it came down to it, I rooted for them. Their motives. I wanted the group to resolve their internal conflicts.
And when the big bads did turn up? It was scary. Because they weren't around every corner. Hell, the other people are scary in this.
When I'm using terms like deft, well defined, internal conflict, and motive, you know it's a good book. When I liken it to King. Damn it's good.
The only reason I knock a star off is for the poor editing in places.
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Richard Schiver’s ALL ROADS LEAD TO TERROR has that echo. Starting with a band of four boys (Meat, Window, Einstein, and Billie-Bob) on a mission to rescue kidnapped children from their safe (though totalitarian) haven; continuing with their sojourn through the grotesque wastelands of a decaying society which is replete with the usual tropes: zombies, grizzled world weary men, evil people, lunatics gone more than wrong, and unceasing distress and fear.
Everything you expect to happen in a post-apocalyptic world is here in ALL ROADS LEAD TO TERROR, plus a few surprises that follow from a twisted reality that would breed every kind of monster you can imagine springing from all the blood and gore that’s seemingly been poured into every nook and cranny of the world. Nowhere’s safe, nowhere’s secure, except for where these four boys dwell together, intent on their mission, relying on the family ties that they’ve formed in growing up in the midst of horror. Their bonds are secure, solid, fraying a bit in crisis, but still there to save the day no matter what they encounter. Together these boys are strong and determined to complete their rescue even at the cost of their own lives.
Despite the death and horror, I walked with these boys willingly as I read the book, listening to my lessened echo, glad to have made my way intact through to the end, and looking forward to the next book in the series.
The age of these characters entirely changes the dynamic of this book from a more familiar world of survival and human in-fighting to one where the narative of the young plays a more important role. Children of this world are preyed upon openly, but in this society? They fight back. If this book was written any differently, I don’t think I could have read what happened to these kids. Brutal, horrible things happened to them as they struggled to survive in the predatory world around them. However- it was written in a way that kept my rapt attention. Why?
These characters were people
The core group of boys were each individual, deep characters, with pain and pasts you would normally only seen in adults who’ve lived a hard life. I was quickly invested in them and it was seeing their personal struggles and growth that made this story sing. Well, that and the Big Bad Antagonists.
Now, you have your zombies, but they aren’t the real danger in this world. As in most cases of “zombie apocalypse” literature, it’s the people fighting over resources and struggling to adapt that you have to fear. What I loved about how Richard approached that concept, was that his didn’t to focus in on the adults of the world. Instead he kept his focus on the kids. If the depraved adults did horrible things, we experienced it from the children’s point of view. The kids, even the ones threatening our protagonists lives, were more human than the adults in this world. They were also, far more savage.
There was a flavor of “Lord of the Flies” expressed through the savage tribe of kids who kidnapped the children in the first place. They were viscous, brutal creatures grown from the cycle of abuse this book explores. And the religious practices they had cultivated in the absence of love and protection is truly horrifying. It’s the kind of horror that at once makes your stomach churn and your hand itch to draw it. (Or maybe that’s just my response to these kind of stories…)
The climatic battle I won’t even touch on, because to talk about it is to spoil the most delightful revelation that this book has hidden in it. But what I will say is, read all the way to the end. It’s so totally worth it, and it’s because of the ending that I want to read the next book in the series. I love it when a book pulls the rug out from under me. It keeps me from getting jaded or from succumbing to Horror Fatigue.
I reserve a star because there are some grammatical issues that another round of editing would fix up, but 4 solid stars because this book is absolutely worth reading. It is brutal with a purpose. It’s post-apocalyptic and set in the zombie genre without being clichéd. And that ending. That ending is spectacular.