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- Average Customer Review: 22 customer reviews
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Top Customer Reviews
It's the usual end-of-the-world-as-we-know-it stuff, but I liked how it started off with the last remants of order still remaining. Broken World is told in the first person by the main character, trailer-trash-with-a-brain Vivian, who first teams up with two redneck guys, the rather scary Angus and the rather sexy Axl. The story has all the good snippets of hope and despair, with the characters' gradual realisation that the situation is far more terrifying than they realise. It's sharp and spare in the prose style, which I like. My favourite character was the aforementioned sexy Axl.
I got a bit bored at about 65% when the story became something of a faux The Walking Dead (the missing child, the pregnant woman, the coming across of a mixed group with token ethnic minorities, the token old guy with the wisdom of years, the fella with limited but useful medical knowledge, even down to the young Asian guy who says 'I'm Korean' when someone refers to him as Chinese), but then it picked up again with the inclusion of a selfish billionaire all the characters (and the readers) can love to hate. I do get that stories of this type will have certain similarities, after all! The ending was fab - for people who don't like cliffhangers (so that you will have to buy the next book) this might be irritating, but I don't mind that format - it's only like a cliffhanger at the end of a TV series.
The only other minor moan I have is the amount of characters with similar names, which makes for confusing reading: Al, Axl, Angus, Anne, Ava.
Yes, it's good - if you like zombie apocalypse books I'd say it was definitely worth a read. Well, I'm about to start the next one, anyway!
So why no more than three stars? The reason is purely and simply down to the lack of originality. Broken World is essentially a rip off of The Walking Dead television series (I can't reference the graphic novels as I haven't read them) and the similarities will be glaring for anyone who has watched the first season of TWD. The basic premise, which is that a rag tag band of survivors come together in the aftermath of a zombie apocalypse, is almost identical to that of The Walking Dead. On its own this wouldn't be a problem, but Kate L. Mary appears to have been hugely inspired by TWD and this shines through in many elements of her plotting and characterization. It is glaringly obvious that the redneck brothers Angus and Axl James are, in fact, Merle and Daryl Dixon. I won't even say that they are "based on" the Dixon brothers, because they are so ridiculously similar that they simply ARE Merle and Daryl, just with different names. Angus is the racist, violent and unpleasant elder brother (i.e. Merle), while Axl is quieter and more reserved but, what do you know, turns out to have a sensitive side and, like Daryl, he appears to have been the victim of a troubled childhood. He is a character who is nothing before the apocalypse, but comes into his own afterwards (again, just like Daryl). Like the Dixon brothers, Angus and Axl turn out to be useful to have around in a zombie apocalypse, as they can fight, hunt and survive out in the wild.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
First book I have read by this author, very good enjoyable, good characters and the storyline develops at a steady pace , you are not thrust into the centre of the zombie... Read morePublished 3 months ago by william culley
Amazing storyline and believable characters. Easy to read and eases the reader into a tense, gripping read. Read in a morning. Couldn't put it downPublished 11 months ago by Lisa Ashdown
decent zombie novel. Part of a series of 6 books. Easy reads with decent characters with some depth. The normal survival stuff, a good read.Published 17 months ago by jeffro202
Ok for free but not enough information or background. Too much sexual undercurrents. Needs to be more hard hitting. Unrealistic.Published 23 months ago by Kazmeraz
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