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A mixed bag
on 24 April 2014
‘RecruitZ’ is a novel that delivers in peaks and troughs of interest. I found it really difficult to rate this one and couldn’t quite decide if this deserved a three or four star rating. In the end I settled for three out of five and hopefully this review will explain why.
The premise of ‘RecruitZ’ really intrigued me. The idea of the world recovering from a serious outbreak that turned the infected into zombies did appeal to me and reminded me of films such as ’28 Days Later’ and the opening chapter of the book certainly did not disappoint. The exciting opening saw our main protagonist, Rebekah (a lovely and unusual spelling for such a popular name!) trapped in a car with her husband, with a crowd of zombies battling to get in. Furthermore, the car they are stuck in is a voice-activated one and only responds to certain commands, and not when it detects pedestrians being at risk. The question of their escaping alive caught my imagination (despite what is hinted at in the blurb) and it was sections like this one that made ‘RecruitZ’ a real page-turner.
But what let this novel down for me was that at times the plot either was lacking in depth or there really wasn’t much going on and I felt like Bolton was trying to “pad out” the story a bit. This was disappointing for me as there were times when I wanted a lot more from the plot, such as more insight into the background of the outbreak, or more details about when Rebekah is trying to escape in the opening scene. Then, on the other hand, scenes such as when Rebekah is in the gym before there are deadly visitors, came across as rather dull. The description of her working the bars in the cage just didn’t appeal to me and this lessened the pace of the story because it seemed so lengthy.
There are a lot of hints made in this story and, being the first in a series, I hope that they are elaborated on in the next novel. This will help maintain reader interest because I think there is a lot of backstory that needs explaining. Now that the scene has been set and the characters established, there is definite potential to crank up the pace in the next instalment.
So, whilst this book does have some exciting and tense scenes to carry you through, there is still opportunity for more plot development. I liked the premise of the story and the mystery surrounding the outbreak and the role of the scientists was certainly intriguing. It will be interesting to see how the characters progress now that they have their first round of answers.
This book was provided to me by the author in exchange for an honest review.