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The Geeks Shall Inherit the Earth
on 11 September 2013
I didn't enjoy this very much, but that's not to say it isn't any good, or that it doesn't have any redeeming factors whatsoever. It's not terrible, but it's not brilliant either. I found some of it offensive (another reviewer refers to the rape scene at the end as being "almost played for laughs"; and I've got to say, I agree with this view. Indeed, in my opinion there was a bit too much emphasis on sex throughout the book, and a bit too much gratuitous, schoolboy innuendo, which doesn't add to the story.) Another fault, I found, is that it's overlong. The introductory section is far too long - it could do with a good edit and a bit of paring down to make it a more punchy story. In fact, it could do with a lot more polish being put into the work - there isn't much of the craft of writing in this. It lumbers from violent action scene to violent action scene; and these aren't told particularly well. At its most frenzied, I nearly gave up on it altogether, because the action was coming so fast, I just couldn't keep pace with it. As a reader, I was unable to visualise what was supposed to be unfolding before my eyes.
There ARE some good one-liners in this. I loved the character of Erik, and Scary Sherri was quite good too. Trent was two-dimensional, Bobby was a parody of the fat boy geek, and Vivian was overworked. I liked Erik's geeky explanations of what was occurring by comparing nearly everything to a film from the 80s. I also liked how everyone fell into two apocalpytic camps - zombies or mutants. In fact, I felt that this was the best bit about the book. If you like your action frenzied and comic-book style, this might be the thing for you. If you like your books a little more thoughtful and crafted, avoid this one like the zombie apocalpyse. Enough said.