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Not as good as the first, Characters have totally fallen apart.
on 6 February 2015
Oh dear. I gave the first book 5 stars because I thought it was excellent. however this one is really not as good a read. there are a number of problems.
Some of the characters are really getting annoying. Mary and lizzie were really interesting before, now they are just ridiculously irritating. constantly interrupting the dialogue to make monotonously pointless and predictable problems. I'm tired of hearing how Lizzie is such a pain in the arse, I just want to write in a new character to shoot her in the face. Mary is so stupid and illogical that I would do the shooting myself. its really getting old this constantly repeating dialogue where these two appear. Not to mention how boring it is that the only thing Briana EVER does is make threats to kill the lead character, get angry and genrally bitchy. in real life you can ignore people like this, in the book I have just ended up skipping sections where they are involved which is killing the story. it is poor writing. Not only that but it hasn't evaded my notice that of the 'main characters' one is male, who is apparently the only person in the entire US capable of setting up a functioning community and defeating the raiders. he is also an all round great leader and decent bloke. the rest of the main characters are female and despite all being interesting and well rounded in the first book the majority of them have been reduced to the stereotypical 'soley exist to be a pain in the arse for the main male hero, cook, provide eye candy and bear children' role. they do nothing but shout, complain, be irrational, get in the way of the hero's genius and genrally be annoying. its really, really poor.
Also I am tired with the stupidity of the 'good' survivors. this is a common pitfall among books in this genre, in order to make it more dramatic the writer tries to make the situation more bleak. however often this is achieved by getting people to do stupid and illogical things to get themselves killed, a dumb and irritating literally tactic that ruins the flow of the story.
The second part of this false jeopardy is to make the 'bad' survivors superhuman. in the previous book and continuing in this one the main enemy, the motorcycle gang from hell, are these totally unrealistically fanatical and well led super baddies that seem to defy all the logic applied to the rest of the book. Every time they take casualties they simply breed in number, despite apparently killing everyone they come across. but most maddeningly they seem perfectly happy to mindlessly attack other survivors in ways that will cause them to take huge casualties despite standing to gain nothing from doing it. its made clear that they have all the food, weapons and fuel they need so its illogical for them to throw themselves at well armed survivors in suicidal attacks. its not human behaviour, survivors who have everything they need would not sacrifice themselves so happily for such a minor cause as 'getting back at rich people'. its just mental, it doesn't make sense and its annoying. its just done to create jeopardy for the 'good' survivors. I would much rather these people were ACTUAL raiders, not genocidal human wave attacking maniacs. it would be a more interesting and logical threat.
Grrrr, its still a good story, the author has just slipped into some lazy and poor story writing techniques.