Never have I been more grateful to the NHS for its brilliant free doctors and drugs as when I read this post apocalyptic disaster novel set 12 years after a major catastrophe which is crammed full of revolting, biased, unpleasant characters, some of them carnivorous. There are no doctors left alive anywhere and all the drugs are rapidly losing their potency. People are lethargic and slowly dying from radiation sickness all over the Western seaboard of the USA. This was a scenario very presciently explored by John Christopher's Empty World ( but in the UK) many years ago. What distinguishes Generation Z are some sterling but highly flawed characters e,g Jenn, Mike and Stu and the appalling but genius child polymath Jillybean who taught herself from infancy to do surgery and to research and recreate a wide range of drugs e.g antibiotics. In many ways it reminded me of Joanna Russ' award winning Science Fiction short story 'When it changed' although in that the women who've spent 400 years colonising a distant planet are guided by their very own polymath until 'it changed' and men turned up from Earth, worth a read too. Every hand alive or dead is against the young protagonists starting with the extremely superstitious Coven of Seven women who dictate everything in one settlement of survivors, echoes the idea of all powerful Druids in Celtic times. Of course there are also the lumbering, gigantic dead with their pin sharp hearing and then there are the 'Corsairs' , vicious amoral, rapacious pirates we still have plenty of those around in the 21st century. A huge difference is tradional arms: rifles, machine guns, bombs and bullets are rapidly disappearing leading the way back to homemade powerful crossbows and ingenious primitive bombs. The Corsairs' boats are only powered by wind, no more engines. I don't want to spoil the story by revealing key plot details but it's a great read it kept me absorbed for hours and made me keen to follow any sequels. The 4 major protagonists and attractive, believable characters except for the terrifying, brilliant Jillybean who is the kingpin of the entire novel. I highly recommend Generation Z.
I've read a lot of zombie apocalypse books and in the beginning I used to love reading about how they came about and how humans adapted to the change. This book is way beyond that, years on where children don't know or remember what civilisation used to be like. They have to make do with the resources that have been left behind. What would happen, how would you live without electricity, hot running water, would humans unite and work together, would it bring out the good or the bad in the human race. Would they regain lost knowledge and reclaim civilisation or devolve back to a simple and ignorant way of life? Well pick this book up and have a read of Peter's take on this genre. Peter has an uncanny understanding of the good and the bad in each and every one of us and what one person can do if they put their mind to it!
An interesting book and a different take on the Zombie apocalypse. The characters are likeable even Jillybeans but the story is really just a travel 'there and back' book to entice you to buy book2. I enjoyed the book but I doubt I will read any more in the series I don't like this modern trend of writing a book perhaps (though not quite in this case) just a couple of hundred pages and the author leaving you on a cliff hanger forcing you to buy the next in the series. Established authors write one complete book of say 600 pages. I'm guessing but book 2 and book 1 could be edited and into one decent book. If I do get to ever read book 2 and it is good I will review it.
I downloaded this book as it was on offer a while ago, I forgot about it completely. I stumbled across it and started it a few nights ago. I haven't been able to put it down. The description of the people, time, traditions and characters were fantastic, I could picture it all so clearly. This is so different to any other zombie books i have read, and I have read a few! I have a new heroine and I'm off to download book 2 immediately.
I didn’t expect much from this book but I was really surprised that I liked the main characters and cared about what happened to them. I’ve read a million zombie books and didn’t think there was anything new to be written but there’s a couple of new ideas that I found intriguing (not gonna tell you..buy the book) :) and I’m definitely ready to read the whole trilogy. If you like your zombies scary and your hero’s/heroines smart and sassy this is the book for you. Take it from a true zombie expert 😁
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It was fast paced and exciting. It was very different from a lot of zombie books in that the different communities were worlds apart from each other which added to the enjoyment of reading. The main characters are also very diverse and equally interesting.
Although a zombie apocalypse is not a new idea, many of the aspects of this novel are, from the fast movement of the zombies to the superstitions that run rife in society. I found this book gripping in nature, well paced and with enough to relate to in the heroine, Jenn.
Utterly brilliant. I Highly recommend everyone who enjoys zombie apocalypse stories to read this book. Although it has a decent ending I seriously want to read more about Jenn, Mike, Stu and jillybean and what happens next in San Francisco...More PLEASE.