I'm going through a zombie apocalypse mood right now, so when I saw this book, I thought I'd check it out. It didn't really deliver.
The book starts off pretty well, its very quick paced, but it just doesn't have that fist in the air kind of feeling to it. The book is written at such a frantic pace in places, that you don't actually know what is going on. It can be quite hard to follow.
okay, the characters aren't great, but you still care for them & want them to succeed in their plight to find humanity. The main character is very weakly written. She goes from an overweight priest, who has no confidence & is on the brink of suicide. To this athletic ass kicking hero, in what seems like a matter of days. It isn't very believable.
The main villain is not very good either, you just feel let down by this persons actions and reasons for doing what they do.
The character of Ghost was pretty cool and the character Nail, was pretty good, but other than that, there is no-one else worth mentioning.
The zombie's or infected are very different here. They turn metallic, imagine a more fleshy version of the T1000 from Terminator 2, if he had a bad cold. Although this is different, I prefer my Romero/Snyder/Danny Boyle kinda zombies. These zombies weren't scary. In fact, the isolation/setting of the book, is the scariest thing about this story. And at times, the characters isolation from mankind proves to be a bigger threat than the infected are.
This book is not awful, but if you are looking for depth, then read Stephen King. If your looking for a powerful story, then read Dean Koontz. If you want sick & twisted, read Tricky Laymon. I know my views so far have been pretty negative, so I'll put it this way. This book isn't scary at all, but if you want a bit of fast paced action, with the odd bit of gore & the odd set piece. Then this is for you. It's definitely a book to read by the pool while on holiday (Unless your holiday is in the arctic circle)
Not bad, not great, just kinda good.
Its something to read to help pass the boring hours of life.
If you want more excitement, then watch Aliens, or go listen to Slayer and imagine a crazy brush fighting a shoe with a beard.