It took less than 24 hours for a virulent disease to annihilate billions of people. Every second thousands more take their place amongst the dead. Infection is immediate and provides no symptoms. It simply manifests itself via the agonised suffering of the infected before leading them to a violent and painful death.
A few survivors remain to cope within a world they hardly recognise. Then the virus morphs and that’s when they start to realise what a living nightmare really is...if living is the right word...
I’m going to put you in the picture straight from the off. If you’re looking for a Zombie ‘all the brains you can eat’ munch fest...this book isn’t for you. If you’re looking for a ‘cause of the outbreak including detailed bio-descriptions of viral escapees oozing forth from a Top Secret Techno-Lab in some mad scientists underground environ’...(and breathe)...this book isn’t for you. BUT!...if you want to feel thoroughly chilled (and not in a good way) by the notion of a future battling for survival in a world mostly populated by the fetid, shuffling corpses of the re-animated dead whose evolving putridity is merely a sideline of the post-apocalyptic brutality and chaos which increasingly surrounds you.....then Wey Hey!...it’s your lucky day!!!
Now, as you carry on reading, don’t forget this review is entirely based upon my own opinion and you are each very much entitled to your own...just don’t be too easily swayed by other reviews which slate this book for not depicting the Zombie in the more flesh foraging style we’ve become accustomed to over the years. On my part I feel we should applaud this book for removing itself from such Zombatic stereo-typing!
Allow me to elaborate....(pulls chair up..leans closer...elbows on table...fingers clasped)...Regarding the fear factor...once a Zombie with a flesh fetish has you in it’s cadaverous grasp it’s just a case of …’Bite/Slurp/Chomp/Burp’....ok and maybe some discomfort...but after that...that’s it!...All gone! Yes, that’s a pretty frightening notion...but when it’s over so is your fear! What Moody does is surround you with the ever present threat of such happening whilst concentrating on other more prevalent issues such as...how the hell a small group of ordinary people can possibly hope to survive in a world which is ejaculating a tsunami of the walking dead every day! Now come on...that’s chilling stuff...that’s ‘fear factor’...that’s nightmare inducing...that’s...how to make the reader too damn scared to go to the loo in the middle of the night!
The three main survivors are Emma, Michael and Carl and it’s through characters such as these that Moody is able to convey the very human aspect of struggling to continue to stay alive. The characters use straightforward language which is not only fitting but extremely illustrative of their situation. It’s also superbly refreshing to find that not one of these characters is a ‘Special Ops’ soldier...or ‘Expert’ of any kind...they’re just like you or me...See! Terrifying eh???...Put yourself in their position. Imagine the horror of losing everything you have taken for granted all of your life. The omnipresence of the walking dead is your new landscape. You need to find shelter/food/warmth/safety...if the word ‘safety’ exists anymore. Could you too suffer the same fate as the infected ones? What exactly is your future?...
To conclude...This book began well...maintained, indeed, accelerated interest throughout...and provided a powerful ending that left this particular reader not only eager for the next book in the series...but with a bit of a nervous twitch...(always a good sign).
Rating 5 out of 5 stars
Trust me if it wasn’t worth it I wouldn’t award it such.
By The Grumbling Gargoyle