Monster Island (Monster Zombie Series #1)

Monster Island (Monster Zombie Series #1)

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by David Wellington
     
 

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It's one month after a global disaster. The most "developed" nations of the world have fallen to the shambling zombie masses. Only a few pockets of humanity survive — in places rife with high-powered weaponry, such as Somalia.

In New York City, the dead walk the streets, driven by an insatiable hunger for all things living. One amongst them is different;

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It's one month after a global disaster. The most "developed" nations of the world have fallen to the shambling zombie masses. Only a few pockets of humanity survive — in places rife with high-powered weaponry, such as Somalia.

In New York City, the dead walk the streets, driven by an insatiable hunger for all things living. One amongst them is different; though he shares their appetites he has retained his human intelligence. Alone among the mindless zombies, Gary Fleck is an eyewitness to the end of the world — and perhaps the evil genius behind it all.

From the other side of the planet, a small but heavily-armed group of schoolgirls-turned-soldiers has come in search of desperately needed medicine. Dekalb, a former United Nations weapons inspector, leads them as their local guide. Ayaan, a crack shot at the age of sixteen, will stop at nothing to complete her mission. They think they are prepared for anything. On Monster Island they will find that there is something worse even than being undead, as Gary learns the true price of survival.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
In Wellington's energetic horror debut, the first of a promised trilogy, Manhattan has become Monster Island after a plague has turned all its denizens into shambling, rotting animated corpses, except for a couple who have kept their intelligence and also acquired psychic powers. When an expedition from Africa arrives, composed of teenage girl-soldiers and a former U.N. weapons inspector, the zombie masters mobilize their forces to kill or eat the living humans. Page by page, the story is inventive and exciting as Wellington exploits his familiarity with New York's nooks and crannies as settings for flesh-chomping battles and narrow escapes. As a whole, though, the book satisfies less since the author selectively forgets anything about the situation or the characters that would inhibit further gross-out episodes. Still, the novel offers some provocative thoughts about the purpose of life and death underlaid with some ultra-dark humor. (May) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Library Journal
A global disaster has replaced humankind with a population of zombies. Among the walking dead of New York City is Gary Fleck, who retains his intelligence and his aversion to what he has become. From across the world, an army of schoolgirls and a U.N. weapons inspector, part of the few remaining humans, come to New York in search of medical supplies. What they encounter tests them to their limits, and beyond. Wellington's series opener introduces the zombie plague and provides intimations about the future direction of the projected trilogy. Horror lovers should find this tale to their liking. Libraries should purchase according to demand. Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781560258506
Publisher:
Running Press Book Publishers
Publication date:
03/28/2006
Series:
Monster Zombie Series, #1
Pages:
288
Sales rank:
427,822
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.10(h) x 0.90(d)
Age Range:
14 - 18 Years

Meet the Author

David Wellington was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in 1971. He attended Penn State and received there an MFA in creative writing. He works as an archivist for the United Nations in New York City.

In 2003 he began work on the website “www.monsternovel.com”, where his novel Monster Island was serialized on-line over the course of five months and quickly became an internet cult phenomenon. Two sequels to Monster Island have since also been serialized in the same fashion.

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