David Wellington's debut novel -- which first appeared as an online serialization with, not surprisingly, a cult following -- is an instant horror classic that brings new life (or would that be living death?) to the zombie mythos.
After a mysterious event known as the Epidemic sweeps across the planet, the age of humanity comes to a sudden close as the Homo mortis rise in the millions from the grave and walk the earth in search of sustenance. A few pockets of humanity still remain, battling against impossible odds to survive. One of those strongholds is in Somalia, where a charismatic leader named Mama Halima has formed an army and has begun to rebuild a community from the ground up. A former UN weapons inspector named Dekalb, in an attempt to not only save his own life but also ensure the continued safety of his seven-year-old daughter, volunteers for a highly dangerous mission to retrieve some much-needed medicine on the other side of the world in New York City. But Dekalb finds Manhattan inhabited by millions of the undead -- as well as the creature "who turns off the lights when the world ends."
Horror aficionados are going to absolutely devour this macabre masterpiece, which is the first installment of a trilogy of zombie novels. Wellington's breathless sense of pacing, his incredibly vivid narrative style, and his twisted sense of humor (zombies snapping into SlimJims, checking out Olsen Twins DVDs in video stores, etc.) will have readers laughing out loud while simultaneously trying not to lose their lunch. Reminiscent of Richard Matheson's 1954 masterwork, I Am Legend, and Cell by Stephen King, Monster Island will soon join them in the literary pantheon of zombie classics. Two stinking, rotting thumbs way up! Paul Goat Allen