Half horror, half fantasy and totally preposterous, Wellington's conclusion to his apocalyptic zombie trilogy (after Monster Islandand Monster Nation) follows the efforts of teenage Sarah, one of Earth's few surviving humans after a global epidemic has turned most people into flesh-eating zombies, to rescue her former protector, Ayaan, from his zombie captors. Her quest brings her from the coast of Egypt to the shore of New York's Governors Island, and sets up the long-anticipated mortal-monster showdown with the Tsarevich, a zombie master whose evil genius and thirst for world domination have generated the series' most outrageously ghoulish contrivances. Fans will relish the monster mash finale, in which a Welsh sorcerer, a horde of animated mummies and a decomposing zombie army engage in a pyrotechnic firefight complete with heavy artillery. (Aug.)Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information
Monster Planet (Monster Zombie Series #3)by David Wellington
Set twelve years after the shambling zombie masses have overrun Manhattan, America, and the world, Monster Planet is the mind-blowing conclusion to what must be the scariest trilogy ever. Oceans of blood, scattered limbs, wanton violence, and general mayhem abound, along with revivified mummies, a Welsh sorcerer, and Wellington's signature brand of cool high-tech… See more details below
Set twelve years after the shambling zombie masses have overrun Manhattan, America, and the world, Monster Planet is the mind-blowing conclusion to what must be the scariest trilogy ever. Oceans of blood, scattered limbs, wanton violence, and general mayhem abound, along with revivified mummies, a Welsh sorcerer, and Wellington's signature brand of cool high-tech weaponry and sly humor zombies, after all, are the ultimate consumers. What do the undead want, aside from fresh meat? Do the steadily diminishing number of humans who have somehow managed to survive over a decade of living hell stand a chance on a planet where they've been reduced to the status of prey? It all ends here, on Monster Planet.
Wellington's first zombie novel, Monster Island, brought a new idea to the genre. If a person's brain remains oxygenated as he or she dies, that person will come back as a zombie but with full human intelligence and the power to control other ghouls. In the third installment (following last year's Monster Nation), these self-aware zombies are given a name-lich-and a host of new powers, like making plants and fungi grow in great profusion or turning ghouls into high-speed killing machines. Most of these überzombies have joined under the banner of the Tsarevich, a shadowy character with plans unknown. Readers see this world in parallel narratives by Somali soldier Ayaan and her protégée, Sarah. Wellington seems to have written each installment of the trilogy in a different style, and this concluding book is almost like a spy novel. There are ghosts moving behind the scenes, lich double agents, and appearances by Islandcharacters thought long dead. This makes for a confusing narrative, far from Island's straightforward, fight-the-monsters plot line. Recommended for larger horror collections.
Karl G. Siewert
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.
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