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Posted May 11, 2014
I feel bad writing this, but I'd feel worse not warning people to avoid the experience I just endured.
First, the plot. It's never really explained, but on Black Friday some sort of viral infection breaks out all over America. Those infected essentially become violent zombies attacking any person the see. The book never really addresses how the infection is spread (via bites, fluid transfer, etc) or how the infection started, but the story does briefly through news updates, speculate on the cause.
The story follows a small group of soldiers who decide to abandon their post and head cross country to take care of their families. It bounces back and forth between the soldiers journey home and one of the soldiers family, and what they are experiencing holding up in their house.
I am a preparedness minded person with a fetish for post apocalyptic stories. For a dollar, I figured I've give it a chance. That's were I'm coming from. Someone with a different mindset might not have found this book to be so terrible. But to me, it seemed like a child wrote it. I apologize to the author, but this is without a doubt the worst book I've ever read. I had to force myself almost every page to finish this monumental piece of garbage.
The infected hordes are called "blood mobs," or "dead heads." The main characters, a group of soldiers, are afraid or frequently morally unable to commit violence when their lives are threatened. In one scene the soldiers are holed up in a LAV after their base is attacked by these things. They are talking about giving up and dying. They are essentially in a heavily armored tank and talk about giving up because a handful of these things are outside their vehicle and they are "trapped."
The dialogue is horrific.
There are so many aspects to the plot that beyond laughable and bordering on enraging. If I was on a cross country trip to save my family from the apocalypse, I may do things like have my weapon ready, or wake up the people im driving with prior to making a stop for supplies. I may go as far to buy/beg/borrow or steal more than a couple of sodas and slim jims when I stop for supplies. They repeatedly stop and get nothing but gas and a few snacks. In the zombie apocalypse, combat soldiers, don't have the sense to maybe get a whole days worth of food and water at one of their many stops, much less truly stocking up???
The themes in this book are terrible. The soldiers mother in law is a crotchedy idiot. Her character is so one dimensional I frequently and angrily laughed it was so bad.
At one point the mother in law lays down the law and decides she is going to go to church. And there are other people there! In a zombie apocalypse! The church is attacked during the service, not surprisingly. After the attack one of the characters goes outside to wash blood of the vehicles with a hose. Let me repeat that. After a horde of zombies attacks the church, someone goes out to wash blood off of their vehicles so the congregation doesn't have to see the gore. Who does that?
There are so many other things I can say about this book. But I believe I've said enough. I apologize to the author for bashing their work. But I believe I deserve an apology as well for paying to read it. I will never again buy a book from the nook store with no reviews. Consider yourself warned!
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Posted July 15, 2014
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