Dead Things

Dead Things

by Matt Darst

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Overview

Nearly two decades have passed since the fall of the United States. And the rise of the church to fill the void. Nearly twenty years since Ian Sumner lost his father. And the dead took to the streets to dine on the living.

Now Ian and a lost band of survivors are trapped in the wilderness, miles from safety. Pursued by madmen and monsters, they unravel the secrets of the plague ...and walk the line of heresy.

Ian and this troop need to do more than just survive. More than ever, they must learn to live.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781937727154
Publisher: Outside of a Dog Publishing
Publication date: 03/27/2012
Pages: 222
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.51(d)

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Dead Things 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Hermyoni on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I was sent a copy of this book to review by the Author. All opinions are my own and I was not compensated in any way for providing it.Review:The only thing scarier than a Zombie Apocalypse is a Nation ruled by religion.Dead Things starts off nearly 20 years after a viral outbreak caused the dead to rise. Cities are closed off from each other and technology exists only in the most basic form. This world is ruled by the church, science is all but extinct and even doctors are limited in the scope to heal patients lest the Church lose it's grip on the masses. This scenario above all was the scariest part of the book and I have to control myself not to go into an epic rant about the stupidity of the population placing their lives in the church's hands. Once the massive book burning took place and those who even hinted at science being branded Heretics you think people would go hmmm this isn't a good thing.Anyway back to the review, I liked the character Van the best. He realized the world was f*cked in its present state and didn't let the Church influence him. While I'm sure he had Faith in something he was a realist. On the other hand I didn't like the actual main character Ian. Even tough he goes through quite a personality change throughout the book I just never connected with him.Now for the things I didn't like about the book:The Zombies- I thought this was a zombie book but you barely see them. Gore, awesome zombie deaths nope not in this book. It was almost like the Author didn't know how to write the scenes so he just time jumped over them.The Random Rants- Several times throughout the book the characters go off on nonsensical rants about random bullsh*t. This book tried way to hard to be like Clerks and Zombieland. It just didn't work at all.The Science- While the book makes it clear scientific reasoning has been all but expunged the characters seem to all be very knowledgeable about something they aren't allowed to use. Plus all the scientific talk really slowed down the pacing of this book.The Church- See Above. Plus I would of liked after all the survivors saw that they didn't end still in a church. I mean seriously?!? If you read this you will get what I mean.The Time Jumps- While time jumps can work, these just didn't 90% of the time. I felt again that the time jumps were used so that the Author didn't have to come up with ways to explain how Characters made it from Point A to B.Overall this book was a good effort which is the only reason why I am not rating it 2 Stars. The ending intrigued me enough where if a sequel was made I'd want to read it. I am rating Dead Things 3 Stars.
AimeeFrances More than 1 year ago
I would like to start off saying I normally do not read Zombie books; but after hearing so many good things about this one, I decided to give it a go. Within the first few pages I was hooked. It was non-stop pure excitement from start to finish. I found myself devouring the book as fervently as a zombie consuming its human prey. The only disappointment was at the end when I realized there was nothing left to read. I would like to give my kudos to the author and his entrancing first book.
Chelseanancy More than 1 year ago
A plane crashes into the 'unprotected zone' and the survivors must band together to survive. Oh, and they are being chased by dead, rotting corpses. WOW! Such great storytelling, fully-developed flawed (yet likeable) characters, scary zombies. I LOVED it! Hey, I don't know how to write a book review, but let me share a few things. This is not a genre I would normally be drawn to, but so glad I read this novel. Scared one minute, laughing the next..I'm sure I would have been a sight to see while reading this! Whether a seasoned zombie-lover or a newbie like me, there is plenty to enjoy in this book. Science lover? Check. Crazy family issues? Yep. Guys crushing on girls and vice-versa? You bet. References to Chicago? Of course! (Ok, so I'm from Chicago and loved reading about the Red Line subway..ummm..problem?) There's something for everyone. I highly recommend this novel. Now please excuse me while I join the 'Star Wars vs. Dune' argument... Enjoy!!
Renee6216 More than 1 year ago
As a huge fan of horror books and movies I am always on the lookout for something new and interesting. I was so excited to read Dead Things and I was not disappointed!! This book has a bit of everything, mixing horror with society and science and a dash of humor! I was captivated from the start and couldn't put it down. Matt's fresh voice and smooth, smart storytelling is intriguing and fun. I'm excited to see what's next.
MarisolC More than 1 year ago
Blown Away!!! Those are the first words that come to mind after reading the best zombie book I have ever read. Thrilling, capturing, mind-blowing...this book will captivate you within the first few pages. I warn you, this novel will have you hooked.'Dead Things' is this decades entry way into the world of zombies.