Vann Arnett may be the last man to survive the end of civilization, unchanged by the plague that brought about The Collapse. For him, life is a daily battle not only to stay alive, but also to keep from going crazy.
So when his carefully structured world is turned upside down by a force of outsiders beyond his control, his fight for sanity takes a backseat to that of survival.
In a world populated by the dead, the crazy, and the murderous, what can one sane man do?
|Publisher:||Grey Gecko Press|
|Product dimensions:||5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.80(d)|
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Brief Summary: Vann Arnett has a problem: he’s lonely. There are also vampires and the possible end of the world, but he’s doing the best he can to survive alone by himself with his dog Rusty. And he’s pretty good at it too—until the day a post-apocalyptic military unit comes to town and things go a little haywire. The Tsundoku Scale: Bottom of the Pile, 3 out of 10. The Good: It’s very well written, I will give it that. Some parts were kind of funny, and I will also give it that. And I liked Arnett as the bold, but contemplative hero. There were parts that almost made the story interesting, like the fact that some vampires are found to not eat people, or how Arnett’s interactions with the military could have played out, but nothing ever made it quite good enough. But mostly, Fallen is Babylon was a pretty quick read which eased some of the pain of reading it. The Bad: I’ve said before, and I’ll say it again: I hate vampires. It takes a lot for me to turn the other cheek and praise a vampire book, and Fallen is Babylon does not cut it. I hate the whole inconceivable obsession with vampire sexuality, and when one of the first scenes of the book is a vampire orgy outside Arnett’s fortified mansion in order to tempt him to come out, I’m not happy. The first third of the book is almost a complete rip-off of I am Legend, complete with one man living alone against an apocalyptic world, creatures that cannot deal with the sun, and even a dog as a companion. I was dying to see Arnett’s heartfelt or horrifying reconnection with his vampire-changed former wife, but it never happened and the threat of a betrayal within the military unit never played out quite as loudly as the chatter of gunfire and pitter patter of feet running from vampires. The vampires were so close to having some kind of emotion—what made them different from their former human selves, were they really that different from normal humans, why had the Prophet gained such control, but all the loose ends remained loose ends, and the book remained loose and unfulfilling.
Fallen is Babylon by Michael Wentela is not your typical end of the world story. It reminded me of Richard Matheson's I am Legend. It is the story of one man who is left alive after a plague kills off most of humanity. The catch is those who survive have become vampire like people called the Kindred. The story centers on Vann Arnett whose daughter died and his wife became one of the Kindred. It is not a big explosion gun blazing epic but rather more of how he copes with his new life style and keeping himself sane. His trusty companion is his dog and he talks to it often. Usually these stories never seem to have the heros worrying about being the last man on Earth just the body count. Wentela gives a story that paints a more realistic picture of what life would be like surronded by a new species of humanity. It makes you think which is human now the Kindred or the last man? Sully
Fallen is Babylon was not quite what I expected. I was expecting more action and instead ended up with a character who spent a lot of time talking to his dog and trying to keep himself from either going crazy or joining the legion of the undead (kindred) for companionship purposes. In a way it was a nice change from your typical post apocalyptic novel because it wasn't always trying to get you to feel the heart pounding terror that would be part of any survivor's life, instead it was focused on things like Vann's strategy for survival, and how his routine kept him alive. However, it also meant that the story progression was very slow and almost halting. There were times as I was reading that I was tempted to skip ahead, but its a little more difficult to do on an E-reader than with a physical book so I just kept reading and hoping for the best. I did enjoy the idea that the creatures were more vampire than zombie and retained a lot of their consciousness. It made the separation between humans and kindred less pronounced which brings up the "how far do we have to fall..." line of questioning. Over all the book is well written, although the author has a bad habit of changing the way he refers to someone during the narration like the main character is sometimes Vann, and at other times he is Arnett. While this book was not exactly my usual fare, if you enjoy the mental aspect of the collapse of civilization, this book is definitely for you.