This book is very intriguing at most. The concepts of life in a post apocalyptic internet rich world of zombies are very cool. Being a blogger so to speak myself, I thought the mix of how technology and the internet works today carried over very well in relation to how things work in the book. But I found this book hard at time's to listen to. The constant over analization and self reflection gets annoying. For all the little bits and pieces you get of actual action and scenes playing out in the book, you get 25 minutes of drawn out explanations of self reflection and in depth description of characters and their relations to the main character. The overall picture you get of the world is great, but there was time's I felt pulled out of the book to think about things and speculate about them but when you dive back in to the action you're like, wait, what? I forgot what was going on exactly. It takes forever to get going, and when it does, it's pretty drawn out. Maybe I'm just too impatient. I found myself liking the other supporting characters more then the main character. I'm glad I read the whole book, but if you had to ask me to read it again or something similar, I would turn it down. First book in a while I've had to work to get through. It's a relatively short listen, but it felt much longer then actual longer books. I feel like if the overlying story was more exciting I would have been more into all of the contemplation and narrative opinions and speculation the main character has about everything that goes on in her world. I feel like the setting was layed out perfect but the execution wasn't up to par.
this is possibly the worst book ever written, I wonder if the narrator and author are related to someone at audible? the narrator doesnt have a lisp poor thing just cant pronounce sss , the relationship between the brother and sister is wierd they are allways naked in each others company and bragging about how they dont date , the whole story just has too much badness thats all its just bad .. really bad while it wasnt narrated by john lee , if it were then it would be the worst story I have ever paid to listen to sounds like it was written by a dude pretending to be a girl pretending to be a guy writing as a girl. and the premise is full of gaping holes.. and the tech part is all wrong , and furthermore isnt a micron a unit of distance? because the author uses it as aunit of volume and it bothered me. dont let audible put this book on your ipod for free if they ask. hated it.
I am annoyed because I paid for this book, but I cannot bring myself to finish it. The plot is weak, the dialog is contrived and the depiction of a zombie holocaust is not original in any way. I should add that the author's main point appears to be to 'the importance of bloggers to a free society.' However, despite her passion for the idea of an independent, grassroots media, her ideas about blogging are far from revolutionary - honestly they were old five years ago, and this novel reads like a ten year old article from Wired.
I should add that, despite the lousy text, the reader of this book is very good. She does have a lisp, but she is brave to have taken on a project like this and I felt that she did a great job reading the story, at least the part of it that I could stand to listen to.
I almost didn't get this book based on previous reviews. I'm glad I decided to anyway. Fast action and a good story to back it up. Regardless of what others said, I thought the ending was excellent. I also liked the tribute to Steve Irwin—Crikey!
When I first started listening to it there were alot of terms used that have been used in other zombie books etc so I didn't expect much. Kept listening however and began to get totally "attatched" to the characters and couldn't get enough of the book. Not your typical zombie book. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND IT TO EVERYONE! I can't wait for the 2nd book! I really hope someone someday decides to make a movie out of this book, if so, I will definately go see it. Bravo to the author and narrator.
Do you love politics and conspiracy theories and think wikileaks is (or was) a cool idea? Are you interested in young reporters exposing corruption, especially via the internet? Are you enormously fond of blogging culture? Do you love debates regarding religion and politics? Then maybe you will like this book. Zombies are just the excuse to explore those ideas. Personally I am not interested in any of that, so didn’t enjoy this book. It could have been anything – a disease or a war or an environmental disaster - all could have worked as well as zombies, as they are very, very secondary in the story and merely a vehicle for the above described kind of stuff. Zombies are really popular at the moment, which is probably why they were chosen. Anyway, you might be a little disappointed if you are looking for a post apocalyptic adventure, or a scientific/medical/horror thriller, or even just a straight zombie action crisis, though there are a few small elements of those in this book… but as noted, they are very small and really secondary.
I really really wanted to like it. I love zombie stories, but I fell into the classic "judging a book by it's cover" thing here. Great title, great cover, it MAY even be a great story, but the narrator is so boring I just can't get into it at all, which I think is terrible because zombies should never be boring. I should be afraid to go to sleep during a zombie story, not dozing off after 20 mins or so.
YOU KNOW HOW WHEN YOU ARE LISTENING TO A GOOD BOOK AND YOU MISS SOME YOU REWIND AND START OVER TO HEAR THE PART YOU MISSED? YOU DON'T EVER HAVE TO DO THAT WITH THIS BOOK BECAUSE THE AUTHOR OVER DESCRIBES EVERYTHING SO MUCH YOU CAN MISS 10 MINUTES AND SHE IS STILL DESCRIBING THE ROOM THE CHARACTERS ARE STANDING IN...I HAVE NEVER SEEN ANYONE TAKE SO LONG TO DO SO LITTLE IN MY LIFE. NOT TO MENTION THAT THE STORY IS DUMB.
WHY HAVE A MALE NARRATOR AND USE THE FEMALE TO DO MOST OF THE BOOK, INSTEAD OF LETTING THE MALE DO THE MALE CHARACTERS. THE FEMALE NARRATOR MAKES THE MALE CHARACTERS SOUND LIKE A DRAG QUEEN FROM NEW YORK.
THIS BOOK IS BAD...
There are zombies in the story, but they play more of a backdrop than anything else. The story is mostly about politics and blogging.
I didn't give myself this name.
Ok, so I finally bought this on audio, and now I can finish it.
I'm so glad I finally finished this book; it was indeed a struggle. I found myself daydreamin a lot, while listenin to it. I thought this was a Zombie book, and boy was I wrong. A book with only 2 Zombie scenes, isn't a Zombie book. This was a political book and I don't want to read about freakin politics in any book. I didn't like Buffy and yeah, yeah, yeah Georgia we know you have issues with your eyes. The Mason's are awful parents, and why adopt if you aren't gonna show them affection like a descent parent would. The word deadpan was over used. I almost bought the other two books, I'm glad I didn't. I will be takin 'em off my TRL.
Now, I need to listen to a real Zombie book.