Great character development, excellent pacing, ruthlessly bleak. If the Stand and the Strain had a baby, it would be this book. Perfect for summer, can't wait for the next installment.
This novel was very long and there were times when I wanted to quit on it but in the end I perservered and was glad that I did. As others have mentioned it was something like The Stand which I loved but it goes beyond that story with what is clearly going to be at least a trilogy and could easily be 12 novels if he so chooses. It is a rollercoaster ride of ups and downs and is not predictable which for me was sometimes frustrating but if you want suspense and are patient read it. If you want a safe predictible read this is not the book for you. This story is not what I would call a happliy ever after story. Be prepared to have your heart ripped out on and off. Having said that it is a story of the human fight for survival and at times they win, but not always.
I really loved this book. It reads like a history book about a country's downfall and how the people survived and hopefully, will rise again. I also felt the narrators did a great job. I cannot wait until the second book comes out - I just wish it wasn't going to be a 2 year wait.
Okay. Being a big Stephen King fan, I thought this book must be good, given his blurb about it. Maybe the book is good. I couldn't get through it. After 14 hours of listening, I kept wondering, "What's the point?" I enjoyed the first part of the book, but then it just kept plodding on and on and on. I know many readers/listeners enjoyed the book. I just couldn't bear to finish it.
I have made it through 2 of 5+ parts on this book. I like some of the characters and I have a feeling the book ends well or gets more exciting but this story is so slow in developing! I have run out of patience. 14 hours in and I must give up. My brain hurts.
I loved the post-apocalyptic parts of this book, and some of the interpersonal relationships were pretty good also. The idea of a virus, even one carried by vampires is okay, but all the paranormal stuff was a little over the top.
Meanwhile, there were so many different parts of the book and different people going in all directions that I would have liked a cheat sheet so I could keep track of everything. I definitely didn't understand the point of giving us long introductions to characters, only to have them die shortly afterward.
That being said, I thought the narration was great. The pretty abrupt ending certainly leaves room for another volume, and I'll definitely be listening to it when it arrives.
Part futuristic vampire sci-fi, part mystery thriller, part psychological drama, I had no idea what I was buying when I downloaded this book for an upcoming long road trip. But while the narrative can feel tedious at times, the story was compelling enough to keep me occupied and oblivious to the passing miles for my two 15-hour-long drives. The characters are well-developed and the story, if not exactly unique, is at least original enough to offer a few new twists along the way. If an audiobook can keep me riveted for that long, and make me want to take more long drives just to finish it, it's done its job.
With all the positive buzz about the book this summer I really thought it would be great and really wanted to like it. However, I can only echo many of the previous reviews--there were very brief moments of excitement followed by long, tedious, mind-numbing lulls in the story. I'm sorry but I can't recommend this book to anyone.
For whatever it's worth I thought the narration was good. I can't believe I'm saying it, but maybe I should have gotten the abridged version.