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i was excited to pick up this 2nd installment after enjoying the first book. strong start. well the 1st 20 minutes or so. it tells the story of what happened to part of the military. but by the time i finished, yes i finished, i was disappointed.
where's the editor? did a zombie eat his or her brain. it was like...hmmnn...i think i'll try adding this character for a little while. no, i don't like her. so, i'll make her disappear. hmmnn...let's try adding this plot device. no. i'll end it with a shot.
this story was all over the place! 1st, there's this wacko christian lady who's overly judgmental. yes, her character was annoying. she and the cop, ivanof, bond over a warped fundamentalist worldview. you get the feeling she's going to do something really bad, but she doesn't. well...not really. then, she's gone for the rest of the book. it was like a hour filler. whew! i though. maybe i can listen w/o cringing so much.
then, there's this kind of love triangle that forms b/ween neil, megan, and this other guy. ok, kinda interesting. he gets shot by officer ivanof, who's slowly been going insane. boom! that filler ends. neil and megan act pissy toward each other for the rest of the story.
btw, ivanof's slide into madness isn't dramatic or interesting. he sits alone, imagining his daddy.
the rest of the story follows the group running through the city being chased by zombies. the 2 kids, danny and jules, are hardly mentioned. they're quietly playing, sleeping in the other room, or keeping up with the adults as they run through the city. it would've been nice to get some commentary from them, but they're mostly an afterthought.
however, there ws one unique aspect that i haven't come across in any other zombie novels. the group runs across another group of survivors who have been hiding in a bus since the beginning. their story was harrowing! that could be made into an interesting zombie novel by itself. ahhh...i digress. anyway, they are decrepid, stinky, and weak from lack of food, water, and movement. but they can run! sorry, i'm being facetious.
gore: very little compared to the last story.
action: light. lots of running and lots of talking.
sense of dread: non-existent. sooo unlike the 1st book.
zombies: not that threatening.
overall...hard to make it through the book. i had high expectations for the 2nd book, but it fell flat.
if you're at this page, then you've probably read/listened to the previous books in this series. if you're wondering whether or not to give your time and credit to this final chapter, then let me help you by saying, "go for it!"
even if you're like me and felt a little let down by the last book, i'd still recommend that you go for it. yes, there are some annoyances, like jasmine's clinginess, but i still enjoyed it.
again, i think the story feels rushed. there are a few major plot points that get easily and quickly resolved. bv could've expounded on them, but then again it might've slowed the pace of the story. regarding the pace, once the story starts, it races to conclusion. this makes it an easy listen, but i miss the complicated situations riggs has to deftly dig himself out of. i never got the feeling that he was facing overwhelming, unbeatable odds, like in the earlier books. there are difficult situations, but they seem like they're easily overcome b/c they're overcome soo quickly. the pace of the story is quite fast.
perhaps that's why i felt rushed. the story is exciting, but i felt like bv was rushing the plot to tie off the different plot lines. BUT i am satisfied with how most of the plot lines were tied off by riggs.
for most of the series, riggs has been the star, but now marvin outshines him. i like marvin, and i like how marvin has evolved through the series. he has definitely saved riggs' bacon on more than one occasion, and he again plays a pivotal role in this story. i guess my biggest disappointment is that marvin's story is left up in the air when the story ends. it's almost like bv forgot about marvin at the end. i mean you get closure with riggs- his decisions and what he ultimately decides to do, but riggs has no last talk with marvin. the last time we hear of marvin is during a battle. after things are settled in a way, we don't hear about marvin. where is he? what are his plans? what he might do afterwards is hinted at about 2 hours before the story ends, but the reader/listener is kind of forced to remember a conversation between riggs and marvin.
by now, you must be wondering why i'm recommending this after all my griping. LOL at the heart, this is a pretty good conclusion to the series. my rants revolve around things i wished were in the story. my wish list would probably add hours to the story and slow down the breakneck pace.
while this seems to be the end of riggs' story, there are a few interesting plot lines that other reviewers have mentioned that could interestingly continue the star force series. i will definitely miss kyle riggs! thanks bv for entertaining me over the years.
overall, a good conclusion to kyle riggs' story and worth your time and credit!
run and hide!
as the story opens, ken's history class is taking a test. one of his students gets distracted by something weird. one of the window panes is swarming with thousands of bugs. unnerved at the strange sight, ken tries to shoo the bugs away by pounding on the window. all of the sudden, a familiar noise and sight causes the students rush to the windows and look out. as ken raises his head, he quickly notices something else wrong with the sight. the plane coming in to land at boise airport is coming in too low. and if that's not bad enough, one of his students falls to the floor, seemingly having seizures.
what follows is an intense, edge of your seat, thrill ride. the story starts out fast and doesn't let up. the pacing and narration of the story combine exquisitely for a wonderful, heart-pounding listen. the narrator's tone conveys what is happening- the fear, the panic, the disbelief... i was totally engrossed in the first 10 minutes and couldn't stop listening.
while there's not a lot of character development, you do a get sense of the characters. i'm sure there'll be more character development in the subsequent books, but i understand you really can't do much when your characters are running for their lives. but i was satisfied with the characters; however, one character has an awful name, dorkus. but don't let that put you off!
the zombies in this story are the fast, aggressive type. the author does differentiate his zombies a little by giving them a hive kind of mind, where they act as a group, like a swarm of flesh hungry ants. the author had some really good, horrifying hoard scenes. there is kind of a supernatural twist to the zombies, which adds another layer of fear to them. i won't spoil what it is, but it's an interesting twist.
my biggest disappointment is how the story ended with a major cliffhanger. i wanted to know what happens next, and i wanted to know now! LOL i guess that's not too bad of a thing to be disappointed about.
coming in at just over 4 and a 1/2 hours, it is kind of expensive, but it's definitely better than anything at the movies right now. so, i think it's worth the $$$. just make sure your schedule is wide open b/c you'll want to listen to the story in one sitting!
100 days in deadland has a quick start. in the first 5 minutes, the main character, mia, is in the thick of a zombie apocylapse. as she attempts to flee des moines, iowa, she encounters clutch, a truck driver, who just happens to be a survivalist. although this seems cliche, the story is pretty good. it reminded me of no easy hope: surviving the dead. for those who haven't read/listened to it, there's a good mentor-apprentice relationship and storyline.
the zombies are the romero style shamblers, and there's a good amount of zombie action as mia(cash) and clutch scavenge for supplies. however, zombbies aren't their only concern. mia(cash) and clutch must also contend with a local militia and what's left of the military. so, the second half of the book is kind of predictable.
100 days in deadland is told in the first person by mia(cash). the narrator's voice is easy to listen to. her inflection matches what's happening in the story.
100 days in deadland has all the storylines you'd expect in a zombie apocylapse story. while this is good, it is also bad. well, at least for me. i've listened to a bunch of zombie stories, and i'm always on the lookout for a story to surprise me. nothing in this story surprised me or added to the zombie genre. i'm not saying it's a bad, but it's just a story i've heard before.
as far as the dante's inferno connection is concerned, the author broke the story up so that each circle of hell matched what was happening in the story. i did not buy this story b/c of that, but i loosely paid attention to the connection between the two. after the end of the story, the author provides an exposition of how each section of the story represents a different circle of hell. i only listened to part of it before i moved on to the next book.
so if you're pretty new to the zombie genre, then this is a pretty good story to start off with. it's a full story in one book and not a series, where the story sometimes comes to an abrupt end. if you're a gray hair like me and need a good, predictable zombie fix, then give it listen.
as the story opens, cassie and her best friend, penny, are heading to work. the author spends a little time introducing this small group of friends who work together before the action starts. cassie and her friends live and work in brooklyn, new york. the lx virus has spread across the world and has reached the u.s. however, most of the cases have appeared in the west and midwest so cassie and her friends haven't been too worried about it. later in the day when the local news reports that they expect 20,000 people in the greater nyc area to be infected in the next 24 hours, cassie and her friends decide to head to penny's apartment instead of going out drinking.
as they head to penny's apartment, most people are carrying on as normal- eating, drinking, and making merry on a friday night. before they reach penny's apartment, they encounter their first infected person that truly scares them. holed up at penny's apartment, they begin to learn the true extent of the outbreak as james, cassie's techy friend, discovers the local news has been lying about the rate of the infection. as things start to devolve, penny receives a text message from her mom, who works at the hospital. she tells penny to meet her at cassie's apartment so they can flee the city. everybody realizes the situation is much worse than they previously thought, except for anna, penny's younger sister. the publisher's summary describes her as "bratty," and that description is right on.
although the characters are in their late 20s, i would definitely classify this story as a young adult (ya) zombie apocylapse. why you ask? because of the themes. yes, there are zombies, but they act as more of a catalyst for the characters to confront their situations, feelings, and relationships than a terrifying threat. the story starts out as a zombie apocylapse story, but it quickly becomes more of a ya problem / coming of age novel. being in my mid 30s, i can relate to it b/c the main character, cassie, experiences THE most coming of age problems at that age- did i let go of the man i should of married.
this is more of a character driven story than zombie driven story. yes, there is a lot of zombie action in the beginning, but once they escape nyc, the story focuses mostly on the complicated relationship between cassie and peter and peter's and anna's belief that this whole thing will blow over and that things will quickly be back to normal.
i was innitially engrossd by the zombie aspect, but as the story continued, i got caught up in the inter-relationship drama. this was kind of surprising to me. i was kind of bummed that the zombies took a back seat, but i kept listening b/c of the characters. i could relate to them and feel their frustrations. and yes, i was at times very annoyed with some of them, but to me, that's good writing- when the author can stir emotions in you that you weren't expecting.
the narration is really good. julia whelan does a good job bringing the characters to life and portraying their emotions. i found the writing tight and the dialogue smooth and believable.
the story is kind of predictable and more ya than zombie. you could easily replace the zombies with any other serious disaster and have the same story. so if you're looking for a zombie-centered apocylapse story, you might want to read a few other reviews before deciding on this. if you're looking for a good ya story with an end of the world slant, look no further b/c you've found it.
i hope i don't come across as too sexist, but i think female listeners would enjoy this sort of story more than male listeners. but i may be wrong! i'm a guy, and i enjoyed it. but i only listen to ya stories every once in a great while, and i didn't know this was a ya novel. maybe i should've paid more attention while reading the summary.
after listening to the entire story, i would say my overall impression is a feel good zombie apocylapse. kind of an oxymoron, but it fits!
as the story opens, harrison and liz and their 2 children, grant and melissa, have packed their car to go on vacation. when they come to a stop in the city, a disheveled man shambles toward them and starts banging on harrison's window. as the man smashes through the car window and grabs harrison, the young family's nightmare begins.
john heads to work early b/c sirens woke him up in the middle of the night, and he couldn't get back to sleep. i work in an office and am well aware of the different personality types. john is a frustrated it salesman, who's looking for another job, and takes the elevator to the first floor.
sharon is the boss at the it company. she's uptight to the point where she's still looking at powerpoint presentations when the dead start to crowd around the office building. she's high maintenance, highly strung, and she's a cougar. steve is the new guy sharon has her eye on. she's curt with her underlings, especially the blue collar workers that are trapped with her in the office building.
colin is woken up by early call from his boss, the high school principal. he's dejected b/c the school's week long camping trip is cancelled b/c of the public health scare. colin was looking forward to spending time w/ jenny, another teacher, on the camping trip. his grand plans of slowly seducing jenny have gone up in smoke. his boss asks him to go to school just in case some students can't be reached. on his way to school, he is hit by another car, which quickly becomes the least of his worries.
karen has only gotten a few hours of sleep after a night of partying b/c of all the ambulances going by. she is woken up by a tinking sound. when she investigates the sound, she finds out that it's her friend, shan, who's throwing rocks at her window. shan is the bad apple, and karen is the good girl, who is being corrupted by her high school dropout friend. when karen asks why shan is awake so early, she says that her father came home wasted last night and must've gotten into a fight, and when he woke up, she thought he was still hopped up b/c he tried to grab her so she snuck out her window. bored and on holiday, they decide to head to their friend's house to get high.
demise of the living is a character driven zombie story. most of the story takes place in an office building. the story starts with a few different individual storylines, which quickly merge together. however, i'm not sure if the karen/shan storyline is needed. it eventually merges with the others, but at times, it kind of distracts from what's going on.
most of the action takes place between the characters as they struggle to survive in an office building with dwindling resources. most of the conflict is between the different personality types. this is a disaster survival story with zombies.
i liked the fast start. it quickly engrosses you in the story. the middle of the story is your typical zombie survival story. it's ok. i thought the characters were stereotypical and found their actions predictable. BUT THE ENDING...the ending had a twist i was not expecting!
if you've listened to iain mckinnon's other books and liked those, then you'll probably like this one.
so if you're looking for a character-driven zombie story, you can try this. it's middle of the road. but if you're looking for a zombie battle story, try another story.
devoured is a really good initial outbreak story. although it's not a pure zombie novel, zombie enthusiasts will definitely like it!
this story reminded me of 3 of my favorite zombie stories: infection: alaskan undead apocalypse (book 1 only), the remaining, and we're alive.
i thought of infection b/c devoured starts out in a hospital. i thought infection had the best hospital outbreak scenario, but devoured's is better. brant does a really good job building the tension as lance, his wife, liz, and his friend, don, learn the hospital they're in gets quarantined. brant also does a good job racheting up the fear and hysteria as more and more people in and around the hospital become infected and the military shooting starts.
i thought of the remaining and we're alive b/c the infected aren't zombies but something worse, much worse if you can imagine that! as michael aptly puts it, "zombies are only the cocoon stage!" brant adds his own horrifying twists on the infected, giving them a creepy and unique feel.
this is a well-balanced story. there's a lot of action and good character development. i'm not one of those people who talks during movies, but when i'm alone, listening to a good book, i do tend to talk aloud sometimes when i'm riveted by something that's happening. while listening to this story, there were a few times when i found myself talking / yelling / swearing at a character. so you can say i was affected by parts of this story and its characters.
wayne june does a pretty good job narrating. he is able to conjure and portray the different range of emotions and their tones, and he knows when to speed up and slow down.
overall, a very enjoyable story! i highly recommend it to all those who love a good zombie / end of the world story.
omg! i was shocked by the depths some people will go to when they're starving. i won't spoil anything, but i was utterly disgusted by what one husband and wife did! of all the zombie / end of the world books i've read, their "act" is one of the grossest and nastiest things i've come across. that said...would i do that? phew! i hope to never find out!
i see that other reviewers have done a good job describing the plot of the story so i'll keep my review to what struck me most about the story.
mather does a good job exposing the weaknesses of our technological society. the story really makes you think about how dependent we are on our modern technologies working together seemlessly, and how we take these technologies for granted, assuming they will always work. it's frightening how a few, seemingly minor interruptions can snowball and cause a cataclysmic situation that can take months to recover from.
i liked how mather snuck in technological concepts through some of his characters. it was smart and didn't feel like it was too contrived. there's the right amount of detail so that non-technical listeners can understand just how interconnected our just in time economy is.
as the story unfolds, mather frighteningly exposes how our lives and livelihoods are dependent upon the threat of punishment. mather does a good job depicting how emboldened people and especially crowds of people can become w/o the threat of punishment, and how civilized society can quickly and easiy devolve into chaos.
another central aspect of the story is information, particularly the role the lack/loss of information plays. throughout the story, the lack /loss of information causes havoc and has detrimental consequences on the uniformed and misinformed.
mather does a good job portraying how and why people group together and the different dynamics that come into play as groups expand and contract due to the circumstances. i liked the mix of characters b/c they were an interesting cross section of the different attitudes and mindsets of our modern society.
the pacing of the story is a little slow, but i think it accurately and credibly catalogs the descent into chaos as things spiral out of control.
overall, i thought cyberstorm was a pretty riveting story b/c of its plausibility.
as a side note, we truly need to consider some of the actions our gov't take. for instance, using the stuxnet computer worm to disable iran's nuclear reactors. yes, it may have had a temporary effect of slowing them down, but now the genie is out of the bottle! nefarious entities could use that against us, and sadly, we are woefully prepared. just my 2 cents! LOL
wow! everybody remembers those scifi books that just blew you away. you thought about them for days after you finished them. atopia is one of those books that'll stay with me for a long time! why? b/c the technology and its applications AND implications will soon be at our doorsteps. where the tech from daemon may be 5-10 years away, the tech from atopia is at least 20 years away. so why am i so excited about? b/c the author does an amazing job of explaining what it is and how it'll work.
you may be asking, "well, isn't virtual reality (vr) dead? the last time i got excited about it was the lawnmower man, and that was over 20 years ago." well my friend, it's time to get excited again! matthew mather's vision of the future is both amazing and scary. mather combines the power of nanotechnology with the infinite possibilities of virtual reality to create a truly plausible symbiosis of our future.
when the lawnmower man came out in 1992, the possibilities of virtual reality were hinted at. but at that time, most people never heard of nanotechnology. jump 22 years in the future to today, and we have a better look at what the future holds. we've gone from mega to peta. yes, moore's law is still alive and kicking.
when virtual reality meets nanotechnology, the true potentials and pitfalls of the two really take shape. imagine ingesting smarticles, little nanotech machines that bond to you on the cellular and neurological level. you now have a direct neurological connection to virtual reality. add to that, the ability to distribute your consciousness and create proxies or copies of yourself.
what would you do? your physical body could exercise while you're off playing a realistic version of call of duty, where you actually feel getting shot or smashing up a car. you could go surfing while a proxy of you visits proxies of your family at a virtual reality house that looks, smells, and feels like it's in the south of france. whatever you can imagine, you can create. the only limit is your mind. how many proxies can you handle? don't worry, there's software for that too! LOL
amid this setting, mather tells the story of 8 different people in 6 parts. each part has 1 or 2 main characters. the main characters from each part interact with each other in each part. that may sound confusing so let me give you an example. don't worry, i won't give away any spoilers. rick strong is the main character in part 2. in part 2, you see his side of the story and conversation while in subsequent parts, you see the other side of that conversation from another character. this is so well done that you won't get confused or forget what a character was saying in a previous part. when you actually get the second part of the conversations, you'll actually get the chills! LOL
one reviewer said that he could not get past the first story. in my opinion, the first story is the weakest, and it is not as integrated into the story as the other parts are. the book starts to take off with part 2 and starts soaring with part 3. after that, you won't want to stop listening b/c you want to find out how all these puzzle pieces fit together.
for the most part, the narration is really good. i liked how they used different narrators for each main character. again, the narration from the first part was a little hard to get into b/c the character has a strong new york accent. but don't skip it! it's crazy how part 1 comes into play later in jimmy's story. eeewww! got the creeps!
yes, there's a lot of tech and ideas introduced in the book, but it's done in an easily understandable way- you won't have to rewind and re-listen to understand. the general concepts are introduced early on and the intricacies of the tech are explained in subsequent parts via the actions they perform. trust me, by the end, you'll understand splintering, neural plasticity, and the differences between inversing, reversing, and compositing. LOL
overall, this is an excellent story. listening to some of the parts, i thought of the twilight zone, with the stories ending with a macabre or unexpected twist.
as the story opens, chase and his best friend, typewriter (yes, that's his name), are coming out of their latest meth induced haze. through the window, chase sees a little girl trying to pet a rottweiler. he thinks about warning the little girl to stay away from the big dog, but then he notices something. the rottweiler has its tail between its legs and is terrified of the little girl. chase watches as the little girl pounces on the rottweiler and starts to eat it. chase's addled brain can't tell whether he's hallucinating or seeing something real. so, he tries to get typewriter to look out the window to see if what he's seeing is real. by the time chase rouses typewriter, they make enough noise to attract the little girl. when they see her ravaged body and blood-soaked visage they freak out. chase's first thought is to smoke another crystal of meth to deal with the situation.
fiend is about surviving addiction during a zombie apocylapse. yes, it is a weird combination, but it works for the most part. as a zombie apocylapse story, fiend is ok. it had potential. the zombies were actually pretty creepy as they eerily giggled when seeing and pursuing the living.
but fiend shines in its story about addiction. if you've never had a problem with an addiction or had someone you know suffer from an addiction, you may not believe the depths an addict will go to in order to score their next hit. therefore, some listeners may find the plot implausible.
ok...confession time. while i never suffered from addiction on the level in this book, i did have addiction problems. as a teenager, i was bored at school. no subject interested me. i was a year younger than all of my classmates, but my most of my friends were a grade ahead of me. so, i was introduced to partying, at then was a young age. lol when i was 14, most of my friends were 16 going on 17. so, i was exposed to drugs and alcohol. long story short, i graduated second to the bottom at my private school. at 17, i was a freshman in college. i succeeded at earning a 0.0 my first semester. i was put on academic warning, but i didn't care. i rushed a fraternity my second semester and became a brother. once again, i succeeded at getting a 0.0, and i was academically suspended. i went to one of those liberal universities in the northeast, who wouldn't send grades to parents even though they paid the exorbitant tuition. so, i stayed at school, enrolled part-time. it wasn't until i had my own near death experience that i changed my partying ways. i say that b/c even my best friends overdose didn't change my habits. yes, we were together when he od'd. yes, i saved his life. yes, your life flashes before your eyes. really, it does! it's crazy as you see images and moments from childhood flash through your eyes. anyway after my own near death experience, i finally changed my ways. 6 years later, i graduated magna cum laude with a b.s. in it and minors in math and English lit. so, it is possible to turn your life around. sometimes, it just takes the right mixture of inspiration and motivation. well, that's what did it for me.
anyway...back to the review...
i suffered from addiction. well maybe suffer is the wrong word b/c i consciously made my own choices. yes, i knew they were wrong, but i selfishly chose them. b/c of my run in with addiction i was able to understand what the characters were going through. believe it or not, there are some very SAD moments in the book as chase reminisces about his life, his choices, and the effects of his choices on his loved ones.
i would say the range of emotions in the story are authentic. from feeling god-like from the high to betraying yourself and your friends looking for the next high.
that's not to say i liked the whole story. i kind of got bored with the continuing search for drugs. i kept listening b/c of the interspersed bits about addiction and its effects on chase's life. The ending is extremely abrupt with no resolution. It’s kind of like the author wanted you to determine what happens next.
so...who's this story for? well, it's not for everybody. if you're a casual zombie story listener, you might want to pass. this is not your typical zombie survival story. there's no explanation for the zombies, and there's no search for the meaning of life after a zombie apocylapse. there's only a search for meth.
i would recommend this book to people who have had an experience with addiction, but then again, it might be too much. it might hit too close to home. there's no redeeming storyline. omg! my addled brain...lol... is thinking of the movie, wargames. the only lesson is not to play!
the narration is excellent. the gritty voice of the narrator reminded me of macleod andrews from the sandman slim series. the narration makes the story. The narrator superbly portrays the emotions of the characters. you can feel the highs and lows of the characters.
overall, i liked the story. one b/c i could relate with the central theme of addiction. and two b/c the back setting is a zombie apocylapse. i would say that this is a mix of the movies trainspotting and dawn of the living dead.
i downloaded this audio book a long time ago, but i've put off listening to it b/c of the narrator. i couldn't get past the robotic sounding narrator. i started and stopped a few times, not being able to get past the first 10-15 minutes of it. but i decided to give it one more try before returning, and i'm glad i did!
it took me about an hour to get used to the way the narrator read the book, but i was soon engrossed by the story. the dialog between the characters is read in different tones with emotion, but the descriptions are read robotically. well at least at first. either i got used to it or the narrator got better as the story progressed.
regarding the story, i ended up liking it. it's definitely different than a lot of the zombie stories i've listened to. the story takes place some time in the future. the inferi virus has wiped out the world. the last bastion of survivors live in a walled city in the mountains. it's kind of like helm's deep from the lord of the rings. the survivors have been pushed back to the walled city because one of the gates mysteriously opened one day in the past, and the infected swarmed in unannounced. ever since then, the surviving population has been trapped in their walled city. the infected now crowd what was once farmland and houses. millions of infected crowd around the 12 foot thick, 3 story walls. with supplies running dangerously low, the survivors mount one last stand to push the infected away and close the gate in order to reclaim the land.
those infected with the inferi virus are not flesh eating zombies. the inferi virus preserves the bodies of the infected, but it turns people into mindless, hard-charging animals whose only purpose is to spread the virus to the uninfected.
something strange happens during the battle with the infected that causes maria and a few others to remember the old horror stories about zombies. after narrowly escaping, maria receives a communique from the science warfare division (swd). the swd offers her an opportunity to be part of a newly created elite squad of soldiers that will be able to go toe to toe with the infected. so, maria makes a deal with the devil in hopes of helping the people of the city survive.
i actually liked this book more than i thought. once i got past the narration, it was a pretty good story. the science warfare division (swd) is a secretive group, and i think the author did a pretty good job building them up as a spooky, power-hungry group who'll go to any lengths to defeat the infected. their foil is the constabulatory. the constabulatory are the military police. they man the walls, fight the infected, and act as police inside the walled city. if the swd are like the cia, then the constabulatory are like the fbi. as the story progresses, the tensions between these 2 groups continue to rise until things come to a head. even though it was predictable, i found it entertaining.
there is a relationship between the main character, maria, and another character in the book. the author uses the relationship to tell the reader what is going on inside the city and outside the city. the relationship is also used to delve into the depths of the different ways people can start to lose their humanity.
while some of the story was predictable, there were some nice twists. the ending was satisfactory. however, the future of the city is only alluded to. i think the author should've said more in the epilogue instead of only resolving maria's story.
overall, an enjoyable story once i got past the narration. i recommend you give it a try b/c you can always return it.
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