Though the infected are called "beaters" rather than "zombies" they are close enough to the traditional zombie to satisfy most zombie fans, but different enough to please those who like something a little nontraditional. The book also demonstrates that even after the appocalypse life still goes on, and people are still people. For example, the main character is a recovering adict. The appocalypse doesn't make that go away. It just adds something else to a plate that is already pretty full. There are a few episodes of fighting the beaters, but not nearly as much as some zombie books have. There are times when I really like and sympathize with Cas, and times when I would like to wring her neck. That is what makes a good book, in my opinion, when you feel for, and with the characters. I highly recommend this book, and the two others in the series. Ellen Archer does a phenomenal job with the narration too.
When you have read as many zombie appocalypse stories as I have, it becomes more and more difficult to find a new plot line. The zombies generally wipe out a vast percentage of earth's population, then fade into the backgroun more or less. Some military outfit, religious nutcase, or psychopathic dictator, and their band of "good ol' boys" start looting, raping, etc. The good guys have to spend more time fighting other survivors than defending against the zombies. Here, we have the animals getting involved, which I have not seen before. There are some nasty survivors of course, but most of the time, the good guys are dealing with zombies, which is a refreshing change from the usual plot lines.
The only thing that kept me from giving this book a 5 * rating was the narrator. Unfortunately, Mr. Lawson's narrative style would workd much better for nonfiction than for a novel like this. Still, I would recommend this book to any zombie fans who are looking for something new.
Devoured is book one of a 3 book series. I had to buy the other 2 on iBook, because Audible has not done them. I wish they would, and that they would have the same narrator do them. These are not traditional zombies in this appocalypse trilogy. They are called vampires, but they are scarier than the traditional vampire by a long way. Also, the protagonists are not gun-toting macho idiots, or military personnel, or life-time survivalists with years of training in preparing for this event. They are ordinary people like you and me. Also, the women are as strong as the men. Cass is perfectly willing and able to pick up her battle axe, bow, gun, or whatever, and fight alongside her husband. She is even a better fighter. I love strong women, and there are not enough of them in most appocalypse stories. This one is a definite must-read.
This novel takes place in a post-zombie-appocalypse world. One zombie recovers after 50 years, regaining his human menories, intelligence, and personality. Some people hate zombies because of the appocalypse, some scientists want to use him as a lab animal, and some politicians want to kill him because they are afraid of him. A few people recognize his humanity, and help him make a new life. In my opinion, the zombie behaves more like a human being than some of the humans in the book. If you read this, you will never see zombies the same way again. You may find it in your hearts to pity them, because of the people they used to be. If you are a fan of the zombie genre, you definitely want to read this book. The narration is also excellent.
This book is called "pip and the zombies" but this is misleading because there is no real zombie action. If you are looking for a shorter, slightly changed version of "great expectations" then this book will work for you. If you are looking for a book about zombies, you will find it as disappointing as I did. They talk a lot about zombies and zombie slayers, but that is as far as their involvement with zombies goes. Had I known that, I would not have purchased this book.
Fast-paced, and action-packed, but a bit over-the-top. Zombies, aliens, and bigfoot are good by themselves, but a bit much altogether. If you are going to cram that many major legendary and widely known characters into one book, you need a longer book.
I describe this novel as "uplifting" because it focuses on people reaching out to help one another, instead of going on a killing, looting rampage, as is usual with such works. Also, we get a look at the spiritual, as well as physical, consequences of nuclear war. There is even a little humor, as in the discussion between Tonie Marie's parents and the psychic broaker, about whether or not Tonie should be reincarnated into a two-headed calf. Also, they chose an excellent narrator. Very good book.
On the whole, a fairly good zombie book, though I could have done without the mushy stuff, and the one bedroom scene. More time should have been spent on the "mission" and less on romance. In spite of this, I would recommend this book to my fellow zombie fanz.
This zombie appocalypse is humorous rather than scarey. It is refreshing to see a zombie book without blood and guts all over the place. Good read.
Excellent scientific study of life during, and immediately following the zombie appocalypse. I wish it had been longer.
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