Hilarity ensues. Cliches and logical fallacies abound! But what are you going to do? I actually liked this novel...a lot. It was all the old tired cliches about a certain political party that made this novel comical in places. Thankfully, it was mainly at the beginning.
I actually laughed out loud at some of the silly caricatures the author painted of the "evil" party, which she/he put "New" in front of to make it look as if it was some new really really really nefarious party, but was soooo obvious whom she/he was referring to. It grew tiresome quickly. And when she/he brought in the fake "crisis" that the party was inventing, I nearly choked on the irony, considering today's Chicken Little president.
But alas, the story itself was great! Good character development, good concept (zombie assassin), lots of action and plenty of zombies. The Chinaman was a great way for her/him to show how much she/he loathed this country. Everything the Chinaman believed and said could have been a talking point from the a certain political party today--guess which one. Notice that nothing that character did was considered "bad." Even his religion was better than anything a silly Westerner put faith in, as we saw in the end. Yawn.
I digress. Again, great story just wished the silliness wasn't so obvious, I would have given it a 5...I was aching to do so. As it turns out, "The Infection" is still my top zombie novel pick.
I read the Audible listener reviews and 14 seemed like a sure bet. It was, for the most part. Eight hours into it, I was still confused and was ready to be told what the heck was going on. We had lots of clues and then more clues and then more clues and then more of Nate at work not liking work and then more clues. Don't get me wrong, the way the characters came together to find the stuff was pretty interesting-- the story was interesting, but maybe a bit much. IMHO.
After it all went down, it got even more interesting and I really began to enjoy it.
Some things that were classic cliches, the nutter religious guy. There can never be an intelligent well spoken religious guy, it's always the Stephen King over-the-top-fundamentalist-take-scripture-out-of-context-so-the-most-extreme-view-is-presented unlikable-nut-job type. Yawn. But I guess necessary for this story...maybe. Can you imagine a story where the "religious" guy was someone like Greg Koukl, Dr. William Lane Craig, Dr. Stephen C. Myer, or Dr. Albert Mohler? Yeah me neither, it will never happen. (look them up)
I digress. The narrator was excellent.
Likable characters, plenty of them. Unlikable...Veek; I think we were supposed to like her.
All in all, this books gets a thumbs up. If you like weird sci-fi/apocalyptic stories, this one's for you.
I knew it was going to be short but once you got into it, you're thinking, oh crud, it's going to be too short. Unique concept, reminded me of The Forever War for some reason. I wouldn't change anything, just draw out the idea more, let us see the war.
didn't have one
That's an odd question.
Ok overall, but it's short, be ready for that.
Too many stories about zombies living AMONG us. Really? Never got the story all zombie fans like--surviving the madness at the beginning and so on. This is the kind of book that tries to win awards.
don't have one
If I were the editor, I would have asked for different stories.
Orson Scott Card once again shows he knows nothing of religion outside his own. What kind of research does this man do? The first story was creepy and I thought it was going to get even better. It was not to be. Stories about zombies need to have some sort of survival element to them, not just, let's see how weird we can make these stories. I forced myself to finish it, hoping the next story was better. A few were interesting, the father/son story was good, but left you hanging. If you want some weird zombie stories, try it, but otherwise, find another.
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