What happens when an unprecedented infection sweeps the world, leaving the earth on the brink of the Apocalypse? This infection goes far beyond disease. Beyond even the nightmare images of walking dead or flesh-eating ghouls. The infected are turning into creatures unlike anything ever dreamed of ... more complex, more mysterious, and more deadly.
Trapped in the northwestern United States as winter begins to fall, Terry and Kendra have only one choice: they and their friends must cross a thousand miles of no-man’s-land in a rickety school bus, battling ravenous hordes, human raiders, and their own fears.In the midst of apocalypse, they find something no one could have anticipated ... love.
©2012 Steven Barnes & Tananarive Due (P)2012 Audible, Inc.
I am such a sucker for zombie stories... The summary of this one makes it seem as though there is something really special and unique about this particular story. There isn't. The type of zombie and how the outbreak started is slightly different, and the zombies are atypical (they talk and have all sorts of varying levels of mobility) but it isn't really much different from any other zombie story since there are many, many permutations and combinations of what illness caused the outbreak and the nature of a zombie. It isn't very original or special in that way.
Aside from that, it is just your typical zombie survival story with survivors struggling to find a safe place and their various musings and feelings about the what has happened/what will happen, etc. It wasn't the worst but was really very similar to so very many stories in that regard and didn't really distinguish itself in any way. I think it tried hard to be a very character driven story, and there was a lot of background on a several characters. But the focus was unclear, and too many characters explored and their relationships seemed slightly unfulfilling for that reason. Also, though there was a lot of background, somehow their personalities didn't seem very well established for some reason... in their interactions and actions their wasn't a lot that was compelling or that seemed to establish them as unique individuals, so it felt unbalanced with all the background. In the end I didn't feel particularly attached to any of them, though didn't dislike any of them either.
Aside from survival, the story as a whole seemed to lack any sort of focus and kind of meandered and dragged in some spots- a large portion is just teenagers in a bus looking for a safe place and the various familiar feeling and run ins they have with various other survivors and zombies. It seemed very similar to many other such stories and as a plot was not particularly compelling or special or well developed. It seems very much like it is set up for a sequel as there is kind of a non-ending. I will pass on the sequal as this wasn't that special for me and I am not interested in several hours more of the kids trying to get somewhere safe and developing crushes on each other, etc. That's not to say it was a terrible book... It was a solid OK for me and I managed to get through the whole thing. If you have not read a lot of zombie books, and particularly if you are a teen, this might appeal to you more than it did to me.
The narrator is exceptional, which helped a lot. I have enjoyed a lot of her other work and I think she does an excellent job capturing a large variety of characters, making it feel like a performance - not a reading, and is particularly good at the voice/feeling/character of young people. So that really helped the book an awful lot.
I actually listened to the sequel after Devil's Wake, but I'm not sure that I will return for the third installment. They're fun, but ultimately I found both the story and narration forgettable.
Most interesting: the zombies. In Devil’s Wake, they’re known as freaks, and the day of the outbreak is Freak Day. The freaks resulted from a combination of the aforementioned flu shot and a diet mushroom. Okay, whatever. I suppose that makes as much sense as any explanation for zombies. Anyway, the freaks start out really fast, and not so much hungry as determined to run around infecting as many people as possible. Over time, the freaks slow. When they hit the shambling stage, that’s when they’re looking for food and will actually eat your ass, and the rest of you too. Finally, they slow altogether and end up rooted like a tree in one spot, no longer harmful. The phases thing is interesting, and pretty much the most unique thing in the novel. It totally makes them survivable if they can lock down some towns until all the freaks take root.
Least interesting: The characterization is a bit lacking. It really doesn't bring emotional impact or make me care about any characters in particular. They're all pretty interchangeable to me.
I would, though I won't be seeking her out either. She did a decent job, but isn't among my favorite narrators.
Lol at this question. I could see Devil's Wake being made into a zombie show on the CW in an attempt to get some of The Walking Dead's fans. No idea who the stars would be, but I hope they would be as diverse as the characters in the novel are.
Great characterizations with very believable teens who interact with the few adults in their post-zombie-apocalypse lives in a really reasonable fashion while still carrying all the bittersweetness and impulsivity of those pre-adult years.Fantastic reading performance.I really REALLY disliked that it was only part of a story. It seemed pretty blatantly incomplete. There were no character arcs completed, and the title is just the name of a place a few of the characters want to go. They don't even get to any of their alternative destinations, or interact with any of the people whose voices have guided them on their journey. It stops basically at one of the pit stops along the way, an entirely temporary place.Basically, selling this as a complete book seemed cynical. I'm not sure I want to pay for another one.
Warning them that the book is only the first part of the story, yes.
Really well done.
half-and-half. Great, but woefully incomplete.
Even the first hint that this is the first part of a longer story would have made me feel less ripped off. This doesn't even qualify as the start of a trilogy. It's more like they just chopped the book off when they had enough words.
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