And death is only the beginning....
The Purge's half-dozen survivors - two teenage brothers, a sadistic captain of the guards, a couple of rogue smugglers, and the chief medical officer, the lone woman on board - will do whatever it takes to stay alive. But nothing can prepare them for what lies waiting aboard the Star Destroyer amid its vast creaking emptiness that isn't really empty at all. For the dead are rising: soulless, unstoppable, and unspeakably hungry.
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I would recommend this story to the die hard Star Wars fan. There is another particular fan that I would recommend this to as well.
I loved the sound affects.
I am so very tired and bored with the plot as it has been done a billion times.
Just a great voice with a good sense of timing.
I am not certain that I understand this question. I purchased the book because it was a Star Wars universe setting.
This really was not a bad book. I think young adult readers would love it. I did enjoy the radio play elements, and the reader.
Scientist, artisan, anachronism
this is a star wars story for zombie fans.
Most of the reviews are rite- this is a good and gory book. more so than star wars. Much more since star wars wasn't gory at all… no, this is a zombie story with all the gore that any other zombie story has.
There’s a great part where a guy is dying from the lung virus; he tries to talk through the coughing that is killing him. The scene is graphic with just the onomatopoeia(s?) of the suffering in the grueling monologue. But the narrator just nails the scene. His retching while gasping for words… came off real. Really hard to believe that he could narrate it so well.
Anyway, it’s a gory book for fans of gory books much more than for star wars fans. With all the star wars stuff: references, sound effects & creatures, it may not appeal to the true zombie fans either.
Really this is for the ppl that like zombies and star wars.
Any other buys it will do so at their own risk…
I would definitely recommend this book to a friend. The story is very well paced and constantly keeps you on your toes, wondering when the next horrific thing will pop out. The story itself starts off well, giving good character descriptions, but not dragging it on to become a chore to learn about each notable character. The descriptions of the gore are graphic, which is refreshing for the Star Wars franchise.
When the sickness started affecting the first members of the crew, they built the scene up perfectly.
Sean's reading was phenomenal. He did well switching between the characters, and his fluctuations in his voice really helped you feel the situation.
Terrifying, compelling, tragic
Not a lot if i'm honest. Mostly the only thing you experience that you wouldn't if you read it is the sound effects. The Zombie screams, their munching on human and alien flesh.. very thrilling.
No, BUT not for the reason you may think. I find it very difficult to read/listen to horror thriller books in one sitting. It's a personal thing.
This book is what it says it is; a thrilling tail of folks on a prison ship that go onto a derelict Star Destroyer and find zombles.
Now, that said, it doesn't mean it's that great of a book in general. But what it does mean is that it's a good book. the reason i've read for people disliking this book was 1) The reason behind the zombie apocalypse, to which i say: Its damn sight better then medichlorians . 2) the story was uneven and I will give them that. It is uneven at certain parts.
There was this guy in Canada (you can find his review somewhere below) that said he didn't like the background noise..... a couple things with that (i will resort to the number system again.) 1) Star Wars books have sound affects, it's their staple. 2) In this kind of a book it makes it even more frightening. I'm sure that if i read this i wouldn't find it in the least bit scary without the zombie screams getting loader and loader, yet never overpowering the narrator.
Stormtrooper zombies are awesome, in fact this book reminded me of Dead Space and that is a great game series (Excluding 3). It's horrifying, it's thrilling, it's gory, and it has zombies/necromorphs.
(SPOILER.) For those who have listened to the book may i just say my personal most scary moment was the Imperial officers in the shuttle. Surrounded by these ravenous, hunger filled monsters, they surrender their humanity and turn into zombies themselves. Just... *shiver*.
To start with, it's not a Star Wars book really. With the exception of a really bad part for Han and Chewie (just a terrible idea of putting them on there...he only did it to make it feel anything like star wars). The writing feels rushed; There's no real character development. He tried to put his own spin on a zombie virus and outbreak, kudos for that, but it was a terrible idea. The virus, the way it spreads, just everything about it was poorly thought out. Even if it wasn't a "Star Wars" book it would be just a bad, bad zombie book.
I think my least favorite thing about the book is the chapter name reading....The stupid guy yelling in the background the name of the chapter was just a horrible thing to do. I feel embarrassed for everyone involved that it's there.
I didn't want to finish the book. I shouldn't have finished the book but I spent the credit (wish I hadn't) so I did. I was going to get Red Harvest at the same time, really glad I didn't.
I have never read or listened to any of the books in the Star Wars universe and tried this one because I just wanted to use up my credits and it made a follower out me. The production quality including the narrators and effects were wonderful and the story was very good as well.
A fun new type of SW book that takes a different path from the normal Star Wars stories. Very entertaining and frightful! I wanted to listen to it again but chose not to, because I already know what happens. Please write more of this type of Star Wars horror novel!
With a smooth narration, excellent audio, and enthralling story, this Star Wars novel is one of the best!
The story is not bad " zombie tail" the when it gets explaining the "what caused this to happen" you look at it like.. "Really.. is that really the way you are going to explain this?" If you hated the Force explanation of Microscopic entities that co-exist in everything.. but in some more than others.( midichlorians)
It was ok.. but if your looking for a zombie story with star wars appeal... you might be less impressed.
I think what got me most is after all the the through in HAn a CHEWIE!!! REALLY REALLY... I've read other books with that pair in the mix and it's been cool.. but now they are just being tossed in whenever.
The writing was fine, but unless you are really into zombie stories or just a hardcore star wars fan, this story was terribly cliche, no unique star wars or zombie angle was presented.
But the worst part was the production value, while the narrarator was fine to good, there was two exceptions with the presentation:
1) When will audio producers learn that no one enjoys listening to over-dramatic human body noises??? i.e. coughs, gags, etc. Especially at equal or greater volume than the narration. It really can pierce a reader's ears.
2) The sound-effects and back ground music were horrible, recycled tripe that in no way fit the mood of the story... in what zombie chase, pursuit, or lurking does John Williams bouncy symphonic music from the original trilogies fit??? It doesn't. Instead, it pulls you right out of whatever suspense the author was attempting to build with his words and descriptions. The story needed something along the lines of Jaws or Friday the 13th, instead we get the music associated with Darth Vader walking down a hallway or an Ewok riding a speeder bike (neither of which occurs in the book, in case you were wondering). How do those established images jive with the images of ZOMBIES STALKING their prey??? Again, it doesn't.
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