Forget everything you know about zombies
In under 10 minutes, 99.9% of the world's population will be dead... or changed. Conversion is instant. Headshots just make them angry. And they're getting smarter.
Ken Strickland has made it through the first moments. But his family is still out there. Can he survive? Can he find them? Or will he become one more of the creatures that now rule our world?
©2013 Michaelbrent Collings (P)2014 Michaelbrent Collings
Avid Zombie fan who's starting to listen to more and more Fantasy and Sci-Fi stories. So, my description is apt to change. Dog lover who's known to have cats. LOL C# coder, part-time prepper, B movie fan, AMC watcher, recovering but successful day trader, perpetual student, overjoyed uncle, former adrenaline junkie with a flare for cooking, and lots more. LOL
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!
Basically, I want an audiobook to sweep me away. The more it engages me, the less I think about the boring drive I'm making, the room I'm cleaning, the makeup I'm putting on. Colony SO delivered. There were no dead spots, no slow introspection. Just bam. End of the world. Then bam. Action and adventure. Then bam. Suspense. I loved it.
The characters are likable and hopeful. Mysterious and secretive and a little weird, certainly, but decent. Sometimes you read post-Apocalpytic fiction, and you think, "Humans are the worst. Why have we not already died en masse like the wretched swarm of cockroaches that we are?" But this book shows humans at their best, or at least at their most decent. I appreciated that. The zombies are freaky-weird (I need to grab the second one and find out wth is going on with this whole uber-bizarre zombie situation), but the humans are still acting like humans, not monsters.
All in all, if you're looking for a quick-paced, high-action, zombie read that won't make you despair of all hope for mankind, this is the one for you. Or even if you don't mind despairing of all hope for mankind and you just want a good zombie read, this is the one for you as well.
The action. The tense, intense, action. I was raked over the coals, and then back, and now I want the next book.
I began reading it expecting a typical survival horror book- unintelligent characters, poorly thought out monsters, and a plot that involves more screaming and running around than anything. None of those thoughts where correct, and I am so glad of it. The monsters make sense (to a certain extent- you can only do so much to make zombies that make sense), but these are actually scary, worrysome, I-would-be-scared-as-all-get-out Zombies that actually makes as much sense as any I have ever seen, and they actually got my heart to beating whenever I listened to them (or about them) in the story.
The non hipster (Aaron). Read the book and find out.
I do not read survival horror as a rule. Most of it isn't very well done. This was recommended, and I'm glad I read it.
Loved the idea and was really looking forward to this one, but then . . yeeesh. Way, way too much navel gazing during what was supposed to be the most terrifying and stressful situation possible, and way, way, way, way too repetitive, "must get to my family. Are they still alive? They couldn't be. Must not give up. Death would be a relief, but must get to my family. Gosh, I really love my family. Must find my family." Not kidding, first 30 minutes of this dog is pretty much that mixed with internal dialogue that doesn't reflect panic nor determined struggle or any other reasonable reaction. The story had potential but needed a decent writer, i.e. one not determined to use as many analogies as possible or show off his descriptive prose abilities. Perhaps it got dramatically better, but I quit after an hour . . . an hour whose loss I mourn.
Ken Strickland walking around in a near constant state of mental fog from concussions. I thought that his disjointed and meandering thoughts really brought the character's personality to life, as well as giving the story some really great humor.
Some of the thoughts Ken had about students in his class throughout the book.
There were actually quite a few of them. I really want to know what's causing all of this! What's up with the bees?! Are other critters involved, as well? I want to know!
I laughed quite a lot.
Michaelbrent Collings is turning into one of my favorite authors. I think he has a real talent for bringing his books to life. They are palpable in all respects.
Zombies, exciting, action
Wow!! The book starts out with a bang and never let's up. Not your shuffling zombies of old-school. These zombies are fast and there are hints of a collective consciousness starting. And there is the intrepid band of survivors, and everyone of them is a great character so far. This is the first in a series and I must get the rest. Also, the reader is very, very good.
This was an interesting take on the popular zombie genre. I enjoyed the author's writing as well as the narrator. The characters were easy to differentiate and they caught my attention. I was also especially intrigued by the concept of the zombies emitting a sense of hopelessness and despair that made the main characters weary. That was a very cool detail.
I struggled to finish. This is just one long boring gory chase scene. No real plot. The story time covered in the book is only about 4 hours, but it felt MUCH longer. On top of that, this is only the first part of a serial installment, it stops abuptly, like a TV show going to a commercial break.
Not the sequel
Na, I think it was suppose to be "exciting"? Wasn't. Sorry it just was not.
Sure, it's a roller coaster. Vaguely experienced running, jumping, various acrobatics forced by zombies. But completely lacks a story.
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