Audie Award Nominee, Original Work, 2013
Six months ago, the world ended. The Baugh Contagion swept across the planet. Its victims were left twitching, adrenalized cannibals that quickly became know as Junkies. Civilization crumbled as people created isolated safe havens to hide from the infected... and the possibly infected. Now, as society nears a tipping point, lives will intersect and intertwine across two days in a desolate city.
The Junkie Quatrain is four tales of survival, and four types of post-apocalypse story, because the end of the world means different things for different people. Loss. Opportunity. Hope. Or maybe just another day on the job.
©2012 Peter Clines (P)2012 Audible, Inc.
I like Jack Reacher style characters regardless of setting. Put them in outer space, in modern America, in a military setting, on an alien planet... no worries. Book has non moralistic vigilante-justice? Sign me up! (oh, I read urban fantasy, soft and hard sci-fi, trashy vampire and zombie novels too)
This was (sort of ) a collection of 4 inter-related short stories. I am not sure if I knew that fact when I started the book and, if I had, I might have skipped it because I don't normally like short stories. However, this book reads more like a single story, told from 4 different view points. Sure, each of the sections has different characters as the centrepiece, but they are all connected, and the world and happenings in it are all the same.
So, essentially, it is a novel with 4 different main characters rather than a collection of short stories. And I actually quite enjoyed it. It is a zombie tale, so of course there is the usual death and gore, but it is not a hack-n-slash type, and the characters do behave in normal ways (i.e. the author doesn't make them do stupid things like walk down a dark alley by themselves in order to create an opportunity for "bad things" to happen).
There is a logical explanation for the zombie breakout because they are not actually the living dead (which would take a greater leap of faith to accept as possible) - they are infected with a virus, which does make the possibility of their existence quite believable. (Don't misunderstand me though, this is a zombie novel, so, of course, there is a whole level of gross behaviour that will require you suspend your disbelief).
The narration is good, there is no sex, minimal swearing and not much gore, considering it is a zombie book.
This enjoyable collection of 4 intertwined stories stand alone brilliantly, yet flow into each other just enough to immediately draw you into the next. The characters are realistically rendered and led me to want more - this is a great series to whet the appetite of zombie fans! I also found the short-story very convenient for busy lives! (just had to throw that in there!)
I had never read anything by Peter Clines until I read 14. I was so impressed with that book that when I saw this one, I had to snap it up. This was comprised of four short stories, all of which told a story of a very specific point in time from four different viewpoints. Each story is related through at least one character in a different story. This was a unique concept and the narrators were also good. I could definitely see this one being a full-length novel, told from the various points of view; the stories were already written to be intertwined, so the characters could easily mesh into one larger story.
Sure, if it were on special for <$5 or in a library.
This set of short stories is fairly generic but there really isn't a lot in the genre that isn't generic these days. It's pretty well put together, usually revealing exposition through events/action that seem natural and remain interesting. The twist on the progression of the "rage virus" style zombie virus and how it impacts the world and the characters in it is a nice touch too.
I couldn't tell for sure if it was being self aware when a character mocked a couple of standard zombie tropes then immediately explained that, in fact, this other standard zombie trope was exactly how it happened. I think it was being self aware but it was a very clumsy nod to the audience if it was and just a silly ego trip from the author if it wasn't. It was just odd.
The biggest problem is that the stories get gradually less interesting as you progress to the point where the fourth and final one contains almost entirely redundant or predictable information. This is partly due to the interconnected nature of the stories. I'd already filled in the bits of the story missing from the second story and the fourth is largely a retelling of that one with more detail from a different perspective. But none of the extra detail is anything other than what I'd expected/imagined. This is also partly due to the cardboard cutout "I'm a total professional bad ass" caricature the focus of the final chapter is.
The second story - which is heavily interlaced with the fourth - is also an array of very thin caricatures. The third story is mainly exposition - two characters in a room talking through the zombie crisis, how it began and what to do about it.
Only the first story gives any kind of insightful perspective on one of it's characters.
Learning more about Holly's family situation toward the end of the first "quatrain".
If you're into post-apocalyptic and/or zombie stories then yes. It's pretty shallow. It's a genre targeted piece and if you're not a fan of the genre you're not likely to get much from it.
Quilt isn't a name. It's a duvet or doona. It's downy soft too, which is nice.
If this is ever made into an octet then I hope the author calls another professional bad ass Snugglerug.
"My test of a good book is dreading to begin the last chapter." - Thomas Helm
I enjoyed this short listen. I loved the way the four characters lives inter twined. My only negative comment is; I wish it were a longer story as it was so interesting I didn't want it to end. I was rooting for the woman in the first story. This would be excellent to make a second, much longer book.
This plays out a lot like the movie Traffic, hence the name. A great zombie book. Character development is swift. Its a good listen!
I'm not really a zombie lover. But this was more like a biological thrillerette that was really good! The format was what I liked the best. There was a short story with pretty interesting characters and when it ended, the same situation was explained from another characters viewpoint. Each addition made the overall picture clearer. The only bad thing is that the story isn't nearly long enough and the problem was left unsolved and it gives the reader an unsettling feeling. I can't tell if this is a series as I write this, so maybe the story continues? I hope so. I will definitely go check out Clines other works. There is some sexual immorality graphically described, but it is brief. And there is of course vulgar language... the world just ended 6 months earlier after all... so it should be expected... haha. I listened at 2X speed and the narrators did a great job. This was worth a credit and you should get it. Why not now? I hope this helps. Later.
Yes, short enough that even if you don't like it (not likely if I thought you'd enjoy this type of story) that you wouldn't be upset about investing the time.
The angle the author took on the "junkies" zombies. Frankly it made it more believable, the most of any other zombie scenario story I've read or seen.
It definetly left me wanting for more. I'd forgotten is was a shorty and was upset when it ended ubruptly.
Divorce attorney needing a break from reality!
I loved the short stories which all tied together. It was well written, creative, and even if you rename then "junkies" it was still a zombie story, which I sort of liked.
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