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 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!
Bi-Vocational Pastor/Draftsman. Full time husband and dad. Audiobooks are a staple in my life because I can read and work...
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.
If you're reading this, I'm assuming you already like the zombie genre. If zombies aren't your cup of tea, this book likely isn't for you.
That being said, the zombies are really just a prop for 4 individual stories that are all connected. In a way, a bit like World War Z, but in a much smaller setting than the globe, and with a better explanation of how the zombie virus came to be. The interplay of the stories was very well done, and the characters nicely selected.
As for the performance, it was very good. In Therese Plummer I have finally found another female narrator I like. This was also my first exposure to Christian Rummel, and he also did a quite well.
Pick this one up if you are in the mood for some great zombie fare and 4 great short stories. It's one of the better zombie books I have read.
I thought these were four solid stories, but it felt like just the beginning to something. An introduction. I did like how the stories all intertwined. The narration was decent. That said, I wouldn't spend a credit on this. It was short and felt incomplete, but I got it for like three bucks so I wasn't disappointed. Overall, I enjoyed the tales but it really did feel like there was more to come. If that was the author's intent, then job well done.
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