In a steel-and-lead-encased bunker 20 feet below the basement level of his house, a soldier waits for his final orders. On the surface, a plague ravages the planet, infecting over 90% of the populace. The bacterium burrows through the brain, destroying all signs of humanity and leaving behind little more than base, prehistoric instincts. The infected turn into hyper-aggressive predators, with an insatiable desire to kill and feed. Someday soon, the soldier will have to open the hatch to his bunker, and step out into this new wasteland, to complete his mission: Subvenire refectus. To rescue and rebuild.
The Remaining is the first book in the best-selling series, which tells a gritty tale of survival, perseverance and fighting to get back what has been lost.
©2012 D.J. Molles (P)2013 Audible, Inc.
This series does not play out like most books. This book drew me in and made me feel like I was right along side them. DJ Molles does a good job of making you really want to read the next book as soon as you are done with this one.
After hearing the first book I really hoped that Rummel would narrate the whole series. He did a very good job.
This book has very high highs and very dark lows.
I have mixed feelings. The story doesn't have much happening a great deal of the time. I am not sure why I stayed with the story the whole way other than it was well written and the narration was really good.
For one thing, when he left his bunker I would have told the boy don't leave at least for a week. There was food. I would have stressed you will be eaten. I wouldn't have had the bunker totally destroyed. They still would have had to go out to make the world civilized.
The main character was done well. He was likable and developed.
I think it could have been done in one. Two books would have been fine if this one had a good ending or any ending at all. For that reason I won't buy the next one.
I got this book on sale. It had potential.
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ok so the premise is basically solid if not boringly textbook ZA. I appreciate the explanation of how this character escaped the initial outbreak and subsequent collapse of civil society but technically speaking this is also the plots biggest weakness.
Maybe I mean not enough payoff. It felt like a 2 hour TV pilot, and a good one, but I thought this book was gonna be the whole season.
Enjoyable, nice premise (different than the usual zombie fare) .
a humble, seeking, loudmouth, Jesus lover, and sometimes heretic explores his questions, concerns, and varied interests through books.
Ok, I loved this book and I love the premise. So without giving everything away here is a short summery: Lee works for the federal government in a special department whose sole purpose is to prepare for the end of the world. Underneath Lee's home is a secure bunker with mega stockpiles of supplies. Every time the government fears a disease could become pandemic or there is a serious terrorist threat Lee seals himself inside the bunker waiting for the day when one of these predictions comes true. When the plague called Fury infects 90%+ of the US population, killing most of the infected and leaving the rest as violent animals (not quite zombies though) Lee heads out to search for and help survivors. His sole mission is to organize people into communities in hopes that whatever is left of society can rebuild.
On a side note I hope there really are people like Lee out there to help in the case of apocalypse...if any government officials are reading this get on it ;)
This novel is surprisingly realistic, thought provoking, and overall very well done. The narrator is great too! I will buy book 2 soon!
The narration is well done and thats the saving grace in this story. The concept is good, however the delivery often lacks punch and reads like an ad for a sporting goods/survivalist store.
The amount of realism in the world made this a compelling listen, however there were some parts that had me scratching my head (such as why soldiers like Lee weren't placed into cells, and why someone as trained as Lee didn't mention the pads for Tango)
I listened to this in my commute to and from work and when I was running, as such, I found it an enjoyable way to spend my commute/time on the treadmill. Over all though, I don't know if the story compelled me enough to want to continue the series.
42 from east Texas. Married with 2 beautiful children. Life is good.
I enjoyed the story. The ending of the first book is rather abrupt. The narrator seem to use his inflection at the wrong times, similar to William Shatner. Either that or he breaks up the sentence at an awkward spot. Once you get used to it the story is quite good. I enjoyed that the writer got right to the point without long drawn out explanations into the emotions.
Take every cliche in any zombie story you can think of and put them into one book. Now add a dog that dies (sorry for the spoiler, but I feel like it's not spoiling much) to win over your sympathy.
The one thing I liked about this telling of zombie apocalypse was the fact that the zombies aren't dead. They aren't walking dead (although they are called 'walkers' in one passage, which is totally stealing from 'The Walking Dead'), they are infected living humans, which makes killing them harder on the psyche. In this universe, killing an infected person means shutting the lights off for them, where in most other zombie epics the lights are out before the head bashing happens. This is a pretty cool idea, and is a good opportunity for Molles to play on the humanity of the situation. If he were more subtle in his description of it and if the characters were less cold in their reaction to it, it would have worked. It didn't.
Also, this book reads like a word problem you'd get in your middle school math class. That's good when it describes the science behind everything going on. It reminds me of 'The Martian' in that way. It differs from 'The Martian' in that there's no subtlety. When the drama starts, it's all tell, no show.
I'd recommend this book to fans of the zombie genre looking to find a variation on the apocalypse narrative. For all it's faults, 'The Remaining' is interesting. However, it's not interesting enough for me to use next month's Audible Membership token on the sequel.
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