Since the dead began to rise, not much has changed in Cyrus V. Sinclair’s life beyond the fact that he doesn’t have to go to work anymore. Cyrus was e..Show More »xpecting some sort of apocalypse to come in his lifetime and was prepared for it. Now he sits in his fortified apartment, watching the undead take over his city as if it was some sort of movie. Yet, when forced to save the life of a young girl, Cyrus must reevaluate his decision to ride out the apocalypse in his apartment, and heads out into a changed and brutal world. The Undead Situation really doesn’t add much new to the zombie apocalypse genre. Knapp’s zombies are basically Romero style, and the assortment of Survivors that pepper the land fall into your typical apocalyptic types. Yet, where Knapp excels is her ability to filter stereotypical apocalyptic scenarios through the eyes of a couple of incredibly unique characters. Her characters are not especially likable, and only heroic if it serves their purpose, but they are immensely compelling. Cyrus reminded me a lot of the Heather’s character JD in the early stages of the novel, but just when you feel you are truly beginning to understand him, something changes. As a narrator, Cyrus is highly unreliable, his inner dialogues capable of suddenly revealing a side of himself that even he hadn’t realized was there. Yet, The Undead Situation isn’t just a character study, it’s full of a lot of fun action that any zombie fiction fan will enjoy. The Undead Situation will please fans of classic zombie tales with familiar apocalyptic situations, but will also offer something for those looking for a twist to their zombie lore by allowing the reader to view those situations through the skewed eyes of her main character.
I think a big reason I associated Cyrus with JD from Heathers was based on the narration of Kevin T. Collins. It almost seemed as if his was channeling the voice and cadence of Christian Slater, giving it a bit of a twist, and presenting it as the voice of Cyrus and for me this tactic, if intentional, was brilliantly done. Collins does what first person narrators should do by creating a voice appropriate for his character and maintaining it throughout the reading. Collins also handled the many peripheral characters well, both male and female. The Undead Situation works very well as an audiobook, and was one of the bigger surprises for me in Audible’s zombie celebration. Luckily, Knapp has set up the novel for an obvious sequel, and I will be looking for it with great anticipation.
What I liked about the first book still hold true in this second instalment: The mindless fun! The dark sense of humour of the main characters and the..Show More » action...
This time round, Cyrus V Sinclair battles of all things ‘being normal’. It would seem that the zombie plague has finally brought out the normal in Cyrus.
This book feels more mature than the previous, by that I think it is takes itself a bit more serious than the first. Personally, I like the zombie genre because of the lack of seriousness… I like the comic book style violence and humour albeit a bit dark. I’m not in for lessons of self-awareness from this sort of story. It is just a personal thing and shouldn’t deter the listener from another instalment in the life of Cyrus V Sinclair. The ‘V’ stands for Virtuous. I wonder if the new ‘virtuous’ Cyrus thing just took me by surprise? If there is another one to add to the series, I do hope the V returns to ‘vile’ and ‘violent’ it suited him better.
Nevertheless I enjoyed the story greatly and once again the narration was brilliant! 1.25x speed is the sweet spot for listening and once again it is the type of story I found myself wishing to listen to in one sitting.
My buying advice is ‘yes, another one worthy to be in the library’.
If you like this sort of story I would also recommend:
Mountain Man series by Keith Blackmore ZBurbia series by Jake Bible Andrian’s Undead Diary series by Chris Philbrook Z-Risen by Timothy Long
I've followed Cyrus's journey through the zombie apocalypse since the first book "The Undead Situation" came out in 2013. My guess is t..Show More »hat if you're reading this, you have too. The series is practically required reading in a genre that has become bloated (Sorry about the pun.) with lots of sub-par stories. Ms. Knapp did a fantastic job bringing the story back full circle. Not only is this accomplished through the main story line, which is to be expected, but also through subtle nods to the previous two books. Its that subtlety that I found particularly impressive. Just enough to catch your attention, but not so much that it encumbers the flow of the story. I won't spoil anything here, but you'll know them when you hear them. As you'd expect, the usual cast of characters are back along with some new ones that shake things up some. Ms. Knapp has continued to refine and add depth to Cyrus's character since her first book, and "Ruins" is no exception. He's still the original z-poc sociopath; love him or hate him, he couldn't care less as long as he gets what he wants. Along those same lines, Ms. Knapp has also continued to raise the bar for her brutally descriptive treatment of a post apocalyptic existence. Its one of my favorite things about this book. To say she doesn't pull any punches is a gross understatement. What can I say about Mr. Collins? He's the voice of Cyrus that we've all come to expect, in all his snarky bluntness. Few narrators capture a character so well. I doubt I could listen to anything else he's done without thinking "Cyrus V. Sinclair". The only reason he didn't get a full five stars is that while he has Cyrus "dialed in", other characters are not quite as polished.