The story is 'apocalypse by the numbers'. Characters are so thin that if they turned sideways they'd vanish. The writ..Show More »ing varies in quality from painful to facepalm and stops at all points in between. The dialogue especially is staggeringly bad. Our hero, a teenager, knows absolutely everything about everything (astrology, history, farming, tactics and on and on), and is as adept at showing up teachers with his scholarly skills as he is grizzled old veterans with his planning and military acumen. I cannot think of a single redeeming feature about this, except that the narrator does a creditable job which the material. Women are useless in the apocalypse it seems. At one point a character trades honey for used women's underwear. No, I'm not making this up but Iam getting miserable trying to review this. Honestly, it's utter drivel, so bad it could almost be a parody but it's just not that self-aware. Try the Mountain Man books, or The Remaining books, but avoid this.
Normally when I finish listening to a title I write the review straight away. But this time I thought I would take a couple of days and think a bit mo..Show More »re carefully about this one. I am glad I did as I was able to actually discover the reason why I had liked it so much.
That reason is simple, it makes feel young. There is no doubt the age of the main character and his ‘girlfriends’ help this, some of the story line regarding the relationships around Zach makes it feel like every teenage boys dream.
Once again a lot of detail is left out of some of the more graphic story line... another indicator of the target market.
Ok with all of that said and with me being middle aged bloke who does read/listen a lot and not just in the zombie genre. I also have two teenage children, which enables me to really understand why some species eat their own young. I like to think I am a bit more mature than the average teenager. Despite all of this I still enjoyed this series! I don’t think I could listen to a lot of this type one after another but it is good to bring out that young teenage person hidden within.
I notice some have commented about the narrator’s lack of emotion. But I did not find it a problem; in fact it just reinforced the type of characters within the story. Once again the speed of the narration was best increased to 1.25x again this only shortened the total listening time a little. This might be important if you are like me; in that you like your credit dollars to give you a reasonable length in enjoyment factor.
I did enjoy the ending in this one and will be looking for the third in the series. However, I suspect the third will be the last time I listen to the series… unless the author does something different. But for me this one deserves two thumbs up!
I find myself rereading the series over and over. I really like to listen to a bit of it each day in addition to the other books I listen to for the f..Show More »irst time. I extremely rarely re-read a book.