A virus has hit major cities like New York; a small percentage proves to be immune, but most people are dying in the streets and the cities are quaran..Show More »tined. Travel is restricted with military check points on the road, but most of the country continues to semi function. But despite the quarantine the virus is spreading. Vivian is a stripper trying to make it to her daughter and has to rough it with brothers Angus, Axel and others she meets on her way. Her daughter, Emily, is the only kid I ever liked in a zombie story and I was a bit surprised about what happened.
Unlike other stories, the apocalypse doesn't just happen in one day, this felt a bit more realistic. I liked this beginning of the apocalypse tale. Some things weren't realistic though, like how they didn't know the dead were turning into zombies becuase they burned the bodies. Millions of people suddenly die and not one body is missed and not burned? Not going to happen. We've seen those pictures of FEMA camps with all those black coffins where bodies will be stored.
More importantly though is the bizarre relationships between Vivian and the two brothers. I think the friction between them was way over played. I mean Angus slapped her and yet she still crawls into the tent to sleep next to him. Yeah, she is in a desperate situation, but I don't think I'd ever accept being slapped. And the difficult "romance" between her and Axel? Weird. A man isn't going to treat a woman he likes like that, and she accepts it? I have to just throw my hands in the air and exclaim that I don't understand women.
Narration was just amazing. There were plenty of characters and Hillary handled them all perfectly.
I'm not sure what to say. Everything was predictable. I'm not sure I understand the logic of heading into the middle of Las Vegas when there are ple..Show More »nty of communities on the outskirts to get supplies from. It seemed like it was added it to create more suspense, but all it did was create frustration. I don't even think I will get the third book.
The one main story was really enough, but it kept going and when you think that that must b..Show More »e the end, it goes on for one more climax and an exciting conclusion. I was a tiny bit unsatisfied with one resolution in the end, but this was deliberate by the author but I'm unsure why. It kinda gnaws at me. I was so on edge for much of this book.
The strangest thing was when I was worried about a plot development and thought they would miss it, but no, they anticipated it too! They even had an emergency plan "in case", yet crap still happens anyways.
My past gripes were answered and it turns out the author was just keeping me in suspense during the previous two books. I also figure Angus was/is just a bit crazy so he gets a free card to act a strange. In this book it does turn out he isn't as simple as everyone thought he was.
Both narrators are very good and I think it's great that there are two. You'd think that they would narrate at the same with each doing the appropriate gender voice, but I guess they must have tested that and maybe it sounds funny. Like other books with two narrators, each takes over the whole chapter when it's either Axl or Vivian. Luckily it doesn't happen too often that Patrik Lawlor has to do female voices, particularly when you know there is a good female narrator available who could have just spoken the female lines. He was a bit over excited at the start, but I guess so was Axl.
I'm really glad there is more coming in this series, I hope it never ends.