<i>Poxland</i>, by Bryan Cassiday, is an interesting take on the zombie apocalypse scenario. (I was given a review copy.) Is the Federal government involved? Added to the zombie mess that survivors have to deal with is another twist: radiation from the atomic bombs the government dropped to get rid of the zombies.
Cassiday's story and story-telling are engaging, and his descriptions of setting are great. The reader can feel as if he or she is right there, choking on dust along with the survivors. Many scenes made me feel quite claustrophobic! His knowledge of weapons and government and military operations gives a strong feeling of authenticity to the work.
Cassiday's extensive vocabulary threw me out of the tale each time I had to go look up a word (and friends <i>tease</i> me because of my "fancy vocabulary"!). When I volunteered as a librarian in an elementary school, I learned that librarians tell young people that if they have to look up five words, the book they're reading is too advanced for them. If I went by that rule on <i>Poxland</i>, I would have had to stop reading less than halfway through. It felt as if he was trying to impress the reader, rather than engage the reader.
One odd note on the characters: I suspect that Cassiday is five foot nine. Most of the male characters are five foot nine, except for those who are supposed to represent violence or aggression: they're six foot four or six foot five.
Bottom line: good read if you have ready access to a dictionary or thesaurus.