Apocalyptic, Book Review, Dystopia, dystopian, Zombies

Prescient by DS Murphy

My Rating: 4/5 Stars

Summary via Amazon: “What if I told you you’d be dead in a year? That a food corporation would experiment with genetic modification, and nearly destroy the human race. Would you believe me? Sounds crazy, right? Because nobody can see the future. Nobody but me. And what I see isn’t pretty. A dystopian wasteland. Bodies rotting to nothing in the streets. Humans on the brink of survival. The wilderness eating away at what used to be my hometown. A shadow organization rounding up children. Bands of warring tribes. And let’s not forget the modifieds – the zombie-like remains of what used to be the human race…

My Review: I loved everything about this story except the ending. It was perfect; the pace was great, keeping me engaged up until the mini-cliffhanger. I despise cliffhangers, even if it is trying to pull you into a second book. I suppose the overall conflict of this first book was wrapped up by the end, so that makes up for it. But, I felt it ended too abruptly for me to feel satisfied. I’m left with this urge to keep reading, but the irritation of how the first ended… it’s all very conflicting. 

That being said, the world building was great, the backstory and explanations didn’t get in the way of the action or dialogue. 

The beginning was a bit too slow. Starting the story with the teens sitting around the room smoking might have been a better way to go. There was a lack of build-up to this moment, and it didn’t keep me engaged as much as the rest of the book did. Throwing me right into the tension, conflict, and then suddenly–woah, something strange is happening–would have hooked me in quicker. 

I’m not sure what I feel about the protagonist. There are so many questions left unanswered in this book, I’m kind of frustrated with her by the end. She’s been told exactly what she needs to do to stop the apocalypse from happening, but is in denial or scared and won’t do it–even though she’s consistently looking for a way to fix the future. It’s in front of her, handed to her. So, she’s whining to/about, and frustrated with, her side characters, her sister, and herself, looking for a way to fix things, but refuses to do the one thing that will. This drags on, and it’s maddening. It makes her a little weak, in my opinion. I know she’s just a kid still, but she doesn’t have a choice at this point. 

Time traveling books are really irritating sometimes, especially if things are on a loop–a paradox. I’ve never been a huge fan of time travel (this excludes historical fiction), but this book made it a little more intriguing and unique. The reason behind the apocalypse was also unique–at least, I’ve never read anything like this before, so overall, I enjoyed it. 

Book Review, Fairytale, Re-Telling, Uncategorized, Zombies

Alice: The Wanderland Chronicles

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My Rating: 5/5 Heart

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Short Summary: An Alice in Wonderland re-telling. Hoping she isn’t too late, Alice fights her way through deadly momerath territory to find a cure for her sister, who’s infected with the dreaded virus.

My Review: 

I love this cover so much and every page in between. I’m so excited I own the hard copy too. 
♥ A new spin on a classic favorite. Even better, it’s a zombie tale. “Momeraths,” so clever!
 Writing style, pacing, action, and tension kept me entertained and hooked.
♥ Other than the occasional lengthy dialogue from Abbott and Hatta, there were little-to-no interruptions in the pace of the story from start to finish.
 I love Alice, and Chess is my favorite character. He’s flighty, but for good reason. I’m looking forward to seeing how his character’s strengths and weaknesses help or hinder Alice in the next book. Alice is a strong character, who isn’t easily deterred from her mission to find the cure, even when the Red Queen double crosses her. 

Overall, I recommend this to re-telling and zombie lovers alike. It was a fun, fast paced, easy read with some clever references to the classic tale of Alice woven in. Five Red Hearts from me! Looking forward to Sullivan’s re-telling of Peter Pan next!

 

 

 

Apocalyptic, Book Review, Dystopia, Horror, Uncategorized, Zombies

Stage 3 by Ken Stark

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My Rating: 5/5 stars

Short Summary: Mason has lost his faith in humanity after a heart-wrenching breakup with Beck. As he returns from vacation, angry and alone, he confronts a world plagued by blindness, the first stage of zombie transformation. Forced from his home, he encounters a young girl, who gives him hope to fight on, for her sake if not his own.

My Warning: Don’t read this before bed, unless you plan on being up all night huddled under the covers in fear. 

I did just that. I don’t regret it at all, but still…I was terrified until the end.

I love zombies, and Ken Stark did a fantastic job of spinning his own horror story. He made Mason, an ultimately dis-likable character, likable. I’m so use to reading and watching zombie stories where the main pov character struggles to cope with the horror in front of them by cowering for the majority of the story before jumping into action and facing it head on. Mason did the opposite, and he’s smart. While he coped with loss and fear in his own way, he’s a strong character, who reacts realistically while also making quick decisions without hesitation. His redeeming qualities shine through as he protects a young blind girl, which makes him a sympathetic, caring character beneath his rough external personality and the internal conflicts he faces.

Spoiler ahead…

My only criticism: The overall point of the story is to show the ongoing struggle they face and the hope slowly slipping away from them, which is evident from how the book ends, but I was still disappointed that the characters didn’t succeed or fail in their main goal. Not meeting the goal is obviously part of the underlying theme of hope here, but still…I was left hanging, and I didn’t like it. It felt incomplete. Minus this disappointment, there were only a few places where the point of view switches in scene, which, for once, I didn’t mind so much. I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It was emotionally gripping with it’s fast pace. You won’t want to put it down. 

I read this for my own enjoyment, and highly recommend it.

Apocalyptic, Book Review, Dystopia, Fiction, Hugh Howey, Science Fiction, Zombies

I, Zombie by Hugh Howey

 

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My Rating: 5/5 Stars

Read & reviewed in 2013
Currently listening to the audio version & will update if necessary.

Short Summary via Goodreads:

Warning: Not fit for human consumption

This book contains foul language and fouler descriptions of life as a zombie. It will offend most anyone, so proceed with caution or not at all. And be forewarned: This is not a zombie book. This is a different sort of tale. It is a story about the unfortunate, about those who did not get away. It is a human story at its rotten heart. It is the reason we can’t stop obsessing about these creatures, in whom we see all too much of ourselves.

My past review updated:

You thought The Walking Dead was gory… lol. Get ready for something much worse.

Hugh Howey never ceases to amaze me. I, Zombie was more than I expected. Back in 2012, I remember Hugh saying he wasn’t sure if he was going to write a zombie book or not, but I’m glad he did. I, Zombie is the reason I ended up falling in love with Hugh’s writing style. It hadn’t even been written yet, but the idea of it had me following Hugh intently, hoping. While I waited, I ended up falling in love with WOOL and Molly Fyde.

It’s disgusting, full of gore, and depressing, otherwise there wouldn’t be a WARNING in the summary. I can’t believe people rated it poorly because of the gore…come on, people! It’s a damn zombie book, which comes with a warning label! Really, what did you expect, a happy ending? There’s a lot of great, thought-provoking symbolism in this book, which was clearly lost on a few of Hugh’s readers.

There were times I had to stop reading this book just so I could calm my upset stomach, and I shouldn’t have read it at night, in the dark. I won’t even go into detail about the horrific zombie dreams I had, especially the ones where I was the zombie. The perspective of the zombie apocalypse from the fully aware characters, who are trapped in their own zombie bodies is what everyone was waiting for, and I’m glad Hugh was the one to finally write it because his version is perfect. There isn’t one thing I disliked. I, Zombie did what I hope every tragedy does to my heart and soul; leaves me completely devastated and steals all hope for a happy ending.

One of my all-time favorites by one of my all-time favorite authors.

Apocalyptic, Book Review, Book Series, Science Fiction, Zombies

Hollowland by Amanda Hocking


My Rating: 4/5

Book 1 of the Hollows

Short Summary: Remy King must fight her way across America in hopes of finding her younger brother, while attempting to survive in zombie infested territory with a group of misfit friends she acquires on the way.

My Review: This book did not blow my mind, but it is one of the few zombie books that I have read and enjoyed. Remy is a strong female character, who won’t let anything stand in her way of finding her little brother after they are separated by a hoard of zombies.

The only problem I had with this book is the far-fetched idea of a lion as Remy’s pet and a few issues with power, electricity, and gas still being on. No matter how bad-ass this turns out to be in the end, it’s just a little silly. Remy’s lack of emotion is a bit irritating at times too. There are a few other events, characters, and situations that don’t fit well, but for the most part it’s just a fun story about the zombie apocalypse.

One thing that I did like about this story was the twist on the story at the end when you find out what could possibly be a cure for the outbreak of the zombie virus.

Out of the two Hollow books, this one was definitely the better one.

This book is a free e-book on Amazon for kindle.