by JD Demars
This is cleverly narrated by a survivor holed up in an office block running out of water and food. It is done with diary style with dates and the order runs very well.
He often eludes to the fact that he is unique in having immunity and as his story played out I was impressed with how the author, JDD, managed to allow information and knowledge to seep out slowly.
It is straight to the point, very matter of fact but with an underlying element of sadness in his trains of thought, he claims he is not a hero when clearly he has only acted as most of us would in times of horror eg hiding, running etc.
Then there is the burden of carrying the “cure” in your blood and the guilt of having others die to save you, I thought these thoughts were dealt with very well and it was really great to see the character developing before my eyes.
In one of the first few chapters he recounts a drive to the local bar and I had to laugh at the irony of his driving; it was like a bad joke about women drivers!
Eventually he is forced into a life or death situation which leaves him with a little reminder of the struggle; teeth marks, and we all know what that means in a zompoc!
There was a sense of realism when internally discussing the zompoc which was good and compelling. I loved the bonding with Boomer, the dog. I also felt like this gave a different element to the story line with our manin character having a dog not a human for a companion.
In addition some of the other major aspects of this “version” of the zompoc are far, far different from any other books I have read. The zombies are different, their evolution is different etc.
The army speak explanations were really good as they allowed me into this work and therefore did not bore me. Whilst army he admits to being a supply man and not gunned up to the eyeballs which also makes a great change.
It could have been cleaner with the odd missing letter/word and incorrect tense; however this did not distract too much as the story was riveting.
However, a couple of things did irritate me that I have to mention, in hope the author will address these in subsequent books:
When locked in the bedroom for two weeks how did the woman go to the toilet? The explanation for how she got water was quite detailed but the other end is never mentioned! But JDD is not alone in this, most authors of apocalyptic situations never address these issues, weeing, pooping, periods etc…..
The lack of medical knowledge (and therefore research) annoyed me re the wound care and expecting a body to regenerate/replace blood loss overnight. But I suppose this is an occupational hazard for me.
Is Christian bigoted or brutally honest in describing people, I’m not sure.
This story starts with a bang, has a really strong middle, with no slow points and the ending leaves you with just enough of a cliff-hanger to want more, I certainly am looking forward to the next volume in this series.
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