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Let me start by stating I have never written a review about a book I did not like. After reading the positive reviews I felt I had to voice my opinion. First I found the characters very unbelievable and extremely annoying, none of them had a consistent thought process unless making wrong choices counts. The main character Todd was a spineless wishy washy idiot that should not have made it a week after the infection. The children’s parents where gutless cowards, I could not believe for a second that they could have made it on foot as far and as long as they did, not to mention what horrible selfish people they were for abandoning their children. Laura was a whining baby who had to question everything Todd did but felt safe with him and trusted him, make up your mind.
Characters aside the story was nonsensical and contradictory. One example of this is the infection, they talked about theories, one being it was something that happened before maybe during the dinosaur extinction event. However Todd points out that the infection didn’t affect animals, only humans. Then later in the story Todd kills a bitten dog to “prevent it from turning” WHAT? The Author also seemed to be trying to voice anti-gun views making a big deal out of Todd using his “assault rifle” to defend himself against pirates. He points out one of the pirates was a large menacing man but was reluctant to shoot him to defend Laura, the children, and himself. He also obviously knows nothing about firearms, describing the “Assault rifle” as having a “large” 223 bullet. In case you don’t know a 223 bullet is small .22 caliber which by no means can it be considered large. The Springfield XDM pistol also does not have a hammer so don’t tell me Todd checked to see if the hammer is back, do your homework it is very annoying to describe specifics of firearms when your description is wrong. I could go on and on and on.
Finally the narrator was very monotone and his voicing of female characters was like nails on a chalk board. To be fair I don’t think any narrator could have saved this poor excuse for a zombie book.
If the point of this book was to make me hate these characters and root for the Zombies then he did a good job.
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Pros- it's an omnibus so you get a good bang for the buck. Decent story line.
Cons- limited plot/ character development. Narration makes character very lukewarm, especially the female characters. Can't see them surviving long...