Forget everything you know about zombies
In under 10 minutes, 99.9% of the world's population will be dead... or changed. Conversion is instant. Headshots just make them angry. And they're getting smarter.
Ken Strickland has made it through the first moments. But his family is still out there. Can he survive? Can he find them? Or will he become one more of the creatures that now rule our world?
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INTENSE thrill ride
run and hide!
as the story opens, ken's history class is taking a test. one of his students gets distracted by something weird. one of the window panes is swarming with thousands of bugs. unnerved at the strange sight, ken tries to shoo the bugs away by pounding on the window. all of the sudden, a familiar noise and sight causes the students rush to the windows and look out. as ken raises his head, he quickly notices something else wrong with the sight. the plane coming in to land at boise airport is coming in too low. and if that's not bad enough, one of his students falls to the floor, seemingly having seizures.
what follows is an intense, edge of your seat, thrill ride. the story starts out fast and doesn't let up. the pacing and narration of the story combine exquisitely for a wonderful, heart-pounding listen. the narrator's tone conveys what is happening- the fear, the panic, the disbelief... i was totally engrossed in the first 10 minutes and couldn't stop listening.
while there's not a lot of character development, you do a get sense of the characters. i'm sure there'll be more character development in the subsequent books, but i understand you really can't do much when your characters are running for their lives. but i was satisfied with the characters; however, one character has an awful name, dorkus. but don't let that put you off!
the zombies in this story are the fast, aggressive type. the author does differentiate his zombies a little by giving them a hive kind of mind, where they act as a group, like a swarm of flesh hungry ants. the author had some really good, horrifying hoard scenes. there is kind of a supernatural twist to the zombies, which adds another layer of fear to them. i won't spoil what it is, but it's an interesting twist.
my biggest disappointment is how the story ended with a major cliffhanger. i wanted to know what happens next, and i wanted to know now! LOL i guess that's not too bad of a thing to be disappointed about.
coming in at just over 4 and a 1/2 hours, it is kind of expensive, but it's definitely better than anything at the movies right now. so, i think it's worth the $$$. just make sure your schedule is wide open b/c you'll want to listen to the story in one sitting!
- Mike Naka
Gripping, fast, moving
Basically, I want an audiobook to sweep me away. The more it engages me, the less I think about the boring drive I'm making, the room I'm cleaning, the makeup I'm putting on. Colony SO delivered. There were no dead spots, no slow introspection. Just bam. End of the world. Then bam. Action and adventure. Then bam. Suspense. I loved it.
The characters are likable and hopeful. Mysterious and secretive and a little weird, certainly, but decent. Sometimes you read post-Apocalpytic fiction, and you think, "Humans are the worst. Why have we not already died en masse like the wretched swarm of cockroaches that we are?" But this book shows humans at their best, or at least at their most decent. I appreciated that. The zombies are freaky-weird (I need to grab the second one and find out wth is going on with this whole uber-bizarre zombie situation), but the humans are still acting like humans, not monsters.
All in all, if you're looking for a quick-paced, high-action, zombie read that won't make you despair of all hope for mankind, this is the one for you. Or even if you don't mind despairing of all hope for mankind and you just want a good zombie read, this is the one for you as well.
- Amazon Customer