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This is going to be a hard book to review as I don't want to spoil things. The story is centered on Adam. He is testing a revolutionary new suit, called a Skin. From what I gathered, it recycles your waste, sweat etc and makes it so that you don't need to eat or drink etc. While in the suit, some event happens that causes everything to start rotting, I mean everything!! Adam seems to be the only person immune to it because of the suit. Is he it? Is there hope for him and his future?
While I liked the concept and originality of the plot, it felt rushed at times. I know it's a relatively short read, but I do think that the overall world building suffered because of it. I wanted to know more about how the Rot came about and about the suit.
Same way with the character development. We never really got a sense of who Adam really was. He goes through a lot during the Rot, but he never seems to grow. Again, I know it's hard to have all the elements in a short book, he still could have grown a little.
My thoughts seem all doom and gloom about the book, but it's not all bad. The overall story was good and I liked it, I just wanted more from it! I will check out more from this author though, as he has a wonderful imagination!!
Narrator Chris Barnes did a great job with this book. It's told in a format of recordings from the main character and the narrator really knew how to bring him to life. He captured the hopelessness, the sense of lose from the character perfectly and gave a brilliant performance. I've listened to quite a few of the books he has narrated and never once has it been a less than stellar performance!!
*I received a free copy of this but voluntarily reviewed it. This in no way affected or influenced my thoughts.*
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Adam is a fighter pilot chosen to test a self-sustaining skin suit. It recirculates all his water and waste so the wearer doesn’t need to eat or drink. It was meant only to be worn for one week, but when the world falls apart, it is the only think keeping Adam from the rot that is infecting the world.
Some contagion has entered the world, turning men and women into mindless and ultra-violent mandmen. But it isn’t just the people, it’s all things. Buildings and machines are decaying, even the very ground is disintegrating. Adam may be the only man left untouched, protected by his suit. The cause is unknown and he may be the only one left to find a stop to the destruction, if he can survive.
There is a feeling of I Am Legend by Richard Matheson. The bleak separateness of the landscape and everyone out to kill him. Has the world simply evolved and now Adam is the outsider, trying to hold onto the past. The listener doesn’t know.
One might be tempted to call this a zombie novel, but the infected people are not dead, just maddened by the disease, though they do act like them. The dark hopelessness of the novel is quite compelling and fits a certain genre. It is a quick listen, but feels full, the world well described and Adam well developed as the reluctant last man on Earth.
The novel is performed by Chris Barnes. He does an excellent job, catching Adams moods and intense loneliness. He does more than simply read the book, he acts, and it is well done. There are few other character voices, but they are done well and easily differentiated. Excellent.
The Rot fits into several categories at once: Zombie, Sci-Fi, Horror and Dystopia. It is a dark novel with literary overtones and will appeal to this audience well. An excellent book that leaves the listener thinking about it long after its completion. Recommended.
Audiobook was provided for review by the narrator.
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What did you like most about The Rot?
I loved it's originality. Great idea. Narration by Chris Barnes was fantastic.
What was one of the most memorable moments of The Rot?
The priest who was infected.
Which character – as performed by Chris Barnes – was your favourite?
Really only Adam. Everyone else around him died. He was a bit of a jinx.
Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?
Chris Barnes narration of Adams loss (spoiler)
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