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By Brad B. on 01-16-16
Best of an enjoyable series.
I've followed Cyrus's journey through the zombie apocalypse since the first book "The Undead Situation" came out in 2013. My guess is that if you're reading this, you have too. The series is practically required reading in a genre that has become bloated (Sorry about the pun.) with lots of sub-par stories.
Ms. Knapp did a fantastic job bringing the story back full circle. Not only is this accomplished through the main story line, which is to be expected, but also through subtle nods to the previous two books. Its that subtlety that I found particularly impressive. Just enough to catch your attention, but not so much that it encumbers the flow of the story. I won't spoil anything here, but you'll know them when you hear them.
As you'd expect, the usual cast of characters are back along with some new ones that shake things up some. Ms. Knapp has continued to refine and add depth to Cyrus's character since her first book, and "Ruins" is no exception. He's still the original z-poc sociopath; love him or hate him, he couldn't care less as long as he gets what he wants. Along those same lines, Ms. Knapp has also continued to raise the bar for her brutally descriptive treatment of a post apocalyptic existence. Its one of my favorite things about this book. To say she doesn't pull any punches is a gross understatement.
What can I say about Mr. Collins? He's the voice of Cyrus that we've all come to expect, in all his snarky bluntness. Few narrators capture a character so well. I doubt I could listen to anything else he's done without thinking "Cyrus V. Sinclair". The only reason he didn't get a full five stars is that while he has Cyrus "dialed in", other characters are not quite as polished.
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