Title: The Scattered and the Dead
Genre: New Adult Dystopian
Publisher: Smarmy Press
Date published: February 2, 2016
Source: Kindle Unlimited
"All my friends are dead. Everyone I've ever cared about is dead."
Loneliness drives an introvert to write a letter to the girl in the apartment across the hall. He is anxious. Reclusive. Desperate for a friend. The apocalypse interrupts this attempt at human contact.
Now he watches out the window as the world gets cut to pieces by plague and riots. Buildings burn. Pedestrians vomit blood.
Soon the bodies line the streets. Rumors of zombies spread. And then the power goes out.
Getting to know someone could be harder than he thought, let alone surviving in a post-apocalyptic wasteland.
He might even need to leave the apartment.
Wow, what the heck.
It isn't a question. It's a "my mind is blown" paraphrasing statement of awe. I watched Decker become a creature fully adapted to cope with a post-apocalyptic world filled with lonely violence and cold-blooded, instinctual killing.
The book was written in first-person, which I never have a problem with; I've always found it to be easier to immerse myself and relate to the character.
I enjoyed, thoroughly, the suspense the countdown in the letters gave. One usually reads books and stories about After the apocalypse, but not the months or weeks leading up to it. The idea is a terrifying one that resonated once I read the part about the Florida zombies. I remember that being in the news and I believe the link between reality and the surrealistic world in this novel made it even more immersive. That was my "Oh crap!" moment.
I'm head over heels for this book and I really want the second one and all the others that will ever exist to be in my hands right now. This novel made me horrified to watch as Decker became some sort of sociopath after having been a complete nerd. Reading this.... Did I become as crazy as he is? As ruthless? As insanely pragmatic?
I'm questioning my sanity after reading this; it seemed so easy for him to become this beast. Could I?
I bought this book via Kindle Unlimited, recommended by the author. In exchange for this happily traumatic experience, I am giving an honest review. Thank you Lex T. Vargas!