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*Best New Zombie Books of 2016* -Rankingsquad.com, March 2016
Rise of the Dead is a zombie novel with a lot of guts that aims for the brain, blending literary fiction with post-apocalyptic thrills.
Blake was never one for taking chances. He lived in a world of formulas and equations. A statistician in a controlled society where everything had become predictably mundane. That world disappeared the day the dead got up and began attacking the living.
Now, the end is here. Blake finds himself fighting for his life in a world that is rapidly spiraling out of control. He struggles to keep himself alive and must risk everything to find his family.
Along the way, Blake finds himself thrust among other unlikely survivors. Together they must adapt to the realities of the undead world, or join the legion of zombies. The characters must overcome their conditioned human apathy and come together if they have any chance of survival.
Rise of the Dead chronicles the first moments of the zombie apocalypse. While the story is a fast-paced thrill ride through an ever-growing zombie horde, the novel aims to draw upon familiar themes as those found in the Romero classic films.
Horror ~ Zombies ~ Post-Apocalyptic
I can't remember for sure, but I think I got the code for this via Audiobook BOOM! to be honestly reviewed.
This. Was. Great. I loved the anti-hero angle, and the characters are so good! The story's flow was very good, and I was drawn in very quickly. Once I finally had time to sit down and get into it, I couldn't stop until I was finished - which, by the way, was far too soon for me! LOL, I was NOT ready for it to be over. I really appreciated that, while this is a work of fiction, certain details were true to life. If there WERE ever a zombie apocalypse, no one is exempt. No one.
I found myself rooting for our core group of survivors, and hoping against hope that their wishes came true. And I got teary eyed when it didn't happen, or when some of the cast was lost. I am very attached to this story and must see it through to the end.
The narrator was a great fit for this story, too.
If you like zombie and apocalypse tales, you would most likely enjoy this, like I did.
Overall Bob says: 5 Platypires!