My Book Review
Well, I finished this after staying till 4.30 am (because I couldn’t put the damn thing down!) and began writing this review as soon as my head could conceivably leave the pillow, because I couldn’t wait to tell you folks about it. That was 26th Feb – I realised afterward that I had to wait till today to share it with you because today is my tour stop day. Bleh. It’s killed me not to put this review everywhere up till now.
Anyway, enough of that.
What did I love about it?
Well, pretty much everything. Loving the cover, I expected a terrifying tale about zombies and human survival, which I didn’t get, or at least not how I thought. Did this nark me? Not a jot! Because although I didn’t get what I expected, I did get horrifying, though in a much more subtle and pervasive way. I could ‘see’ the images of the walking dead, ‘hear’ their thoughts, ‘feel’ their awful anguish. I wouldn’t get that from the usual zombie fare. And the author didn’t need to write pages of description to submerge into each dark moment.
He did this using, amongst other things, a perfect balance of description (I hate too much, but need and delight in just the right amount) and action. Images so terrifying because they were so real, sprang up between everyday happenings, like eating a McDonalds, for example. And all weaved meticulously through the ever increasing tension of plot, and growth of character.
The book was apparently ten years in the making, and the research alone must have taken that long. Of course anyone can Google, but the author must have digested hours of research to understand the whole genetic manipulation/’Mad-Science’ details he painstakingly explored for us, to make this intelligent sci-fi, utterly and terrifyingly believable. But the same commitment to detail shows up in all manner of subjects; technology, forensics, police procedure, the list goes on.
One scene I can’t go into without spoiling things for you (because you must get this book) would be a fine example of how well he can manipulate the readers emotion. All I can say is that it was a ‘sexual/action scene’ and I have to say, it made me hot, then laugh out loud, then gasp in terror (minus any kind of perversity I might add), in only a few pages. Bloody good!
I loved the character development of ALL the characters. The hero, the heroine, the nemeses. But my favourite would have to be the detective in charge of the murder enquiry (I have no memory for names, I apologise). I saw each of his movements, mannerisms as clearly as if I were there. I imagined seeing him in the pub on Sunday for his lunch, looking tired. But he’d be someone people trusted. You’d want to be his mate. I really liked him and I could easily see him as the lead in many more stories, because his personality was strong enough to carry any story.
What didn’t I like so much?
Not much to say here actually. Perhaps there was a little too much information for this tiny brain during the ‘science-bits’, which I may have skimmed a tiny bit because I couldn’t wait to get to the next bit. But I was reading all that at around 3am (because I couldn’t put the book down), so that might have made the difference. 🙂
Other than this, I loved it and will absolutely read this author again. This may be his debut fiction novel, but he is no fledgling writer.
Do I recommend it?
Err, what do you think? 😛 5/5
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William Knight is a British born journalist and technologist currently living and working in Wellington, New Zealand. He’s chased a varying career starting in acting, progressing to music, enjoyed a brief flirtation with handbag manufacturing and was eventually wired into technology where he’s been since 1989.
In 2003 he published his first feature in Computing magazine and has since written about the many successes and failings of high-tech for the Guardian, Financial Times and the BBC among many others publications. He continues to maintain a lively IT consultancy.
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