Monty revealed his plan to build his perfect world and instructed Maxis to retrieve a book called the Kronorium, which contains the location of another artifact known as the Summoning Key. Maxis in turn relayed this task to Richtofen. Richtofen, through unknown means, manages to make contact with his undead self in the original timeline, and instructs him to pursue Stuhlinger's group. At the same time, he also instructs Stuhlinger to get the others to follow his plan. They jump to a Broken Arrow base on June 24th, to acquire a shard of Element , then arrive at the Empty Earth, where an alternate Maxis built Zero Base to house various artifacts, including the Kronorium.
Once the Kronorium is acquired, Richtofen then makes his way back to Dimension 63 in July 4th, , with the construction of the Alcatraz lab completed. At the same time, the Victis group arrives and hands him the Kronorium. He then reads it, and discovers various excerpts documenting the fates of Richtofen and various other individuals. He then writes "I know what I must do - E. He then jumps back to Alcatraz in Dimension 63 in , 8 days before the execution of Billy Handsome , Salvatore "Sal" DeLuca and Michael "Finn" O'Leary , and acquires blood samples of the latter two, contained in 4 blood vials.
He travels further back in time to give two of them to a younger version of himself. He jumps back to July 4th, , and then puts the Victis group in cryogenic sleep, preserving them for when they are needed next. Moments after, a future version of Richtofen, along with Dempsey, Nikolai and Takeo arrive, and receive blood samples of the Victis group from the younger Richtofen. Once the Primis group leaves, Richtofen then sets off for his next destination: Morg City in Dimension 63 , where he attempts to intercept a reporter who has just retrieved the Key, locked inside a crate sealed with magic.
In self-defense, Richtofen killed the reporter, and placed the crate containing the Key in a truck in the back alley of Easy Street in Morg, due to being unable to break through the magic seal. Richtofen stood watch behind the scenes as four individuals residing in Morg City are manipulated by the Shadowman into using the Key to unleash the Apothicon beast upon the city, and their attempts to undo their mistake.
After their completion of the mission, Richtofen arrives and swipes the Key from the Keepers, thanking the four Morg residents for their efforts, before leaving. With the Key acquired, Richtofen then jumps to Dimension , and acquires an innocent Richtofen soul, which would be sent to the House and be known as Eddie.
Primis Dempsey, Nikolai and Takeo, having been teleported to the original dimension in and somehow learned of Richtofen's travels, formed a plan to stop him. In the following two years, they traveled across dimensions, following Richtofen's trails and encountering various versions of himself at the same time. They return to the original dimension and meet at the Der Riese facility on October 13th, , just moments after Ultimis Richtofen trapped Maxis and Samantha in the teleporter with Fluffy.
As the zombie horde approach them from outside, Richtofen ignores the three's warning and turns on the teleporter, only to find Primis Richtofen inside. Primis Richtofen then shoots the Ultimis Richtofen in the head, killing him instantly. This triggers a fracturization across the original timeline. While the group expresses disappointment in Richtofen for tampering with history, he defends his action, believing that what he does will be to secure a better future. While the others fend off the zombies, Richtofen pretends to use the Summoning Key to acquire the original Richtofen's soul, which Dempsey notices.
Eventually, the four activate a beacon in the facility, allowing Maxis from another dimension to locate them. The Germans had captured Ultimis Dempsey's cryo chamber from being experimented on by Ultimis Richtofen and planned to bring him to Griffin Station, now fully ran by Dr. Groph in Ultimis Richtofen's "absence", with Primis close behind until a German soldier fires a Panzerschreck at the Giant Robot, disabling it before it could retrieve Ultimis Dempsey.
After arriving at Griffin Castle, the young four watch as a rocket containing the Ultimis Dempsey launches to the Moon. After making radio contact with Dr. Groph, Richtofen masquerades as his Ultimis, older self in order to fool Groph. However, Groph becomes suspicious of Richtofen's change of personality and announces him as an imposter. Using the Death Ray, the young four manage to bring the rocket containing the Ultimis Dempsey back to the castle, much to Groph's anger, who activates a failsafe so they couldn't touch the chamber. Using the Vril Device obtaining from the crash site, the young four awaken a ghost Keeper and help it return it to its physical form before it returns the favor and brings the M.
However, the Keeper becomes corrupted, forcing the four to battle it, eventually defeating it. After defeating it, Groph expresses his extreme anger, vowing to destroy them and the castle itself. In order to tie up these loose ends, the four use the Summoning Key to launch several missiles towards the Moon, destroying it, ultimately destroying Griffin Station and killing any Group scientist at the station, including Groph. After walking towards Ultimis Dempsey's cryo chamber, Richtofen activates the Summoning Key, forcing the others to levitate in the air.
Here, Richtofen's plan is revealed to the others. Richtofen plans to kill the Ultimis versions of themselves to be put in the Summoning Key like he supposedly did with his own at the Der Riese facility. When Dempsey himself sadly put his older self down, Richtofen briefly comforted him after it was done, showing that he had laid his previous dislike of Dempsey off to the side.
Richtofen then captures the Ultimis Dempsey's soul in the Key. Richtofen and the other three then travel to a different fractured timeline, to an island, arriving on a Japanese vessel heading for a Division 9 Facility on October 18th, , before being caught and the Summoning key being taken away from him.
A brief fight ensues with the Japanese soldiers with Richtofen burning one alive before he notices the Key rolling toward the ocean, luckily Takeo had managed to barely catch the Key by his fingertips much to Richtofen's relief. The four then are forced to swim to a nearby island after the ship blows up. Later, Richtofen was present when the Ultimis Takeo Masaki was cured from being a Thrasher to collect his soul.
After the Ultimis Takeo honorably sacrificed himself for a better future, Richtofen then preserved his soul. Initially Dempsey suggested going after the Ultimis Nikolai but Richtofen said a "chain of events " must be set in motion. Realizing that he wants to save his three comrades from their eventual fate, Richtofen then takes them to Alcatraz on July 4th, , where he meets his younger self and acquires the Victis blood samples. Primis then jump to another fractured timeline, in a war-torn Stalingrad on November 6th, , to kill the Ultimis Nikolai and place his soul in the Summoning Key.
Eventually the four are teleported out of the sky and parachute in front of Ultimis Nikolai's mech while he is distracted with vodka and listening to "The Ace of Spades" on his radio. Upon seeing them the Ultimis Nikolai attempts to kill them until a dragon throws him into a building.
Later, Richtofen and the others make a temporary truce with the Ultimis Nikolai in order to kill the dragon. Afterward, Richtofen and the other three demand Ultimis Nikolai to surrender to which he refuses and betrays them. After this, he calls to Maxis, telling him that they'll be meeting him soon. Soon after the events of Gorod Krovi, Richtofen along with the rest of the Primis crew finally arrive at the house.
There Richtofen reunites with Maxis, the two then destroy the MDT to ensure the house would remain safe. Letting his guard down Richtofen leaves the Soul key on a table unaware of who was trapped within. The voice inside calls out to Maxis and influences him due to his lack of soul making him easy to control. A , Primis manages to kill the Shadowman and banish the Apothicons to places unknown. As the world returns to normal Monty becomes concerned as Primis remains in front of him.
Noticing the empty blood vials he becomes angered claiming that they are putting his realm at risk. Initially he decides to simply wipe them from existence but decides to instead send them somewhere else. The 4 then end up in the year , in northern France just as the Great war comes to an end causing the cycle to continue. Set before the events of Gorod Krovi, Primis enters the pocket dimension of Alcatraz to pick up the blood vials.
Ending up far from their intended target, the group enters the underground lab and find another Richtofen. He gives the vials to the group and instructs Richtofen to re-read the Kronorium.
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Richtofen scans through pages exclaiming that pages have changed and that his blood is needed. He becomes enraged and throws the Kronorium before hearing a horde of zombies. The group then makes their escape but before entering the portal Brutus destroys it trapping the group within the twisted version of Alctraz. Beside a mysterious machine known as the Dark Mechanism, The Primis crew battle against Brutus, Whom is being resurrected time and time again. Richtofen realized what the Kronorium meant and that the machine was intended to draw his blood, and stepped inside, sacrificing himself to free the others.
With Brutus finally unable to resurrect, the rest of Primis is joined by a post-Revelations Richtofen, who informed them that the future had changed, and that Nikolai had to keep his soul to defeat Doctor Monty. The future Richtofen explained that the cycle was broken, and that he wished he could say he was sorry to his younger self. The remainder of the Primis members and the original Dimention 63 Richtofen, leaving the new Richtofen alone and scared, the machine continuing to drain his blood. In order to prepare for the coming battle; Primis makes a stop at Groom Lake to gain some allies.
Within Hanger 4 the Ultimis crew were being held seemingly after the events of Moon, With Richtofen also retaining his body. As Ultimis Nikolai expresses glee at being able to drink uninterrupted, Primis Nikolai emerged from a portal asking his alternate self if drowning his sorrows in vodka is the best choice. The Primis crew rallies their alternate selves and recruit them to fight in the coming battle.
A Great war. Richtofen is a psychopath with a desire for violence, often laughing maniacally when killing. He loves blood and death and thoroughly enjoys killing zombies, and has a strange obsession for the spleen. He also has a strange suggestive feeling towards the zombies when killing them. Despite his insanity, he retains his knowledge of bodily organs, technology and Element It's been noted when he is not killing the undead, he is on the calmer, quieter side, talking to himself alone quite a bit. He is also adamant on completing his work quickly. He despises Dempsey, likes Nikolai and has mutual feelings towards Takeo.
He is a megalomaniac due to his plans on destroying the world with a zombie army which partly fails due to intervention from Ludvig Maxis. Post Moon he retains his insanity as the Demonic Announcer. After the Earth was destroyed he became focused in mending the Rift to eternally damn Samantha in the Aether world and to destroy Maxis once and for all as well as to partially repair the damaged Earth. Due to him still being sane at this point, Richtofen's personality is completely different. He appears level-headed but paranoid possibly due to exposure to Element in France.
He appears more unskilled due to only being a field scientist and does not go into battle often, but attempts to keep focused nevertheless. He appears more fearful of the zombies and is more cautious for his own survival. After some time staying in the House, Richtofen becomes more cheerful as evident when greeting Victis. However, throughout his journey in acquiring the souls for the Summoning Key, Richtofen takes on a more serious, grim personality, rarely ever smiling or cracking jokes.
His sudden acquisition of knowledge from the Kronorium, along with repeated dimensional traveling, also made him mentally unstable at times, repeating phrases throughout and misremembering events. This goes for all other characters in the Primis group as well, as their personalities are much more like their Ultimis counterparts when compared to their first appearances in the map, "Origins".
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I'd recommend this book about the walking wounded, even to readers who're not fans of the walking dead. AH and Regina did an excellent review of this book here If you take all the screwed up, guilt ridden, angry, sad female characters from the books you have read, you'll come close to Temple's character.
Temple will go down as AH and Regina did an excellent review of this book here Temple will go down as one of the most memorable characters I've had the pleasure reading about in a long time. The zombies, the adventure across the country, is just the setting for the reader to meet and love Temple. It is a good thing too since there is alot wrong with the world building in this book. In fact, there is none. Why are the shelves still stocked with plenty of food? How is there still gas?
How are the trains running? What caused people to turn into zombies? And so on and so on. Even with the lack of world building, the book was incredible! There is an incredible set of minor characters in the book as well. I fell hard for Maury. A wordless man that spoke volumes about love, compassion and gentleness. Oh and one more annoying point- There are no quotation marks. I'm not sure why, but not one quotation mark. I easily would have given this book 5 stars but I had to take a half star off due to the lack of world building and the lack of quotation marks.
One of the best books I've read in ! I'm so conflicted, feeling like I have a split personality, on how I want to star the book. But I can't give it more than 3 stars. Some things were just And I don't feel like writing a full review at all. Reviews for 3 stars books are the hardest one to write, at least for me. I'm browsing through some reviews now and I'll probably make a compilation of the ones which hit close to my own thoughts and feelings about the Buddy read with Gavin 3 STARS I really wanted to like this more.
I'm browsing through some reviews now and I'll probably make a compilation of the ones which hit close to my own thoughts and feelings about the book. I've already seen 2 such reviews. All in all, please, do notice that 3 stars means I liked it! I've debated back and forth on whether or not to post a review for this book because I have nothing new to add to the conversation. But that got me thinking. What is a conversation other than the sharing of opinions and ideas? So what if a book has umpteen million reviews. So what if none of my friends might be interested in it or have already read it.
To even think I hold sway over what anyone else reads stinks of narcissism, and, while I am the sexiest, smartest, and most-loved reviewer on thi I've debated back and forth on whether or not to post a review for this book because I have nothing new to add to the conversation.
To even think I hold sway over what anyone else reads stinks of narcissism, and, while I am the sexiest, smartest, and most-loved reviewer on this site, I don't have much of an ego. Egos are for authors and authors are assholes. Anyway, moving on Me thinks Alden Bell is a gamer. Well that would be a spoiler and I don't do spoilers. I mean, I do, but not here. I'll see you in the Spoiler Discussion. Her nonchalant attitude toward doing what needed to be done was hella fun to read. Her calling Maury "Dummy" might upset some sensitive types, but I thought it was a perfect example of world building through character interaction, which is how world building should be done.
Think about it. In a world of zomb-zombs and Who gives a fuck about being triggered when you're trying not to get eaten? Priorities, yo. We even get a mention of racial purity, because it wouldn't be a book about the American southeast without a healthy dose of White Lives Matter Most. I think the author hit the nose on the head that's not how that saying goes, is it?
If a certain someone wins the election in November, we'll have to move The Reapers are the Angels over to nonfiction. I love that either side can argue that I mean Clinton or Trump because both sides believe the other side's candidate will bring on the apocalypse. This election year really does feel like we're choosing which way we want to see America burn: hellfire or nuclear strike I found this book while reading an article online about the most underrated horror novels.
I'd read all the others on the list and dug each of them, so I tried this one. I'm glad I did. And, no, I don't remember where the list was posted, nor do I recall what the other books were. I know.
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I suck. My apologies. In summation: This is an above-average zombie book. The writing is fantastic. But that can be a bad thing if you have a weak constitution. Because Alden Bell will make you smell and taste things you don't want to smell and taste. Final Judgment: Redneck zom-zoms best waifu. Spoiler Discussion: view spoiler [ I liked that Temple died. I dig it when authors have the testicles or ovaries necessary to kill their leads. Rock on. The giant rednecks were fucking rad. Right out of games like the ones I mentioned in the review. Like Brutes or Thugs. I honestly want to know if Bell is a gamer, because this entire novel felt like a literary video game.
The sex scene was a bit awkward for me to read. But only because I'm a father of a soon-to-be-teenage girl and I don't like imagining fifteen-year-old girls riding dick. Just my personal preference. Thanks for joining me. If you would like to join in on the Spoiler Discussion, please be polite and use spoiler tags. Danke hide spoiler ] View all 6 comments. This review can also be found at Carole's Random Life. Somewhere along the way, I have decided that I love zombies. I have to admit that The Walking Dead probably has been a large part of my new found love of all things zombies.
When this book came across my feed on Goodreads, I just know that I was going to have to read it. Everyone seemed to absolutely love it and I just knew that I was in for a treat. I liked this book well enough but it didn't turn out to nearly as good as I had been expectin This review can also be found at Carole's Random Life.
I liked this book well enough but it didn't turn out to nearly as good as I had been expecting. It may very well be a case of going into a book with unrealistic expectations. There was a lot that I really did like about this book. It was a really fast and rather exciting read. I liked the fact that this story had a teenager as the main character and romance was not the key point in the story. That gets a few bonus points right away in my book. The world that it was set in was really well thought out.
I really liked the fact that Temple, the main character, has never known a world different than the one she is in. She takes things as they are and is able to adapt really quickly to just about any situation. Temple was a wonderfully written character. Another thing that I really enjoyed in this story was the fact that it took place in so many vivid locations. Every single one of the places that Temple finds herself in during the course of the story is unique.
I would expect that in the aftermath of a zombie apocalypse, there would be a lot of different ways to deal with the situation evolving. I thought that every single environment that was a part of the story seemed very authentic. Unfortunately, there were a few things that didn't work very well for me. This book was depressing. I don't know why I expected a zombie apocalypse book to be anything but depressing but I have to admit that I did.
When I finished this book, I kind of wanted to curl up into a ball and just be left alone. If that was what the author was trying to do with the story, he did a great job but that's just not the kind of book that I enjoy reading. I also didn't care for the way that Temple addressed the man who she ending up bring with her during the bulk of the book. I understand that Temple has had to make it on her own in this scary world so I am sure that little lessons like treating others with respect were not covered but I can't help but cringe anytime I see a passage where someone with a disability is not treated with respect.
That was a major turn off for me with this book. All in all I would probably recommend this book to others. It is a different take on the zombie idea that is able to keep things interesting. This is the first book by Alden Bell that I have read but I would pick up another one of his books in the future. I did notice that there is at least one more book in this series but to be honest I am not sure if I am going to pick that one up or not right now.
Initial Thoughts I liked this one but not nearly as much as I had hoped. This book's ending was incredibly depressing for me. I need a bit of time to think about it before I write any kind of review. View all 3 comments. Shelves: zombies , ya , speculative-fiction , horror , read-in This book is a very interesting blend of literary fiction, horror, western, and post-apocalyptic landscape. The opening of the story seems beautiful, almost idyllic.
Temple has found a sanctuary in an island lighthouse, where she goes through the daily chores of s This book is a very interesting blend of literary fiction, horror, western, and post-apocalyptic landscape. Temple has found a sanctuary in an island lighthouse, where she goes through the daily chores of survival, but takes time to marvel at small miracles. Born a decade after the dead started coming back, Temple has only ever known a world filled with desperate survival, violence, and little stability.
She takes her pieces of heaven where she can find them and keeps moving. Blind is the real dead. Temple cannot settle in a safe, monotonous place. Her body functions on a level where near death experiences are an everyday occurrence. She views the zombies as extensions of nature, like animals. She pities them and deals with them as they come, but she does not experience a great deal of anxiety about them. They are a constant presence in her life. And it becomes clear in the novel that the zombies are not the real monsters in this story.
Them meatskins are just animals is all. We humans got the full measure of it ourselves. But the fault lines of trauma and memory soon become visible in her character. She believes that she is, at her core, evil, even though it is clear to us that she is not. There seems to be a message here about the fullness of experience and how it comes more easily when the veils of civilization and law and society are lifted. Sometimes the fullest and most real experiences happen during periods of tragedy and death. View all 13 comments. Feb 18, Jim rated it it was amazing Shelves: horror , fiction , science-fiction , fantasy , post-apocalyptic.
I can't get over the fact that I'm giving 5 stars to a zombie book. I loathe the entire zombie genre Even if zombies were real, six fat bald men with spiked clubs could wipe out the entire zombie nation without having to put down their beverages. The creatures are so slow and dull-witted that children can elude them without breaking into a trot And there are so I can't get over the fact that I'm giving 5 stars to a zombie book. And there are so many writers riding the zombie and vampire wave right now that new ideas for story lines are pretty hard to come by. In any event, I read a good review of the book on goodreads and decided to give it a bash, totally expecting to hate the book, and looking at it with a very critical eye.
It's true that the author asks you to take a lot on faith: he asks that you believe that 25 years into the zombie apocalypse some abandoned gas pumps are still dispensing usable gas and that edible crackers can still be found on some store shelves. Some parts of the book are suspiciously similar to scenes from post-apocalyptic movies, such as a rolling bus barrier which seems to have been excerpted from the movie The Road Warrior.
But hey, if you've suspended logic long enough to believe in walking corpses, long-storage gasoline and ultra-preserved foodstuffs shouldn't be much of a stretch. Aside from those minor reservations, I loved this book to pieces, and it was all due to the introduction of one of the best heroines to appear in print in the last twenty years or so. Temple is only 15 but wise beyond her years, never having lived in a world that was free of the zombie plague. She is hard, a loner, but she has a soft spot in her heart for the underdog and a sense of awe for all things musical and beautiful.
Temple kicks a lot of zombie ass in this book, but the zombie violence is just incidental; the salient part of the story covers her interaction with the humans she encounters in her travels. I don't want to say too much here and give anything away. Let's just say that when I started reading the book I was afraid it was just going to be the first in a series of books trying to cash in on the zombie craze; before I finished, I hoped it was the first book of such a series. If you want to read a good review of the book, I recommend Jeffrey Keeten's review.
Jeffrey has this review business down pat. Aug 28, Yodamom rated it really liked it Shelves: zombies , horror , trauma-recovery. Not a YA read This is what I want in zombies, disgusting stinky hungry monsters. There is not a moment of doubt that these nasties want to eat, rip and kill all living meat. Beware, the descriptions can turn your stomach they are so detailed and visual, this is some great writing. I loved that they had some confusion but no humanity let in them. There was ju 4. There was just a touch of memory left but not enough to make you feel sorry for them.
Temple is 15, and has seen too much of this world to have mush hope of seeing much more. She never knew the before zombie life, this is normal for her. Death is expected, so she keeps to herself so she doesn't have to deal with another painful lose. She had a young brother, by blood maybe not but she was keeping him till one slip in time, and he was gone. When a chance comes to have a place to stay, maybe to belong someplace, her dreams take a little peek at what could be. Too bad that this life is not available for dreams of hope.
Her hope ended and now she runs. Temple is strong, resourceful, and realistic, believable. Not a happy story, no romance, no sexy heroes with crossbows. There is nudity, sex, drugs, cannibals, body parts flying Not for the squeamish This is a fantastic horror suspense read. I would love to see this made into a movie. Books are supposed to make you think and this one certainly does.
Of course, I get distracted by Idris Elba and contribute nothing. Makes you think. The beauty in the world. Road trip. The now. I think it would do this book a great injustice to call it a zombie book. Do not go into this book thinking you can get away with just reading it and forgetting about it.
I got it I think , I just think there could have been a better away to get the point across. But don't ask me how, because I couldn't tell you. Ditto with Millie. She is resourceful, she is powerful, she is rational and she is only fifteen. And all of that puts a lot of things in perspective Theme Song. The Road- Frank Turner. I instantly thought of this song when I finished this book.
To the east to the east The road beneath my feet To the west to the west I haven't got there yet And to the north to the north Never to be caught To the south to the south My time is running out. And I just believe Frank Turner is a lyrical master. And kinda cute in a London-boys-wear-plaid way. Sadness Scale. I really respected Temple's acceptance of her place in the world and how she never fails to see and make the most of her time on this world. People who like gorgeous prose.
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Told you it was going to be wishy-washy! There are still majestical things to see. View all comments. Apr 19, Gavin rated it liked it Shelves: ya-books. This book was one of the more disappointing and frustrating YA books I've read lately. The story offered just enough that I tolerated the many flaws and dragged myself to the end.
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My endurance was rewarded by one of the worst endings in the history of fiction. The sad thing is the post apocalyptic setting had potential. This story takes place 25 years after a zombie apocalypse has wiped out the better part of the population. We follow Temple, a 15 year old girl, as she struggles for survival in This book was one of the more disappointing and frustrating YA books I've read lately. We follow Temple, a 15 year old girl, as she struggles for survival in this bleak dystopian world. She has to contend as much with threats from the other people she meets as she does from the zombies.
One of the main flaws this book had is that Temple just meandered around aimlessly, as did the plot. Initially Temple seeks solitude as a result of suffering a personal tragedy. When her hideout becomes compromised she moves on.
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However at the first human settlement she finds she manages to attract the attention of two twisted brothers. Both of whom develop a fixation with her, one of them so much so that he proceeds to chase her around in the hopes of murdering her. Despite her reluctance to socialize or bond with other people Temple does manage to pick up a dependent in the form of the mentally disabled Maury which gives her life a small sense of purpose and direction. Temple was a likable enough character. She was tough and independent and understood what it took to survive in a world such as this one. Her life was a tough one and she was left emotionally scarred by her experiences, but despite that still seemed to retain a fairly positive outlook on life and plenty of compassion.
Along the way Temple managed to meet a few interesting characters. The most memorable were the twisted and delusional Todd brothers and the Grierson family. The world was a poorly constructed one. I can only imagine it was set in some sort of post apocalyptic zombie magical wonderland because despite the story picking up 25 years after the fall of civilization things like fuel, electricity, and food are still abundant. The zombies themselves are little more than a throw away plot device and so slow and useless that it is a wonder they ever managed to decimate the population.
In another irritating, ridiculous, and logic bending development people who were bitten by zombies became infected and turned into zombies themselves, but people who chomped on zombies were completely fine. I was not a fan of the writing style of Alden Bell at all. It was awkward, pretentious, distant, and just plain weird. A lot of the ridiculous descriptions were so poorly placed that they actually managed to steal the tension from the happenings.
All of this resulted in me being left so emotionally unengaged by the story and the characters that I did not care much about what happened. Bad writing lead to Temple seeming like an inconsistent character. She has no formal education, awful grammar, and her speech is packed full of regional dialect and colloquialisms. Unfortunately this often gets forgotten as Temple channels her inner Alden Bell. Either that or she swallowed a thesaurus somewhere along the way!
I'm not sure what the purpose or the message of this story was. It all seemed pretty pointless to me. The ending was as dreadful as it was predictable.
I had it figured out before the halfway mark, but still managed to be disappointed by the execution. The book would have made more of an impact had the final two chapters been completely cut. The sequel has no audio version available which I assume means this book bombed commercially. Despite all my moaning I did feel like there was a decent story hiding somewhere among the flaws.
It just never quite managed to reveal itself. Which is why I was so frustrated while reading this one. Rating: 2. May 23, Fiona rated it it was amazing Shelves: teotwawki , absolute-favourites , destroyed-me , sad , zombies. It stands to reason, she thinks, that the rain ought to come and wash away the impurities of the world. A cleansing like the holy flood was, to slough away the dead and bring dandelions and butterflies to bear every which way on the ruined surface of the world.
This is most definitely not YA. The language is dialect, but light - I'm usually distracted by attempts at writing accents and this didn't bother me at all. Rather, I found myself picturing the book more than anything; if I was asked to recall passages now I'd definitely see a scene rather than writing on a page.
It's beautifully written. When night comes, the land is tar dark. The running lights on the train penetrate just barely into the scrub as they pass by it, a scrim of weeds and thorns from which, every so often, she can see the pale faces of the dead watching her progress, as though these rails lead directly to a grim asphodel underworld where the host of the haunted give guidance and pay respect to these pilgrims from another place.
That's not to say it's not grim, which again - usually not my thing. But the grimness is used to highlight those sparkling moments where the sun finds the gap in the clouds and sets everything to glimmering - it's not just grim trying to grind the joy out of everyone who reads it. There were moments that made me cry, but it's a book I'm very glad to have read.
One of the few zombie novels that really works outside of the zombie novel niche as well.
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