Synopsis (from Fantastic Fiction):
Set in the near-future, this sequel to the innovative “mosaic novel’ Zombie Apocalypse weaves together various “voices’ in the form of essays, reports, letters, official documents, and transcripts relating to the fightback against the New Zombie Order.
Let me start by making it clear that I have not read the first book (Zombie Apocalypse!). Let me also state that this did not impact on my enjoyment of this highly unusual novel.
The inventive use of emails, letters, articles, reports and transcripts, rather than a traditional narrative, taps into the modern multi-media age to superb effect. The reader is presented with a fate accompli in the form of eye-witness accounts during an outbreak on an apocalyptic scale the likes of which the world has never before experienced, and one is plunged right into the heart of things as events unfold. This makes for an incredibly eerie read and you find yourself peeking through the curtains at an unusual noise outside, and checking all the doors are locked… just in case!
It’s a totally immersive experience and fans of the zombie genre will lap this up. It is also sure to attract new fans as word spreads (hopefully with the same speed at which the zombie plague does!) because this truly is a fantastic read. Exciting, scary and poignant by turn, we get to see things from multiple points of view, which often changes out own opinion of events and those involved in them.
I can highly recommend picking this up. Just don’t pick up HRV (Human Reanimation Virus) when you do!
I will certainly be going back to pick up the first book as soon as possible!
Reviewed by Kell Smurthwaite