Book Chat: Hell on Earth
(Life of the Dead) (Volume 1)
The first in an intense zombie series.
When civilization ends – When hundreds of millions of the dead return to eat the living – How will the remaining humans survive?One week ago there were over 300 million people living in America. Today there are less than 5000. After a man-made plague destroys the population, cities burn and the government crumbles when the dead come back to life as flesh-hungry zombies. Wim, a 30-year-old farmer, purposely kept himself cut off from other people, but when the undead arrive at his farm, intent on eating him, he’s forced to venture out into the land around him and fight to save a world on which he long ago turned his back. Survivors from all walks of life – criminals and fry cooks, teenagers and soldiers – battle to survive zombies and each other as mankind races toward extinction.Book 1 in the epic “Life of Dead” zombie apocalypse saga.
The author noted there are a lot of characters, and if I counted correctly, there are 13 in total. I really don’t like keeping up with that many characters, but the author did a good job. When each characters’ story picked up again with a new chapter, I had to stop and think about the character being tracked and what was happening the last time we left their ongoing story.
We follow various individual’s story as the zombie apocalypse breaks out and how they survive. Each story and character was quite different; some were strong, others clearly losers even before the outbreak and some stepped up.
My favorite was Wim the farmer. He was easy to understand since I spent years on a farm. I felt his pain as his animals died and loneliness filtered in when the world he knew died around him. Poor guy had to clear his whole small town and surrounding community of the undead. I liked the fact that Ramey, a young girl with a horrible life before the apocalypse, stumbled upon Wim. The next day she left to go find her father, but after Wim discovers she is gone, he is determined to find her. He cannot stand being by himself any longer.
Another interesting angle, was Mitch’s story; the spoiled son of a Congressman. We see how the upper crust get treated differently than the rest of us regular folks, being transported by helicopter to a safe bunker with other important people. The story quickly turns deadly as an outbreak erupts even within the bunker. I wondered if Mitch will be one of those that will grow and become self-sufficient later.
I am assuming most of the characters, if not all, will meet up at some point; will be interesting, since a few are not nice people. A recommended read for zombie fans, especially if you enjoy many characters covered in the story.
NOTE: All my reviews are published in Uncaged Book Reviews emag. This review will be in the December issue.