Book Chat: Rise of the Dead
A passenger on a train observes the dead rising and it’s off to survival from there!
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.
I liked that the zombie outbreak started at a train; one of those terrifying scenarios, almost right up there with being stuck in a traffic jam or crammed on a plane with no escape. Except the people can run from the train in this story since it was stopped, awaiting passengers. From Blake, the main character’s eyes, events around him are erupting and it’s a confusing mess. No one really knows what is going on. I enjoyed the descriptions as Blake was caught in the mayhem.
When he sees people rise up who are clearly dead, Blake runs, helping a young woman to head for the nearby racetrack. Others gather there, hoping to find security, but the undead quickly break in. Escaping, the next stop is a cemetery, not secure enough, but they do come across other survivors. The group decides to try for a restaurant that serves up medieval entertainment and is built like a castle. It had great potential; strong place and a lot of food. But the people didn’t think things through well and an infected person ran amuck, ruining this great safe haven. Add in the military busting in to look for supplies, it was a lost cause. While the two main characters were rescued by the military, I was disappointed this interesting place wasn’t turned into a shelter.
Something was missing in this novel, even though I enjoyed reading it. Perhaps it needed a stand out hero or an action event that was truly memorable…
NOTE: All my reviews are published in Uncaged Book Reviews emag. This review will be in the February issue.