Book Chat: The Feral Children: Animals
by David A. Simpson & Wesley R. Norris
An exciting tale of young children surviving a zombie apocalypse with the help of their animal friends.
MYRA’S HORROR BLOG REVIEWS : I wanted to write reviews as if I were sharing the love of a book with a friend. What I liked about it, from storyline to characters; to include any parts that had a negative impact on me as a reader. Join me on the couch as we explore today’s exciting read.
The bears were hungry and the panther was pacing her cage.
It was supposed to be a fun field trip to the wild animal safari. It became a nightmare of blood.
The zombie virus spread like wildfire and by noon, they were alone. Safe inside the fences, a group of school kids are the only survivors. Like the animals, they’ve lived their whole lives being cared for and fed, pampered and loved. Now they have to learn from each other how to survive, how to hunt and how to kill.
Full of love, compassion, betrayals and vengeance, this post-apocalyptic series is a unique adventure of bonding, friendship and violence. Don’t threaten the children when the wolves are near.
We were introduced to the children in Zombie Road Book V. I was fascinated with their characters and looked forward to reviewing their story.
When zombies wipe out most humans, a small group of children manage to survive. How? The children became a tribe, with each individual excelling in different abilities. Add in the location and the animals; it was a win-win situation. Luckily, the kids were visiting the Piedmont Animal Sanctuary when the outbreak happened. The park is isolated and surrounded by fencing. When the undead began attacking those around them, the zombies ran after escaping victims, which drew them outside the fencing. The park has animals which helped survival; chickens for eggs and a cow for milk.
But the main focus on animals in the story is the pairing of children with various beasts. A few were – Chris, the leader, who renamed himself Kodiak because he rides atop a huge Kodiak bear; Swan and her wolf pack; and Donny with his black panther. Wishing to leave some surprises, the reader can enjoy discovering the unique pairing of the other children and animals.
Slowly, the kids learned the tools needed for their survival and how to handle their animals. Most importantly, they learned how to fight. They had setbacks and failures, but pushed on, becoming fearsome warriors. The villain in this story is a teen, Gordon; a rich, spoiled bully who the tribe rescued from zombies in town. He never fit in and didn’t want to, wishing to return to his exclusive home community. Gordon started out as a thorn in their side and ended up being a threat to their existence.
When I reviewed Zombie Road V, I noted that the children’s story was in the realm of fantasy. I still think it is fantastical, but the authors went into much detail as to how this could come to be, making it slide more toward reality than fantasy.
Don’t be fooled into thinking this is a children’s book – it is not a soft tale. Swap the kids out with adults and you’d still have an amazing survival story. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. Highly recommended for zombie fans, plus David A. Simpson and Wesley R. Norris fans.
NOTE: All my reviews are published in Uncaged Book Reviews emag. This review will be in the May issue.