Book Chat: The Last Survivors
by T.W. Piperbrook & Bobby Adair
A zombie series set in the future, where man has returned to primitive survival like our American ancestors. There is plenty to fear in this world of the undead, but man’s superstitious mind reigns over it all.
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.
Three hundred years after the fall of society, the last fragments of civilization are clinging to life, living in the ruins of the ancient cities in nearly-medieval conditions. Technology has been reduced to legend, monsters roam the forests, and fear reigns supreme. But that is just the beginning…
The wind-borne spores are spreading, disfiguring men and twisting their minds, turning them into creatures that threaten to destroy the townships. Among the townsfolk, political and the religious, dissension is spreading.
Through it all, a mother must protect her son…
This story is set 300 years in a post-apocalyptic world, brought to near extinction by a zombie virus. There are still many undead around, but most are in the ancient, crumbling cities. The survivors’ fears have turned into rites. Once a year each village holds a “Cleansing”, where those who are infected turn themselves into the officials. Sprouting a boil or bruise is evidence that the infection is beginning. Each citizen is encouraged to self-report, but women are not to be trusted. They are considered liars. Honesty is rewarded with dying via a sword. If you cover up your illness, or are a woman, you are purged by roasting at the stake. Funny, men are seen as trustworthy, but each year some are discovered who tried to cover their infection.
The main characters in this tale are Ella, a dedicated mother; her son William; and Bray, a zombie killer. When Ella discovers a bump on William’s back, she flees to the forest with him. They did well at first and enjoyed their freedom, but then were attacked by zombies. Ella is shocked when suddenly the heads of the undead surrounding them are chopped off – by a mysterious stranger. Bray kills and sells zombie scalps; doing whatever it takes to survive this harsh world. He agrees to lead Ella and her son to Davenport, where she seeks refuge with relatives.
Finding shelter in a mountain cave, they all hope for a good night’s sleep. Unfortunately, Bray has decided to rob them of their hard earned silver and food. When he leaves the cave, he sees soldiers from Ella’s village approaching, intent on getting the two back. Bray feels sorry for the boy and returns to help them escape. He has to fight the soldiers and does overcome them. Now, poor Ella can’t trust him, but what other choice does she have?
Finally arriving at Davenport, they are all stunned. The villagers are strewn about; all dead, some from wounds that are clearly from swords, others being torn apart by the undead. Bray surmises that Blackthorn, the military leader of Ella’s village, sent in troops to dispatch the people because she was headed there to seek sanctuary with family. Afterward, the zombies moved in to feast. I really found it hard to believe that anyone would do such a drastic deed. There aren’t many people in the world. Accepting the author’s scene, I can only conclude Blackthorn is insane.
This book reminds me of Salem times; the people are filled with superstition and fear. Not my favorite apocalyptic world to immerse myself. There are too many wrongs against people due to ignorance. There is some hope, with a few characters questioning the order of things. Also, it was pointed out that no one knew if sprouting boils really led to turning into a zombie; the people of this time did not wait to find out. But there was a character at the end, who has warts on his head, yet he is normal.
NOTE: All my reviews are published in Uncaged Book Reviews emag under Myra’s Horror Blog Reviews for October.