Book Chat: Waiting out Winter
by Kelli Owen
I love Christmas, but like some horror lovers, I want some chills along with the joy of the season. Enjoy this review of a dark tale for those tired of cheer and wishing for a little terror.
A creepy tale that will have you searching your house when you hear a buzzing sound.
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.
Nick and the boys return from the summer’s last hunting trip to find the streets empty, the beachfront and park abandoned, and the windows of their own homes boarded shut.
The hunters have become the hunted, in an apocalyptic plague that pits man against beast–very tiny beasts. And Nick is determined to keep his strength, courage and family alive during what could very well be the last winter of their lives.
Note: This is part one of a stand-alone series. The story continues in The Hatch.
Nick and his friends are returning home from a long hunting trip and stop at a convenience store. The old man they encounter is covered in sores, foreshadowing what is to come. Then they find a woman and child inside swathed head-to-toe in heavy clothing. Since the temp is hot, that is very weird.
The streets are empty. They see mangy, sick looking dogs and cats, which clearly are pets, not feral. Nick’s house is boarded up and his family inside terrified. Unbeknownst to he and his friends, a plague has struck, killing many people. The carriers are biting black flies, released by the government to eat the larvae of the rampant tent worms. Except the flies are infested with a deadly plague.
Nick sets about making things more secure for his family. Life is hard; you can’t go outside unless your skin is fully protected. Near the end of the story, Nick decides it is time to move. The winter is ending and soon the flies will reappear. He comes up with a brilliant idea – move North in the RV during the summer and back to milder climes, but still cold, during the winter.
I am hopeful these brave characters can make things work in their favor. A creepy tale, worthy for those who love an apocalyptic story that is different, and fans of insect foes.
Note: The narration of millions of worm carcasses along the roadside, plus the stink, was really gross in the beginning…and totally cool for a horror story. Then add in the descriptions of the truck running over tent worms and the sound – yuck! I was confused at first though. I thought perhaps the plague had started, but then quickly find out these circumstances are not abnormal, other than there many more worms then normal. I haven’t lived in an area where such situations existed. A note at the beginning of the story would be helpful for those of us who are not used to this environment as commonplace.
NOTE: All my reviews are published in Uncaged Book Reviews emag. This review will be in the January issue.