Title: Plagued: The Midamerica Zombie Half-breed Experiment
Series: Plagued States of America, #1
Author: Better-Hero Army
Publication Date: September 9, 2013
Reviewed by: Ellen Fritz
Source: Received from author for review
Ellen’s rating: 5/5
When Tom, the son of a powerful Senator, becomes stranded in the Plagued States of America while searching for his lost sister, his only hope of survival rests in the hands of a few grizzled veteran zombie hunters and a mysterious half-breed zombie woman he thinks may know where to find his sister.
This captivating book with its refreshing take on what an outbreak of zombies could entail, turned out to be a read-through-in-one-go for me. Compelled by his father, his brother Gary, and his own feeling of guilt, Tom ventures into the zombie plagued states to search for his sister, Larissa. When the zombie trading post is cast into chaos, Tom uses his status as senator's son and the survival of a group of zombie hunters, a half breed, and some tourists, to reach his goal.
I call Plagued a refreshing read because it is not the usual zombie apocalypse and world being overrun with hordes of zombies scenario. In this case the zombies are contained and controlled and, barring accidents, the general population is safe from them. There even seems to be a way to make them safe for use in the states which are not zombie infested.
Full of nonstop adventure and a great deal of edge-of-your-chair suspense, this slightly dystopian novel is definitely one of the very best of its kind, and, thank heavens, not another Hunger Games look alike.
The characters, especially the main characters, are skilfully crafted, fleshed out and realistic. Tom, as ultimate main character, is particularly realistic for a young man with a guilt complex; the desire to do the right thing and the doubts that any person should have in the kind of situation that presents itself to him. Life or death decisions are part of the zombie hunters' daily existence. Tom however, must make a similar decision and that on a much more personal level.
For a read filled with adventure, a few thoroughly horrific incidents and a touching deal of tenderness, I recommend Plagued as an absolute must-read. I sincerely hope that we'll see much more of Evan Ramspott's brilliant writing in the near future.
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