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Another author who missed English grammar class. The storyline is interesting, but the grammar and writing errors are so distracting. I’ve given up correcting them, since I’d be doing the work his editor should have done. If you’re going to publish a book, then find an editor to fix your mistakes!
I wish I could give this book a better review. But, I feel I’m being very generous as it is. I like the idea of a tale about the after effects of an apocalyptic event, but, the execution was poor and the story was frustrating to read. The main idea of this story (no spoilers) is just not believable (yeah, I know, it is a zombie story: but stil...). The science just doesn’t stand up. And even in this type of story, character development is important. How many flat stereotypes can you fit into one book? Too many side themes. The serial killer theme was ridiculously unnecessary and just too over the top. I finished it, but, it was a chore.
Wow. I have a lot to say and will start with a major warning. This review will have spoilers.
First, the proofreading for the tale and editing for grammar/flow is excellent. Daniel is a talented writer who paid attention to the craft of writing a story that can be easily read.
But sadly, that is about all I can praise this story for. Because while the writing format and style are solid, the story and characters were poorly conceived and the plot was a disjointed mess.
There are so many things that annoyed me.
To start, Daniel tried to get around the problem of zombies decaying by having these zombies be actually created by nanobots that somehow prevented decay while keeping bodies alive and going for 8 years. The source of their power is not explained, nor how the nanobots know to evolve (which proves to be a major part of the second half of this tale).
The colony also has issues. The idea of everyone building a walled community is not new, but the level of dysfunction in the community is far to high for any place to manage to survive for 8 years.
Then he added so many side plots. Yes, he slowly brought most of them together so that the end left only two plot threads not completely closed, but when I first encountered them most felt unnecessary and tacked on. It was as if Daniel kept telling himself "this is too simple, I need to add another twist" and he'd then go back into earlier chapters to add some backstory to explain the twist. It contributed to a very disjointed telling of the story as well as characters who for the most part were basically named spearcarriers. Even the main character fails to have much of a personality due to the way the story jumps around.
The ending isn't terrible, it just felt so lacking after I got frustrated with the poor storytelling. Daniel really needed an editor who went over the plot and characters and asked tough questions to help streamline the main thread and keep a lot of unnecessary complications out of the tale
I enjoyed the opening, which is active and well written, and promises more of that. The consecutive radio broadcast is unnecessary filling, but it’s an apocalypse and dystopian story trope, so okay, I can totally live with that. But the slow breakfast scene that follows really killed the interest I had in reading any more. So, if you really like zombie stories, then you can’t go wrong here. If you get bored with your stories easily, then skip this one.