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This is the way the world ends, with humans turning into zombies and hungering for the flesh of the survivors. But... what happens next? You see, eight years after the world came to a shuddering halt, here we have survivors. More than that, the zombie threat has been fading away. Humanity has survived. So what is the next step? That's the starting point for Daniel Humphreys' humdinger of a tale set in an America many years after the plague that ravaged the globe. A walled community has more or less come to terms with how to deal with the zombie threat - and faces threats from within its own walls as the need to bind together for day-to-day survival starts to drift into the kinds of things that people do when they start to become too bored, or when they start to snap under the constant strain. The community may just be becoming its own worst enemy. Humphreys rattles through the action sequences here, and depicts the detail of the world of the survivors. There's something of a wealth of detail when it comes to military hardware - you'll find detailed descriptions of the guns on show for starters, and their loadout in terms of bullets, choice for penetration, types of scopes and so on. Whether that sways you for or against, be aware there's plenty of that. A lot is in context though of these hardened fighters and the tools they use to stay alive. As the tale unfolds, the threats within the community come face-to-face with the re-emergence of the surviving US military presence, and perhaps, just perhaps, a solution to the zombie threat. But things are never that easy, as the zombie threat might not be fading away as much as people thought it was... Humphreys has a good writing style - I think he crams in a few too many characters and definitely two or three too many subplots that could have been trimmed to give the book a better pace, but this is a good, solid read, and offers a refreshing new twist to the traditional zombie apocalypse tale. Well worth getting your teeth stuck into.
Probably one of the best bits of zombie fiction I've experienced in a while. Go read it.
The long version:
Yes, I know what you are thinking to yourself here: "Merciful heavens, not another self-published zombie book." And I get it. Trust me. I thought the same things as I downloaded the sample for this book.
I was halfway through the sample when I bought the book.
This might be one of the best zombie books I've read. True, that's not the highest bar in the world (and if you've read some of the self-published zombie books out there, you know exactly what I am talking about), but "A Place Outside the Wild" clears that bar with room to spare. The characters are good and react in a way you would expect people to react (as compared to how a person in a horror movie would react), and the tension builds nicely until fecal matter hits the rotary propeller.
Not quite good enough for a 5-star rating, but a solid 4 star book.
This is a zombie apocalypse novel where the major events take place about 8 years after the collapse of civilization in the USA. A community of survivors in the Midwest USA have a walled small town. But humans have frailties' which lead to internal strife in the community. But the zombies are still outside. This approach lends a realistic feel to the novel which is lacking in most zombie apocalypse books. Humans will not stop grasping for power, wealth, status, or personal pleasure once the immediate perceived zombie threat subsides. This is the main contribution of the book.
Some of the concepts used in this novel were adapted from the Black Tide Rising series by John Ringo.
There were a lot of interesting, multi-faceted characters in the book. This was actually a problem. There were too many sub-plots in the book which in total detracted from the main plot. At least one of these should have been edited out to keep the story moving along more smoothly. For example, if the plot of the children going outside the wall, or the plot of the receptionist for the wall guards were removed the book would have been improved.
I cannot discuss without providing spoilers, but realistically I would be terrified if I was one of the living after the conclusion of the book. Based on the events in the book, I would have far less hope for the future than I would before the roughly two week period covered in the novel.
I have read almost nothing in the zombie genre, so to me this book reads like The Walking Dead meets One Second After (or Lucifer's Hammer), with some Breaking Bad thrown in for good measure. There is also an element of Monster Hunter International, as if the protagonist worked in IT rather than accounting. Fortunately, it is more engaging than The Walking Dead (which I abandoned after a handful of episodes), much better written than One Second After (a notable editing atrocity), and on par with the good, but now dated, Lucifer's Hammer.
The book struck me as having clearly been written with a cable series deal in mind. I suppose I shouldn't fuss about this, but I still haven't gotten quite comfortable with it after all these years. In fairness, Tolstoy and lot of others did it and did it well. It seems like the smart financial move for the author. Still, I could only give this book 4 stars to distinguish it from other books that I liked better as stand-alone novels, as opposed to scripts. The book is very capably done; I'm afraid zombies just aren't my genre. Zombie and post-apocalyptic novel fans, however, should love this!
Though I am an avid reader I'm not really attuned to zombie lit. Being always in need of at least five books to read, I took the advice of a friend and picked up A Place Outside The Wild by Daniel Humphreys. He assured me that it would be a good book to cut my teeth with, pun intended.
I must say that I was surprised. To be clear, this is a first effort by a young author so it isn't perfect. His exposition is detailed and very precise but not entirely necessary. There are also a couple of pop culture references that some readers may not pick up on. But as someone who is picking up their first zombie novel, these aspects are by no means deal-breakers.
To me the real surprise of the story is its interesting and diverse cast of characters. Most of them reside in a walled-off community in rural Indiana and have eked out an existence for themselves eight years after the apocalypse, or "Z-Day." They engage in behavior and conversations that I'd picture normal, average people to be having in an extreme scenario such as this. Though the teen and child characters are smart and resourceful, they speak and act as actual young people. A military convoy discovers this community. Though they are soldiers first and foremost, they are also depicted as humans and not just simple caricatures.
Of course there is gore! Though I'm not sure how it stacks up against your average zombie apocalypse novel, it never felt overpowering or extremely disgusting. Despite the aforementioned detailed exposition and the requisite amount of world-building (necessarily done, as this is book one of a three-part series), there is plenty of action and nice storyline intersection. I'm still hedging on The Walking Dead but happily look forward to reading the sequel of this book! A strong 4 out of 5 stars.
I liked this book a lot. It has a nice mixture of drama and action in it. The characters are fun to follow and feel realistic. It is a nice take on the Zombie genre and gives it a more realistic and less SciFi feel. I am normally not a huge Zombie genre fan but decided to give this book a chance and I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed it. I was a quick moving book and had really good action sequences and when it hit the end of the book, I couldn’t put it down. This is definitely a series that I will continue reading and see how the main characters and their community handles the next situation.
Too many character's names to remember.How many Alex were there?I have a 300B0 and those loaded mags get heavy quick; Yet in the roof top stand off he seems to be carry a he'll of a load of mags and ammo.At least the fuel part made some sense.It was incurred that some of the crew was Vietnam's gets were involved .That would screw up the timeline.
This work started out as a pretty workmanlike effort in a genre that is heavily populated. About halfway through the book, I discovered Humphreys' fresh and unique take on the origin of the zombie apocalypse to be a pleasant departure from the anything else I've seen to date. The story is somewhat predictable and the red shirts are pretty easily identified, but the pace picks up and the ending is satisfying.
This is a solid work, some rough spots but I'm interested to read the next installment.
I wasn't impressed at the beginning of the book but the action just got better and better. More and more interesting characters appeared and as the chapters rolled, I had that impatient feeling you get when the subplots switch and you have to wait to find out what happens.
The story surprised me at times. I give the ending top marks. It was action packed. I really enjoyed the gun porn (I know nothing about guns so maybe easily impressed).
This one is about not just surviving, but establishing civilization again. What happens years after Z-day? How do we begin again? This book brings up some of the issues, such as making and enforcing laws.
I would recommend this to anyone, not just readers of dystopian future stories.
The book was well written. I may look for the next book in the series.