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I love the end of the world/apocalypse genre but this is my first 'monster' read. Oh my word, had my heart racing and have never read down a page so fast to try and get away from what might happen...The description of the variants makes me shudder and gag in equal measure and I have also had one chase me in a dream (not nice). Brilliant writing, tension and fear building is great. Characters you care about and others you hope get munched! 5* from me if you enjoy this genre.
This is a fantastic piece of fan fiction (previously published in the kindle worlds section), the original author of the Extinction Cycle series Nicholas Sansbury Smith was so impressed with the book he arranged to support the author in publishing the series in his own publishing company. I really enjoyed the book (and the second in the series) and would highly recommend this to anyone, you don’t have to have read the original series to enjoy this either, it works really well as a stand alone novel.
After reading the original Extinction Cycle books I was looking forward to this , it's terrible in comparison and the writing in my opinion is very weak and repetitive . The original is my favourite series of all time and it's a shame it isn't the same writer telling the next set of stories .
I have always enjoyed apocalyptic books whether it's EMPs, zombies, or some man made infection/virus, but this book is so unique. The variables are unique as I assume that they were man made, as yet, there is no real evidence, unless I missed it, of where they come from. Lots of action from the very start, I could not put it down. Really good characters, the main ones being our two heroes, Jack and Dee, plus others. Thanks for book 1, and look forward to the next book.
I loved the Extinction series so when Nicholas Sainsbury Smith recommended this book I figured it was worth a read. I was hooked (or rehooked) from the beggining. Jack and Dee are such great characters and having grown up in New Zealand it was a race to survive through cities I knew, it somehow made it seem more real and scarier. I was lucky to purchase this and the Fourth Phase at the same time so didn't have to wait for the next instalment