Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Lily's Review of The Zombie Generation, by Drake Vaughn

The Zombie Generation

Warner is the sole survivor of a deathscape dominated by hordes of the undead. Years of isolation and lack of any human contact has driven him to the brink of insanity. Plagued with vivid hallucinations and shocking nightmares, he scours the deadlands for any signs of life. While discovering a temporary cure for his creeping mental illness, Warner is attacked and infected with the deadly disease. Switching between man and beast, he must decide on risking a desperate cure or attempting a suicidal quest to rescue a group of stranded survivors. Worse, these survivors may only be a figment of his crumbling sanity. The Zombie Generation is a terrifying tale, perfect for fans of horror and the flesh guzzling undead.

238 pages
Published April 7th 2012 by Dead Orb Press

My Rating:

I came to understand, fairly early in this novel, that this was not a typical zombie story. In fact, the scary monsters in this story can't really be described as conventional zombies, or zombies at all. At least not the typical image that the word 'zombie' brings to mind. I even felt a little cheated to have had the impression going into this story with a different perception of which this novel did not deliver. But there was much about this novel that was original and interesting.

Warner is a survivor, but early on he gets infected. But his changes are not immediate, though it appears that the infection for other afflicted humans had been different. He has constant flashbacks and hallucinations which he calls 'figs', and as relevant as they were to the story, the time line of the plot because incredibly confusing to me. I quickly lost my grasp on what was true and what was part of Warner's 'figs' (short for figments). 

The monsters in this novel were not as scary as I thought they would be (on an imaginative level at least). These are terribly obese destructive monsters that chomp on garbage, and have a strange fixation to alcohol, furby like toys, and canned meat that sounds very similar to SPAM. The only resemblance to the stereotypical zombie creature is their love to consume fresh brains.  Their habits, routines and fixations were really interesting. 

It was a pretty action packed novel and I enjoyed that.  There were many scenes where Warner was in, what appeared to be, an impossible escape situation, and my heart was just pounding out of fear for him, thinking he was going to meet his end. 

Though I can honestly say that I did not really enjoy this story as much as I wanted to, it was incredibly imaginative and original.  And if you are looking for something completely different I would not deter anyone from giving this one a go. Just don't think you are going to find your typical zombies in this novel. 

*I received a eBook copy of this book for free to review from the author; this in no way influenced my review, all opinions are 100% honest and my own.*

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About the Author:
(pic & bio from Goodreads.com)

As a genre fiction writer, Drake focuses on offbeat thrillers and horror with a psychological bent. By bending traditional genres in unique ways, he transforms simple stories into his own crinkled vision. His tales appear deceptively simple, but turn into a wild ride into darkness. He lives in California with his wife and a black cat named Shadow.

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