The plot twists at the end were a real payoff! Denison drags you through a rubble strewn apocalyptic future where the survivors of London’s destruction are left to fend for themselves against cannibal mutants, and desperate scavengers. I had a ton of questions as I ran with Corporal Catherine Hyde through her nightmare mission with an army patrol to look for survivors. Only in the big reveal did I finally drop my doubts about where Hyde was going and how she got started in the first place.
I feel like this was Hyde’s passage from childhood to adulthood. Or late teen hood into the realm of social accountability and acceptance of danger. Here millennials have a hard time dealing with free speech in their safe zones and job prospects amid economic decline. Hyde instead has to deal with monsters eating her posse, trading McDonalds for stale rations, and some jerk stealing her supplies! To top it off, no one “likes” her status updates, because they all died.
Did I mention it was a bit dark? I like dark, as long as we aren’t talking about pessimistic narrative. Hyde is no mopey downer, she is just sick of cavers eating all the regular people. That would even make Pollyanna frown. Anyone else old enough for that 60s Disney movie reference?
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One thing that I would change is the pace. Sometimes the prose ran a bit long for my taste, and repeated ideas that I already grasped. Sometimes passive voice made me pause to reread a passage. Sometimes the shift to another point of view felt like a distraction. I’m not talking like a snail’s pace or anything. I just like my action stories to leave me short of breath. It’s just my opinion, most people probably wouldn’t notice or agree.
People who need to drop everything and buy this book include (but are not limited to) Walking Dead fans, Tank Girl fans, those who like surprises, fans of the old Kurt Russel movies Escape from New York and Escape from LA, Preppers (the people who spend their weekends stocking the bomb shelter), and readers who like to guess what is REALLY going on.