My rating: 5 of 5 stars
This is definitely not your typical post-apocalyptic zombie novel. This was uniquely and intelligently well written. It is obvious from the beginning that the author has truly put a great deal of effort into developing, designing and portraying his characters.
The beginning of the novel was a slight struggle at moments just because of the amount of characters that are introduced and sometimes I felt as though I had a difficult time keeping them and their story line straight. However, as the story progresses, this became much easier and then Kozeniewski shows us how all of their lives intertwine.
This novel stands apart from other zombie novels as it incorporates pirates, thieves, native islanders, royalty, capitalism, military, religion, drug dealers and some virtual porn. The story and characters do not focus on killing zombies so much as they focus on their lives and how to continue on about life as usual while avoiding as many of the undead creatures as they can.
It is quite interesting the creative ways that the author portrayed his characters using the zombies and even the ‘shell’ of the undead creature. I was thoroughly impressed reading about the pirate ship and the cargo that they were carrying.
Not only is this book intellectually well written, it also has a great deal of gore and horror. Each set of characters either enacted the horror or had to deal with the gore and the horror, or both.
I really appreciated the religious aspect that was designed in this story. It sure put an interesting spin on this novel, particularly when it came to the baptisms.
The ending was superb and I would certainly recommend this story to any zombie fans, especially those looking for something that is different from the norm.
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