AUTHOR: Riley Westbrook
PUBLISHED: March 16th, 2015 by BigWorldNetwork.com
FORMAT: E-Book (87 pages)
SOURCE: Received a free copy in exchange for an honest review! (thanks Riley!)
Who knew the zombie apocalypse would be caused by something we all know is deadly...but that is also all around us? Two stories intersect as the world delves into chaos - Earl, a drugged out heroin addict constantly in search of his next fix, and a family struggling with the dramas of everyday life, get no reprieve during this zombie outbreak. Can any of them survive the deadliest game of all - survival against undead, each other, and the world around them?
There is a handful of quirky characters in this book. The three I liked best were Earl, Joey and Sara. Earl is, I would say, the main character, and we meet him in the beginning. He's a heroin junkie and I would steer clear of him if I ever were around. He's constantly fighting his "demon" - the need for his next fix. There's Joey and Sara - a married couple who are so totally in love with each other - I loved their characters! They were so physically opposite - Joey was an enormous 500 pound man with a generous heart.. and Sara was a small petite woman with a temper and very protective of her man.
I thought his descriptions of the people affected with the virus were excellent! I got a very good picture in my head while reading. It was gross.. nasty.. but it almost made me laugh at how sick it was!
(She) was still strapped to the bed. A large mushroom sprouted from her head, looking like a Portobello.
His demon walked beside him, egging him on. "When are you going to pay your toll? It's almost time for the fun to begin." "Shut up!" Earl yelled before he remembered he was alone.
It was very fast paced and easy to read. I liked the characters. It was gross, but I found it almost comical - for this type of zombie novel I think it was a good fit here.
I just thought there was a little too much emphasis on it. It really stood out to me every time he would mention him:
"Don't worry, I'll keep an eye on her," Peter told his fat friend before he charged outside after her.
For my first zombie/apocalypse novel I was happily surprised. It was a short novella, so it was easy to get through and it held my attention. I will be more open to these types of books in the future!