“Kristal said: 4 stars
Violence has taken over the city. No one knows exactly why and the news seems to keep stressing the same message: Remain calm, Do not panic, Take shelter, THE SITUATION IS UNDER CONTROL!!
But things are far from under control. Just ask Danny, whom we follow throughout the book. He has a job that he hates, a wife who is always tired and 3 kids that are always bickering. Life can't seem to get worse. But it does when he and his family are caught between escaping the Haters and trying to survive. There are a few twist and turns that for me made the book likeable for me and awaiting the next installment.”
“Violence has taken over the city. No one knows exactly why and the news seems to keep stressing the same message: Remain calm, Do not panic, Take shelter, THE SITUATION IS UNDER CONTROL!!
But things are far from under control. Just ask Danny, whom we follow throughout the book. He has a job that he hates, a wife who is always tired and 3 kids that are always bickering. Life can't seem to get worse. But it does when he and his family are caught between escaping the Haters and trying to survive. There are a few twist and turns that for me made the book likeable for me and awaiting the next installment. ”
“Not entirely enthusiastic about the execution, but it's a fresh idea on a theme that's been overdone.”MLGerrish wrote this review Sunday, July 10, 2011. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“This book is one of the kind. Is one of those books that can make you think of other possibilities. The writing is excellent. I loved it. ”Aliven wrote this review Sunday, July 3, 2011. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Horror story a la Stephen King's "Cell." People randomly turn violent and attack people nearby. But why? Not a bad story, but this is only the first book in a series, so be warned.”BE Kelley wrote this review Friday, July 1, 2011. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Absolutely loved it! I recommend it if you're into horror/gore. I can't wait to read the next book!”Madelyn B wrote this review Thursday, June 30, 2011. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Some parts of the book was unclear and could've explained a little further for more understanding of the readers, but overall based on an interesting perspective. ”Maria Shishikura wrote this review Thursday, June 9, 2011. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Hater is the type of book one picks up and starts reading and before the person realises what’s happened several hours have passed. The writing style is simple, in every sense of the word, yet I believe that makes the reading of the book so much better as it’s not possible to get bogged down or distracted.
The opening scene caught my attention and I was “in”. There was no turning back. I had no choice but to go along for the ride. In fact, even if I did have a choice I would have gone along anyway.
The main character was real. Totally convincing. In fact, he could have been me if he was a woman. I totally related to his situation and circumstances because over the years I’ve experienced them first hand (except for witnessing the killings and violence, of course). And I believe many of us will relate to him because a lot of us have had mundane jobs, a home life that isn’t perfect, money worries that take the joy out of everything and the feeling that everyone else is doing so much better than us (all the time!), even if they’re not.
Swept into this man’s life and witnessing how he interacts with his family, who he loves dearly even if they are annoying at times, and how he controls himself at work with people who treat him indifferently or with distain, gives us insight into our own lives. It cemented in me how I have learned to mask my feelings and opinions, how I only show the world the “acceptable” parts of myself and hide the parts of me that may cause conflict, hurt or other problems.
Then, as the violence increases around him, we feel his fear increase also. We understand his need to protect his family, at all costs. As he asks himself what he’s willing to do and what he’s capable of doing, to keep his wife and children safe, I found myself wondering what I would do if I found myself in the same situation. Would I kill someone if they attempted to kill one of my family members first?
Kill or be killed. It’s a matter of survival!
I’ll leave you to find out what happens to the main character and his family because if I go any further I’ll give something away, which will only spoil it for those interested in reading the book.
I found Hater to be captivating and fast paced. It’s not a long book, but I read it especially fast considering I’m a slow reader. The fact that I identified with the main character made the story more enjoyable, which is a strange word to use when talking about violence and death. However, as a published work I did enjoy the book. It spoke to me. It made me think.
My only negative comment is in relation to why the situation in the story occurred. The author gave a vague reason. I’m not sure if there’s a reason for that or not. I suspect that as this is the first book in a trilogy then the reason will become clear by the end of the third book, and I can accept that.
Some people are calling this a zombie-ish book and I must agree with that. However, there are no undead to contend with. Both “sides” are living human beings. Finally, I can’t help wondering what “side” I would be on.
Am I a Hater? Are you?
“Loved it you guys should read this!”VampireRocker! wrote this review Tuesday, April 5, 2011. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Something is driving people into a psychotic rage, making them kill people that they feel are out to get them. This story is told from the point of view of a husband and father as he attempts to cope and survive with his family. The neat part is that there is no explanation for the rage that is overcoming people. This leaves the main character and the reader trying to figure out why society is collapsing into this bizzare syndrome. Leaving the reader hanging is a brilliant way to amp up the tension in this violent novel. About two thirds of the way into the story this one will take a twist I cannot reveal, but it only adds to the brilliance of the story. I dropped half a star only for the ending. I will reveal that this is to be continued in another novel called Dog Blood. It seems that the author could have just written one large book with the whole story rather than leave the reader hanging in the wind. However with this minor transgression forgiven I will say that this author has what it takes to entertain his audience and I look forward to continuing the story.