“ Monster Island " by David Wellington
This guy if a phenominal writer I'm telling you. I like to call my self a big crittic when it comes to horror novels! I really know what it takes
to scare the b-jesus out of someone. This book most definitly does!!
It's a story about a character r name Dekalb . One month after a global disaster Zombie epidemic had struck all over and there is only a pocket full of humans left. Dekalb happen to be not in the US but in Somalia . Now as a prisoner with a small child , a little girl that happens to be his daughter. It also happens to be all he has left as far as family goes.The gloriuas free army of the Free Womans Republic leader is ill with aids and sends him on a mission to find her medication. The only place he can think to go , is N.Y ! We all know how huge the city is , I can only dream to imagine how many zombies are roaming around there. See he has to ge to the U.N Head quarters Building "The Secretariat building in NY, in America. He has no choice on this or we wont get to see the only person who means everything , his daughter. He is then escorted on to a ship with guards that are mainly females. That are teens in catholic girl school uniforms with AK47's hanging off there shoulders.
This book had me not wanting to ever place it down!! This author has other titles that I think are really worth getting in. Along with the sequels to Monster Island :”
“i love zombies especially in books and games and movies but this one has non-stop action and gives me thrills”Royc3 804 wrote this review Thursday, September 8, 2011. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Short and sweet with enough twists to keep it interesting. A different kind of zombie horror novel.”Paper Pirate wrote this review Thursday, July 7, 2011. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Not a bad read...”Simon P wrote this review Wednesday, June 29, 2011. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Now, this is a great read. REALLY original. Believable characters. Never a dull moment. No embarrassing attempts to explain why any of this is happening. The text needed a final copyedit -- "discrete" and "discreet" have 2 totally different meanings, guys -- but it wasn't enough to distract me from the story. ”Eileen M wrote this review Monday, June 27, 2011. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Having read, and watched, tons of zombie stories I just could not get into this. I understand that the author was trying to change up the zombie lore but it just fell flat. I can't really say much without but you read half the book from the perspective of a character that is a zombie but found a way to keep his mental abilities and still be "himself." That part of the story just fell flat and was just too odd for me. If you are looking for a standard zombie novel this is not the one for you.”Zach wrote this review Thursday, June 2, 2011. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I'll give the author two things: the book isn't badly written, and there isn't much new to do in the genre with traditional zombies.
That said, I very much disliked this book. The story in itself was ok, it wasn't that different from most zombie books I've read in the beginning. There was just so much that I didn't understand from a rational standpoint.
Why would there be that many young, likely experienced soldiers together? Shouldn't they be mixed in with older, more experienced troops? I know this wasn't necessarily considered that important a mission, however leaving it to a bunch of 16 year olds didn't seem like a good choice. In addition, I rolled my eyes when it said that the uniform was a school-girl uniform with a plaid skirt. Sure, they might not have enough supplies for a complete uniform. But I would think it would be better not to match and have a "uniform" than to try to function in combat wearing a skirt. I would think most serious trained soldiers would opt for pants or shorts at least.
That said, the story went on ok, I was interested by the character of Gary at first. It didn't seem likely that someone could be undead and also be able to think and talk, but I could accept that as a variation in a zombie book and a new take that could possibly make things interesting.
Then is where I thought the story line got really dumb. I hated that the author decided there was a "network" through which the undead could contact and control each other. Granted most of them didn't have the mental faculties to do so, however it just seemed an unlikely and stupid plot twist. That's something I would never want for my zombie novels. It didn't even make any sense. They were brain dead, so how could they be ordered? If they were starving, how could they be stopped from eating what life they encountered?
Even past that, the undead animals existing and being able to be controlled too?
Then there was the undead that gained weight from eating a lot. I don't understand that. It makes sense for the dead to rot. It doesn't make sense that a re-animated corpse could digest and grow from consuming. The author does try to explain this in describing how Gary felt when he ate the fly, and how possibly that energy could convert somehow into gaining mass, but it really seemed like a stretch to me.
Sadly, this book made me wonder why most modern horror novels seem to be held at a lower standard than novels from other genres. ”
“See Review here: http://extraordinarybooksblog.blogspot.com/2011/05/review-monster-island-by-david.html”Future Slayer Girl (AKA kitten) wrote this review Monday, May 23, 2011. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Gary is the only thing about this book that I found remotely interesting. A zombie with a working brain is awesome. A mummy zombie with a working brain isn't. The story just became more and more ridiculous. I'm a little bit disappointed, I prefer Wellington with werewolves. His apocalypse is boring.”Lindsey wrote this review Wednesday, April 27, 2011. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No