Warner is the sole survivor of a deathscape dominated by hordes of the undead. Years of isolation and lack of any human contact has driven him to the brink of insanity. Plagued with vivid hallucinations and shocking nightmares, he scours the deadlands for any signs of life.
While discovering a temporary cure for his creeping mental illness, Warner is attacked and infected with the deadly disease. Switching between man and beast, he must decide on risking a desperate cure or attempting a suicidal quest to rescue a group of stranded survivors. Worse, these survivors may only be a figment of his crumbling sanity.
The Zombie Generation is a terrifying tale, perfect for fans of horror and the flesh guzzling undead.
Not a bad story. I am a bit torn at whether or not to call this a zombie novel. I don’t think it really is a zombie novel because the infected don’t quite resemble zombies except for the fact that they want to kill you. But it was a pretty enjoyable story nonetheless.
This novel is a psychological horror novel that focuses on a man named Warner. There are a lot of good aspects about this novel that really made it a different kind of read, different from what I’m used to reading and reviewing. The tone and plot is a bit humorous but the situations and environment are horror down to the bones. The main character’s narrative can be funny at times and you can feel a great connection with Warner as he wades his way through the deadlands while trying to make sense of it all.
Plot: I am not so sure how I feel about the plot. The situations and the backdrop for the story were pretty good, but the story itself—to me—wasn’t as quick paced as I was expecting it to be. Sometimes the novel can seem to drag on a little, and this is mainly due to the main character’s narrative jumping in at seemingly random intervals. I felt that the beginning of the novel required a bit of slogging, but once you get into the story it really is engrossing. The psychological elements to this story are very interesting and make for a unique reading experience.
Writing: The writing was sharp and crisp. The author has a real voice and the way he describes action scenes are top notch. What makes a novel interesting to read is not only the fact that it is well written, but because the author can say things in a different voice than everybody else, and Drake Vaughn hit that right on the head and delivers a very different style of storytelling.
Characters: The only real character that the reader can associate with on any level is Warner. Warner is a great character because of how natural all his actions appear to be. All of his choices and thoughts are realistic and often I felt as though I could relate with Warner on a personal level. The character is an average guy with thoughts and real emotions. Warner is a character that people can give a damn about and that scored the author huge points in my books.
Overall: Good read. I wouldn’t necessarily call this a zombie book but I guess that could also depend on who’s reading it, to each their own. At times, it felt like I had to wade through thick narratives to get to the meat of the story once again but the time investment was worth it. This is a great psychological thriller that I think people would like if they gave it a chance. I’d highly recommend it to those who are looking for a very unconventional—in a good way—apocalyptic tale with a main character worth taking the journey with.
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