Plague Nation, the sequel to Plague Town, reintroduces the reader to Ashley Parker a former college student, survivor of the Walker’s Flu and zombie bite victim now turned Wild Card. A Wild Card is someone who is immune to the zombie infection, has an enhanced healing factor and some other abilities. Ashley was not and is not any kind of soldier so when her former professor who turns out to be a member of a secret agency that is so black no one even knows they exist, recruits Ash to be a part of it, she has to fit in and play with the big boys.
Ashley and the other Wild Cards, most of them with absolutely no military experience, must now adapt to operating as a team and within the guidelines laid out by Colonel Paxton, their new commander.
Following the events at Redwood Grove or what is referred to a Big Red, Ash and her new team of Wild Cards are sent on several missions to clear out the immediate quarantine zone established around Big Red. Its during one of these missions that they lose one of their own to a careless mistake. While all this is happening, other forces are busy spreading the infection outside of Redwood Grove.
When those same forces covertly enter Big Red and attempt to destroy the secret lab housed under the college that is tasked with finding a cure to the infection, Ash and her team of Wild Cards must leave the relative safety of The Grove and safeguard the man responsible for introducing the virus.
Facing sabotage of equipment, thousands of hungry zombies, panicked civilians, black ops teams out to kill them, the Wild Cards struggle to make their way to and through San Francisco. Along the way they meet up with a Parkour expert and a serious Batman fanboy who all contribute to their safety in one way or another.
Dana Fredsti’s Plague Nation is an excellent addition to the series. Full of pop culture references and a wise cracking, sarcastic main character, the story is full of action and laughs intermixed with gore splatter and good old zombie stomping fun. The pace is quick enough to suck in the reader to a point that they lose all track of time and become immersed in the world of Ashley Parker as she fights to save herself, her friends and her way of life.
If you haven’t read Plague Town yet, get a copy and read it. You won’t be disappointed. The series is a sure fire hit for any zombie/apocalyptic genre fan.
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