What’s Flesh Code About?

The education system in America is bad enough, but when the world’s schools are brainwashing the future with New World Order rhetoric, well, the end result, is…zombies….
This first novella in this Young Adult Series (Ages 14-and-up) explores the coming of the zombie horde (or scrats) who took the NWO’S compliance “pill” and are now ready to eat everyone in sight. Those that didn’t turn were the small percentage of students who thought for themselves and now must use those smarts to survive the zombie apocalypse.
Also, the adults who didn’t take their own pills are left to fight the millions of zombies who felt the NWO was to be listened to and trusted.
As two cousins trapped in their respective schools on two different sides of the United States try to keep in touch through this new war, kids all over the world move toward social media sites and text messaging to help each other survive the zombies’ attack on those who were smarter than them to begin with.

“Flesh Code: Vol. I” is written entirely in social media formats as the young turn toward what has become their primary way of communicating in the 21st century. As the New World Order moves in on shutting down all communication, kids rally to find the best way to stage their fight against the ghoulish flesh eaters they once called their friends.

“Flesh Code: Vol. I” is the alternative, YA universe version, of Alan Dale’s “Dead Nations’ Army” trilogy which launched in July with “Code Flesh.” Four characters from “DNA” have crossed over into the “DEA” series while a number of characters in one book have an alternative personality in the other.

Our Flesh Code Review

Flesh Code by Alan Dale has a promising premise: high school students trying to survive the zombie apocalypse use social media to broadcast their thoughts to the world, and to try to connect with loved ones.

The Good: The premise is promising.

The Bad: The social media aspect falls apart quickly. There isn’t really any Facebook or Twitter or anything of the like here… It’s all more like rambling, meandering blogging, complete with typos and poor formatting. The “I’m typing this” narrative style removes most of the tension from every scene, because you know whoever is typing has to survive at least that long. Worse, all the characters type in the same voice, complete with lots of random extra commas, and it’s all far too colloquial–it sounds more like talking, complete with, like, that kind of thing…

…when it wasn’t just unbelievable. What kind of teenager types, “If you are whom I know you to be, you for sure are putting on some Lara Croft meets Katniss shoes and kicking some serious butt.” Speaking of Lara Croft, other references include those “old” Ice Age movies, which leads to another eye-roller: the story takes place decades in the future, but every cultural reference made by these teenagers is what a twenty- or thirty-something in 2013 would make. I had to sigh when one of these kids, decades into the future, was using an iPad.

The Ugly: Only those who are indoctrinated into the author’s political point of view survive, because all the zombies are the sheeple majority who took the New World Order’s brain-washing pills, and the survivors are those who were taught/trained by their awesome parents not to buy in to the socialist utopia claptrap… No matter the message, proselytizing doesn’t make for a good zombie story.

The Verdict: A parody without humor, the heavy-handed political preaching overwhelms both the novelty of the storytelling vehicle and the story itself. Neither fun nor entertaining, Flesh Code, Vol. I lacks both the subtlety and the wit necessary to both make its point and entertain.

Where you can buy Flesh Code

You can buy Flesh Code on Amazon.

About Patrick Freivald

Patrick Freivald is a high school teacher (physics, robotics, and American Sign Language), beekeeper, author, and coach of an award-winning competition robotics team. He lives in rural Western New York with his lovely wife and far, far too many animals.