Atomic Moo Book Review of Plague Nation, an Ashley Parker Novel!

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Hey El Moochadores, Titan Books recently published the action packed zombie novel, Plague Nation, the sequel to the 2012, Plague Town, by author (and Zombie lover) Dana Fredsti. Before I get into the review check out a short synopsis of the novel:

Sequel to the thrilling zombie novel PLAGUE TOWN. Ashley Parker was a ordinary woman who was also a “wild card,” immune to the emerging zombie plague, drawn unwillingly into a shadowy paramilitary organization. Having stopped the wave of the undead that swarmed their facility, the wild cards are forced to travel to a secret laboratory in San Francisco. En route some are killed, while others are kidnapped by an unknown enemy. But the worst is yet to come, as the plague begins to manifest in key locations worldwide. And the truth begins to emerge about the paramilitary society, the Dolofónoi tou Zontanoús Nekroús.

Okay, I’m tired of zombie stories. I feel like it’s a genre that’s been very “played out,” and with few exceptions (1985’s Return of the Living Dead, 2004’s Shawn of the Dead and Dawn of the Dead)MV5BMTU2NjA0NDk0NV5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTcwOTA0OTQzMw@@._V1_SX214_ I don’t feel there’s much you can do with it. Dead people eat live people and some other lucky people try and survive it… wow, I just wrote my own Zombie story! So (anyways), I kind of went into reading Plague Nation with a groan that sounded vaguely like, “grrrrnotanotherzombiestoryroan…” and then started reading pages with the enthusiasm of a teenager having to listen to a days worth of NPR. The thing is, though, Deadite-DanaDana Fredsti is a good writer. Her story was a lot of gory, action packed, fun with some humor thrown into the mix. Fredsti has an increadible descritive ability that effectively translated words into mental images of gushing blood and rotting flesh. However, there were a few moments were I felt like the story of Ashley (Ash) Parker was turning into something from the CW. After all, most of the story is about beautiful people getting to do exciting things, and then romancing and dramatizing the way only “CW-esque” beautiful people do. I’m more of an “mostly normal people surviving abnormal situations” (e.g. Shaun of the Dead) kind of guy. Also, Ash’s narrative is full of nerd and pop culture references that, at first, seemed like the author was pandering to a geeky audience, but then she made a reference to “Return of the Living Dead,” and that brought me back into the book. Heh, I guess I can be pandered to. Eventually, I just came to accept that sort of “geekiness” as part of Ash’s character and her way of dealing with a zombie outbreak.

Overall, this was a fun book and I enjoyed it a great deal. If you’re a lover of zombie and action stories and want to see the two genres in a good mix then you’ll want to get a copy of Plague Nation as soon as possible from your local book store or online from Titan Books! Now, I’m going to listen to some NPR! G’ah, I’m so excited! Market Place is about to start! Ha!

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5 Comments

  1. I agree that zombies are played out, but you make a good case for this one!

    As a teenager I listened to a lot of NPR, but the only show I remember was Hearts of Space, which I still have some recordings of somewhere.

  2. Mister Trog

    05/22/2013 at 6:54 pm

    I wasn’t joking there, I’m a huge NPR fan. Science Fridays, This American Life, Radio Lab, The World… I love it all!

  3. Buttery Wholesomeness

    05/22/2013 at 7:17 pm

    I’ve never seen an apocalypse work that addresses the real issues of shit-tons of dead people.

    1) Lots of those people had dogs. This means that there are now super-packs of blood-hungry dogs just, you know, around.
    2) Lots of those people had military training. This means you’ll eventually come across military-trained cannibals.
    3) Disease.
    4) Global cooling from burning cities (actually, if I remember correctly, World War Z did talk about this for a while).

  4. Mister Trog

    05/23/2013 at 1:33 am

    Why are the cities burning? Would they just sort of rot?

  5. Radiolab is divine, especially the “Colors” episode. I want to reincarnate as a mantis shrimp now.

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