- File Size: 5691 KB
- Print Length: 288 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1984826786
- Publisher: Del Rey (June 16, 2020)
- Publication Date: June 16, 2020
- Sold by: Random House LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B07WQQXSGL
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Not Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,988 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Admittedly, the book is slow to open. For the first third or so, I didn't think I was going to particularly care for it. I don't mind a novel that's a bit of a slow burn, but I honestly didn't find any of the characters particularly likable. They weren't only incompetent to deal with their situation, but they actively took pride in their own incompetence. However, as the novel progresses, the tension slowly starts to amp up and the characters begin to develop (sometimes grudgingly) into functional and adaptable human beings. What I initially perceived as a flaw in the novel ultimately grew into one of its assets because it provides fertile ground to explore how crisis shapes human psychology.
Brooks' "documentarian" style of writing is not always my favorite, but it mostly serves well here. Part of the problem with any first person narrative is that it immediately raises questions of how much the narrator's knowledge of the story's conclusion affects his or her telling of the earlier stages of the narrative. In this case, the story is told primarily through journal entries, occasionally punctuated by snippets of other supporting texts. Because the narrator is never more than a day or so ahead of the reader, this helps keep the tension alive, though there's a certain trade-off in that the epistolary format necessarily telegraphs certain elements of the story's climax right from the first page. Nevertheless, though *much* of the ending was entirely predictable, the *details* of the ending were still interesting to discover page-by-page, and the ultimate conclusion, wasn't quite what I expected.
I ultimately found it to be an imperfect but still quite enjoyable read. Once you get past a sluggish opening, you'll likely want to finish the remaining two-thirds or so of the novel in a single sitting. And perhaps some readers will, in addition to enjoying a classic monster story, take the novel's subtext as a warning and learn to be a little more self-sufficient and a little less techno-dependent. Or so we can hope.
Essentially I’m reading a diary of an incredibly annoying, not very intelligent young women talk about her boring life. What is this? I’m giving up on it. I loved WWZ but this seems like a short story that Max wanted to make into a short novel so he added a ton of pointless filler. So disappointing.
I’d read and loved Brooks’ “World War Z”, and looked forward to this one, given its advance praise. But it’s very slow-moving, and the writing mostly comes across as merely an excuse to try and be macho. It’s like Brooks wanted to create these nightmarishly epic scenes but didn’t want to spend a lot of time having to do it. These creatures are basically described as nine-ft-tall, demon-like Hulks, but they’re actions and behavior are flat-out boring.
Once they bombard the little village with mini-boulders they throw from a distance, another time they’re needing/wanting to single a human out from a group, even though they’re demon-like Hulks, and another time one kills like a bad-a** stealthy assassin. Before the halfway point I was reading just to see if it got any better, and with still about 80 pages left I was simply too irritated with the writing and story to bother finishing it.
I know this is and will stay a bestseller, but I’ll never have any more interest in reading any of his future books.
And, if you’ve read WWZ, you already know that Max knows how to write. And he does a really good job here. Enjoy!