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Hater (Hater series) Hardcover – February 17, 2009
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REMAIN CALM DO NOT PANIC TAKE SHELTER WAIT FOR FURTHER INSTRUCTIONS THE SITUATION IS UNDER CONTROL Society is rocked by a sudden increase in the number of violent assaults on individuals. Christened 'Haters' by the media, the attackers strike without warning, killing all who cross their path. The assaults are brutal, remorseless and extreme: within seconds, normally rational, self-controlled people become frenzied, vicious killers. There are no apparent links as a hundred random attacks become a thousand, then hundreds of thousands. Everyone, irrespective of gender, age, race or any other difference, has the potential to become a victim - or a Hater. People are afraid to go to work, afraid to leave their homes and, increasingly, afraid that at any moment their friends, even their closest family, could turn on them with ultra violent intent. Waking up each morning, no matter how well defended, everyone must now consider the fact that by the end of the day, they might be dead. Or perhaps worse, become a killer themselves. As the status quo shifts, ATTACK FIRST, ASK QUESTIONS LATER becomes the order of the day... only, the answers might be much different than what you expect....
In the tradition of H. G. Wells and Richard Matheson, Hater is one man's story of his place in a world gone mad― a world infected with fear, violence, and HATE.
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- Publisher : Thomas Dunne Books; 1st edition (February 17, 2009)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 288 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0312384831
- ISBN-13 : 978-0312384838
- Item Weight : 14.4 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.5 x 0.81 x 8.5 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,091,625 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Essentially Hater is the story of one average guy, Danny, who has a job he hates and lives in a flat on a dodgy council estate with his partner and three children. As a series of seemingly random attacks take place in the city where he lives and works, he takes the step of barricading his family in their flat for their safety, only venturing out reluctantly in search of supplies.
The tension builds slowly, and the first half of the book is full of flash scenes of the virus attacking at random, which I love in any apocalyptic book and in Hater it's pretty confronting - school girls, policemen, the elderly - no one is immune to the random impact of the virus. The Haters themselves are initially uncontrollable, but after the initial outburst become more subdued and cannot be easily distinguished from other non-infected people.
I really liked that Hater is about an average guy - he's certainly no hero, and as the story progresses, his family become increasingly paranoid even of each other - snapped words and sharp looks caused by living in such a stressful environment begin to push them closer to turning on each other.
Hater is an addictive read and certainly has the one-more-chapter feel, right up until the twist and climax which went in a direction that I certainly wasn't expecting. It's fabulously unpredictable and I'd love to tell you more about it, but it's difficult without giving important parts of the story away.
My only reason for not giving it a full five star rating is that the characters can be a little unlikable and there are a few periods of what I can only call repetitive whinging. But otherwise Hater is an intense and extremely tense read, and David Moody holds absolutely nothing back.
HATER begins as most apocalypses do--before it begins. Our main character, Daniel, is a government worker who hates his job, hates his position in life and is constantly having to deal with his oftentimes-overbearing children. He and his wife's relationship is suffering, his relationship with his father-in-law in less-than-stellar, and his overall quality of life is suffering due to his living situation. A house too small, a job too mundane, and a family almost in constant turmoil serves to make life one thing--misery.
However--when a calamity strikes the world, thrusts the populace head-over-heels and creates a violent strain of violent outbreaks that may or may not be disease-related, Daniel, and his family's, world changes--for the worse.
HATER is everything that anyone could ever want in an apocalypse novel. Fast-paced, intense, visceral--there's no lack of violence and tension in this book. It moves at a breakneck pace that makes it almost impossible to put down. I found myself glued to my seat (while at the airport) and transfixed (while reading before bed) at the brutal world that David Moody created in HATER. The speed of which the novel moves is, in my opinion, probably the best thing about it. Unlike a lot of apocalypse novels, which slow to a low lull in order to introduce certain aspects of the apocalyptic scenario, HATER never stops. The world, and the condition it is in, is quickly revealed in a rapid-fire succession, making the book constantly exciting and engrossing. My only qualm about the book is more of a personal one than one that stabs at Mr. Moody's writing. There comes a point in the novel where we are introduced to a Hater's psychology, and though the transformation from one who's Hated into a Hater seems to be a quick and sudden process, the act in which it happens is never really explained. As someone who loves reading about that sort of transformation, I would have loved to see that expanded upon. That still may happen in book 2 and 3 though, so I'm not going to discount it as a possibility.
In a nutshell, HATER is brilliant. Fast-paced, utterly-engrossing, absolutely-terrifying--this book is impossible to put down. A definite to-read for any apocalyptic fiction fan.
The biggest positive for the story is the perspective from the point of view of the main character from "normalcy" through the change. It was interesting to see something a little different than the struggles of the unaffected . Although I find the explanation for the events shaky, I do appreciate a cause other than the ubiquitous escaped military virus in similar storylines. Of course, that part isn't terribly important because the purpose of the story isn't why the change happens in people, but rather how the events play out.
All in all, I really enjoyed this quick read. The author does a great job of building suspense in this novel, even through the more mundane moments like riding the bus. I will likely check out more books by this author soon.
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Working for local government, he had a mundane job, working 9-5 to support his wife and 3 kids. Danny hated confrontation and as the trouble started he tried to keep himself and his family safe. Written in 3rd person POV, it was easy to follow Danny’s story. There were times when you realised just how despondent Danny was, a family that didn’t appreciate him, a boring job with a boss who was on a constant power trip and cracks begin to show in his life.
The book starts off with an unexplained attack, violent and unprovoked. As the story continues you get introduced to the Haters. A group of people that just snap, attacking anyone they feel a threat. No explanation why, their attitude “Kill them before they get killed”. As more people turn the violence escalates and some of the deaths are quite ingenious. This was a quick read as I wanted to find out what caused the change. As the army began to move in the story became more urgent and it was a story of survival. The story keeps building to the end and slowly things are started to be explained. Ending on a cliff hanger, I will have to buy book 2 to find out what happened.
As I was reading this I did start to think of what I would do if this really happened and possible it will be a form of discussion with the children instead of what if there was a zombie outbreak.
I've seen some people complain about the way it's written, so it may not be for everyone. But it was definitely for me
All I would say is that I found the change in narration jarring at first but I quickly grew accustomed to it and then enjoyed it as it led to expectations about what was going to happen and when.
It followed the classic old school horror method of James Herbert and Shaun Hutson. If you're a fan of those authors then you should definitely pick this up.
Can't wait to read the next in the series
It could be anyone. Complete strangers, those closest to you, your taxi driver, your doctor, the nun you pass on the street.
It could be you.
David Moody's Hater is an tour-de-force of fear and paranoia with some social commentary thrown in for good measure. The protagonist is about as far from the cliché'd hero as you can get - a distinctly average man who is miserable in his marriage, fed up with his kids, and can barely afford to stay afloat. Mr. Moody portrays the modern life brilliantly, the unfulfilling ritual daily grind of our protagonist with the rise of the Haters playing out in the background of their lives slowly getting harder to ignore.
Give Hater a read and see for yourself, my description cannot do it justice. The end of the book leaves you thirsty to know what happens next, so much so that I would recommend buying the second book (and possibly the third!) when you buy Hater, just to save yourself time! Have you ordered it yet? No? Why not!?
Mr Moody never fails to give us terrifying well written books with stories that are real page turners.