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Them or Us (Hater series) Hardcover – November 8, 2011
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The war that has torn the human race apart is finally nearing its end. With most towns and cities now uninhabitable, and with the country in the grip of a savage nuclear winter, both Hater and Unchanged alike struggle to survive.
Hundreds of Hater fighters have settled on the East Coast in the abandoned remains of a relatively undamaged town under the command of Hinchcliffe---who’ll stop at nothing to eradicate the last few Unchanged and consolidate his position at the top of this new world order. This fledgling society is harsh and unforgiving---your place in the ranks is decided by how long and how hard you’re prepared to fight.
Danny McCoyne is the exception to the rule. His ability to hold the Hate and to use it to hunt out the remaining Unchanged has given him a unique position in Hinchcliffe’s army of fighters. As the enemy’s numbers reduce, so the pressure on McCoyne increases, until he finds himself at the very center of a pivotal confrontation, the outcome of which will have repercussions on the future of everyone who is left alive.
—Jonathan Maberry, New York Times bestselling author of Patient Zero
Praise for Hater
“A head-spinning thrill ride . . . Hater will haunt you long after you read the last page.”
—Guillermo Del Toro, director of Pan’s Labyrinth and Hellboy
“Be careful with Hater. Chapter by chapter it will make its way into your soul till it finds the seed of evil that lurks within.”
—J.A. Bayona, director of The Orphanage
“Powerful and well-written.”
—S. M. Stirling, author of Dies the Fire
“David Moody’s Hater is a brutal, eerie, and hugely entertaining novel that grips you with its grim and nihilistic attitude from page one.”
—Tom Piccirilli, Bram Stoker Award--winning author
Praise for Dog Blood
“Lean, relentless, and terrifying.”
“If Hater gives you nightmares, Dog Blood will rewire your brain.”
“Gory and relentlessly tense.”
“Moody is an inarguably talented author, and Dog Blood further cements his reputation as one of the best horror authors of the new decade.”
About the Author
- Publisher : Thomas Dunne Books; 0 edition (November 8, 2011)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 368 pages
- ISBN-10 : 031253583X
- ISBN-13 : 978-0312535834
- Item Weight : 15.2 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.94 x 1.32 x 8.44 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,463,542 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Danny had everything in book one. He did not appreciate the blessings that he had. He was wrapped up in how hard his life was. This series shows how fast everything can completely change. This last book takes Danny through a world decimated by the people in it. It is destroyed. It is a bleak future. The people in this book are broken. Danny has lost everything, and he is finally seeing what the hate has done to the human race. The reader follows Danny while he finally sees what the hate has done to his life and the lives of the people still alive.
I would only recommend this series to people with a strong constitution. This book takes you through some pretty dark places. I had several times that turned my stomach. I had times reading about the children that were hard to finish. This series was one of the most violent that I have ever read and that says a lot.
Hater was my introduction to the works of David Moody. I learned of it from a promising review from Fangoria magazine. Since then, so much has happened. I became a member of the Facebook group "Moody's Survivors", a group of authors and fans who gather to discuss Moody's work and anything else (if you enjoy David's work, please feel free to drop by). Strange how a series of hate and taking sides can bring so many people close together.
I have to say that I was saddened as I closed the book that last time, as Danny McCoyne's journey came to it's end. I highly recommend this book and anything else by Mr. Moody. I can't wait to see what he cooks up next.
- Charlie Morgan
Best-Selling Author of Sticks And Stones
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I'd like to start with a caveat; if you're thinking about reading this book, don't consider it until you've taken in the first two books in the series, Hater and Dog Blood. Although I'd imagine Them or Us would be an enjoyable enough book without having read its predecessors, I'd suggest that the reader's experience and appreciation of events will be greatly enhanced by taking some time and reading the books as the author intended. Speaking of taking some time, as with other works I have read from the same author, time has been taken to fully develop Them or Us and sees the Hater world that Moody has created in full flourish as a nightmarish vision of a dystopian Britain, where the Unchanged are all but gone. The author has been criticised for not creating a more succinct tale but I am of the opinion that such censure is unwarranted, since the natural progression of proceedings is a key factor within the Hater storyline.
The bleak setting of society struggling to survive in the aftermath of a massive genocidal war and contending with the fallout of nuclear weapons is the perfect backdrop for the storyline that the author reveals and is frighteningly different from where proceedings started with Hater. If I were to attempt to compare Them or Us to anything, I'd say it was like Mad Max meets Cormac McCarthy's The Road but with a distinctly British flavour.
There's plenty here to sate the gorehounds out there too. Beatings, bludgeonings and general violence are the order of the day in Them or Us with a number of scenes that would easily warrant any film version of the story getting an 18 certificate. However, for me, it wasn't the obvious aspects of the book that were truly horrifying but the degree of insight the author has into what people are truly capable of, as demonstrated in some key parts of the story which I choose not to reveal, for fear of robbing them of their power.
The strength of Them or Us, like most of Moody's work, lies in the uncomfortably realistic nature of the central characters. There's no out and out heroes here but there are plenty of people concerned with self-preservation, self-gratification and are only concerned with what benefits them; which when factored in to the ruined landscape of Britain that Moody has conjured up, is incredibly disconcerting. The reader is always aware of the thought processes of Moody's central character, Danny McCoyne. The reader, in reality, ought not to be rooting for McCoyne. He has killed possibly hundreds of people with little more than his bare hands and is motivated only by what benefits him. However, with the dilemmas and problems he faces as his future becomes increasingly bleak with every passing day generates an impressive degree of empathy within the reader, speaking volumes for the power of Moody's prose.
With Them or Us clocking in at a little over 350 pages as with both Hater and Dog Blood, the Hater trilogy is around 1000 pages of sci-fi horror that I believe merits a place on the bookshelf of any self-respecting horror fan.