The world is infected. The dead are reanimating and attacking the living. In a city being overrun with ravenous corpses people find safety where they can. A disparate group of strangers drawn together by chance seek sanctuary from the carnage outside in an empty office block.
Besieged by an army of walking dead and with little hope of rescue the group must learn to work together if they are going to survive. But for how long can the barricades hold back the ever increasing hordes of undead? How long before the food runs out? How long before those who were bitten succumb to the infection? And how long before they realise that the dead outside are the least of their fears?
©2013 Iain McKinnon (P)2013 Audible Inc.
My first issue with this book was that the author decided to reshape the world we know. By this I mean that he wrote as if he was the first person to use zombies in a book. This lead to me being confused for the first couple of hours as to why no-one was realising they were facing zombies.
I have no idea why the author did this, as zombies have been in comics, books and movies for decades. So I found it confusing in the beginning because it made the characters look like idiots and to my mind is somewhat disrespectful to the people that DID create this sub-genre of horror.
My main issues though were that the characters were all pretty two-dimensional and loathsome. I honestly didn’t care for any of them, and was rooting for the zombies to kill them all. Sadly that didn’t happen and the one I really hated was one of those still standing at the end as well.
The writer doesn’t manage to convey any sense of tension or terror. The people in this book are trapped in an office building surrounded by thousands of zombies and yet they seemed to be as bothered as I would be to be told it was raining outside. When he describes the zombies they don’t sound that frightening at all and he normally resorts to white eyes, pale (or grey) and blotchy skin as his default description. Rarely do any have massive injuries or are half-eaten, as would be the case.
To be honest the zombies are not a major part of the book. It is more about how a group of people that don’t know each other well deal with each other while trapped in a confined space with dwindling resources. And the final part of the book is not bad, though I did find it a little predictable the twist ending and who was responsible for it. Still, I’ve seen far worse endings.
It’s not the worst zombie book I’ve read, but it is far from the best as well. There is some enjoyment to be had, though you will find most of the characters and their conversations irritating, and often bordering on stupid. Based on the end I doubt there will be a sequel – or at least I hope not. Passes the time but not much more.
The King of Clayfield.
Any where characters got killed. Loved those because I hated them as much as the zombies.
Yes, the last few chapters were okay, and the writing was passable.
"character driven zombie story"
as the story opens, harrison and liz and their 2 children, grant and melissa, have packed their car to go on vacation. when they come to a stop in the city, a disheveled man shambles toward them and starts banging on harrison's window. as the man smashes through the car window and grabs harrison, the young family's nightmare begins.
john heads to work early b/c sirens woke him up in the middle of the night, and he couldn't get back to sleep. i work in an office and am well aware of the different personality types. john is a frustrated it salesman, who's looking for another job, and takes the elevator to the first floor.
sharon is the boss at the it company. she's uptight to the point where she's still looking at powerpoint presentations when the dead start to crowd around the office building. she's high maintenance, highly strung, and she's a cougar. steve is the new guy sharon has her eye on. she's curt with her underlings, especially the blue collar workers that are trapped with her in the office building.
colin is woken up by early call from his boss, the high school principal. he's dejected b/c the school's week long camping trip is cancelled b/c of the public health scare. colin was looking forward to spending time w/ jenny, another teacher, on the camping trip. his grand plans of slowly seducing jenny have gone up in smoke. his boss asks him to go to school just in case some students can't be reached. on his way to school, he is hit by another car, which quickly becomes the least of his worries.
karen has only gotten a few hours of sleep after a night of partying b/c of all the ambulances going by. she is woken up by a tinking sound. when she investigates the sound, she finds out that it's her friend, shan, who's throwing rocks at her window. shan is the bad apple, and karen is the good girl, who is being corrupted by her high school dropout friend. when karen asks why shan is awake so early, she says that her father came home wasted last night and must've gotten into a fight, and when he woke up, she thought he was still hopped up b/c he tried to grab her so she snuck out her window. bored and on holiday, they decide to head to their friend's house to get high.
demise of the living is a character driven zombie story. most of the story takes place in an office building. the story starts with a few different individual storylines, which quickly merge together. however, i'm not sure if the karen/shan storyline is needed. it eventually merges with the others, but at times, it kind of distracts from what's going on.
most of the action takes place between the characters as they struggle to survive in an office building with dwindling resources. most of the conflict is between the different personality types. this is a disaster survival story with zombies.
i liked the fast start. it quickly engrosses you in the story. the middle of the story is your typical zombie survival story. it's ok. i thought the characters were stereotypical and found their actions predictable. BUT THE ENDING...the ending had a twist i was not expecting!
if you've listened to iain mckinnon's other books and liked those, then you'll probably like this one.
so if you're looking for a character-driven zombie story, you can try this. it's middle of the road. but if you're looking for a zombie battle story, try another story.
With Iain McKinnon its reassuring to know you can expect a certain quality of work and I liked this simple but well written story.
The story starts off with tales of different people who eventually end up in one office block and the rest is about planning to survive and and social dynamics. Its not boring or anything like that, all interesting.
Also as usual with this author, he can make you scream in your head like, "Com'on you should know by now its a zombie and not just a confused person", or "I cant believe they didn't close the gate after them!".
The narrator is a bit undramatic and, well, slow. It was excruciating at times when during action parts, it seemed like I was watching a slow motion movie. If I sped it up, it was almost better. And I think he mimics the voice of Moe of Homer Simpson for Moe the security guard in this book.
Now one weird thing is that I think a page is missing. Two girls ride off in a motorbike and then it switches to another group, then suddenly the two girls are all bloodied from an accident. I kept scrolling back but couldn't find out what happened except that they were at a farm. Another part was when one guy was stuck outside overnight then suddenly he managed to get in, but I don't know how or he kept the door closed. Wish people could reply so I could find out what happened.
As people have said the end is a big deal, thats the major twist of this story, and also a trademark kind of ending for this author. Readers should kinda know what to expect. Still, its a little different. I kinda liked it. Kinda.
"WOW is all I am going to say!!!!"
Unbelievable! Lots of action. This is one Zombie book that I have read and found myself shouting out loud. This is one book you will not forget. Listened to it straight through. A must have.
"Ok, but the ending, blaaah"
Yes, it kept me interested for the most part.
Blaaaaaahhhhhh and whaaaaaaaaaaaa?
Fine with me.
I'd wait for Netflix.
Needed more interaction between the living and the dead. They rarely left the building so all we got was...man, there's a lot of zombies down there. I did like the characters though. The story was part mystery, part zombie, part terrible ending. I literally said, "Aw, come on!" at the end. But it was an okay ride until then.
Another good but dark zombie story (darker then your average Z story) from Iain Mckinnon I was hoping he would pick up where he left with the last two books but this seems to be set before all went to hell but still a good story that I hope will tie in with other two .... Someday
"Good book but frustraiting to."
Great story well written, but how can characters be so naïve. Its like zombie culture didn`t exist as they fumble through the zombocalypse. the dead got called Zombies at a stage I felt too late to give the story credence (we know their zombies) the characters didn't. Oh! and I knew who was the dark horse before the end. Domain is far better book. But I like Ian`s way of spinning a story to keep me hooked.
American accents and good narrative.
yes but make the character more aware of what is happening.
Zombies are part of culture now stop writing books that assume its new to all evolved. Aim for the head and stop getting bit.
"One of the best zombie stories that I have read!"
That was great!
Thomas. He was kind of a bad guy before the zombies, so he was really in his element.
Not that I'm aware of, but he did a great job of differentiating each of the characters. They never blended or got lost in his narration/performance.
The end was a one-two punch of surprises. I was caught off guard by the plot twists.
This was a great story. I was expecting a sequel/prequel to the previous zombie story from iain McKinnon, but this is a great story on its own!
"Just When You Thought It Was Safe"
Storyline is slow at first. You don't really get to know the characters so it's hard to tell what the motives are. People trapped in an office building because of flesh eating zombies and they don't seem too bothered about the why and how. They can make a daring trip to the school cafeteria but don't consider any other options or escape routes.
Surprise ending which was refreshing - too bad the rest of the story wasn't.
I've listened to Domain of the dead and Remains of the dead! They were both decent stories with decent reading but this one I found difficult to listen to. I only made it through a few chapters before frustration made me give up. It's hard to say exactly what the problem is but if I had to choose I'd say poor reading ruined a decent story! There was no Feeling in the reading, almost as if the reader recorded himself reading story for the first time. Very Bland reading is the best way to describe it, no feeling, no attempt to express the characters emotions. Example: The readers tone of voice while read the words "Get away from him, it's not him anymore look at him he's dead!" while speaking to the mother of a 8year old boy turned zombie which they have seen for the first time was read with exact same emotion & tone of voice as when the character said " I'm going to the cafeteria for a sandwich does anyone want anything?" Maybe I've been spoiled by more articulate readers but I expect to be taken on a adventure when listening to these books, a reader raising his voice when a character is screaming at the top of his lungs while having his intestines pulled from his belly and munched on in front of his own face it's hard to hear the reader calmly speaking "Get him off me Yawwwnnn, somebody ladidahh anybody??! No emotion, no expressing what the writer is trying to make the reader feel.. This is very hard to explain in writing but I hope I was able to do so. Don't waste your credit instead try one of Ian McKinnons other books also read by Karl Miller (Surprised me to see the same reader because I don't remember other two books being read so Blandly) I actually hope to see this book read by someone else or rerelease with more emotion because I believe maybe it could be a decent book.
Doesn't come close!
Stefan Rudnicki, Luke Daniels, James Masters, Christian Rummel honestly the way this was read I'd probably of done a better job reading it!
Anger, felt as if this was rushed
Disappointed because I know both writer and reader have done better works!
Any chance of having this book redone?
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