One hundred years after the zombie apocalypse, those lucky enough to survive now exist in scattered cities, under the merciless rule of the City Watch. A simple tenet overshadows all aspects of daily life: obey or die. When Jonah Lovecraft is framed for murder, his status as a Watcher doesn't spare him from the ultimate punishment: being cast into the Barrens and forced to battle zombies and other criminal contestants in the Darwin Games.
As he fights for every heartbeat, his daughter, Ana, embarks on her own desperate quest to uncover the truth about her father. Yet neither expects their efforts to reveal grim secrets that could tear apart the fabric of society - if either lives long enough to expose the truth.
©2012 Sean Platt and David Wright (P)2013 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.
I enjoyed this story but I started following the writers after listening to the Yesterday's Gone series and The Beam series which I thought were brilliant (apart from the Beam series not having been finished on audio). I'm sure that listening to them first spoilt any "wow" factor this may have had. Also, it reminded me of the Hunger Games series so lost points on originality (although I don't know which came first) but was, all in all, an enjoyable listen.
"Interesting but felt like i've read this before"
I’m really torn on how to rate this book. On one hand it’s well written, contains interesting characters with heartfelt moments along with a good amount of surprise and action! On the other hand as I was listening to it all I could think about what that it felt like a rip off of ‘The Hunger Games’ with zombies. In the end it’s entertaining which is what the zombie genre is about right?
Mr. Miller does a good job with the narration and pacing. It really helped with the enjoyment of the book,
"Better than I expected"
I came across this after the author's Yesterday's Gone Series which I enjoyed however not as much as I would have liked. However, I took the plunge and purchased Z 2134 and was pleased I did so. This is the sort of book you just knew from half way through there would be more and I had the hope it would keep me interested and this book does it. I am now into book two and am glad I started.
Several, I like some of the back stories, some of the characters
Enjoyable and easy to listen too.
I can see this as described 'Hunger Games with Zombies' but also a little Brave New World or 1984. That look of the future we all hope does not happen.
"Zombified Hunger Games"
Z2134 seems less a serious novel and more like the pitch for a low budget made for TV miniseries. The basic premise is a post-apocalyptic period (in the year 2134) where zombies have been around for a long time. The remnants of the human race live inside discreet city walls numbered 1 - 7. Life is brutal with a totalitarian state with complete surveillance. Any type of crime leads to forcible participation into the non-stop Darwin games which is single elimination (by death) against other "criminals" and zombies, with elements of the "Saw" movie franchise thrown in. Watching the games is the main pastime. There is an underground movement with a vague purpose. The story follows the most unluckiest family where the father is set up for his wife's murder and the daughter and son are both set up by the "watchers" or police.
The sci-fi elements are simplistic. There are implantable chips for monitoring as well as influencing memories. Advanced drones serves as transmission / broadcast devices along with weapons capability. There is little explanation for an origin of all this, except for zombies as an excuse. The zombie origin is never discussed. The bulk of the action consists of rather plain vanilla evil and pure vengeance. Character development is not only non-existent, but nonsensical at times, too much one-dimensionality.
The narration is passable with female voices rendered poorly. Of particular note, the story ends abruptly without any closure,or explanation with each major character totally hosed. If you've been pining for zombies to invade Hunger Games, this is probably as good as it gets.
"it was ok. I enjoyed it..."
It was predictable. but fun. I also dislike when people in books use the f word in most cases, it felt forced and more "look I can cuss!" I could go into detail about what stores this story borrows from but it is pretty obvious. also feel like you could lift the zombies right out and be left with the same book.
While watching Hunger Games, did you think to yourself "I wonder what this would be like as a B zombie movie"? If so this is the perfect book for you. I am all up for a good B movie or book. A good portion of my library is B stuff. It was the narrator that killed me. His male voices were passable. The female voices almost made me give up on the book.
Sadly, in a moment of weakness, I likely won't be able to control myself and will purchase the next book in the series.
"Unoriginal, corny narration"
Hunger Games + zombies is all you need to know. That's it. From the young strong female protagonist, to the "darwin" games fought til death, to a futuristic human existence split into districts with the haves and have nots ruled by a tyrannical leader, it's all the same. And predictable. Throw in a half dozen zombie fights and that's it. BORING. Plus narration was corny. I guess the narrator had as hard of a time getting into this as I did.
That said, I did get all the way through, for what that's worth.
"horrible hunger games wannabe"
as bad as the rehashing of hunger games is (like how is this author not being sued???) the "performance" of the reader is awful.
The story in this book is adequate , but the writing is questionable. The author added 4 letter words indiscriminately, I don't mind slang or cursing in the books I listen to, but in this book it was blatantly juvenile, and lacked any art. I prefer swearing with some finesse.
I can not recommend this book in audio, maybe the print works better,
"Hunger Games rip off"
i didnt get an hr into it. could not stand the blatant rip off of hunger games. other than that everything was good. maybe ill give it a try in the future.
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