First people got sick. Then they got very sick…
Nick Adams is just a normal guy. He loves his family, appreciates his home, and covets his car. But he absolutely hates his job. Which is what makes it so difficult when not a single customer comes by his store that day. It seems as though there's a bug going around, something that has come out of nowhere and is keeping people at home. Still, it's probably nothing to worry about. People get sick all the time. And besides, things are finally starting to look up. Nick's first customer of the day has just stumbled through the door…
His day is about to get worse…
It won't be long before Nick's entire life is turned upside down, sending him on a frantic journey through a ravaged world that will ultimately lead him 500 feet upwards to a hilltop amusement park. Is it the last safe place on Earth, or are the monsters at the top of the hill even worse than the ones below?
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Not what I was expecting at all.
A lot of things disappointed me.
1. Weak, shallow characters that are massively difficult, if not impossible, to like. In particular I couldn't stand the MC. He was often cowardly, always doing the wrong and stupid thing and was one of the worst in the book for dialogue that made me want to punch myself in the face to forget what he just said.
2. Pop culture changed so characters don't know what a zombie is. This can confuse a reader for a while, given that we know zombie books/films/tv exist, and is somewhat disrespectful to those that created the zombie horror genre in my opinion. If you aren't the first to write something I'm not a fan of you making out that you are.
3. American phrasing from a British writer is pretty poor I think.
4. Some truly painful dialogue in this book. Certainly in the first third of the book, and often when characters talk/think to themselves. Or most of Dash's dialogue, due to author trying to write like a black gang member and just making them out like some horrible cliché. So much of the conversation just doesn't feel natural or believable.
5. Some of the word usage would have been more at home in past decades. Girls referring to guys as dashing. Dash referring to white people the way he does etc
Honestly, it was all a little predictable, but it wasn't horrible either. My issue is when writers just repeatedly write characters doing stupid things to get their plot done. If your readers are constantly screaming, "what the hell are you doing?" it's not a good thing.
Very little or no major difference in some of his character voicing for one thing. And I'm not sure if he made the dialogue sound worse than it was, or if he was just struggling to make bad dialogue better. Either way I didn't like his reading, and that isn't common for me to really not like a narration this much.
Nick. Impossible to cut a MC, but I didn't like him at all. I think the only character I actually liked to any degree was Anna.
I'd heard the author was a very good horror writer, and so I was kind of shocked at how bad I found this book to be. It's possible my reaction to the narrator isn't helping me here and if I'd read it myself maybe the dialogue wouldn't have felt as painful in places, but I don't think so. I think it was just really bad in areas. I felt quite let down over this book, though it's not a total waste. Some of the narrative is fine, and some of the story is ok too. However the first third is really bad and many might not get past that point.
- M. Paddon
The charachters are strong and its a brilliant story with many twists.
The way things dont always turn out as you would expect. Terror around every corner.
Nigel has a really good voice to listern to.
The bond bettween Nick and his friends xxx
Loved the story and loved the audio a must for any borror fan xxx