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I felt like this was two novels rather messily stitched together. It opens with an interesting thriller scenario at sea, with Jane Harper undercover on an anti-whaling ship. The cast of activist characters were craftily drawn and quite intriguing.
After a shipwreck, the survivors are faced with zombie vikings. From this point on, the plotting, the characterization and the writing in general takes a dramatic dive.
Some readers may find Jane Harper endearing. I can't say I every really warmed to her or found her credible. Between her inability to decide whether she wants to get laid, and her constant fat jokes, the only thing I really found admirable about her was her throwing arm.
It's a fast, light read and the mythology of the horror is quite compelling and fresh. I think I would have really enjoyed a setting that could have explored that more fully and meaningfully. As it is, it felt formulaic.
If you are interested in a really chilling piece of horror in the arctic circle, I would highly recommend Dark Matter, by Michelle Paver http://www.audible.com/pd?asin=B00480EF4U . Not as much of a light horror romp, but much meatier.
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This is a very well written, well-paced horror story. There is no excessive gore and no pointless shocks, but rather the clever unfolding of an unexpected, creepy, scary scenario, like all good horror, in my opinion. It starts as a whalers vs. anti-whaling protestors at sea adventure for a while before it gets into the plot twist that changes everything. In that beginning part, it is actually so well done, the characters and their motivations interesting enough that the reader will have no impatience to get to that plot change that becomes the horror story. Overall, it is a fun, scary, and unique twist on the zombie genre, well written and entertaining - not your typical, done-to-death zombie action-fest, survival story, but rather a scary, sci-fi /horror tale. The ending makes the story feel complete but also leaves the possibility of something coming, a feel of what comes next... And I hope something comes next and there is a second book.
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