Wednesday, January 3, 2007
Book #2 - The Rising by Brian Keene
Ah, zombie fiction. The only genre of adult fiction guaranteed to hold my attention.
If The Rising had come out after Stephen King's Cell, I would have thought Brian Keene ripped him off. There are plenty of similarities, mainly zombies who are intelligent and work together, a leader of the undead who possesses a higher power, and a dad who refuses to give up hope that his son is alive in an undead world, and travels to find him.
Keene's take on zombies is different than those seen in recent movies and books. His zombies aren't fast-moving, but what they lack in speed they're able to make up with the ability to drive, use weaponry, reason, and work together. And they talk. It's a little off-putting at first, but once their reason for existing is explained (when the soul of the human leaves the body, the spirit of a creature from "The Void" fills it. Basically demon possession), it's easier to get into. Anything the host was able to do in real life, the demon is able to do.
The characters are likable, although the dialogue is unbelievable at times. The book suffers from some grammatical, typographical and a few storyline errors, but the story was engaging enough that they didn't bother me. It wasn't overly gory (what the humans do to each other is much more disturbing than what the zombies do to them), or even very scary, but I don't feel like a good zombie books needs an overabundance of either.
The ending was very wide open and left me with a lot of questions, so I look forward to reading the sequel, City of the Dead.