Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Devil's Wake

Devil's Wake
by Steven Barnes and
Tananarive Due

What happens when an unprecedented infection sweeps the world, leaving the earth on the brink of the Apocalypse? But this infection goes far beyond disease. Beyond even the nightmare images of walking dead or flesh-eating ghouls. The infected are turning into creatures unlike anything ever dreamed of . . . more complex, more mysterious, and more deadly.

Trapped in the northwestern United States as winter begins to fall, Terry and Kendra have only one choice: they and their friends must cross a thousand miles of no-man’s-land in a rickety school bus, battling ravenous hordes, human raiders, and their own fears.

In the midst of apocalypse, they find something no one could have anticipated . . . love.

About the authors

Steven Barnes (born March 1, 1952, Los Angeles, California) is an African American science fiction writer, lecturer, creative consultant, and human performance technician.

He has written several episodes of The Outer Limits and Baywatch. He has also written the episode "Brief Candle" for Stargate SG-1 and the Andromeda episode "The Sum of its Parts". Barnes's first published piece of fiction, the 1979 novelette, The Locusts, was written with Larry Niven, and was a Hugo Award nominee.

Tananarive Due is a novelist and a creative writing teacher who has worked as a journalist. She won the American Book Award in 2002 for her novel The Living Blood.

More info
goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/tananarive_due
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My review
This story is about sadness, survival and hope. The world has turned in to a land full of zombies "freaks" brought about by a combination of an exotic mushroom diet and a flu shot.The combination of the two turning people it to the walking dead. 

Five juvenile delinquents set out in an old blue school bus to find a safe haven where hopefully humanity has survived. Picking up a couple more on there way brings there number to seven. When rumors of sanctuary in California are broadcast that's where they head.

This story is sad because all though I do not believe in an upcoming zombie apocalypse I do believe that in a blink of an eye the world as we know could go to shit leaving everyone to fend for themselves and fight to survive. So it's not hard to imagine what it would be like to loose everyone and everything to a world of evil. I don't know how possible it would be for me to keep my hope and faith alive knowing that nothing would ever be the same again.

This book was very well written, so much so that at time is as though it had really taken place. the story was emotionally balanced very well. This book was more about the survivors journey back to humanity and less about the gory zombies they are running from.

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