BOOK REVIEW: Plague Nation

PlagueNationCover_FinalAt the end of Plague Town the bombshell was dropped that the Walker Vaccine (the cause of the zombie outbreak) had been shipped countrywide. Plague Nation follows on from that, but is it as good as the first novel?

 

 

Sequel to the thrilling zombie novel PLAGUE TOWN. Ashley Parker was an ordinary woman who was also a “wild card,” immune to the emerging zombie plague, drawn unwillingly into a shadowy paramilitary organisation. Having stopped the wave of the undead that swarmed their facility, the wild cards are forced to travel to a secret laboratory in San Francisco. En route some are killed, while others are kidnapped by an unknown enemy. But the worst is yet to come, as the plague begins to manifest in key locations worldwide. And the truth begins to emerge about the paramilitary society, the Dolofónoi tou Zontanoús Nekroús.

Set directly after the events of the first novel Plague Town. They have discovered that it was the Walker Vaccine that caused the zombie breakout in Redwood Grove, and that nefarious persons have shipped the vaccines countrywide. After an attack at their campus Ashley and the other wild cards must somehow get to a medical facility in San Francisco. But this time they face not only the hordes of zombies, but also an unknown enemy who seems determined to make them fail. Can the group make it in one piece and stop the oncoming storm before the whole nation turns into a zombie nation.

As I have said above this book follows directly on from the first book, which meant that I got to read them one after the other and I like the way that the stories nicely flowed from one book to the next.

As the group of wild cards on are the move in this book, rather than just being around the university campus, this book felt a little hectic in comparison. However this doesn’t take anyway the fact that this was a really fun and enjoyable book. As in the previous book the characters are really well-formed, and you really empathise with them – especially whenever horrible things happen to any of the group.

The plot whilst not being completely original is still well written, and the inclusion of some baddies fighting against the wild card’s cause, really helps to add to the sense of peril and despair.

My only quip is that it ends on a bit of a cliff hanger. So I greatly await the next novel Plague World – no release date as of yet…..arrrrggghhhh!!!

A great fun book, dotted with pulp/pop/ culture references that any zombie fan will love.

AUTHOR: Dana Fredsti
PUBLISHER: Titan Books
P/BACK: 323 Pages
RRP: £6.99
ISBN: 978-0857686 367

Rating: 4/5
Reporter: darkphoenix1701

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