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Reviews
Title
World War Z
Author
Max Brooks
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World War Z is a collection of fictional stories from the survivors of a worldwide zombie outbreak. It takes place in the present time. Rumors spread about a viral outbreak that turns humans into cannibals, or the more correct phrase, zombies. These rumors are dismissed as hoaxes and forgotten. Finally, a group of experts from the U.N. create a document of compiled reports about the dead reanimating in certain 3rd world countries. Of course, it is dismissed. The viral disease begins to spread to other countries including the United Federation of China and the United States of America. Israel is the only country to take precautions, due to their unfavorable military history. Ignorance is not a virtue, as the outbreak soon shows.
The entirety of the book is a collection of interviews from the survivors of the zombie apocalypse. Stories of despair are numerous, but there is a glimmer of hope. Panic strikes the human population and the governments of every nation scramble to figure out why such a minor threat is crippling such a massive arsenal of weapons like missiles and machine guns. During the book we hear the story of a soldier stationed in a small town that the U.S. Military deemed an excellent choke point. The small town is packed with all sorts of gadgets that would scare and obliterate any human opponent. More than half of the equipment stationed at that base is for show, to keep the media entertained and America under control. The horde of zombies from New York overwhelms the outpost and America is thrown into the Great Panic.
Overall, World War Z was a great read. America is always craving a good zombie novel once and awhile, and this is definitely the one. Max Brooks is a master at making interesting zombie stories. It’s fun to see the movie after reading this book and see the many differences.
Title
The Half Made World
Author
Gilman
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The Half-Made World is a perfect blend of Steam punk action and fiction. The book takes place in a world that is not fully formed. The world is divided into two parts, the East and the West. The East side is a civilized society. There is peace in the East and the people are educated and seek knowledge to improve their understanding of the world. The West is partially formed and controlled by two factions, the Line and the Gun. The Line is controlled by thirty-eight engines which are god-like. The Line controls their people as if they were puppets and they survive off the natural resources of the land. The Gun is an extremist group of killers and thieves and has less than one hundred members. These few members possess an inner strength greater than that of mankind due to the demons that survive inside of their weapons. The Gun and the Line are pitted against each other for control of the western world.
The book follows three characters: Liv, a psychologist; Creedmor, an agent of the gun; Sub-invigalator third class Lowry. Liv is an unstable character who receives a note from a mental institution in the West near the beginning of “uncreation”. This mental institution houses the victims of the battle between the Line and the Gun. Creedmor is a slick and dangerous agent of the Gun. When he first started his relationship with the demons of the Gun he was young and courageous. As he grew older he became almost resentful of the demons that enslaved him to do their bidding. Lowry is a dull and pale soldier who works under the industrial beast of the Line. He fears but glorifies the power of the Line and he is anything but reluctant to murder an agent of the Gun no matter how many losses the Line endures.
This book is complicated to explain in a few short paragraphs, but I highly recommend it. I liked the elements of adventure and emotion that Felix Gilman described in his book. Liv, Creedmor, and Lowry were some of the most highly detailed characters a book has to offer in my opinion. During a portion of the book, the reader must delve into all three character’s lives and morals, offering a great deal of depth. The story had a great deal of action and adventure around every turn, providing for a great read.
Title
H.I.V.E.
Author
Mark Walden
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Otto Malpense in a 13 year old boy who has the minds of a genius. one day he is kidnapped and sent to an island where there is a place called H.I.V.E. the higher institute of villainous education which is run by a super computer mind named HIVE MIND. He and his new friends Wing, Laura, and Shelby try to escape when a horrible monster appears in the school, they must return back and save their fellow classmates.