Ashley Parker is back in another larger-than-life zombie thriller. Just when she thinks they’ve made headway in the war on the apocalypse, it goes… Well, it goes viral. Ashley, you’re not in Redwood Grove anymore.
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“Why couldn’t it have been an outbreak of, say, bunnies or French bulldogs?”
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In PLAGUE TOWN,” we watched Ashley mature into a self-assured young woman from a spoiled college freshman. But she’s still got her snark. It’s her coping mechanism, and she’s good at it.
This second installment is emotional. The Wild Card team members we follow are facing personal trials. They’re constantly in danger. They are going to make mistakes. Some will fall. And, in San Francisco, they’ll have to lay down all their terror and grief to save the nation.
Everyone has secrets. The zombie plague started somewhere, and it’s time to go straight to the source. With so much suspense, you know the big bad revolation is coming about Ashley’s love-connection.
Violence and gore are prevalent in the Plague series. It’s enough to make you lose your lunch. You’ve been warned.
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I could also smell zombies, lots of them. It was no longer an occasional nasty-as* whiff, but rather a constant olfactory pall lingering in the air like the proverbial fart in a phone booth.
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Again, Dana Fredsti breaks up her narrative with exhibitions of poor editing and flashes of zombie conversion. The later are ment to reinforce the idea that the plague is spreading. I find the tidbits ill-timed and almost a complete waste of space. They add little information that could not have been given in another way. Worse, serial characters are introduced by this method in PLAGUE NATION, who are presumably important and yet never meet up with the Wild Card team. Winding up after all that at a cliffhanger ending leaves a bad taste in my mouth. The third novel should resolve some of the tangled mess, but I don’t have PLAGUE WORLD yet. Sigh.
Rating: 7/10 zombies
Series: Ashley Parker/Plague #2
Publisher: Titan Books
Pub. Date: April 9, 2013