December 2011 - Zombacter: Center City Contagion - Sean Bingham
Zombie Science Outbreak!
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OK, I received this as a review copy. I read a lot of zombie novels so good to get in on the ground floor with this one as I believe it's the first in a series.
Anyhoo, it's the story of Professor Jake Northrop & his battle against genetically engineered bacteria. There is no rising from the grave in this one - these zombies are bona fide thanks very much.
The science behind this book is rock solid & the author goes to great pains to explain the detail behind the bacteria. It's worth sticking with this as the information becomes very useful as you move through the book.
You need to take your time with this novel (what's the rush all?) as it unfolds. The story is clearly going to be a sweeping one as the author introduces a lot of characters fairly earlier on so you need to keep your wits about you or you can get confused.
However, it is well worth it. You got some old favourites like one armed veterans, a scientist desperately looking for a cure but there's also some real nice touches in this book & the whole story flows along nicely.
Hopefully this one line will start to show where this book is a little different to some of the other stuff out there...
"..this caused a huge plug of flesh to be ripped out of her neck...(yeah, yeah, standard zombie fare but it continues..), severing her carotid artery." (Bingham follows us with the real detail!). There are loads of examples, I just wanted to give you a flavour.
So, you see, Bingham really instils the science & biology element into the novel. This I think makes it all seem much more real. There is also a really useful science glossary at the end.
I haven't even mentioned the fact that some of his zombies talk...
Anyway, all in all, I think this series is going to be a fine addition to our zombie bookshelves & I find myself making room on the shelf for the follow ups.
I have a paper version so I also should add that the cover is outstanding, really bringing out the contagion theme.