I'm reviewing a special book to my heart.
This is Dead Meat by Patrick & Chris Williams
Here's the flesh-crawling blurby-blurb!
"The city of River's Edge has been quarantined due to a rodent borne rabies outbreak. But it quickly becomes clear to the citizens that the infection it is something much, much worse than rabies... The townsfolk are attacked and fed upon by packs of the living dead. Labeling the infected residents "bees" for their tendency to travel in swarms, Gavin and Benny attempt to survive the chaos in River's Edge while making their way north in search of sanctuary. No one knows what waits outside the quarantined zone, but Gavin and Benny know that to survive, they must escape."
There have been many apocalyptic books that I have read, but Dead Meat is one of the few that actually blew me away and wasn't completely and utterly cliche!
Take a gun, watch your back, and let's run towards the review!
*OH NO! YOU'RE BEING CHASED BY A SPOILER! QUICK! TAKE A SHARP LEFT TOWARDS READING THE BOOK STREET, PAST DON'T READ SPOILERS AVENUE! DON'T GET CAUGHT AND FEEL THE SINKING DISAPPOINTMENT OF READING SOMETHING THAT SHOULD HAVE BEEN A PLOT TWIST! WHEN YOU GET TO READING THE BOOK STREET, BEGIN HEADING TOWARDS ASH'S ALCOVE TO RECEIVE A KICK ASS REVIEW!*
Dead Meat is written by author brothers, Patrick Williams and Chris Williams. Starting in 2010, these brothers begun Dead Meat after they discussed what their zombie plan would be. While it was aimed to be a graphic novel, in the end it was decided to become a book which would be updated chapter by chapter once a week. I had followed it in its early months, but then dropped off to focus on other things (That or I got too lazy waiting once a week. That was just training for what I have to deal now with as a Fangirl and mid-season finales)
When I came back, it was now a full official book and had been published. My brother bought the novel, and I stole it as soon as it was possible. Never before had I been taken with such awe by a Post-Apocalyptic novel before, and it added the necessary fuel to the fiery passion that was slowly forming for the genre.
My favourite thing though about Post-Apocalyptic or Dystopian novels is well...
For a Zombie book, the cover is quite intriguing. Of course the spine is white, because I have a thing for white books. It's simple, clear on the fact that there will be gore and blood, and it's neat. I like it!
A Quick Plot Summary:
Gavin, a survivor in a small-town that is overrun by an outbreak of rabies which began turning humans into blood-thirsty mobs, stumbles upon another survivor named Benny. They travel together to scavenge for supplies, and to keep away from the 'Bees', infected who tend to swarm together. Differences arise quickly between them, and their friendship of trust is tested especially when they stumble across other Survivors, such as Clyde, Rickett, and Henry (Henrietta). They try to work together to stay alive, and to reach outside the town.
Dead Meat is filled with continuous action scenes where you are completely afraid that any or all the characters could die at any minute. No one is safe, and that's what creates the eerie tension. The way that Patrick and Chris write is amazing for first time writers, especially the way that they detail the gore and any scenes featuring the Bees. The memorable scene of the Bee who fell on the glass door, its guts hanging out everywhere with blood. I've never been sick before, or felt nauseous while reading a book, but there's a first for everything.
Gavin - Gavin was like the main character usually is; he is relatable, neither good nor bad, and realistically would be us during the apocalypse instead of what we want to be like (You know the type; big macho person who can use a gun and get a headshot every single time, and doesn't blink twice when having to keep the group safe by killing. Has all the skills to survive, like knowing how to start a fire without anything). The way he deals with Benny and all his garbage was exactly how I wanted to deal with it. I really loved Gavin as a character, and there were times where I honestly wanted to hit him for making stupid decisions occasionally. I completely didn't see the ending of Gavin's death coming, and I was blown away and ready to flip out. When the last page passed and I had to accept that he had died, I was still mad!
Rickett - Rickett reminds me of a more army-like Hershel Green from AMC's The Walking Dead. He is older, more abrupt and bold, and you grow to love him like a Grandad or Mentor figure. My heart went out to him, and what he had to go through, and also with dealing with Benny's constant abuse.
Henry - Now, it was very interesting to see it go completely opposite in terms of having a selfish female character who completely throws everyone else under the bus to save herself. I LOVED IT. I liked her, then was suspicious of her, then liked her again, then completely despised her by the end of it. She was an A+ character, and especially fleshed out.
Things I liked:
- How they dealt with how the virus spread. Rodents! OF COURSE!
- Soldiers executing the Dead and the Living in a way of clearing out everyone and everything. It was so creepy and they just did it while joking.
- The Bees. I am not easily grossed out, but it still disgusted me immensely.
- The length was great, and didn't droll on.
- How it ended. Completely plot twisted me into a bundle of amazement, sadness, and confusion.
Things I didn't like:
- HEEEENNNRRRRYYY! You cooooow!
- There's a bit of swearing, so be warned.
(Here's the favourite quote!)
"Beliefs or anxieties, they don't matter. One way or another, death comes in the shape it wants and doesn't guarantee a pretty ending."