by Charlie Higson
I am not an aficionado of zombie stories. Yes, I’ve had a few books and movies under my belt: thoroughly enjoyed World War Z and Zombieland. But I am in no urgent need for yellow pus, green liquidy drippings, splattered red blood, or all sorts of creatively severed body parts — any time, anywhere. I did greatly appreciate the first book in Higson’s zombie series, The Enemy. And finally got around to read the second installment, a prequel, a “history,” of The Enemy.
I cannot be more pleased by The Dead. There is everything I love: exploration of loyalty, what makes someone a leader or a follower, what gives people courage, survival strategies — all told in a highly realized, logically plausible setting and string of events. Tension and surprises keep the reader incredibly involved and the passages describing the mind deterioration of some characters are simply brilliant.
In a few weeks, I know I’ll be ready for book 3 – The Fear.