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Apocalypse Z: The Beginning of the End

Apocalypse Z: The Beginning of the End - Manel Loureiro, Pamela Carmell Review posted at: Read, Rinse, Repeat

The information emerging from Russia is full of contradictions. The government insists there is no problem, and yet health care workers from around the world have been summoned. Is it the West Nile virus? Ebola? Nearby countries are shutting their borders and ordering vaccinations. But against what? Nevertheless, the mysterious virus spreads throughout the world as official information slows to a trickle. Blogs report infected individuals exhibiting extreme aggression, attacking other people.

Apocalypse Z is written in the form of a daily journal by a young Spanish widower which gives the story a sense of urgency and immediacy. The unnamed narrator, along with his cat, Lucullus, must make a decision: When society has fallen, is it wiser to seek refuge among other survivors, or should you tough it out on your own? I suppose every form of apocalypse requires a different approach, but in the case of zombies, the answer is clear: stay away from huge clusters of humans, lest you all become dinner.

The narrator exhibits intelligence not often seen during a zombie apocalypse. What does he wear to battle zombies? A neoprene wetsuit! Genius - it's form-fitting, so zombies can't grab hold of him easily, he's covered from head to toe, and most important - neoprene is not easy to bite or claw through.

It's hard to find unique stories in the zombie genre anymore, and I won't claim that this one breaks new ground. But the combination of exciting action, good depictions of violence, and genuine intelligence exhibited by the lead character make this an enjoyable read.