“What can a soldier, a refugee and a scholar know about the delights of a simple afternoon, cresting a hill to look at one of the largest cities in the world coming to life?”
Michael, Mo, and Juno are those three — and they now barely can take a breath in a world gone mad. The virus has taken their once beautiful city and turned it into a teeming hive of animated, sentient zombies, who crawl towards them with intestines trailing, seeking to drink their blood.
In this far-better-than-average zombie thriller, the intrepid threesome are part of a small band of survivors, scratching out an existence in the tree-lined clearings above the dessicated city.
And yet, not all is bleak. Mo and Juno are in love. The lyrical writing in this standout fantasy shines as Mo describes the object of his affection:
“Her hair was as fresh as the darkness, it pulled him in. It smelled of the rain, of the cold wind from the bay, of the spaces between the trees and the starlight above.”
Certainly not your average zombie fare. Indeed, the author waxes positively poetic in his description of the small band’s leader, Michael, and the toll taken on his body by endless days battling the living dead:
“His eyes carried his sadness, his bones carried his age. He wasn’t an old man, but his bones didn’t know that. They called him old, they hurt him when he walked. They were heavy under their burden.”
The group must forage constantly for new supplies in the city, now overrun by the wretched creatures that swarm their vehicles. In retaliation, they open fire with automatic weapons, seeking a clean head shot — the only thing that will neutralize the zombies. After awhile, this vicious daily assault almost becomes a game:
“‘Glee, it’s the only word I can use; there was glee in their eyes as they cut them down,’ ‘they went out of their way to find more, to crush more,’ ‘they laughed as they drove, as they slew; they giggled like little children…’”
No, all is not right in this post-apocalyptic world so masterfully set forth by this amazing author.
I award Love In the End Times an unreserved five-plus stars and recommend it highly to anyone wanting a most unusual and excellent read.