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on Dec. 08, 2011 :
Taken from my blog: nicolestorey.wordpress.com
I did a review on the first book , “Dead: The Ugly Beginning” a few blogs back and it was then that I fell in love with this series. However, I was hesitant to read the second book in the series because I was sure it wouldn’t measure up to the first. How could it? The first book was almost perfect in every way and I had a hard time putting it down! If I could have gotten my hands on an I.V. line and a catheter, I wouldn’t have put it down at all. But curiosity got the better of me and I read the second book … in 10 hours. TW Brown did it again.
I really loved the second book for the fact that we get to know some of the characters in the first book better. Brown took a handful of people from the first book, some that are my favorites and some that I wish would die a slow death, and expanded on them in this book. In Dead: The Ugly Beginning, the world has gone crazy. Brown rides that wave of chaos and frenzy and brings the reader along for the ride. It’s like being in the middle of a gigantic storm in the middle of the ocean; the boat has sunk and the reader is just hanging on for dear life. Every chapter brings more nervous energy, more horrible surprises, more death and destruction. In this second book, the storm has blown over, but the circumstances have not improved. Just like the characters, the reader is just drifting along in the middle of the ocean, still hanging on to a piece of the wreckage, and wondering if anything will ever be normal again.
Dead: Revelations is all about adjusting to a dystopian world. It’s about finding out exactly who your friends are and who you need to watch your back around. It’s about learning to survive, making plans, and trying to find solutions while still protecting the precious ones that have survived the storm with you. It’s about ordinary people becoming reluctant heroes and having to make the tough choices when no one else steps up. It’s about finding out that some people actually thrive on the chaos and it turns them into monsters. At the end of the book, I was left with a yearning to read more. I had grown even closer to some of the characters and just had to know what would happen to them next. Brown is not above killing off characters that you are sure will make it to the end by throwing in a shark or two just when you think everything is safe.
Another aspect of this book that really got my attention is that Brown tells part of the story through a zombie’s perspective! I have never seen or heard of that before. The reader gets to see this new world through the zombie’s eyes and feel what it feels. It really helped to answer some questions that I had such as how the zombies know when a live person is near by and do they have any human feelings left? Can they think? Do they realize what is going on?
So, all in all, this book was just as brilliant as the first and I was not disappointed with any part of it, other than it had to end. Thankfully, there is only one week left to wait for the third book’s release! I will be doing my happy dance on December 15th! I think that what I have enjoyed most about reading this series is that I have found another author to add to my MUST READ EVERY BOOK THEY WRITE list. Trust me, this list is a very short one and it usually takes me a reading a slew of books by an certain writer before I make that decision. TW Brown managed to join after only two. Well done, sir!
(reviewed within a month of purchase)