K.R. Griffiths is a former journalist and editor turned novelist. He is the author of Horror/Science Fiction series Wildfire Chronicles. Five installments have now been released: Vol.1: 'Panic', Vol. 2: 'Shock' (a novella), Vol. 3: 'Psychosis', Vol. 4: 'Mutation' and Vol. 5: 'Trauma'.
After 15 years spent living and working in London, he now resides in Wales with a cat that thinks it is a dog and an imagination that sometimes concerns even him.
on Dec. 30, 2013 :
Panic is definitely a different approach on the apocalyptic tales that have sprung up lately. After a mysterious canister lands in a small town, the residents begin to change into eyeless zombie-esque creatures from a seemingly blood-born illness/effect. The book often switches between different characters and their points of view, so it's hard to establish early on who's going to be the main character. A pet peeve of mine with this book, or maybe a stroke of genius on Griffiths part, was to get you invested in a character only for it to die. It occurs so much that I lost interest in becoming invested in any of the characters.
Towards the ending, you do see that a main character is established. But I was disappointed with the predictable ending and cliff hanger. A trigger warning should be included for a couple of the scenes at the end, as well.
This book is fast paced, though. I was surprised to notice how quickly I was reading it. Regardless of my pet peeves and dislikes, Griffiths knows how to keep the flow going well. There were a few editing mistakes (misspelled words and the like), but they are easily overlooked and forgiven.
All in all, Panic was a decent read. I would recommend it to the die-hard apocalyptic genre crowd. Though, I'm not interested enough to read the rest of the series.
**I was gifted this book for free in exchange for an honest review.
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