The Plague: Dead Solstice [eBook Review]

Posted by on November 4th, 2011

Simone Allyne is the Weird Things eBook reviewer focusing on readily available, affordable Science Fiction and Fantasy. If you have a book you’d like reviewed, please email WeirdThingsMail@Gmail

As much as I love to read, sometimes I just don’t have time to read a full-length novel.  That is where a well-written short story comes in handy.  Scott Burgess’ The Plague: Dead Solstice fits the bill very nicely!

Burgess’ Dead Solstice is the first chapter of a 14 part series. It follows the story of Dean Gothurd as he wakes up in a now zombie-infested Southern California and must work with his friends, and others he meets along the way, to find safety from the brain-hungry hordes of the undead in what is Burgess’ interpretation of the culturally popular idea of the Zombie Apocalypse.

The Plague has a good, solid story line and is filled with inspired writing, which made for a fun read. I enjoyed Burgess’ use of dry humor and intriguing character development. It was not as much a predicable read as many zombie books could be and I literally laughed out loud at Burgess’ humor and attention to the characters’ details. He definitely kept my attention throughout the story.

I thought it was also a funny read; funny but with the whispers of a clever plot just ahead. I like the pay as you go route that Burgess has chosen, because there is nothing worse than putting out hard earned money for a dead fish book… unless of course your down with necrophilia, which might be possible because you are considering buying a zombie story! Let’s just hope there are no overbearing romantic tropes to trudge through in the rest of the series.

I was wrapped up in the story all the way until the end. It had a great balance of suspense, true to life dialogue, and humorous color. Zombies aren’t a genre that I am normally interested in; they really genuinely creep me out… but I can’t wait until the next episode. This is a winner, in the right place and just in time for a quick read before Halloween!



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