Monday, 1 September 2014
Review: Plague Town by Dana Fredsti
Publisher: Titan Books
Format: Paperback / eBook
Released: April 27th, 2012
Ashley was just trying to get through a tough day when the world turned upside down. A terrifying virus appears, quickly becoming a pandemic that leaves its victims, not dead, but far worse. Attacked by zombies, Ashley discovers that she is a 'Wild-Card' -- immune to the virus -- and she is recruited to fight back and try to control the outbreak.
Plague Town is the first book in the Ashley Parker series, followed by Plague Nation and Plague World. It's full of zombies, disgusting (but brilliant) gore-filled scenes, acerbic wit and a heroine who can kick ass when she needs to. I thoroughly enjoyed delving into Ashley Parker's life as a Wild Card and I can't wait to read more!
The gist of this series is that there's a zombie outbreak linked to a new strain of flu, and everyone is slowly turning into the walking dead. Ashley Parker finds herself immune to zombie bites and, joined by a small group of people in a similar position, finds out she's a Wild Card - someone not affected by zombie bites or blood. These Wild Cards form a group like the Scooby Gang, led by handsome man Gabriel, and begin taking down the zombies and saving the world. It's all very Buffy, though there isn't a single stake in sight.
I immediately liked Ashley and her sharp tongue, mainly because she's flippant and quick with the comebacks. She takes everything in her stride - even zombies - and just goes with the flow. She's independent, outspoken and intelligent, making her a likeable character right from the first page. I can definitely see how she's based on Buffy, though of course they're worlds away from each other, with Ashley being more of an homage to the vampire slayer.
My favourite part of Plague Town was the disgusting detailed descriptions of zombies and their stages of decomposition. It won't be for everyone, I'll warn you now, but if you don't mind that kind of stuff then this is right up your gory alley. Author Dana Fredsti doesn't hold back - there are poles through eyeballs, a husband chewing off his wife's face, rotting entrails and so many missing body parts that it's hard to keep track. Just imagine The Walking Dead and you'll know exactly what I'm talking about!
Plague Town is a great start to what I'm hoping will be a fantastic trilogy. I'm lucky enough to have the next two books ready and waiting, and I can't wait to see what happens with this zombie outbreak. Hopefully there will be more zombies, more fighting and more missing body parts waiting for me!