Ahoy there me mateys . . .
xom-b (Jeremy Robinson)
My first mate recommended this one. This book made my head want to explode. In a good way. This was one of the best zombie books I have read in a long time. And I have read lots. I seriously loved it. It reminded me a lot of the Windup Girl. But different. The Forest of Hands and Teeth. But different. Sort of like 1984. But different. It is about zombies and so much more. You have to experience it for yourself.
The main character, Freeman, is just plain awesome. He is constantly learning about the world as he has been taught and adjusting his viewpoints with what he learns. He is loyal. He is intelligent. He is kick-ass. The reader experiences the story with Freeman in a visceral way. The other characters are wonderful too and all are integral to the story that is being told. That is rare from my point of view. While Freeman has the main focus as the protagonist of course, the other characters are vital to his interpretation of what he is learning. Besides the character of Harry is just plain endearing.
The post-apocalyptic setting is like a lot of other popular novels. It is what the author does with it that is so wonderful. It has teeth. While this novel is extremely enjoyable and easy to read from a writing standpoint, it also asks deeper questions about being human, love, loyalty, and above all purpose. It seems like a simple fun twisty plot but has a bite to it for those who want to delve deeper. I just adored this book and gobbled it up. Go forth, find a copy, and enjoy.
And awesome fact – did you know that the author is actually three authors in one? Jeremy Robinson and Jeremy Bishop and Jeremiah Knight. This man has superpowers.
The author’s website has this to say about the novel.
Freeman is a genius with an uncommon mixture of memory, intelligence and creativity. He lives in a worldwide utopia, but it was not always so. There was a time known as the Grind—when Freeman’s people lived as slaves to another race referred to simply as “Master.” They were property. But a civil rights movement emerged. Change seemed near, but the Masters refused to bend. Instead, they declared war.
Now, the freed world is threatened by a virus, spread through bites, sweeping through the population. Those infected are propelled to violence, driven to disperse the virus. Uniquely suited to respond to this new threat, Freeman searches for a cure, but instead finds the source—the Masters, intent on reclaiming the world. Freeman must fight for his life, for his friends and for the truth, which is far more complex and dangerous than he ever imagined . . .
XOM-B is a wildly inventive zombie novel with a high-tech twist that will keep readers guessing until the very last sentence.
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