So…after being blown away by Dead: The Ugly Beginning , I decided I need to read TW Brown’s Zomblog. Nothing makes my day like reading about someone trying to survive an apocalypse with a bunch of assholes making it worse. Being chased down by a zombie horde doesn’t seem that bad in comparison to being tortured in a variety of ways, and then being fed to zombies. Luckily, that doesn’t happen to the main character – just his companions. Kind of makes you wonder who in the hell would want to travel with Samuel Todd. Beware the guy who keeps the survivor journal.
Don’t misunderstand me: Brown does a terrific job of making Zomblog stand apart from Day by Day Armageddon and Zombies: A Record of the Year of Infection, even though it’s tempting to compare the journal formats. Unlike soldiers or scientists, Samuel Todd, the character writing his daily experiences during the global Z-plague, doesn’t have military or medical training — he’s just a divorced father in a rock band who finds himself struggling to survive the spread of an infection originating in Indonesia.
An ancient discovery is made in an uncharted jungle, but no one is paying attention to the details because they’re too engrossed in the latest Hollywood gossip than anything resembling real news. By the time, Samuel and others realize there is a serious downside to the latest pandemic, all forms of communication shut down: no internet, no phones, no television…just silence, apart from the moans of the undead, and their screaming victims.
During the first couple of weeks of the worldwide outbreaks, Samuel is reluctant to believe an illness can reanimate the dead & cause them to attack the living. Once he witnesses a couple of people die and then rise again to devour him, Samuel accepts his new reality, and flees to a more secure location. There he meets his first group of survivors. Together, they learn just how dangerous the undead hordes are, when Brown introduces a terrifying new twist to his zombies.
Over the next ten months, Samuel continues to chronicle his encounters with various groups. He quickly learns that appearances are deceiving, and approaches other survivors as a possible threat to his own existence. The more horror and cruelty that he witnesses, the more Samuel questions his reasons for trying to stay alive, and wonders if there is anything left worth fighting for.
Zomblog highlights the primal evil that people are capable of, and expands the zombie genre into new depths of terror and depravity…and there’s a sequel in the works.