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Monster Island : a zombie novel
David Wellington
Adult Fiction WELLING

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From Publishers' Weekly:

In Wellington's energetic horror debut, the first of a promised trilogy, Manhattan has become Monster Island after a plague has turned all its denizens into shambling, rotting animated corpses, except for a couple who have kept their intelligence and also acquired psychic powers. When an expedition from Africa arrives, composed of teenage girl-soldiers and a former U.N. weapons inspector, the zombie masters mobilize their forces to kill or eat the living humans. Page by page, the story is inventive and exciting as Wellington exploits his familiarity with New York's nooks and crannies as settings for flesh-chomping battles and narrow escapes. As a whole, though, the book satisfies less since the author selectively forgets anything about the situation or the characters that would inhibit further gross-out episodes. Still, the novel offers some provocative thoughts about the purpose of life and death underlaid with some ultra-dark humor. (May) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

From Library Journal:

A global disaster has replaced humankind with a population of zombies. Among the walking dead of New York City is Gary Fleck, who retains his intelligence and his aversion to what he has become. From across the world, an army of schoolgirls and a U.N. weapons inspector, part of the few remaining humans, come to New York in search of medical supplies. What they encounter tests them to their limits, and beyond. Wellington's series opener introduces the zombie plague and provides intimations about the future direction of the projected trilogy. Horror lovers should find this tale to their liking. Libraries should purchase according to demand. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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