Friday, January 18, 2013

REVIEW: META-HORDE by Sean T. Page and John McQuaig

Brought to you by the Ministry of Zombies!


The year 2020 was a good one for the walking dead. The initial reports of a mysterious plague reanimating corpses caused unbridled chaos and as the world descended into hell, nations turned on each other in the battle to survive. Europe is devastated. The remnants of NATO managed to create safe zones within their cities that still had the protection of medieval built stone walls. Once again, these ancient bastions were a sanctuary from invaders, keeping back the dead legions. The rest of the continent was a dead - zone populated by hundreds of millions of walking corpses. The medieval fortress-city Carcassonne, in Southern France, became the headquarters of the living but as the last pockets of human survivors rebuilt the fragile framework of a new society, one man discovers a terrifying secret. So far, what has happened is only the beginning. Humanity now faces a true extinction level event. The dead are clustering in massive numbers. Mere walls can't defend against the overwhelming force of the meta-horde.



Amazon Stars: 5/5 

Beware the Horde

This novel from the Ministry of Zombies hits you right in the face with action that never stops. From the moment you open the cover, you can tell the authors took their topic very seriously; with a foreword written by a reputable doctor, the tone is established: what would zombie behaviors consist of? This is an extremely well-written novel that is both thought-provoking and adrenaline-pumping.

As someone who believes that society operates with the intelligence and purpose of a "superorganism," I found the horde concept to be extremely fascinating and altogether terrifying because the terror is grounded in scientific research. As our heroes race again time—and the odds—to overcome impending doom, we are given all of the elements of both a good action and zombie story combined into one potent mixture of entertainment. Impossible odds, a twisted, villainous organization, harda$$ commandos, and zombies!

The emergence of the adversarial humans nearly halfway through the book utilized a shocking philosophy that I won't spoil for you, but the metaphorical implications were very interesting. A zombie book should always provide some subtle social commentary, and I didn't have to look too hard to find it here—the stampeding, flesh-hungry corpses will always serve as great symbols for the mass-ignorance inherent in the crowd mentality, but humanity's opponents in this riveting story provide another sick variation of ignorance…

I would have personally preferred a little more character development as a substitute for all the action, because there are a lot of characters exchanging bullets in between snippets of clever and naturalistic conversation. If you like your zombie novels to highlight military bravery with mankind's last few bullets, and the souls of courageous soldiers, pitted against apocalyptic goals and corrupt organizations, then your zombie-book-buying dollar will find an excellent value here.